Easy DIY Beauty Recipes That Work

I have recently started dabbling in DIY beauty. This isn’t something I’ve done since being a teen, but with my increased spare time during lockdown, I decided to give it another go. And boy, am I glad I did it! It’s changed the way I look at beauty product ingredients and in-turn, my future buying habits. 

Before adopting a low waste lifestyle, I was a sucker for a new product! Anything on the ‘New In’ shelf in Superdrug or Boots – I was there! Swatching, experimenting, colour matching. Getting sucked in by the shiny plastic packaging and brightly coloured branding. One product I was particularly obsessed with buying was body scrubs…

Coffee Scrub

Before microbeads were banned in rinse off products in June 2018, body scrubs were one of the worst culprits for containing these ocean polluting materials. We unknowingly washed down millions of tiny plastic particles into the ocean, all for the desire of soft skin.

Even though microbeads are now banned in the UK, body scrubs usually come in plastic packaging, which is often unrecyclable. I can now safely say I will never buy a body scrub again, not only due to the wasteful plastic packaging but also because I now know how to make my own, that’s way more effective than any scrub I have ever used before.

My DIY Scrub buffs and smooths and leaves me with a lasting soft feeling on my skin. And it’s only made from TWO ingredients… yes TWO!

DIY Coffee Scrub

Introducing the coconut coffee scrub! This recipe is very versatile and utilises any coffee grounds you may have leftover. Personally, I actually don’t drink coffee, however, lucky for me I live with a coffee obsessed boyfriend who drinks cups and cups of the stuff. He uses biodegradable Grind coffee pods. 

To make, I simply emptied a couple of used Grind pods into a bowl and added coconut oil until it formed a paste. I can’t give exact measurements as it depends on how much coffee you choose to use. I tend to only make small batches of this at a time, as you are at risk of the coffee going mouldy if you leave it for too long.

To use, simply rub over wet skin in the shower and wash off. Pre warn – it does make a bit of a mess of your shower floor. However, it easily washes away. Because of the coconut oil you’re left with soft, moisturised skin which lasts for days!

Face Mask

Single-use sheet masks are fast becoming the new plastic straws. They are continually growing in popularity and are used by millions across the world. Again, similar to body scrubs, I used to love them. Not only do they make you look weird, making for an amusing photo, they also feel cool and refreshing. However, they are SO wasteful. They often have plastic fibres in the actual masks, are wrapped in plastic film, then have the outer plastic packaging too… all for ONE single use.

Instead, I now use this simple, yet effective DIY mask that has the same effect as any face mask I’ve used previously. And again, it’s made from only TWO ingredients – bentonite clay and water. Simply mix two tablespoons of bentonite clay with two tablespoons of water until it forms a paste. If the mixture is too dry, just add a touch more water until the consistency looks right.

Apply to cleansed skin for 10-15 minutes until the clay starts to harden, then simply rinse off with water and a face cloth. You’re left with brighter, clearer looking skin in an instant! This mask is suitable for combination to oily skin, it may be too drying for those with drier skin types.

Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo… the perfect excuse to not wash your hair for another day. I used to get through cans of the stuff. And not one of those cans was recyclable! I hate to think of how many cans of my dry shampoo are now in landfill. However, it’s not healthy to look back and feel guilty about every piece of landfill litter we have created. It’s about looking forward and making positive changes! One of which is this amazing two ingredient DIY dry shampoo…

DIY Dry Shampoo

Simply mix together 60g cornstarch with 60g cocoa powder and voila! You have the perfect dry shampoo mix. Apply to your roots using a fluffy makeup brush and you’ll have oil free locks straight away. Make sure to tap off any excess powder before applying, otherwise you’ll end up with too much product and a very brown scalp!

Body Butter

There’s nothing better than rubbing a nourishing moisturiser into dry skin. Personally, I hate feeling dry; I’m constantly moisturising my hands, lips and any other area of my body that starts to feel slightly less than perfectly moisturised!

This DIY Body Butter is perfect for any extra dry areas of the body. I use it on my feet, elbows and calves (I get really dry calves for some reason?). You can use it on any area of the body, however, it is very rich so you may feel a little sticky if you use it absolutely everywhere.

DIY Body Butter

If you have an electric whisk, I’d recommend using that as it’ll make your life easier and your arm ache less. Whip together 60g shea butter, 30ml apricot kernel oil and 15 drops of an essential oil… I used Bergamot. Mix for a few minutes, until all of your ingredients are combined and you’re left with a lightweight, whipped formula.

I store this moisturiser in the fridge to make it an extra refreshing experience when I apply it!

And that’s it, my four easy DIY beauty recipes that really do work. Give them a go and let me know what you think!

Pip x


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