With our No Spend month this March, DJ and I are challenging ourselves not to buy anything unless absolutely necessary. Beauty products are one category that I tend to overspend on. Instead of browsing the aisles, I decided to shop my pantry and whip up some of our favorite products to enjoy during our shopping break.
My salon habit is going to be even harder to break, I can already tell. Instead of hitting the salon for a touch up, I am planning on doing a little balayage highlighting on my own this month. And instead of heading out for a blow-out this past weekend, I did a faux blow-out that actually looked really good! Let me know if you are interested in seeing either of those on the blog in the future!
Hair / Body / Beard Oil
I originally made this for my husband’s beard after he was having some dry skin issues. After researching beard oils, I found out they were really expensive and really easy to make. I love to “borrow” it for the ends of my hair, and I put it on my hands or feet when they’re getting cracked and dry. It smells really green and fresh, from the hemp oil. Also – DJ spent like a week washing and rinsing this Sriracha bottle until it didn’t smell spicy anymore. Spicy beard oil would probably be bad, but the bottle is pretty cool.
- ¾ cup coconut oil (melted)
- ½ cup hemp oil
- ½ cup grapeseed oil
- ¼ cup almond oil
- 5 – 10 drops cedarwood essential oil
- 5 – 10 drops tea tree essential oil
The recipe is really flexible; you can sub in whatever you like or have on hand. Combine all, shake up, and enjoy. If the coconut oil causes the mixture to solidify, run it under the shower water for a minute to soften.
Apple Cider Vinegar Scrub
This is another great multi-purpose product! It’s great for everything – acne, dirty fingers, DIY pedicure, exfoliating anywhere. My favorite is to use it before shaving! After, my legs are super silky smooth.
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon ACV
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)
- 5 – 10 drops lemon essential oil (optional, for scent)
I actually doubled the recipe because I love it so much. The scrub should be kept in the fridge when not in use.
This is a great treat for a relaxing and silky bath. Oatmeal is great for eczema and dry skin. Plus you can use up some almost expired oats, like I did! I had dried lavender in my cabinet so I added some, but it isn’t really needed. You could add most any sort of flower, herb, or essential oil for scent.
- 1 cup of oatmeal (old fashioned or quick oats are both fine)
- 3 ish tablespoons of lavender (optional)
Put the ingredients in your food processor (or blender or coffee grinder), and process until they are very fine. Store until ready to use. Add a couple handfuls while your bath is running, and the water will turn milky. You can also rub some of the oatmeal on your skin for a gentle exfoliant. Enjoy, but be careful getting out, as the tub will be extra slippery.
Eucalyptus Bath Salts
I talked briefly about Epsom salt baths with essential oils in my cold cures post, but this eucalyptus salt soak is even better for colds and congestion! It smells a lot like Vick’s, and has a similar effect. No matter how stuffed up I am, this helps a lot.
- 2 cups epsom salts
- 1/4 cup sea salt or kosher salt
- 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops of tea tree essential oil
- couple drops soap coloring (optional)
Shake everything up in a jar, then enjoy a few tablespoons mixed into a hot bath next time you’re feeling stuffed up!
Buildup Removing Shampoo
This is less of a recipe, more of a hack. If you’ve heard of the ‘no poo’ movement, that is where I found this hack that I’ve been utilizing the past few years. Instead of shampoo, one way to wash with ‘no poo’ is to use baking soda and water. The baking soda REALLY cleans your hair, like really squeaky clean. It was actually too harsh for my constantly bleached hair. But, when I have a lot of buildup in my hair and need a deep clean, baking soda is the best! I also do this for my husband when he is having dandruff or an itchy scalp.
- Few tablespoons of shampoo (however much you usually use)
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 2 tablespoons water (if needed to thin it out)
Mix and apply to roots only for buildup or dandruff. You can let it sit for a couple minutes before rinsing and conditioning as usual.
So those are my favorites to whip up using what we have in the pantry! Do you have any other homemade bath and body products? I would love to hear some new ideas!
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