With the prices of organic beauty products skyrocketing over the last decade, we’ve decided to put together a list of 5 simple and affordable beauty projects to test out your DIY capabilities. Not to mention they smell absolutely fantastic! Think back to basics sugar, sea salt, avocado, honey, lemons. They’re simple, and easy to find at your local grocery store. This weekend after a long, strenuous work week, kick up your feet and take some time to yourself! You deserve to be pampered. Here are 5 great at home SPA treatment ideas!
1. Body Scrub
How to Make Your Own Sea Salt Scrub
*Vanilla extract (or whichever smell you prefer)
This delicious smelling body scrub is the perfect treat after a day at the beach! It will put you back together, we promise.
2. BEACH WAVES SEA SPRAY
Want instant photo-ready beach hair? No big deal. This simple formula will have your friends wishing you invited them along to catch some major rays.
How to make your own sea salt spray:
1 cup warm water
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp of coconut oil
1 tsp gel
mix and shake
Spray generously throughout your hair! Ahhhhh.
Here’s a personal favorite from one gal to the next. It smells like heaven!
3. Moisturizing Orange Face Mask &
4. Tightening Green Tea + Grapefruit Toner
How to make your own moisturizing orange face mask:
1/2 cup steel-cut oatmeal (you can substitute instant unflavored oatmeal)
Juice from 1 whole orange
3 tablespoons plain yogurt with active cultures (greek yogurt is great for this!)
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons dried orange peel (found in the spice aisle of most grocery stores)
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Stir until well-mixed and combined. You're looking for a consistency that is thick, but not too runny so it will stay on your face. You can always add extra oatmeal to thicken. Spread onto your freshly washed and dried face in an even layer, being careful to avoid the eye area. Leave on for 15-30 minutes.
Rinse this mask off with warm water.
*Important* You can store your face mask in an airtight container in the refrigerator, but make sure you do not keep it for more than a week (otherwise it will spoil!)
How to make your own green tea + grapefruit toner
2 green tea bags steeped in 1 cup water and cooled.
1/4 cup witch hazel
Juice of 1/2 of a red grapefruit
Steep the tea bags in the water and let cool.
Remove the teabags.
Add the witch hazel and the grapefruit juice to the tea water.
Mix all together.
Apply to skin with a cotton ball, let dry and then rinse off with water.
There you have it! We bet you have most of these ingredients in your pantry and you didn't even know it. You can even use the leftover grapefruit as compost. Hooray for being green.
5. DIY Buttery Lip Gloss (vanilla & liquid brownie)
Okay, so who doesn’t like homemade lip butter? I don’t even think you can answer that. We came across this scrumptious serving of vanilla and liquid brownie flavored lip balm (we don’t recommend eating it) which you’ll absolutely love. The process is easy and can be best achieved if you save a couple of your old store bought chapstick containers or purchase mini travel size pots.
How To Make Your Own Lip Gloss
Chapstick or lip gloss containers (you can recycle old ones too)1 tb coconut oil1 tb cocoa butter1 tb beeswax (2 tsp for a softer butter)1 tsp cacao powder (for chocolate)4-5 drops essential oil (for vanilla flavor)
Finely chop cocoa butter (1 tbsp)
Finely chop beeswax
Combine in saucepan: coconut oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, and cocoa powder, allow to melt.
Stir. Pour in lip gloss containers to harden.
Let chapstick/lipgloss cool for about 5-10 minutes before using
* 1 recipe makes about 4 containers of lip butter.
Enjoy those gorgeous lips!