Ever since I began eating a healthier diet I've made quite an automatic switch from conventional to natural and organic products when it comes to body, hair and face care and also make-up and house cleaning products. Remember that our bodies absorb most of what we put on our skin! The good news is that there are SO many great natural brands to choose from nowadays. The even better news is that you might also have quite a few items in your kitchen cupboards which can also double as beauty products. I realise that this is too much "hippie" for some, but think about it. There isn't really that much of a difference between the pricey body oil from the health food store and the oil in your kitchen which you can buy for a fourth of the price.
Here follows a list of my favourite "kitchen beauty hacks". Enjoy!
Baking soda is the ultimate multitasker! I use it for things like cleaning the kitchen sink, but for beauty it's also fantastic. I mostly use it for deep cleansing my hair. After shampooing and rinsing, I mix some baking soda with water into a paste. I apply the paste to my roots and massage for a couple of minutes, then rinse again. I do this maybe once a week or once every two weeks. It can feel slightly drying, so I simply use it on the roots and not on the lengths of my hair. I also sometimes use baking soda as a facial scrub. Simply mix some baking soda with water into a paste and gently scrub your face, then rinse. Be careful if you have very sensitive skin.
The wonder oil! I use it for moisturising my entire body after showering and it's so much better than any body lotion. I don't use it on my face anymore because it seems to break me out, but on my body it's fantastic. An added bonus is the lovely coconut smell. I always use virgin and cold-pressed coconut oil.
Extra virgin olive oil or cold-pressed rapeseed oil
Sometimes if I want to use something else instead of coconut oil as a body oil, I go for these oils which we always have in the kitchen anyway. I don't really like the smell of olive oil, so I simply pour it into a small bottle and add a few drops of lavender essential oil. The lavender is great after showers/baths in the evening as the scent is very calming. I adore the smell of lavender.
Most dry shampoos on the market are full of toxic chemicals (ugh!). Meet arrow root, your new all natural and super cheap dry shampoo. Simply apply a small amount onto your roots, massage it in with your fingers, then brush. Et voilà, fresh hair! I think arrow root works best on blonde hair. If you have dark hair I've heard that you can use cocoa powder, but I don't know how well it works myself.
Lemon can be very strong, so use it carefully. I sometimes use lemon juice on my face to bleach acne scars which seems to work really well. If you're a natural blonde like me you can also use lemon juice in your hair to speed up any natural bleaching from the sun. This can be quite drying or damaging for the hair though, so be careful.
Hemp seed oil
I use hemp seed oil in my homemade face cleansing oil blend. This oil is great if you have acne-prone skin as it's non-comedogenic (won't clog pores). An entire post about the oil cleansing method (OCM) coming soon! It has cleared up my skin like nothing before.
Using melted raw cacao butter as a body moisturiser is the most divine experience (you'll smell like a chocolate praline!). Check out my recipe for body butter with cacao, coconut, rosehip and lavender.
Mix sugar or coconut sugar with coconut oil for the best body scrub. Add your favourite essential oil if you like.
Add ground coffee to the body scrub mentioned above, or take a look at my recipe here. It smells so good and it's great for the skin too.
What are your favourite natural beauty tips and tricks? Please share in the comments!