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If you didn’t see the title of this post and just saw the ingredients pictured above, what might you guess I was making? Something sweet, yummy and easy? Well, you’d be mostly right. The only thing is that you’re not supposed to eat it…although you can
Back in my single days, I used to love to buy either salt or sugar scrubs to use in the shower. I saw a difference in my dry and bumpy skin on the back of my arms. I have since learned that the dry, bumpy skin on the back of my arms is often referred to as “chicken skin” and that about 50% of the population has it! Well, I also learned that exfoliating and moisturizing can really help alleviate the skin condition.
Quite frankly, though, with two little ones to chase after and clean up after all day, sugar scrub seems like quite a luxury. There are so many other things I’d rather buy than scrub for myself….
However, I just happened to be reading about my little skin condition and read over and over that exfoliating with a scrub and moisturizing with a good oil (like coconut oil) can make a difference in your skin. It’ll at least feel great!
So, I decided to make my own sugar scrub. And, I did.
There is one simple recipe to make a sugar scrub. Use one part oil to two parts sugar. You can use olive oil, sunflower oil or coconut oil. For sugar, you can use white or brown or a combination of the two. Then, you can add fun extras like vanilla extract or cinnamon to make it even yummier…I mean, better smelling
Here’s how I made mine:
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
That’s it. Mix it all up. Put it in a container you can seal. Then, enjoy!
It took me long enough to make it. Why did I wait? I love this!
What’s keeping you from making your own scrub?
If you are like me, then you are always looking for ways to both cut costs and cut the amount of toxins, preservatives and chemicals around the house. Sometimes, that combination is a difficult one. It’s wonderful to discover all natural substitutes that are also inexpensive. Recently, we had a post about all natural and very inexpensive shampoo. Well, there’s also a wonderfully all natural, easy and cheap alternative to your store-bought hair conditioner!
Although the shampoo alternative utilized a household item most people have in their kitchens (baking soda), the conditioning alternative is not necessarily something that everyone has around. The key ingredient: apple cider vinegar.
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Now, back to your homemade, all natural, inexpensive hair conditioner. Prepare for EASY!
1 cup of hot tap water
1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
Simple mix the apple cider vinegar with the hot water and shake. Then, work it into your hair, one section of your hair at a time. Be sure not to dump it all into your hair because that could burn your eyes a little!
The end result is great shine for pennies on the dollar. And, did I mention that it takes about two minutes to prepare it?
What a great way to take good care of your hair at a price you just can’t refuse!
What DIY all natural and inexpensive beauty products have you tried lately?
For a while now, I have read about people going “no-poo,” that is not using commercial shampoo anymore. Well, I told myself that I was curious enough that ‘one of these days’ I was going to check into the recipes for whatever these people were doing to wash and condition their hair.
Well, ‘one of these days’ became yesterday. It was unbelievably easy and worked great! Okay, now. Brace yourself for easy, cheap and ALL natural (a beautiful trifecta)!!!
Here it goes. For the shampoo, you’ll need two ingredients. Two! And 99.9% of people reading this post right now have those ingredients in your kitchen.
1 cup of hot water
1 Tablespoon baking soda
Directions: Put them in a jar or plastic mustard or ketchup-type squirt plastic bottle and mix. That’s it. Work a little into your hair at a time. Some say that amount will last several days. I used it all. Maybe it’s because I used a jar and not one of those squirt bottles. Maybe it’s because I have lots of thick long hair. Whatever the reason, I didn’t feel bad. At all. Most importantly, it worked great. I have to admit I was concerned about my hair and scalp feeling really clean after shampooing with water and baking soda. But, it was fantastic.
It was fantastic enough that I may never need to buy shampoo again. Crazy, huh? It’s new enough to me that I can’t even believe that I just said that! One of these days I’ll have to calculate how many pennies I spent on washing my hair with a cup of tap water and a tablespoon of baking soda. Yay for new, easy, natural and ridiculously cheap shampoo!
What natural and cheap homemade products have you tried lately?
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It’s expensive to look good right? Well that may be what you’ve heard, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are some ways you can save money on do-it-yourself beauty tips!
1. Brown sugar and milk. This makes a GREAT exfoliator and it’s wayyyyyyy cheaper than any you would buy.
2. Yogurt and honey. When your skin gets red and irritated, this is a great way to calm it down.
3. Green tea leaves and water. This strange concoction will make an amazing toner for your face.
4. Cucumbers. They really do help your eyes when they are puffy. It’s not just for the movies!
5. Vinegar. This is going to sound crazy, but vinegar is an awesome stripper for your hair. It will strip all that build up right off! It makes it super shiny too! And it doesn’t stink, so don’t worry!
6. Lemon juice and water. This will naturally lighten your hair! No more sun-in for you! Just use natures elements.
Remember before you get skeptical that beauty products haven’t always been around and for centuries people had to use products found in nature. Give these a try and tell us what you think!
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