our favourite DIY skin & hair care products

our favourite DIY skin & hair care products

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Using the ingredients from our last blog post key ingredients for natural skin & hair care we’ve shared our go-to recipes for no-nasty face, hair and body products. This isn’t a complete skin and hair care range – but it’s a good start in the right direction.

Unless otherwise written, all ingredients are mixed together in a glass bowl and transferred to its storage jar once combined. Some recipes use a double-boiler, particularly those with beeswax.

At the top of each recipe we have identified the best vessel for the product – the recipes can be adjusted in equal parts for smaller or bigger batches.

Body Scrub

Fits in a 750ml jar, preferably with a wide mouth / opening and air tight seal.

  • 3/4 cup of Almond Oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of Coconut Sugar
  • 1/2 cup of Flaky Sea Salt
  • Essential Oils (15 drops) – Rosemary

Use with a loofah or coconut fibre sponge to exfoliate your skin – focusing on shoulders, chest, arms and legs.

Cleanser

Fits in a 500ml jar, preferably with a wide mouth / opening.

  • 1/2 cup of Castor Oil
  • 1/2 cup of Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup of Beeswax
  • 2/3 cup of Cocoa Butter
  • Essential Oils (1 tsp) – Rosemary
  • Essential Oils (1 tsp) – Eucalyptus
  • Essential Oils (1 tsp) – Lavender

Melt the beeswax and cocoa butter in a double boiler, then blend with the castor and olive oil. Once combined, remove from heat and add the essential oils, then transfer to a jar.

To use, massage a scoop of it into your face using circular motions for ~2mins, then cover with a wash cloth that’s been soaked in warm water for another ~2mins, before wiping off.

Face Mask

Fits in a 500ml jar, preferably with a wide mouth / opening.

  • 1 cup of Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1/2 cup of Bentonite Clay
  • 1/2 cup of Activated Charcoal
  • Essential Oils (20 drops) – Carrot Seed
  • Essential Oils (20 drops) – Copaiba

Apply to your face with a brush and leave for 10mins or until dry. Wash off in the shower or with a damp washcloth – beware, the charcoal may stain!

Hair Wax

Fits in a 300ml jar – we use two 150ml aluminium screw top tins.

  • 1/2 cup of Beeswax
  • 1/2 cup of Coconut Oil
  • Essential Oils (25 drops) – Sandalwood

Melt the beeswax in a double boiler, then add the coconut and essential oil and combine. Remove from the heat and pour into the storage tins or jar. Once it’s cooled and set, it can be used (in the same way you’d use any other hair wax).

Beeswax Candles

Makes one standard sized candle

  • 1 cup of Beeswax
  • 1/4 cup of Coconut Oil
  • Essential Oils (10 drops) – optional, scent of choice (not always a strong smell when used in a beeswax candle)
  • Wick and holder or bamboo skewer

Pre-prepare a candle vessel with a wick – tied to a bamboo skewer or secured with a wick holder. Melt the beeswax in a double boiler, remove from eat and combine with coconut and essential oils. Pour into the candle vessel and leave to set (approx. 10mins). The first time you light it, burn it for at least 2.5 hours so the whole surface melts.

Olive Oil & Honey Soap

Makes approx. 10 blocks of soap.

  • 2/3 cup of Coconut Oil
  • 2 cups of Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup of Shea Butter
  • 1/4 cup of Beeswax
  • 1 1/4 cups of Hot Water
  • 1/3 cup of Sodium Hydroxide
  • 1/4 cup of Honey
  • 2 tbsp Manuka Extract

Place the oils, wax and butter in a double boiler – melt and combine, then remove from the heat.

Whilst wearing gloves, place the sodium hydroxide in a jug and slowly pour in the hot water, stirring it in as you go. Follow the same process with the honey.

Wait for both to cool to 50-60 degrees Celsius (120-140 degrees Fahrenheit), then combine the two mixtures together, adding the Manuka Extract quickly before pouring into the mould. If you don’t have a soap mould, use either a silicon loaf mould or a ceramic loaf dish with some If You Care baking paper to line it.

Leave for 24 hours to cure, before removing from the mould and slicing (whilst wearing gloves). Let it set for four weeks before using.

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Our next blog post includes a recipe for homemade no-nasties mouthwash and toothpaste, along with some tips on reducing waste and toxin exposure when taking care of your teeth and gums.


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