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5 Natural Beauty Ingredients In Your Kitchen

5 Natural beauty Ingredients In Your Kitchen

5 Natural beauty Ingredients In Your Kitchen

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This last year I made a promise to myself that I would try to use only cruelty-free beauty products. After doing a little bit of research I found that I could easily replace some of my every day beauty products with items that I already have in my kitchen. In the last few months, I've replaced my: face wash, shaving cream, night-time moisturizer, eye makeup remover, face and body scrubs, hair oil, and deep conditioner. And I've replaced all of those with only 5 ingredients from my kitchen.

5 Natural Beauty Items From Your Kitchen

Honey

Why I Use It. For the last couple of months I've been using honey to wash my face instead of a cleanser. My face never feels tight after I wash it (honey is a moisturizer!) and my skin has been much clearer since I switched to honey. Honey is also (allegedly) good for reducing the visibility of scars, which is excellent for me since my skin scars extremely easily.
How I use It. After wetting my hands and face, I take a small amount of honey, massage it into my skin, and leave it on for a few minutes (I typically brush my teeth while I let it sit).
Tip: If you're thinking about switching to honey, make sure that you use organic, raw honey.

Avocado Oil

Why I Use It. I love using avocado oil as a lightweight night-time moisturizer. It doesn't make my skin break out like coconut oil does and leaves my skin feeling super soft. Apparently avocados also help reduce the appearance of age spots and wrinkles also I haven't confirmed that for myself. Oh, and it smells great.
How I Use It. Since avocado oil can be a bit … oily … I only use a very small amount (only the amount to cover the tips of four fingers).
Tip. Avocado oil will stain your sheets / pillow cases, so apply only s small amount and give it a little while to absorb. You can also use avocado oil as a hair conditioner!

Coconut Oil

Why I Use It. Because coconut oil is apparently the foundation of natural beauty. And because you can get so many uses out of just one (relatively cheap) jar of oil.
How I Use It. These are my top 5 uses for coconut oil:

  • Oil Pulling. You can see my thoughts on oil pulling here.
  • Eye Makeup Remover. Hands down the best eye makeup remover.
  • Frizz Tamer. I dip two fingers into coconut oil and smooth over the top of my hair to attach the frizzies.
  • Shaving Oil. Goodbye shaving cream, hello coconut oil for smooth legs!
  • Deep Conditioner. You can see my thoughts on using coconut oil as a deep conditioner here.

Tip. I actually keep 3 small jars of coconut oil in my bathroom for my 1) mouth, 2) eyes & skin, and 3) hair & shaving. I like to keep things separate (don't want to chance finding a stray hair from my deep conditioning treatment while I'm oil pulling).

Brown Sugar

Why I Use It. Quick: go grab your face / body exfoliating wash and check to see if it has contains microbeads. If so, throw it away and vow to never, ever buy anything with microbeads ever again. According to multiple studies, microbeads are too small to be filtered out by our wastewater treatment plants, meaning that they end up in large bodies of water. And that means that they can eventually end up in fish and other sea life (poor animals!) and into our food (if you eat seafood OR animals that eat fish). The problem is so sever that Illinois has ban any cosmetics with microbeads and three other states are moving to do the same. Although several companies have already decided to replace microbeads with sea salt and oatmeal, I prefer using brown sugar.
How I Use It. I mix brown sugar with honey and avocado oil to use as a face scrub twice a week. I have also mixed brown sugar with coconut oil (shocker), rose petals, and essential oils for a body scrub. I don't like using coconut oil on my face (it makes me break out) so I keep that to my body.

Sesame Oil

Why I Use It. Because sometimes I like to spice up my oil pulling routine. And I love the taste of sesame oil.
How I Use It. You can see my thoughts on oil pulling here.

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Nicole is a treasure hunter and pup mama located in Seattle, Washington. Loves travel, politics, lifestyle, TV, & wine. She's an unapologetic SJW & feminist AF.

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  • Mary Bolster

    How exciting :). I love the link up! And thanks for sharing all those natural beauty products. I would’ve never known the used they have. I’m definitely going to have to try some of those out.

  • Wow! I’ve never heard of avocado oil before and didn’t realize how bad facial cleansers with micro beads were for the environment! This post was so very informational! Thanks for sharing Nicole!

  • I want to try all of these ASAP!!! I’m always on the look out for finding new uses for things, particularly natural wholesome things that replace expensive chemical-ridden beauty products (as is so often the case these days!). Thanks for the inspiration Nicole! I suffer with quite dry skin in winter (as it is in Aus at the moment) so I’m interested to try moisturising with oil as well as washing my face with an oil cleanser as I’m doing now!

    • I have very dry skin in the winter as well and I think that the honey will help! What kind of oil are you using to wash your face now?

      • Sounds like we have the same issue!! I’m keen to give the honey a go! I’m currently using my MAC tranquil oil cleanser but once I run out of that I’m thinking of one of the organic oils I can buy from the supermarket. Maybe coconut?

  • I swear by coconut oil. Have to try avocado oil! Thanks for hosting!

    • what do you use it for? anything in particular?

      • I use it as my nightly face moisturizer! I had no idea it could take off eye makeup, I’m going to try that tonight.

  • So curious about using honey as a moisturizing face wash! I’ll have to try it.

  • I need to try the coconut oil hair for deep hair conditioning what a great idea.

  • TheSubtleHipster

    I need to try using honey on my face. I like using almond oil for my face, hair, and body.

  • Some great items listed. I have been wanting to try coconut oil for quite a few things. Is there a brand of coconut oil you would recommend, or will any do?

  • I haven’t heard of most of these tips! I’m actually really interested in the honey especially, I cannot imagine the amount of money I’d save on beauty products. I’ve used coffee grounds to lightly exfoliate my face – seems to work well as long as you’re not scrubbing too hard!

  • You are always my go-to for natural products! I’ve been holding out on trying the honey as a cleanser because I’m so worried I’ll break out! I think I just need to try it.

  • Thank you for these tips! I often hear about people using natural products, but then am always unsure of how/what to use. I like that honey idea and avocado oil. No wonder your skin always looks so lustrous!!

  • Love these suggestions! I’m curious to try the honey face wash and coconut oil makeup remover!

    ~Jessica

    Jeans and a Teacup

  • I absolutely LOVE coconut oil! SO many uses!

  • oh yeah! i totally forgot about brown sugar and how you can use that to exfoliate! :) it’s funny now that i think about it.. back in the day.. people probably used these for beauty products.

  • Awesome ideas! I had NO clue that microbeads were such a problem… looks like I’ll be throwing away some old foot scrubs!

    -Kate
    http://www.theflorkens.com

  • Coconut oil is the bomb!! I use it as a deep conditioning treatment every few weeks for my hair.

    Thanks for the tip in regards to the microbeads – I had no idea! I am off to check now. Love the honey, advacado oil, and brown sugar scrub tip. I will for sure be giving that a try!

  • I can not wait to try Honey as a face wash! I have never tried that!!!

  • I currently use honey to wash my face :) Love it!

  • SimplyEvani

    Where do you get the avocado oil??

  • Love this post! I’ve been on the clean beauty routine kick for a little over a year now. For the honey, do you wash off your make-up first? I’ve read somewhere you should remove make-up first but that seems to defeat the purpose for me (read I’m lazy). I totally agree with the coconut oil and use it for shaving and eye makeup remover. I was doing oil cleansing for my face, but recently switched to a more typical cleanser (still clean/organic) but I think it is drying out my face. I really like rosehip oil, but it should be mixed with another oil b/c it can give you an orange tint or so I read, I sometimes moisturizer or shave with a mix of sunflower seed oil and rosehip oil.

    • the honey doesn’t do a great job of taking off the makeup.. so coconut oil works best first.. then maybe honey after. i haven’t found a good one step solution.. but honey works great on the many many days i don’t wear makeup :P

  • withluckblog

    I feel like I’ve really been missing out on this honey train. I never knew it could be used as a face wash!