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
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.