Dina is a caring inhabitant of planet Earth who introduces alternative ways of living through writing.
Going eco-friendly has become tremendously important in the contemporary world affected by pollution, global warming, ozone depletion and other dangerous environmental changes. It’s easy to blame these changes on capitalism and big corporations, but we are becoming increasingly aware of our own contribution to the problem.
We use products that contain hazardous chemicals in our everyday lives. The reason for this? Convenience.
It is convenient for us to buy finished products at our local supermarket.
Replace Your Old Beauty Products
However, by using products that contain harmful chemicals we are not only hurting our planet but also ourselves. There are many products that contain carcinogens and other nasty chemicals that hurt our overall health once our organism absorbs it regardless of whether we apply these products to only small parts of our bodies.
Few people would agree that convenience is a good enough reason for highly increased likelihood of developing cancer and other diseases.
To decrease the amount of our exposure to the damaging chemicals, the use of products that contain them should be reduced to a minimum. This means that we should by no means use them on a regular basis.
Here is a list of some DIY, eco-friendly and chemical-free face and body masks, scrubs, and more to incorporate into your everyday beauty routine.
Pro tip: Glass is the material to go for ecology-wise, so it would be best to store the mixtures in a mason jar or a similar glass container.
Making your own DIY face masks, scrubs, and more can be easy and fun and doesn't have to be time-consuming.
Olive oil can work wonders for you as a DIY make up remover. Be gentle with it, though it is safe to say that olive oil will always be way gentler on your eyes than any eye makeup remover that has chemicals in it.
Simply put some olive oil on your makeup remover pads and remove the eye makeup.
Don't go overboard with olive oil, though, if you don't want it to leave you feeling greasy.
As my facial makeup remover, I use castor oil diluted in rose water.
- 2 roses
- 1l of water
- ½ cup of castor oil
1. Rinse the rose petals and bring the water to a boil.
2. After the water starts boiling, put the rose petals in and boil them for about 20-30 minutes to make sure that you got rid of all impurities.
3. Leave the water to cool down and add castor oil in.
Himalayan Salt Face Scrub
This DIY face scrub is perfect for oily skin.
It reduces greasiness and shine, while also promoting a healthy glow.
Additionally, Himalayan salt reduces signs of aging, successfully fights acne and skin infections, and softens the skin.
- 6 tablespoons of pink Himalayan salt
- 2 tablespoons of vinegar
Mix the salt and vinegar until you get a uniform mixture.
You can use this scrub two times a week.
Sugar Body Scrub
Sugar body scrub removes dead cells perfectly, leaving your skin soft and smooth.
I use it about two times a week and I wouldn’t advise using it for longer since overuse may lead to dry, flaky and overall damaged skin.
Disclaimer: I have a normal skin type. This body scrub may not work for you because more oily skin types may need some stronger means of scrubbing, while it may be too harsh for drier skin types.
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- ½ cup of sugar
- 4 tablespoons of olive oil
Mix the ingredients together and, voila, you have your own DIY body scrub!
I store this in my fridge and use it for up to three weeks. I haven’t noticed any problems, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend using it after it sits in your fridge for longer than that.
Chamomile Tea Conditioner
This recipe requires nothing except for chamomile tea bags and water.
It works as a great natural conditioner due to the many benefits of chamomile.
The conditioner will work wonders for your split ends and dandruff, while at the same time making your hair shiny. I don’t recommend using it too often because chamomile can lighten your hair which may not be what you’re going for.
- 2 cups of water
- 4 chamomile bags
Bring the water to a boil and put the tea bags in, letting it cool off completely.
After it cools, you can use it instead of your conditioner by pouring the tea onto your hair.
Chamomile tea also has antimicrobial properties, so don’t be afraid of pouring some of it onto your skin as well.
After about 5-6 minutes, rinse it off with cool or mild water.
It is always a good idea to give your hair some additional conditioning during the day, and hair oils have an amazing effect on our hair. Mixing your own compound is always a good idea since you can choose those ingredients that will help bring about the effects you are hoping for. Here's what I use:
- 2 tablespoons of castor oil
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 4 drops of essential oil
Disclaimer: Essential oils may irritate your skin and cause dermatitis and rashes. If you experience any irritation, reduce or completely stop using essential oils.
Mix in all of the ingredients and enjoy your personalized, scented hair oil.
You can mix in any essential oil you like, but lavender is known to be exceptionally beneficial for follicle growth. It also has a soothing effect on both hair and skin, not to mention its bewitching fragrance.
Castor oil is filled with a fatty acid called ricinoleic acid which is great for a glossy, healthy hair and combating hair loss. Olive oil has some additional benefits, such as reducing frizziness and repairing damaged areas.
Don’t use the mixture more than once a day and put it only on the ends of your hair to avoid greasy effect. Alternatively, you can use a larger amount of the mixture and leave it in for a few hours before washing your hair.
DIY beauty mixtures are great because you can alter them according to your own personal preferences and needs, while also being chemical-free and healthy.
Feel free to adapt all of these recipes and to use them more or less often than I advise here.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2019 Dina Sostarec
Dina Sostarec (author) from Osijek, Croatia on July 16, 2019:
I am so glad you will try it and I would love to hear some of the recipes you use!
Madeleine Clays on July 15, 2019:
Thank you for sharing these organic recipes for hair and skin care. I gave up using over the counter skin products several years ago, after discovering the toxic ingredients in most of them. Now I make my own. I am going to try your chamomile hair conditioner. It looks simple and lovely.
Tori Leumas on July 15, 2019:
Cool hub. I'm always interested in using natural products without chemicals in it. Healthy is the way to go.