Monday, May 12, 2014

4 DIY Beauty Recipes for Beginners

I am a stay-at-home person. I am not a house-wife because I don’t really do house-wifey things. I am not a stay-at-home mother because well…I’m not pregnant. I am a good old fashioned stay-at home person.

This is not entirely true. I started a new job last week doing therapy with adolescents and youth. However it's only a few days week. 

My previous job that was described as a “40 hour a week job”  turned into a "50 hour a week job" after one month and then finally after two months turned into a "1929486930 hours a week type job" because of all the space it took up in my brain. I was burned out, low on energy and had friends calling me, Umm…are we still friends?

Needless to say the 3 weeks I took off to recover from said job were very much needed.I needed to be a stay-at-home-maybe-in-bed-person And now even with a job I still find large lapses of time and space where I am not sure what to do. Leaving my job challenged me to let go of exhaustion as status symbol and productivity as a measure of my self-worth. (Yay Brene Brown!) However I did not want boredom to turn into my new status symbol or how many books I could buy and read off of amazon to be a measure of my self-worth either.

So I have had some extra time. Therefore I have been making some DIY organic beauty products. It has actually been really fun and much easier than I suspected! I am definitely a rookie with this stuff. One of my friends, who graciously let me fall off the face of the earth during my "1929486930 hours a week job", introduced me to these products when I went up to LA to visit her end of April. She told me about these recipes that are all-natural and toxin-free.

I am not one to follow directions or recipes or rules for that matter. I don’t like recipes that have a million ingredients because I lose motivation if there are too many. I am also not one to think that everything is giving me toxins (which everything probably is and that’s really scary… so deep breath) However I am one to be drawn to self-care practices, healthy remedies and beauty products that smell good.

Here is what I have made recently:

DIY Dry Shampoo:
1/4 cup cornstarch
5 drops of your favorite essential oil (I used lavender naturally)
Old make-up brush
*You can also add Cocoa Powder if you have darker hair

DIY Sweet Orange & Honey Shampoo
1/2 cup Castile soap
1 cup raw honey
3/4-2 teaspoons Sweet Orange essential oil

DIY Nurturing Hair Oil:
5 drops Rosemary essential oil
2 drops Lavender essential oil
1 tbsp Joboba Oil

DIY Eye Make-Up Remover:
2 ounces of Witch Hazel
2 ounces of Olive Oil

I have had fun making these! I have also had fun leaving my stay-at-home- person behind and becoming an annoying-costumer-at-target-person. At the end of my Target run a total of 5 clerks/employees/pharmacists had tried to find me Witch Hazel. The first two young guys I asked snickered and looked at me like I was a Disney girl looking for her nemesis in a witch whose ethnicity was hazel. The 3rd person stated it was near the alcohol. The pharmacist said to look for it near the band-aids... This was making sense…. Finally the last person who helped me was a woman, closer to my age and seemed in touch with reality. However she led me to a cream that was used   to heal anus sores. "Sorry, this is all we have", she said, as if she had found what I was looking for and that it just wasn't the "brand" I was looking for. Side-note: when it comes to butt wounds, I think you should be picky about brands.

In the end I did find the Witch Hazel, but I did it alone. When it came time to find Corn Starch I didn't ask anyone. If you want any help though feel free to comment with questions!


  1. I always wonder if the "organic" stuff will still keep me/my house clean. Do a followup post, PLEASE!!! :0)

  2. I've got to try that eye makeup remover! I stopped using drugstore facewashes (they were breaking me out!) and started just steaming with a hot wash cloth and using RAW honey as an antibacterial cleaner. It works wonderfully but eye makeup can be especially stubborn. I love this (natural) solution!