Homemade stuff usually also has the added benefit of being cheap--usually, I already have this stuff hanging around. The other day, I needed a body scrub, so that I could apply sunless tanner. I had seen a few recipes online, and decided to mix some stuff together and see what I got. Here is my recipe:
2-4 tsp. brown sugar
2-4 tsp. white sugar
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. lemon juice
I mixed it all together in a small, clean jar that once held diced pimentos (see, recycling!). Honestly, the results were amazing. I tend to have dry, eczema-ish skin, and this stuff made it super smooth and soft. If you are not familiar with coconut oil, check it out. It is about the consistency of Crisco, a white solid at room temperature, but melts when you rub it in. I use it for so many things, including a substitute for after-shower lotion, face moisturizer in the winter, lip balm, and I smooth some onto dried hair to tame frizz. I got an enormous jar from a health-food store something like two years ago, but I have seen it now at Wal-Mart with other cooking oils.
1 cup strong chamomile tea (steeped approx. 30 minutes)
1 tsp. honey (dissolved in tea)
1/2 to 1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 oz. John Frieda Go Blonder Lightening Conditioner
I let the tea and honey cool a bit, added the lemon juice and whisked in the conditioner (which should keep my hair from getting too dried out). I poured it all into a spray bottle. I tested it out during a long run last week, spraying mostly the front layers and the top of my head until my hair was fairly saturated. I was out in the sun during my run for about 40 minutes, and when I got back my highlights were definitely more noticeable. It wasn't a drastic change--I think the process is a gradual one--but my highlights were definitely blonder. I keep this concoction in the fridge--I'm not sure if the ingredients go bad, but I don't want to spray moldy liquid onto my head.
So, there you are: homemade kitchen beauty. I can't guarantee the results, but if you try these, let me know how they work out for you. And let me know if you have any favorite homemade beauty recipes.