Pimp Your Products!

Let’s face it – making your own skin care products is time consuming. And as I understand that everyone don’t get a kick out of it in the same way as I do, I don’t blame anyone who feel they don’t have time or energy to make everything from scratch. So why not cheat a bit?

Check out these three easy ways to turn your store bought, cheap plain products into fancy customized products in no time.

To make a face or body scrub, just take your regular liquid face or body wash. Take a bit of the cleanser in the palm of your hand, add a scrubbing agent – and you have a luxurious face or body scrub! Keep a sugar dispenser filled with a scrubbing agent in the shower (just beware that it can get humid in there so it might go rancid after a few weeks if it doesn’t have a proper lid) and mix yourself a fancy scrub each time.
Scrubbing agents for face scrub: cornstarch, riceflour, ground oatmeal, ground herbs such as lavender or rose.
Scrubbing agents for body scrub: any of the above or coffee, sugar, salt, ground nuts or kernels.

Many agree that most shampoos contain some potentially harmful ingredients. But actually going completely no-shampoo is a big step for most people. But don’t fret, there’s a solution. You can mix your shampoo with a herbal infusion to  dilute the sulfates in the shampoo and get all the great benefits of herbs in your hair! This way you don’t need to buy expensive shampoos for specific hair types – just buy a cheap basic shampoo and add the herbs you like and need! This recipe is inspired by a post on Perfect Skincare for You.

Instructions on how to make an infusion can be found here, but basically – make a strong tea. Mix 1 part shampoo with about 2 parts strained infusion in a bottle, and shake will. Store in fridge or use within one week.

Good allround hair herbs: Rosemary, birch leaves, nettles, chamomile.
Herbs for normal hair and children: Chamomile, rose, rosemary, thyme.
Herbs for normal hair and children: Chamomile, rose, rosemary, thyme.
Herbs for oily hair: Nettles, melissa, peppermint, elderflower, thyme, sage, rosemary.
Herbs for dry hair and damaged hair: Chamomile, calendula.
Herbs for added shine: Birch, nettles, chamomile, calendula, rosemary, sage.
Herbs for added volume: Calendula, sage.
Herbs against dandruff: Nettles, elderberries, chamomile, rosemary, sage, thyme, witch hazel.
For toning herbs please see this post.

With a bunch of essential oils at hand, the sky is the limit!

  • Get some unscented body lotion, add a few drops of essential oils and you have a perfumed body lotion. Pick any smells that you like, you can take some inspiration from Crunchy Betty’s solid perfume post. If you want the benefits of the essential oils for your skin type, google around a bit to find which essential oils are good for your skin type. Here’s one place to start. My own favorites (I have oily skin) are tea tree, rosemary and ylang ylang.
  • Add some essential oils to your regular shampoo and you have your very own unique shampoo for your hair type. Combine this with the herbal shampoo and you’ll never go back!
  • Be creative! Essential oils can be added to more or less anything that you can stir it in to… Face creams, cleansers, hand/foot cream, (leave-in) conditioners, face toners…

Essential oils in hair care
E.o:s for normal hair and children:
Orange, sedarwood, lavender, rosemary, ylang-ylang
E.o:s for oily hair: Orange, cedarwood, lemon, cypress, grapefruit, lavender, lime, patchouli, rosemary, sage, ylang-ylang
E.o:s for dry and damaged hair: Frankincense, geranium, lavender, sandalwood.
E.o:s for added shine: Thyeme, lemon, patchouli, rosemary, sage, ylang-ylang
E.o:s for added volume: Orange, geranium, sandalwood.
E.o:s against dandruff: Cedarwood, cypress, eukalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme.

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