Last day I realised all my makeup product were on the verge of getting finished. So I took out all my pocket money and went to the cosmetic store nearby. The prices were so high I nearly swayed. Not like I never bought them before but it suddenly dawned on me why are we wasting our hard earned money on a bunch of chemicals when we can actually make better stuff at our own home out of completely natural products. I found out my mother knew a lot more about all this that did. So I wanted to share it with you. Some pointers that may help you too.
•Corn-starch can soak in all the oil & dirt leaving your hair feeling clean
•Baking powder is great to exfoliate and loosen up dead skin
•Gram flour is great for tighting of loose skin.
Natural Blackhead Remover
Baking powder is great to oxygenate and loosen up dead skin and remove blackheads, and dirt lurking underneath the surface.
1 tablespoon baking soda
Water (preferably mineral)
Mix the two ingredients to obtain a slightly wet paste-like consistency. Apply it on your nose and let it dry completely. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse.
Face Pack for Glowing Skin
This is one of my grandmother’s secrets for bright and glowing skin which she taught my mother. Gram flour is great for improving uneven skin tone and milk has a very soothing effect on the skin.
2 tablespoons gram flour (besan)
1 tablespoon milk (raw)
Mix all ingredients to make a paste and apply the mixture evenly on your face. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse your face with lukewarm water.
Natural Skin Toner
A toner is required to clean the skin. A good toner is one that hydrates, clears and energizes your skin and there's nothing like fresh aloe Vera gel to do all these three things. Cut open the leaf and scoop all the gel out. Massage the gel on your face and neck and let it dry for 15 minutes. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat it dry.
Natural Makeup Remover
You don’t need anything else to remove makeup other than a dab of coconut oil. Coconut oil is also an excellent moisturizer and doesn't make your skin dry like some store-bought make-up removers can. Massage it gently on your face and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing.
Natural Eye Lash and Eye Brow Enhancer
Fake eye lashes can give a fuller look and even a mascara can help define your lashes but when you can do it naturally then why rely on these products? Apply castor oil on your lashes and brows regularly. Castor oil facilitates hair growth and can make your eye lashes and brows look fuller.
Natural Wax for Facial Hair
Bleaching is a harsh way to hide facial hair. Instead, I suggest you make this quick and natural wax at home to get rid of facial hair.
2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 cup of lemon juice (without the seeds)
2 cups of water
Mix all the ingredients together and heat the mixture for 8-10 minutes till it becomes golden-brown in colour. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool down. It will become sticky like wax. Store in the fridge and apple some whenever needed. Spread the mixture with your fingertips on your face and pull gently against the direction of hair growth.
Now that you've found the perfect substitutes for the most common beauty products used, give your skin some natural treatment. I absolutely love the oil cleansing method, which leaves skin very soft and smooth by using natural oils to balance the skin. I typically use the oil cleansing method at night and wash my face with raw honey if needed in the morning. You can also use a natural sugar scrub (equal parts sugar and natural oil) or natural microdermabrasion(baking soda) to make skin look younger.
With proper skin care, the skin will be naturally healthy and you won’t even need to wear makeup most of the time. Most days, I skip the makeup altogether, butwhen I do wear makeup I try using the natural product. Better on the skin and body and lighter on the purse. These products can actually be acquired from the products we find at our home. So no need to actually harassing your skin with the harmful chemicals found in the market produces make up.
There are also some other home made substitutes that you can definitely try and get amazing results. Believe me when I say they work the same, except being harmful and having a fancy smell or a fancy name.
At the recommendation of a friend who had used cocoa powder for natural bronzer, I started experimenting with natural foundation options, and came up with a recipe similar to a mineral make-up.
I start with a base of arrowroot powder and zinc oxide (can also use corn-starch, but arrowroot works better) and then slowly add in cocoa powder and finely ground cinnamon powder until you get a shade close to your skin tone. You can then store in a jar or old powder container and use a brush to apply. It took me a few tries of mixing to get the colour correct for my skin tone, but most days, a quick brush of this is all I need. I later discovered that adding gold mica powder gave it an even smoother texture and made skin radiant.
•Homemade eye shadow
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon arrowroot powder
1/4teaspoon pure shea butter
The following ingredients can be combined to create different variations of colour. For example, a little beet powder and cacao powder will create shades of pink. Using turmeric will give a golden glow, while just using cacao will give a brown tint. Try different combinations to get the look you want. Start with small sprinkles of your chosen colour and add more as needed.
Colour Combination Chart:
Brown: Use cacao powder and/or nutmeg
Pink: Beet powder
Red: Red clay
Green: Green clay or spirulina
Black/Grey: Activated charcoal
Orange: Combine saffron and beet powder
Clays can be used lighten or darken the colour: White clay, red clay, rose clay
Micas can be used for glitter.
How to Make Organic Homemade Kajal
If you are a person who keeps getting allergic reactions because of using store bought Kajal, then you must try homemade Kajal. Homemade Kajal doesn't have a expiration date and you just need few things to make lots of Kajal which is going to save you lot of money.
1.Place the burning Diya with castor oil in between two bowls and a plate over.
2.Wait for about 20 minutes and lift up the plate .Be careful of the plate as it will be really hot. Use a cloth or a tong to pick it up. You will find soot is collected at the bottom of the plate which looks like this.
3.Scrap out the soot with a blunt knife or from the back side of the spoon. Take it out in a dry container and add few drops of ghee (butter) in it.It will form a black paste. You can store it in a steel box.
I had taken a little help from my mother and Google to write this. Hope you can make these and enjoy them.