Switch to these 5 eco-friendly DIY beauty alternatives and help save our seas this World Ocean Day05 June 2019
Approximately 142 billion units of plastic were generated by the beauty industry in 2018, with most, if not all, ending up in landfill or polluting our oceans.
This World Ocean Day, give the planet a break from single-use plastics by whipping up one of our favourite DIY beauty recipes. As well as being inexpensive and highly effective, these zero-waste treats mean you can control what goes on your skin too. Help do your bit for our planet and have fun while you’re doing so!
Did you know that honey has been used in skin treatments for over 2000 years? Naturally antibacterial, honey opens up pores and unclogs dirt, making it the perfect ingredient for acne-prone skin. You might not know it, but oats contain special proteins that soothe irritation, and while egg white might seem like a strange ingredient to put on your face, its skin-tightening properties are out of this world.To make this miracle mask, you’ll need:
1 egg white
1 teaspoon of honey
1 tablespoon of ground oats
Whisk up the honey and egg white in a bowl until frothy, then stir in the ground oats to make a paste. Apply to face immediately (avoiding your eyes) and leave for 10 -15 minutes. Wash away with warm water and pat dry. This recipe is best used fresh, so apply thickly and do not store.
Perfect your pout with a Cocoa Butter Lip Scrub (via The Makeup Dummy)
Exfoliate away winter dryness and say hello to the freshest, smoothest lips ever with this tasty lip scrub. Brown sugar is the natural exfoliator in this recipe, so you’ll be glad to know there’s not a single nasty microbead in sight. Easily absorbable, Shea butter adds a luxurious layer of softness, while the cocoa powder will leave you smelling divine.
To make this heavenly lip scrub, you’ll need:
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon of Shea butter
1/2 tablespoon of oil (walnut oil or olive oil)
1 teaspoon of cocoa powder
Mix the brown sugar and Shea butter in a bowl with a spoon. Add oil and cocoa powder, then stir until completely mixed. Apply to generously to lips, massage, and then rinse with warm water. To store this scrub, transfer your mixture into a sealed glass jar and pop in the fridge. Use within 2 days.
Unwind and soothe with a little Lavender Body Butter (via Wellness Mama)
Perfect after a long soak, this super moisturising body butter recipe will work wonders on very dry skin and is also an effective post-shaving balm too. Massage into hands, knees, elbows and legs for all over smoothness. For silky feet, apply generously over heels and toes, pop on a pair of socks and wake up to heavenly softness. And if you’re not a fan of lavender, simply swap for peppermint, orange blossom, lemon or another essential oil of your choice.
Whip up this delight using:
6 ½ tablespoons of shea butter
6 ½ tablespoons of cocoa butter
6 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil
6 ½ tablespoons of light oil (almond, jojoba, or olive)
10 to 30 drops of lavender essential oil
In a double boiler or glass bowl, combine all ingredients minus the essential oils. Bring to medium heat, stir continuously until all the ingredients are melted, then remove and add your essential oils. Place your mixture in the fridge for an hour to harden. When time is up, using a hand mix, whip until light and fluffy, then return to fridge for 10 - 15 minutes. Store in the fridge in a sealed glass jar.
Treat your tresses to a deeply nourishing Banana hair mask (via Hair Buddha)
There’s always a banana or two in the fruit bowl that’s a little too ripe to eat. But why throw them away when you can make the most moisture-intensive hair mask ever? Good inside and out, bananas are packed full of vitamin C, magnesium and vitamin B5, which is great for adding volume, pliability and shine.
To make this hair mask, you’ll need:
1 ripe banana (if you have long hair, opt for 2)
2 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil
2 tablespoons of honey
6 ½ tablespoons of coconut milk (alternatively, full-fat milk or yogurt)
Using a blender, blend your ripe bananas into a smooth puree. Add the oil, honey and coconut milk and blend again until completely smooth. Massage the mixture into your hair from root to tip, then cover with a shower cap and leave for 30 minutes. Once time’s up, rinse with warm water and leave to dry naturally. Do not store.
Flaunt the freshest locks with this all natural Dry Shampoo (via Natural Living Family)
Dry shampoo is a wonderful time-saver, but packaged in an aerosol can, it’s certainly not doing our planet any favours. Whip up this super-speedy dry shampoo recipe and dust over your scalp for that ‘just washed’ look. For dark hair, add 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and for red hair, add 3 tablespoons of cinnamon. Say goodbye to oily hair by using:
3 tablespoons of arrowroot powder or organic cornstarch
2 tablespoons of baking soda
5 - 10 drops of essential oils
Put all ingredients into a lidded glass jar and shake until everything is mixed. Fetch an old (but clean!) toothbrush, dip it into the powder, and apply to scalp. Let the dry shampoo sit for 1 - 2 minutes before brushing out excess. Store in a lidded container.
Ready to save the world?
Before you run to your local store, check out our selection of supermarket discounts and vouchers and snap up all your fresh ingredients for less. From own-brand supermarket ranges to organic alternatives, shop at a price that suits you and create your own range of beauty treatments without blowing your budget.