In 2013, almost 15% of the new products on the cosmetic market have been labeled with the paraben-free mark. This reflects a recent trend among manufacturers, currently developing an increasing interest in the intensive use of natural ingredients.
Access to information has increased consumer awareness towards the potentially harmful action of synthetic ingredients used in regular toiletries; this accounts for as many as half of consumers paying particular attention to the ingredients in the beauty and skincare products they choose to purchase.
Lately, there has been wide media coverage on the possible carcinogenic effects of some substances frequently used in hair care, oral hygiene, and color cosmetics. This is the reason why a health conscious buyer will more often than not refuse to buy cosmetics containing alcohol, parabens and other additives.
A health conscious buyer who wants to save some money, on the other hand, will learn that it is rather easy and inexpensive to actually manufacture those products himself/herself, using natural ingredients at hand.
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Wondering How to Save Money on Cosmetics?
First and foremost, because you will have full control over the quality of your ingredients, so at the end of the manufacturing process you know exactly what has entered the composition of the product you’ll be using.
Secondly, since homemade beauty products don’t need preservatives to make them last forever on store shelves, you will make the most out of your extracts and lotions without the unnecessary chemicals used to prolong the life span of regular, standard cosmetics.
Homemade cosmetics are an important part of cultural history, too! Until the past decade, it would have seemed that natural beauty products are a lost DIY art; nowadays, the demand for such items is constantly increasing!
Moreover, by manufacturing your own products you will also contribute to reducing the amount of pollution generated by industrial production – not to mention the huge amounts of excessive packaging you’re no longer wasting, by reusing bottles and jars.
Even if you’re less concerned about environmental issues, you will be delighted to find out just how much money you save on making your own cosmetics.
Statistics show that these homemade products can save the average consumer between 30 to 150 dollars a month, all costs included! Of course, it depends on what brands you normally use and on how many different products you need (or you feel you need), but all in all, buying wild herbs, fruits, vegetables will not make a hole in your pocket. It’s even better if you get to pick them yourself!
What Beauty Products Can Be Made at Home?
Well… basically everything you see on the shelves can be homemade, if you get the proper ingredients from specialized websites and if you choose a verified recipe!
There are many bloggers out there who will be glad to help you out and share their experience on homemade natural cosmetics, from marigold hand cream to cocoa butter massage bars and natural deodorants.
Believe it or not, you can also prepare your own makeup! A quick browse will provide you with tens of different recipes for lipstick or mascara – you just have to choose the one that suits you best.
Of course, hair care is not neglected either: avocado-based conditioners, honey and vinegar natural shampoos, egg and olive oil masks are waiting for you to try them for a much cheaper price than the standard name brand cosmetics.
Safety Tips and Cautions
Below, we have compiled for you some ideas of simple and safe cosmetics recipes; because they feel and smell so good, they will help you show some love to your face, skin, and hair! Be careful, however: since these products contain no preservatives, you have to pay attention to avoid contamination and bacteria.
For this specific purpose, remember that they are not designed to last for long. It is recommended to use the products within no more than 14 days and during all this time to store them in the fridge. In the case of makeup products, avoid touching them with your fingers and consider using cotton swabs when applying them.
Last but not least, be careful not to include ingredients to which you might be allergic. Ideally, you should test your skin tolerance to nuts, avocados or other frequently used food ingredients.
How to Make Your Own Lip Care Products?
An easy-to-make natural lip gloss can be obtained from beet juice. You will also need two spoons of sesame oil, a quarter cup of castor oil, and about the same quantity of beeswax – that would be all! After melting the beeswax, remove it from heat and add the sesame and castor oils, plus as much beet juice as desired for your preferred color. Store it in a jar, let it cool and your natural lip gloss is ready to use!
Be it winter or summer, you will need a good lip balm and this too can be done in your home. This recipes also used unbleached beeswax (grated, around three tablespoons), five teaspoons of sunflower, castor or jojoba oil used as carrier, one teaspoon of honey for some nice flavor, and 6 or 7 drops of essential oil, such as lime, tangerine, grapefruit, peppermint, or others at your choice.
Stir to combine the beeswax with the carrier oil while melting them together; after removing them from heat, add the honey and the essential oil, while mixing permanently to avoid forming clumps. Then, pour the mixture into containers and let it solidify for around half an hour.
There are a few tips for customizing your lip balm: for example, if you prefer a glossier one, you should use less wax (two spoons) and more carrier oil (around eight spoons); and if you’d like to add some color, you only have to stir in some lipstick before pouring the composition. That’s it!
Natural Masks and Creams for Your Face
A great idea for fighting the problems of a dry skin is preparing a frozen egg and honey facial mask, which also works on soothing sunburns. You need to beat one egg and, when well mixed, to slowly add half a cup of liquid coconut oil and one tablespoon of honey. Continue beating them up, until the mask gets a mayo-like consistency.
To apply, spoon the mixture into a cardboard paper roll and place it in the freezer till the next day; then, just peel the mixture off and place it on your face. Leave it there for 5 to 10 minutes, and then rinse off with warm water.
For the sensitive area around your eyes, prepare a moisturizing gel by blending a quarter of a large cucumber with one ounce of aloe vera gel; apply the mix with a cotton ball under the eye after cleansing your face. Use it within a few days.
If you are suffering from acne, steam your face for 7 minutes with hot infusions of lavender, chamomile, or thyme, for cleansing your pores. Also, rinse your face daily with honey water, rose water, or a weak infusion of marigold tea, for a tonic effect.
Hand and Feet Natural Scrub
It’s easy to make your own body scrub: take out 10 strawberries from the fridge and mix them together with 2 tablespoons of apricot oil and one teaspoon of coarse sea salt. Massage the mixture into your hands and feet, rinse abundantly and pat dry – you will soon notice the beneficial effect of this scrub, since strawberries are known to contain a natural acid very helpful in exfoliation.
You can replace the apricot oil with orange, ginger or sweet almond essential oils, if you like their flavor best. After scrubbing, you can soften your skin with natural body oil prepared from a mixture of sweet almond oil, jojoba or hazelnut oil.
For a lifting effect, try adding a few drops of ylang ylang, geranium, orange, and bergamot extract. If you prefer more exotic flavors, make sure you add a few drops of rose or patchouli extracts. Be careful not to mix too many scents, though – they will end up by covering each other.
Natural Hair Treatments: Homemade Shampoo and Conditioner
A blended mixture of 2 tablespoons of olive oil, one egg, one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (or baking soda) and about the same quantity of lemon juice can successfully replace any shampoo available on the market. Use it just like regular shampoo and discard the leftovers.
If you need conditioner, beat one egg yolk until it reaches a thick and white texture; add half a teaspoon of olive oil and keep mixing, then add half a cup of lukewarm water. Use this mixture on clean, damp hair; let it sit in for about ten minutes, then rise with warm water. In order to enrich your conditioner with proteins, add to the recipe above five tablespoons of plain yogurt.
A nice hair spray can be obtained with one chopped lemon (use orange instead, if your hair is rather dry) covered with 500ml of hot water. Boil it until only you reduce the liquid to half and refrigerate it in a spray bottle. Your hair will thank you with extra shine and visible strength!