It seems as though beauty products today are consistently chalked full of a new wonder ingredient that is supposed to reverse the effects of aging, get rid of dark circles, or make our hair grow super quick. Doesn’t this seem a little disconcerting to you? When you look on the back of the bottle, all you see is long list of chemical names that are impossible to pronounce! Are we really supposed to put these things inside and on our body? The alternative is much simpler, and much more cost effective – Why not make your own beauty products? Here are a few of our favorite ones to try out:
After being out in the city all day, sometimes it feels as though you come home wearing a layer of pollution. Especially because our faces tend to be more sensitive, it’s important that we take special care to cleanse and purify. Purchasing a quality facemask is often a very expensive endeavor. High end masks with organic, quality ingredients can range from $20 all the way up to the hundreds! This facemask will exfoliate, clean, and purify your skin leaving it fresh and glowing. Follow this easy recipe set out and enjoy the benefits of clean skin!
2 tablespoons bentonite clay
3 capsules activated charcoal
3-4 teaspoons aloe vera
1-2 teaspoons shea butter
1.5 oz camomile tea
1 drop peppermint essential oil (optional)
1 drop eucalyptus essential oil (optional)
Start by brewing the tea and melting the shea butter in a double boiler. When the tea is ready and the shea butter is completely melted, mix them together.
Mix the bentonite clay and the activated charcoal.
Add the clay and charcoal mix to the shea and tea mix and stir.
Add the aloe vera and essential oils and mix well.
Store in an air-tight container.
To use: apply all over face and keep on for about 15 minutes. Wash off well, and admire your soft skin!
Some of the most frustrating products to buy are hair care ones. They tend to be the most expensive and it’s always a hit or miss. It seems as though most shampoos and conditioners do nothing but strip the oil from our hair and leave it limp. Going the organic route may just be the best option. Using natural ingredients to clean and purify our hair; not strip it of its natural essence and layer on chemicals. Coconut oil is a wonder product and is used in everything from teeth products to cooking, and yes – hair! This super easy recipe for a coconut oil and honey hair mask will leave your hair shiny and naturally healthy!
2 parts coconut oil, melted
2 parts honey
1 part apple cider vinegar
Mix together and pour into a microwaveable jar. The hair mask will naturally separate in the jar. Re-melt and stir before each application. When applying: apply roots to tip, leave on for up to 30 minutes, wash and rinse!
Our skin absorbs much more throughout the day than you may realize. The elements and pollution do a number in terms of drying out and damaging our skin. Though many moisturizers promise to rejuvenate and replenish our skin, many strip it of its natural oils that keep it healthy and hydrated. Doesn’t it make sense to use natural essences and earthly products to replenish our skin? Aloe and Vitamin E have long been used to treat both skin and hair. Additionally, calendula is a natural anti-inflammatory and skin rejuvenator that has been used for ages. If you’re looking for an organic alternative to the chemical heavy products on the market today, whip up this easy and homemade lotion:
½tablespoon raw honey, ideally manuka
½tablespoon aloe vera
3 tablespoons calendula oil
10 drops of Chamomile (or lavender) essential oil
Pour all the ingredients into a very clean or sterile bottle and shake to combine.
Test in a discrete spot to check for irritation.
Wash the affected area, shake bottle to combine ingredients and gently apply the lotion (if treating sunburn, wait until the heat has cleared from the skin before using this lotion).
Store in the fridge, as the cool temperature will help soothe, too.
Embracing natural products can work wonders in naturally rejuvenating your body. It’s important to treat your body with organics and know exactly what you’re putting on and into it. Additionally, it’s important to keep your body’s energy aligned to feel a sense of overall wellness. Take a look at some of our QRay products!