Looking to add a new addition to your beauty and skincare arsenal? Instead of heading out to the store or ordering a new product online, try whipping up one of these luxurious beauty treats. Body scrubs, face masks, bath salts, oils—these easy, surprisingly inexpensive, DIY beauty treatments are filled with nutrient-packed ingredients and are great alternatives to splurging on the expensive stuff.
Coffee Body Scrub
What it does:An instant pick-me-up that provides a jolt while softening and hydrating skin
How to make it: Combine equal parts ground coffee and granulated sugar. Add vegetable glycerin (available at natural foods stores such as Whole Foods) or olive oil until you reach desired consistency. Add two tablespoons of ground cinnamon and a few drops of vanilla extract or essential oil, and stir to blend.
Lavender Bath Salts
What it does: Soothes tired muscles and minds
How to make it: Mix together two cups of Epsom salt with one cup of sea salt in a bowl. Add several drops of your favorite lavender essential oil and blend until salts are infused. Sprinkle some dried lavender throughout for color and texture, and then spoon the mixture into a jar or muslin drawstring bag.
Yogurt and Honey Face Mask
What it does: Exfoliates and brightens complexion
How to make it: Stir together equal parts honey and yogurt (one tablespoon each is enough for one mask). Sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon, which work to plump skin and boost circulation, into the blend. Transfer mask to a jar and add a homemade label with instructions, such as: “Leave on for about five minutes before rinsing off for smoother, glowing skin.”
Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub
What it does: Sloughs dead skin cells and smoothes rough areas such as knees and elbows
How to make it: Stir two cups of brown sugar and one cup of granulated sugar together until there are no clumps. Add about a cup (depending on your preferred consistency) of almond oil and one tablespoon of pure vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Transfer to a sealable glass container.
Peppermint Foot Scrub
What it does: Energizes and softens overworked feet
How to make it: Add a cup of granulated sugar to a bowl. Slowly pour some coconut oil (warmed in the microwave) until you reach your desired consistency. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil or extract, and transfer to a jar.
Orange Lemon Salt Scrub
What it does: Softens and exfoliates while citrus oils give a boost
How to make it: Mix two cups of Epsom salt with one cup of olive oil. Add fresh lemon and orange zest for fragrance and color.
Rose Bath Oil
What it does: Hydrates skin and relaxes
How to make it: Heat a cup of coconut oil in the microwave for about 30 seconds or until it loses its buttery texture. Slowly stir in rose water (available at most health food stores) until the blend is softly scented. Add fresh rose petals, and decant the blend into a corked bottle.
Orange Sugar Lip Scrub
What it does: Softens chapped or peeling lips
How to make it: Combine two teaspoons of sugar with a few drops of vitamin E oil (available at drugstores). Add two teaspoons of coconut oil and a few drops of fresh squeezed orange juice (preferably with pulp) until you reach a slightly grainy consistency. Package in a small tin with instructions, such as: “Massage blend over lips, then remove with a damp cloth.”
Peppermint Body Oil
What it does: Wakes up skin while drenching it with moisture
How to make it: Shake together a half cup each of coconut, jojoba and grape seed oil. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil, and decant into an airtight jar.
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