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Friday, November 19, 2021

Four (4) DIY vegan scalp scrubs

November 19, 2021 0 Comments

 Hello everyone!


Many of us regularly use face and body scrubs to remove dead skin cells. However, we may be neglecting a part of our body that needs exfoliation just as much. The scalp is no different than the skin on the rest of our body. Our scalp can benefit from a little extra TLC as well!


Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp! Daily use of hair products can cause build-up. In addition to typical dead skin cells accumulating on the scalp. This can result in clogged hair follicles, dull, greasy hair, and slower hair growth. To return the scalp to a healthy state, you need to free hair follicles from what’s building up at the roots. A scalp scrub might be the best solution. 


If you’re looking for natural DIY scalp scrubs, here are four (4) easy DIY vegan recipes that can cure and prevent dry, flaky scalp, improve scalp health and overall hair health. 


sugar scrub

Ingredients:


DIY vegan scalp scrub #1
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of vegan shampoo
  • a few drops of lavender essential oil 

DIY vegan scalp scrub #2
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt (ideal for oily scalp)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

DIY vegan scalp scrub #3
  • 1 tablespoon of vegan conditioner or coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of sea salt (for oily scalp) or raw sugar 

DIY vegan scalp scrub #4
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of raw sugar
  • a few drops of tea tree essential oil 


Because of its high level of acidity, apple cider vinegar can help balance the scalp’s pH. This is especially helpful if you need to clarify your scalp of hard water build-up.


Method:

  1. Choose one of the DIY recipes.
  2. Mix all of these ingredients together.
  3. Gently massage the scrub into your scalp. 
  4. Leave it on for about 5 minutes. 
  5. Rinse it out with warm water.
  6. Shampoo and condition.


By massaging a scrub into your scalp, you’ll stimulate blood circulation, remove stubborn oil and build-up, and deliver oxygen to your scalp. In turn, this encourages hair growth. Give it a try! 




Wednesday, October 13, 2021

DIY: All-natural vapour rub

October 13, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Cold and flu season is here! Many people reach for a jar of Vicks VapoRub at the first signs of congestion. However, if you are like me, you will opt for a more natural option like a homemade essential oil rub instead. It works like a charm!


This homemade rub with essential oils is all-natural, chemical-free, and so simple to make. Whether you are an adult or a child, this homemade rub will work great at helping you breathe easier.


jar of homemade all-natural vapour rub


Here's the quick and easy recipe...


Ingredients:

  • Coconut oil
  • Eucalyptus essential oil
  • Peppermint essential oil


Coconut oil has many skin benefits, so using it as a main ingredient in the homemade vapour rub has many perks.

Eucalyptus essential oil treats several respiratory problems, including; cold, cough, running nose, sore throat, and nasal congestion.  

Peppermint essential oil can reduce fevers, clears the respiratory tract, and can open your airways and act as a decongestant.  


plant essential oil bottle


Method:

  1. Scoop 1 cup of coconut oil into a mixing bowl.
  2. (For adults) Add 20-25 drops of eucalyptus oil and 10-15 drops of peppermint oil into the bowl.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Scoop the mixture into a container with an airtight lid for easy storage.
  5. Store in a cool, dry place without direct heat or sunlight.
  6. Apply to throat and chest.


Store-bought vapour rubs are made for adults, children, and babies. With this DIY rub, you can adjust the amount of essential oil according to age to make it safe for every family member. 

Adults: 30-40 drops of essential oils 
Children under 13 years: 15-20 drops essential oils 
Babies under 1 year: 8-10 drops of essential oils 


I have been using it for a few years now, and it works every time! This homemade vapour rub with essential oils is the perfect all-natural cold relief. Give this recipe a try today and let me know if you like it. 




Thursday, June 11, 2020

The best 10 DIY vegan acne treatments

June 11, 2020 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

This blog is turning 10 in a few months and that means that I have been sharing DIY acne recipes with you, my readers, for almost a decade.  I have been vegan for the last five years and yes, you can still find non-vegan DIY beauty recipes on this blog.  These are namely recipes that include ingredients like yoghurt and honey.  Since June is Acne Awareness Month,  today's post is a roundup of my best ten DIY vegan acne treatments.  This way you can find them all in one handy post.  If you want me to make a roundup post on non-vegan recipes, leave a comment and let me know.

Amongst my top 10, I included; a cleansing method, a toner, two face masks, a scrub, two facial serums, and a spot treatment.  All DIYs are very easy to make, they require very few, simple ingredients and the method is easy to follow.

acne

Below are the links for the 10 blog posts.  I also included the key ingredients (not the full list of ingredients) of each recipe or treatment for your convenience.  Visit the linked DIY for the full list and the step by step method.   In each DIY I post, I explain the properties and benefits of each ingredient and why it is used in a specific recipe.


Key ingredients: lemon and tomato

Key ingredient: I think you can guess this one!

Key ingredients: lemon essential oil and sandalwood essential oil 

Key ingredients: aloe vera gel and tea tree oil or lavender essential oil

Key ingredient: extra virgin olive oil

Key ingredients: baking soda and raw honey or coconut oil for a vegan version

Key ingredients: banana, baking soda and ground turmeric

Key ingredients: aloe vera, castor oil and vegetable glycerin

Key ingredients: coconut oil and tea tree oil

10.  DIY toner?!
Key ingredients: apple cider vinegar and green tea


You can find many more recipes and tips to help you fight acne on Cosette's Beauty Pantry; you can either use the "Search This Blog" button or click the "DIY & Natural Beauty" and "Acne" sections for more posts. 


If you suffer from acne I suggest you read my previous articles about Acne Awareness Month:



If you found this post helpful let me know.  I can write similar posts on various topics in the future if you like!


Thursday, April 05, 2018

Shhh... It's a beauty secret! #03 | DIY: Natural toothpaste

April 05, 2018 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share another "beauty secret" with you.  As a matter of fact, I have a confession to make; I haven't used conventional toothpaste in YEARS! 

Shhh... It's a beauty secret!

Wait, I do not mean that I don't brush my teeth.  In fact, I brush and floss every day.  I actually make my own natural toothpaste by simple mixing extra virgin organic coconut oil and baking soda.  I use a simple 50/50 mixture.

DIY: Natural toothpaste

Advantages of using coconut oil and baking soda toothpaste:
  • antibacterial and antifungal
  • whitens and removes stains
  • stops tooth decay
  • no colourants
  • no chemical agents
  • no fluoride
  • easy and cheap to prepare

Coconut oil is a powerful, natural antibacterial and antifungal.  It kills harmful bacteria in the mouth, including bacteria that are responsible for gingivitis.  It's great for the gums and brushing with the oil regularly can heal and prevent bleeding gums.  Brushing your tongue with coconut oil helps with oral thrush, and it has been found to stop and even reverse some tooth decay.

Baking soda is used for two reasons.  It is mildly abrasive and therefore provides gentle cleansing and it’s alkaline.  Being alkaline, baking soda can neutralise acids in the mouth that are often at the root of tooth decay.  Plus, it also absorbs odours.

Have you ever made your own toothpaste?  What ingredients did you use?


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Saturday, March 24, 2018

DIY: Acne fighting mask

March 24, 2018 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Yesterday I posted a recipe for a DIY acne-fighting gel and today I want to share another acne-fighting beauty recipe with you.  For this DIY you will need two key ingredients; a lemon and a tomato.  

DIY: Acne fighting mask

Ingredients:
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp oatmeal (optional)

Lemons are full of AHA’s and BHA’s which remove dead skin cells, fight acne, minimize pores and brighten skin.  Back in November of 2011, I posted an article titled: Lemons for clear skin; in which I wrote about the countless benefits of lemons.  Make sure you read it for more information.  
Tomatoes have cooling and astringent properties.  They’re also rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin A.  Their acidity helps tame excessive oil production too.
Oatmeal helps reduce itching and inflammation and can be used to calm acne, eczema and heal psoriasis.
Method:
  1. Mash the peeled tomato in a bowl. 
  2. Add the lemon juice (and oatmeal) and mix everything together. 
  3. Apply to clean face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. 
  4. Rinse and follow with your favourite toner and moisturiser.

Tip: If you have dry skin add half a teaspoon of coconut oil to this mask.

What’s your favourite vegan DIY beauty recipe?
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Coconut craze | Homemade beauty products

June 29, 2015 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Who needs toxic beauty products when you can make your own all-natural products for a fraction of the cost?!  Coconut oil beauty products are the most popular beauty products on the market.  I love coconut oil!  You can make everything from toothpaste to sunscreen using coconut oil as the main ingredient.  



Check out these blog posts to learn more/view additional DIY beauty recipes using coconut oil:

And for more recipes, check out this infographic by Health Perch:  A guide to homemade coconut oil beauty products.

10 Recipes for Homemade Coconut Oil Beauty Products - Make Your Own Coconut Oil Beauty Products
"A Guide to Homemade Coconut Oil Beauty Products" on Health Perch



I have tried all of these recipes, except two; the eyeliner and the sunscreen.  What's your favourite way to use coconut oil?  Also, if you like to try some DIY make-up recipes, check out: How to create your own make-up.