I’ve never been one to spend tons on hair and beauty supplies. Full-on tomboy growing up, my beauty routine included a slick backed ponytail and some chapstick. High school I began experimenting but I always remember my mom telling me, “Less is More” (which come to find out I believe now more than every) My biggest pet-peeve is spending hard-earned money on beauty products that could easily be made at home for a fraction of the price and without the fear of nasty fillers, chemicals or by-products. So today I’m sharing some of my favorite affordable organic beauty hacks that I whip up on the reg.
1. Coconut Oil
Organic Coconut Oil is my bestie. I use this shit for pretty much everything. I put it in my coffee, I use it as moisturizer, a base for face scrubs, hair masks and more. While there have been some inflated claims made about coconut oil over the past years since it’s suddenly become the “IT oil”, I do believe that there is some truth to it’s ultra-healing and antiseptic properties. (So does NYU Med) It’s also vastly improved the quality of my skin and hair. So for now, coconut oil gets to stay in my beauty lineup.
2. Dry Brushing
This is more of a relaxing ritual for me than anything else. Again like many things, there are tons of over-enthusiastic claims made about dry brushing. For me I always try to find the logic and reason as to why I do things. From a physical standpoint it makes sense. Our skin is the largest organ in our whole body, so why not give it a little TLC? It helps removes dead skin cells, improve circulation and blood flow, while stimulating your skin for a good healthy glow. (source) It’s not proven to reduce cellulite like some blogs might say, but either way it’s a great way to detox, relax and add a little luxury to your shower routine. Here is the one I use.
3. Homemade Exfoliating Scrubs
Ohh! These are my FAVORITE. Ok, so if you go and pay $10+ for a sugar, salt or anything scrub at a department or beauty store…you’re a fucking idiot. Unless it’s laced with cocaine. Then by all means, knock your socks off. But seriously, I can’t stand and don’t believe you should pay good money for products that aren’t actually being absorbed by your body. IE: shave gels, body washes, scrubs, etc. You’ll literally rinsing these and your hard-earned money down the drain. Instead, head into the kitchen and start experimenting.
-Start with a base like organic coconut oil, jojoba oil or shea butter.
-Then add your ‘flavors’: a little lemon peel, orange zest, ground coffee, lavender, sage, vanilla extract, honey…world (or should I say kitchen) is your oyster.
-Finally, mix in your scrub. I just use plain ol’ white granulated sugar because I refuse to eat it anymore and we have a shit ton of it. So it works out perfectly. I’ve also experimented with finely ground salt and coffee.
TaDa! Your very own organic, custom sugar scrub! I keep mason jars of it by my sink and in the shower. Obsessed.
4. Activated Charcoal Tooth Paste
Ok, I’m about to go full-on organic hippie on you for a second. But hear me out. A couple months ago J and I were farmers-marketing (that’s a real verb) when we heard this guy pedaling this ‘AHmazing tooth-whitening’ product. I figured he was full of crap, but we gave him a listen as is the polite thing to do at a farmer’s market. And it actually made a whole lot of sense. I’ve always struggled for a teeth-whitening solution that wasn’t full of chemicals and cause me immense amounts of sensitivity and pain. I have done a good lot of research on activated coconut charcoal since then and the logic is there for me. In short, the charcoal pulls stains from the surface of your teeth since it is so incredibly porous. It has improved the quality of my gums and reduced my tooth sensitivity, OH and I believe my teeth have gotten a shade or two whiter, but as an avid coffee, tea and wine drinker, this might be a lost cause for me. But as I’m becoming more and more anxious about the nasty shit these mega-corps’ are filling our ‘safe-to-consume’ products with, I’ll prefer to stick with stuff that is all-natural. While this is $20, you get over 300 uses out of it which is wayyy cheaper than any chemical-ridden tooth-whitening system you could possibly buy.
5. Beet Juice for A Lip/Cheek Stain
Ok, so this might only be a great solution if you’re stuck on an island and lose your beloved lipgloss/stick, but I think it’s a great all-natural solution for some color in a pinch. I normally only do this when I’m pressing fresh juice, but I think I’m going to try actually making some ‘gloss’ with coconut oil soon. It’s pretty simple, I take the end of a fresh beet and rub it on my lips for a minute or so, pat it dry, do it again and then top with a little coconut oil. Volià! All-natural lip color AND a fresh-pressed juice, look at your organic goddess! (I don’t recommend putting the piece of beet that you rubbed on your lips into the juicer…that’s just weird and gross. Throw it away)
6. Homemade face masks
I’m such a nut, but J will often find me rocking a crazy concoctions on my face while I ask, “do you think I’m sexy!?!” (The answer is always yes. Good boy) While I do believe spending good money on face mask products can be beneficial, there are many products in your kitchen that can work just as well. If you google homemade face masks you will find pages and pages of results. I love some of these suggestions from the Wellness Mama. I don’t have any personal recipes yet, but lately I have been enjoying mixing a bit of activated charcoal (remember it’s detoxing properties?), honey, egg white, bentonite clay, tea tree oil and nutmeg together.
7. Natural Astaxanthin & Collagen
I began taking these two products about a month ago and have been happy with the results so far. Natural Astaxanthin is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps protect your skin from the inside &
Neocell Super Collagen is a great supplement for protecting and strengthening bones, hair, nails and joints. ‘Although abundant in our youth, the body’s natural Collagen production typically slows at a rate of 1.5% per year after the age of 25.’ (Guess how old I am?) I’m all about supplementing and I’m really wishing I had paid more attention in biology class. It’s incredible how little we know about the function and workings of our own bodies. These are both also touted to have anti-aging properties: Yes please.
So there you have it. Those are my affordable organic beauty hacks that have worked for me. I’m not an expert and make no claim to have all the answers. But if you have any questions feel free to ask and I’ll try my best to point you in the right direction.