Naturally beautiful: Create your own organic beauty products

DIY spa treatments that you can make quickly and easily in your own home

WRITTEN BY: Janelle Vreeland
Naturally beautiful: Create your own organic beauty products

Green thinking has taken over our society, and avid consumers are seeking out new, alternative lifestyles that make the most of green and organic living: Clothing made out of natural fibers is in high demand, many household cleaners have gone organic and farmer's markets highlighting organic, locally grown produce are becoming more and more popular.

The world of beauty products has also begun to transition into the world of natural recipes; unfortunately, many of these products have a rather high retail price attached to them. With the help of such sites as My Beauty Recipes (http://www.mybeautyrecipes.com), aspiring greeners can recreate many of the same beauty products you find at department stores in your own kitchen.

My Beauty Recipes has many recipes for products ranging from hair-care to foot-care, but here are a few to get you started.

Buttermilk and Fennel Facial Cleansing Milk (For Oily Skin)

1/2 cup buttermilk
2 Tbsp crushed fennel seeds

Heat the milk and fennel seeds in top of double boiler for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the mixture steep for 2 hours. Strain, cool, pour into bottle and refrigerate. Keeps for 2 weeks.

Chamomile Facial Cleansing Milk (For Dry and Sensitive Skin)

1/4 cup cream
1/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp chamomile flowers, fresh or dried

Heat all ingredients in a double boiler for about 30 minutes; do not allow milk to boil. Turn off heat and let sit for about 2 hours, strain. Pour into a bottle and refrigerate. Keeps for 2 weeks.

Oatmeal Facial Mask

Blend some oatmeal with water and gently spread it onto your skin. Leave it until it dries, which should be about 10 or 15 minutes.

Orange Yogurt Facial Mask

1 tsp plain yogurt
1 tsp fresh orange juice

Combine the yogurt and juice and apply to your face. Rinse with plenty of warm water after 5 minutes.

Natural Shampoo

1 oz. Olive oil
1 egg
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well. Use like regular shampoo. Discard any leftovers.

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