Saturday, October 30, 2010

Personal Care Products From Your Pantry

With a total spending budget of 250 dollars per month there is not much left after food to spend on fancy toiletries. Over the last few months I have come across some recipes and ideas in various magazines and books. Here are some I have tried and found to work and actually enjoy. I feel like I can pamper myself without going to the drug store and spending loads of money on items.

  • Homemade facecloths. I cut up an old t-shirt into 6 inch squares and use it for make up removal or lotion application. It not only uses something I was tossing out but also is reusable! Just throw it in the wash and use again.
  • I tend to have dry skin. Very dry skin. Using coconut oil for cooking one day I got it on my hands. I rubbed it in and had such smooth skin! Now I use it as a moisturizer for trouble spots such as my feet, elbows and hands. At night occasionally I will put it on my feet then place socks on them. When I take them off I have such soft skin! It is like a spa treatment if I set those stockinged feet on a  hot water bottle.EFAGold Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin, Organic, 16 oz. Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil 54 oz Barlean's Organic Oils Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16-Ounce Jar
  • Homemade aromatherapy- place a pot of water on the cook top or put water in a mini crock pot and let come to a low simmer. Add any of the following items or combination of: a cinnamon stick, drops of vanilla extract, 5-10 drops of essential oil, or a lemon wedge. Your house will soon smell like the warm scented water.Crock-Pot 32041-C 16-Ounce Little Dipper, Chrome
  • Mayo is a terrific skin conditioner. I use it on occasion on my face. Eggs help firm the skin, the vinegar balances the pH and oil adds moisture. Works as a great chemical free makeup remover too.Mayonnaise, Certified Organic, 32 fl. oz. jar
  • Get rid of eye puffiness with yesterdays black tea bags. Place cold or luke warm bags over each eye for 10-15 minutes. I great addition to a relaxing bath time.
  • A homemade dandruff treatment is steeping 1 heaping tablespoon of fennel seeds in boiling water and let sit until the water is at room temp. Strain seeds and pour the "tea" over your hair after you shampoo. No need to rinse!
I welcome any of your ideas for other pantry treatments for personal care products. Anyone have any to share?

1 comment:

  1. creamy peanut butter for a hair mask.
    2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
    1/4 cup water

    wisk with a fork briskly til the mixture is pretty much consistant...its not an exact science, you just want it thin enough to pour over your hair instead of having to spread it like bread. lol. leave it on for 10-15mins, rinse very well.

    do it once a week to replenish oils and add protein to the hair and scalp. i usually do it a day im not going anywhere so i dont smell like peanut butter when in public. lol.

    clearly this is not for people with peanut/nut allergies.



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