It was the early 2000s when pomegranate juice became a pop culture juggernaut, its antioxidant health benefits getting touted everywhere you looked— in magazines, on television and in grocery stores. And the overnight success wasn’t an accident. In a 2006 Chowhound article titled Why Pomegranate, Why Now?, author Paul Somerson traces the fruits North American commercial success to one source: Paramount Farming. The major California-based agriculture business bought a 100-acre plot of pomegranates in the late 1980s; after some time, they realized the health (and financial!) benefits of pomegranate juice and began bottling Pom Wonderful.
Since then, pomegranates and their juice have become a staple in grocery stores (and cocktail bars!) and are no longer regulated to natural food stores or farmer’s markets. But there’s another pomegranate natural wellness offshoot that is just as beneficial to both your internal and external health— pomegranate seed oil!
Pomegranate seed oil is made by compressing the pomegranate seeds to extract the oils. Introducing heat to this process helps create more oil output but ultimately robs the oil of its inherent nutrients. So when it comes to pomegranate oil, our motto is simple: Cold pressed is best! Cold press seals in the seeds’ natural antioxidants, enzymes and nutrients.
You can use pomegranate seed oil two ways; either internally as a pill for internal health benefits or externally as an oil for skincare benefits.
We always recommend you use organic pomegranate seed oil (as well as with any other ingredients you’re using, of course). As Somerson stated in the Chowhound article, pomegranates are susceptible to aphids, whiteflies and fungus so many plots are treated twice a year with a pesticide.
While it’s impossible to know exactly what chemicals are used in the pesticide and how harmful they are, we always recommend organic before conventional. If you can’t find organic, try and find an oil that is made from fruits at a farm that follows natural farming guidelines as much as possible.
Antioxidant: it’s a major buzzword in the natural wellness space— and for good reason. Whether you’ve been on the natural wellness tip for years or you’re just getting on board, we’re pretty sure you’ve heard the term before. But what are antioxidants, exactly, and why are they so crucial to your health?
Antioxidants are naturally occurring substances found in fruit and vegetables that help stop cells from oxidizing in your body. These oxidants, or free radicals, attack healthy cells in your body which causes a chain reaction of unstable, unhealthy cells.
Antioxidants help reduce the number of free radicals in your body and have been linked in helping to prevent cancer, diabetes and accelerated aging due to pollution, smoking, radiation and herbicides.
It may sound a little scary, but punicic acid is actually an Omega-5 fatty acid that may contain cancer prevention properties and pomegranates contain a high parentage of the acid in its seeds.
Pomegranates are ranked in the top 5 fruits in antioxidant levels and most of its health, skin and hair benefits are derived from these antioxidants in one way or another.
We’re not above slathering pomegranate seed oil all over our face on its own; with all the benefits we just listed above, it’s definitely a skincare all-star in its own right. But we’re also total product junkies and especially love making our own DIY recipes whenever we can.
We’ve rounded up five of our favorite DIY recipes that use pomegranate seed oil as a main ingredient. If you’re interested in making a specific recipe, we encourage you to visit the original source; we’re thankful so many natural wellness bloggers have allowed us to republished their original work here and would love for you to discover them on your own!
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This ultra-hydrating serum is an effective option for those with dry skin, especially in the winter months. It’s full of antioxidants and Vitamin C and won’t clog pores. It also minimizes wrinkles, restores elasticity, regenerates skin cells and fades dark spots. Added geranium and lavender both have anti-inflammatory properties that will help soothe stressed skin.
For the full recipe check out Jenni's blog.
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Carrot seed oil works in conjunction with pomegranate seed oil to deliver skin-healing antioxidant properties. Evening primrose oil helps fade bruises and heal eczema and Frankincense oil is hydrating and contains anti-aging properties. Add ingredients to a 1 ounce dropper bottle and shake well to combine. Apply 3 drops to your face every night to clean skin.
Want to make this? Check out the recipe and instructions on Hello Glow!
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Tamanu oil, from the Tamanu tree found primarily in Southeast Asian countries, is a rich natural oil that has been used for centuries as a topical aid for skin issues like bug bites, eczema, burns, cuts, acne scars, diaper rash, sunburn and blisters. It’s also a favorite for simply promoting healthy, clear skin— a real multi-tasker! (source). This facial serum is great as an oil or an all-over body moisturizer!
If you’re looking for an all-over body lotion, this is simple to make and super hydrating. Make a big batch at once— we have a feeling you’ll be going through this one pretty quickly.
Pomegranate seed oil naturally hydrates dull, dry hair and helps keep it healthy and shiny. You can apply a few drops of pomegranate seed oil directly onto damp hair or follow the recipe for this simple hair tonic for an even more nourishing experience.
Mix ingredients together in an amber jar and leave in a cool, dry place for one week. Apply 5 to 8 drops in your hair 1 to 2 times a week in the shower. Let sit for approximately 15 minutes before rinsing out; shampoo and condition as usual.
You can find pomegranate seed oil at most health food stores, natural grocery stores and natural beauty shops. Of course, there are also a number of online stores and brands you can purchase your oil from; we’ve rounded up five of our favorites below for easy shopping!
We’ve already waxed poetic here on our love for natural oils as an everyday part of our skincare routine. Using oils as moisturizers is such a fantastic way to keep your skin healthy and hydrated— no matter if you suffer from oily, dry or combination skin.
In fact, chronically oily skin (and subsequent acne) is often caused by you stripping your skin of any moisture at all in an effort to combat oil. It may seem counterintuitive, but your body is incredibly adaptive; when you take away moisture (in an effort to cut down on oil or acne), your sebum glands actually ramp up oil production to make up for the lost hydration. So, the more you strip, the more oil your skin produces.
It’s a vicious cycle and one that can be stopped by using natural oils like pomegranate seed oil as a skincare step. The pomegranate seed oil can help regulate your skin’s natural oil production, keeping the levels in healthy balance (and your skin looking flawless!).
Pomegranate seed oil is a wonderful addition to any natural beauty cabinet; put your bottle along side your Vitamin E, Argan oil, Jojoba and Coconut oil for a strong oil regimen that’ll get you through even the most serious skincare issues.
While we wear our “product junkie” badge proudly, sometimes there’s just nothing more effective than a single, super-skincare ingredient. If your mind immediately went to coconut oil, because of course it did, we understand.
But when it comes to our faces, we’re currently craving Shea butter to solve our skincare needs. The best part? Raw, pure Shea butter is all you need. No extra ingredients necessary.
Shea butter is a fat derived from the nut of the Shea tree, a plant most commonly grows in west and central Africa. Extracting the butter from the nut is an incredibly labor intensive process and must be done by hand. It can take up to 20 hours to get two pounds of the butter.
Shea butter is made up of some amazing skincare antioxidants; it’s full of Vitamin A and Vitamin E, both of which help reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, stretch marks and cellulite.
In its raw, pure form, Shea butter is a solid. You can easily break off pieces to melt in your hot baths, to rub onto your skin while you’re in the shower or to use as in place of lotion right after you get out of the shower. Your skin is most absorbent— and will most easily melt the butter — when its still warm and damp from the shower, so be sure to apply right after you get out.
You can also find raw Shea butter in a whipped form which keeps it in an easy to use texture. When you’re looking for raw Shea butter, be sure to buy cold-pressed; that ensures all its beneficial components are still intact and preserved.
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This basic lip balm recipe is easily customizable; just swap out the peppermint oil for your favorite scent. For the full recipe check out this post.
A few of the ingredients:
If you're looking for a recipe for homemade soap that helps manage oily prone skin look no further than Tanya's Shea butter soap. You'll need to do a little bit of chemistry with this one so we strongly recommend following instructions and reading about Lye safety (used incorrectly, it can become dangerous) before you begin.
Tea tree oil is a powerful natural anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, making it one of our favorite products to fight breakouts. Because Shea butter is non-comedogenic, this DIY face moisturizer recipe is thus a perfect option for those with oily or acne prone skin.
When it comes to natural skincare, less is almost always more. There are so many safe and effective products that stand on their own without the need for adding chemicals, preservatives or other (unnecessary) ingredients. By now, we hope you consider using raw Shea butter for your face for those exact reasons— you just don’t need anything else!
At this point we think it’s safe to say that juicing is more than just a passing trend— it’s a powerful natural wellness choice that has myriad health benefits that any doctor, scientist, nutritionist or dietitian can get behind.
Juicing delivers your body an incredible amount of nutrients, antioxidants and other nourishing goodies to your system in a concentrated, pure way. Spinach, apple, celery, ginger, turmeric, kale and garlic are all popular (and super healthy!) juicing options but juicing aloe vera can be just as healthy for your body.
Aloe vera juice has many health benefits for all types of ailments, both simple and chronic. Its use for health-related concerns dates back 5,000 years to ancient Egyptian times— they used the plant both orally and topically as we do today for a variety of the same concerns.
The health benefits of the aloe vera plant are vast and varied. Some of the most powerful and common include:
First, you’ll need an aloe vera plant (obviously). You can find aloe plants at any nursery or home and garden center; we suggest potting your aloe vera in organic soil and make sure you’re using a stone or clay pot since plastic can leech into the soil (thus into your plant!).
Now, on to how to extract aloe vera juice from your plant and how to make aloe vera water.
If you’re looking for something a bit more satisfying, there are other options of how to drink aloe vera juice. There are actually quite a few awesome aloe vera drink recipes that will be sure to make it into your regular rotation.
Blend until well mixed and enjoy!
The aloe plant is such a versatile natural health ingredient to have in your home. Not only is the juice good for your internal health, but we all know that it helps soothe sunburn and other skin irritations as well. Plus, it’s hearty and low maintenance so even those of us with a brown thumb can enjoy the benefits of the plant!
If you’re a beauty product junkie with lots of prized potions stocked in her medicine cabinet, you probably use grape seed oil more than you even realize.
Because it’s so nourishing, gentle and effective for skincare, it’s often used as a carrier oil in many beauty products. But it’s just as awesome and beneficial when used on its own, which is just the thing we want to talk to you about now.
It’s our second favorite liquid made from grapes! And it is actually a byproduct of the wine making process. Wine grape seeds are often discarded in the process; grapes eed oil is extracted from the seeds themselves. So not only is it a healthy, useful product, it’s also puts a potentially wasted byproduct to good use.
Grape seed oil is rich in Vitamin C, D and E, beta keratin, flavonoids and essential fatty acids which work wonders on myriad skin issues and concerns.
Hydrating. Grape seed oil contains Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps keep your skin hydrated and healthy looking. Vitamin E oil on its own can often be too heavy for those with oily or acne prone skin, so getting it in smaller doses in grape seed oil is often much better for many.
Anti aging. Grape seed oil is a fantastic natural anti aging product for three major reasons. It:
Anti inflammatory. If you struggle with red, irritated, sensitive skin, grape seed oil will help calm your skin and leave it looking fresh, smooth and even toned.
Reduces scar appearance. In the same way that grape seed oil reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your face, it can also help reduce the appearance of scars anywhere on your skin!
Non-comedogenic. Grape seed oil has a comedogenic rating of 2, which means it has a moderately low chance of clogging your pores. For reference, argan oil has a 0 rating (will not clog pores and coconut oil has a 4 rating (fairly high probability it will clog pores).
Acne fighting. In addition to being non-comedogenic, grape seed oil is also a natural astringent, which means that it cleans out and closes pores, so that your pores remain small and bacteria free.
You can find pure grape seed oil at most natural food stores and at a variety of online stores like Target, Amazon and Walgreens. If possible, find a cold pressed version, as added heat can diminish all the awesome healing and restorative properties of the seeds!
We find it’s an ideal natural night serum on its own, mixed with Vitamin E oil or combined with your regular night cream.
There are so many options if you’re looking to come up with your own grapeseed oil concoctions! Because it makes such a great carrier oil, the options are practically endless! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites below.
Both grapefruit and grape seed contain a lot of antioxidants. By combining the two ingredients, you get an antioxidant powerhouse that can even knock out eczema.
You can use this oil straight out of the shower in the mornings (the citrus gives it a nice zip!) or as a massage oil.
Photo & Recipe Credit: Delicious Obsessions
You can customize this nourishing lotion with your favorite essential oils; lavender would be lovely for a nighttime bath routine while peppermint would help wake you up in the mornings. Aloe Vera is incredibly calming for irritated skin (thus why it’s so effective with sunburns!) and will help soothe dry skin, especially in the winter months.
Check out Delicious Obsessions for the full recipe and step by step instructions.
Oil-based facial cleansers are highly effective at removing dirt, bacteria and make-up and keeping your skin balanced, clear and healthy.
Our skin breaks out, becomes inflamed and becomes the most oily when we use harsh products that strip our skin of its natural oils. Once this happens, our bodies begin to over produce oil, to make up for the lost protection, and our skin breaks out.
Using oil to cleanse helps restore our natural balance and leaves skin glowing. Promise! Plus, tea tree oil is a potent and effective natural anti acne ingredient to help tone your skin as you wash it.
Grape Seed Oil— Get On It!
While coconut, jojoba and argan oil may get most of the props for being effective powerhouses in the world of skincare, grape seed oil definitely deserves its own due. It’s lightweight, nourishing, moisturizing and like we’ve mentioned, it helps ease a whole host of skincare concerns. It’s also affordable and lasts forever, so it makes sense as a skincare staple.
Witch hazel, grapeseed oil, pomegranate seed oil— these natural oils have had their time in the skincare spotlight over the years, with natural beauty lovers and conventional cosmetic companies both touting their benefits from their anti aging properties to their hydrating help.
But there’s another, lesser known oil called pine bark extract that’s just as potent and may replace your natural remedies and expensive concoctions as your new favorite anti-aging skincare product.
The extract comes from the inner bark of the Pinus pinaster tree which is most commonly found in Europe. The most popular form of the oil is the French maritime pine bark extract which grows exclusively along the coast of southwest France (ooh la la!).
The earliest record of humans using pine bark extract to cure health related concerns dates back to 1534 when French explorer Jaques Cartier and his crew received pine bark extract tea from Quebec natives to fend off scurvy after their ship was stranded nearby.
Then, in 1934, French researcher Jacques Masquelier found that the extract helped the body absorb Vitamin C with better efficiency, making it helpful, again, to fend off scurvy (among other common skin and health ailments).
Luckily for those of us living in the modern era, where scurvy isn’t a particularly pressing concern, pine bark for skin is also a radically effective method for maintaining a healthy, young looking appearance.
Pine bark extract is a safe, effective way to reduce visible signs of aging like age spots, wrinkles, sun damage and fine lines.
The recent research pine bark skincare is an incredible advancement for those of us who are interested in maintaining healthy, young looking skin for as long as possible without the assistant of lasers, knives or scalpels. Plus, a bottle of pine bark extract oil is less than $10, making it an infinitely less expensive option than traditional anti-aging techniques and products.
There’s nothing better than giving - and receiving! - handmade Christmas gifts. The thought, planning and personalization that goes into a homemade Christmas gift makes it so much more special than a store-bought gift. Even better is when you can put together those homemade Christmas gifts when you have no money and are in a bit of a time crunch. Which brings us to the magic of gifts in a jar.
If you’re looking for homemade Christmas gifts for mom or homemade Christmas gifts for sister, one of these cookie mix jars make a sweet stocking stuffer. And hey, maybe if you stick around long enough after the presents are opened, you’ll get to taste test!
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Who doesn't love triple chip cookies? Nobody, that's who. This recipe turns out great batch of delicious cookies which make a perfect Christmas gift.
Please visit this post on the The Frugal Girls blog for ingredient quantities and step-by-step instructions.
Please visit this post on the My Baking Addiction blog for ingredient quantities and step-by-step instructions.
Photo & Recipe Credit: Damn Delicious
My favorite part about this recipe is that it's even X-mas colored. Red and green M&M's plus the white flour makes this a perfect Christmas gift on a budget.
Get the full deets here.
Who doesn’t love a little liquor around the holiday season?! These homemade liquor recipes will elevate your loved ones’ bar carts to something seriously special.
Now you just have to wait for happy hour! Just remember that liquor infusions need about a few weeks to really get to optimal taste so make them before Xmas!
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This may not be the most festive of holiday infused drinks but it's certainly delicious. Two ingredients and five minutes of prep time, it's that easy.
Check out the recipe.
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Who doesn't like Apple Pie? This bourbon infused booze-y drink is sure to be a hit at your X-mas party or during that awkward family dinner.
Nuts are a definite crowd pleaser and there are lots of ways to dress up basic mixed nuts to something super delicious (and super easy!).
Photo Credit: Sally’s Baking Addiction
PeThese are delicious. They're also addictive, like really addictive so make a small batch or ensure you have lots of friends around to share them with.
You can check out the full recipe here
If you’re looking for homemade Christmas gifts that is not food, there are lots of great beauty options you can make and gift in a jar. So whether you’re looking for homemade Christmas gifts for your girlfriend or homemade Christmas gifts for your wife, look no further than our round-up of these easy Sugar Scrub recipes!
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This is such a simple scrub but it'll leave your skin feeling ah-mazing. Check out the full recipe, there are also some other suggestions to add if you want to make it take it up a notch.
I just made this scrub and love it. It reminds me of Christmas and that's enough to make my morning.
If you're not already aware, organic coffee scrubs are all the rage. And for good reason, they're amazing at treating a variety of skin conditions and issues. Plus there is something about the smell of coffee grinds that always gives me a little boost. Check out the full recipe here.
Health and beauty gifts don’t have to be all about the ladies; men need grooming products too! Below, you’ll find two super simple shaving product recipes he’ll definitely love.
Men will love this hydrating, luxe oil to put on before they shave to keep their skin super smooth and their stubble softened.
When you’re thinking about gifting the jars, traditional brown twine doubled with a festive green, red or metallic ribbon makes an excellent wrapping.
We hope you’ve found some useful inspiration for your next round of Christmas gift giving. We think homemade Christmas gifts in Mason jars are seriously the best; we’ll be making one of each for all of our friends and family!
A simple, delicious smelling DIY for super soft skin! This coffee body scrub is cheap and incredibly easy to make, it’s also perfect for giving as a homemade gift this festive season!
We combine antioxidant rich coffee with sugar for some good gritty scrubbing action and add nourishing olive oil that together will leave skin baby soft and smooth. Cinnamon and ginger add a warming winter scent and help to boost circulation, too!
Use on clean damp skin during the shower and massage all over the body with firm circular, sweeping motions for 5 or so minutes, then rinse away. If skin feels too oily you can use a body wash to wash it away.
There are some natural skin and healthcare ingredients — like pine bark extract for its anti-aging properties — that are indispensably practical in their single benefit. Others, like coconut oil, Vitamin C and, yes, witch hazel, are beloved by the natural wellness community for their multi-purpose functions and benefits.
Stocking your pantry and medicine cabinet with these heavy hitting products is a super smart idea for your skin, hair and general health. Witch hazel is particularly effective in treating a number of skincare concerns, from persistent acne to a painful sunburn.
Read on to get the 411 on all the ways witch hazel is wonderful for your overall health.
Witch Hazel is a common shrub found in North America and some parts of Asia. Witch hazel astringent, witch hazel extract and witch hazel tea are derived from the bark and leaves of the plant.
Native Americans have been using witch hazel as a treatment for skin irritations for years. While their method included boiling the plant parts to make a tincture, witch hazel in its various forms can now be found at almost any health food store or beauty shop.
Additionally, many natural skincare products include witch hazel as a main ingredient— check the backs of labels the next time you’re shopping at your local natural health food store!
Its seemingly magical curative properties for a myriad of skin, hair and health concerns comes from its naturally antioxidant and astringent properties.
Antioxidants fight free radicals, which are mutated cells that can accelerate signs of aging or even cause cancer.
Astringents kill bacteria, dissolve dirt and shrink pores so that skin stays clear. These two properties combined in witch hazel make for a major force in keeping skin healthy, young looking and clear.
Since it is antibacterial, witch hazel for acne is a wonderful natural alternative to the harsher, chemical-filled options currently on the market.
Using a simple pure witch hazel toner after washing your face and before moisturizing will dissolve dirt and bacteria in your pores to keep acne flair ups at bay. And if you’re currently experiencing an acne outbreak, the astringent properties will also calm irritated skin and reduce redness.
Check out these facemasks for acne.
The antioxidants in witch hazel fights free radicals, which stops cellular damage that leads to the major signs of aging and sun damage, like fine lines, wrinkles, dryness and dullness.
By encouraging new cell turnover, witch hazel leaves your skin looking younger and plumper.
The astringent properties in witch hazel clear pores from dirt, bacteria and other environmental toxins. That build up opens your pores and sticks itself here (hello, blackheads!).
As we’ve mentioned previously, toning your skin with witch hazel dissolves that dirt so your pores can shrink back down. Additionally, once your pores are dirt free, the toner keeps them small, which in turn makes it harder for dirt to find its way back into your pores. Voila!
Using witch hazel for sunburn issues is an awesome alternative to aloe vera (though we love aloe too!). Witch hazel’s antioxidants speeds up your skin’s healing process and immediately counteracts the sun damage. Plus, witch hazel’s astringent qualities soothes the red, irritated sunburned skin.
Witch hazel for puffy eyes is one of our favorite lesser known uses for the toner. The astringent properties tightens your skin so the next time you haven’t gotten enough sleep, sweep a cotton ball dipped in witch hazel (diluted with water) around your eye area for an instant perk up! Just be sure not to get the toner directly in your eyes since it will sting!
Using witch hazel after shaving will relieve inflammation and irritation due to nicks and razor burn and will also stop bleeding.
Here are a fewgreat natural DIY shaving recipes
In the same way witch hazel soothes sunburns and razor burns, it also heals insect bites and soothes poison ivy.
Another great ingredient for bites and stings is activated charcoal, check out this DIY activated charcoal poultice.
Surprise! You can also use witch hazel for hair! Witch hazel will quickly cut the build up on your scalp that comes from hair products and natural oil build up. Just add a few drops to your shampoo or do a quick witch hazel rinse between cleansing and conditioning for some seriously shiny, healthy looking hair.
But wait— there are even more benefits!
You can find witch hazel tea at many health food stores or you can add witch hazel extract to your favorite tea to naturally and effectively soothe the inflammation caused by a sore throat.
Something no one likes to talk about but something many people will experience— hemorrhoids. While some forms of leading hemorrhoid healer Preparation H contains witch hazel, they also contain a whole host of ingredients (like shark liver oil!) that you definitely don’t want to use.
Witch hazel will shrink the area and provide immediate relief from the inflammation and irritation, making it an awesome alternative for hemorrhoid issues.
For relief from swimmer’s ear or a common ear infection, put a few drops of witch hazel (with an eye dropper) into the ear canal. It will break up excess oil and wax, reduce inflammation and irritation and dry up any pus.
Do a witch hazel mouth rinse every morning to reduce gum swelling, redness and irritation. Be sure to use a witch hazel astringent or extract that is isopropyl alcohol free.
If you're looking for a way to reduce gum sensitivity and brighten your smile check out our activated charcoal tooth powder.
Most of the reputable witch hazel toner brands are alcohol free, though some are not. We always prefer the alcohol free version, as it can be drying. The toner is best used for external skincare issues.
Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner is a classic and affordable option.
The extract is best used for internal issues and may contain cane sugar alcohol and vegetable glycerin.
Try Hawaii Pharm for an organic, food grade extract.
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This classic toner blend hits all the right notes; Vitamin C to tighten skin and balance the pH, witch hazel to break up bacteria and soothe inflammation and lavender to fight redness and irritation. You can use witch hazel for oily skin or dry skin, so if you were wondering is witch hazel a good toner for dry skin or oily skin, the answer is yes to both!
Vitamin C for skin is necessary but since it is an acid, it can irritate your skin in high doses. Start with small amounts and work your way up but be careful not to exceed 1.5 teaspoons.
And speaking of starting small, make this toner in small batches. Vitamin C breaks down relatively quickly which means you’re losing the benefits as time goes on. Additionally, store this in a dark, glass bottle as Vitamin C is highly photo reactive.
Hydrating, cleansing and oil cutting all in one, this natural DIY shampoo is one of our favorites. Substitute orange water for the rose water if you prefer the smell and you can also use vegetable glycerin if you don’t want to use vodka. Either way, this recipe will cut down on an oily scalp and leave you with clean, shiny hair.
This DIY witch hazel cream recipe can be adapted so that you end up with a hard lotion, a semi hard lotion or a soft lotion. The ingredients remain the same, it’s the proportions that change. You can also either add only one type liquid oil and liquid or you can add small amounts of the varying options, depending on your desired result.
Conventional antibacterial hand gels and sprays do much more harm than good; the synthetic ingredients dry your hands out and the antibacterial properties can actually cause bacteria to mutate into stronger strains that are resistant to the formulations.
This natural version is the perfect antidote for the synthetic versions. Witch hazel, tea tree oil and frankincense kill bacteria and germs while aloe vera, Vitamin E and lavender moisturizes and soothes. It is sure to keep you germ free and your hands hydrated.
Exfoliating is an important skincare step; we recommend exfoliating about three times a week with a gentle recipe like this one. Exfoliating sloughs off dead skin cells, leaving you with bright, clear and glowing skin.
While you can definitely use your own mix of bug repelling essential oils like citronella, grapefruit and geranium, this pre-made mix is affordable, convenient and safe for kids.
Mix up a big patch of this natural bug repellent spray the next time you hit the beach or go for a hike. The only thing better than using witch hazel to soothe insect bites is using it to prevent them from happening at all!
Disposable face wipes are perhaps one of the worst skincare products you can use for both your own skin and the environment as a whole.
Not only are they incredibly wasteful, most contain drying alcohol as a main ingredient. So while your face may be getting cleaned, it’s also getting stripped of its natural oils (which, as we know, leads to overactive oil glands and subsequent blemishes).
Instead, try this reusable and alcohol free face wipe recipe. It’s perfect for those nights when you’re too tired to take off your make up or you just need a quick refresh mid-day.
Here’s a super simple and incredibly effective natural face wash recipe that’s gentle enough to use everyday. The zing from the rosemary and mint makes it especially nice for a morning skincare routine when you need to wake up and the caffeine hasn’t yet hit your bloodstream.
While this may not technically be a skincare product, many room sprays are full of toxic ingredients that can seep into your skin from the air. Because of this, we think it’s just as important for your health to have non toxic home products as well.
This room spray is easily customizable; just add whatever essential oils you like most. You can change them up seasonally by adding lavender and rose for spring or eucalyptus and mint for a more festive holiday scent.
Eye creams are expensive and most often, it’s hard to tell if they’re ever doing anything. This DIY eye firming cream will immediately wake up tired eyes. Plus, the ingredients are all natural, affordable and easy to find anywhere.
Cypress oil contains fantastic skin tightening properties and is especially effective for the delicate eye area. Aloe vera hydrates while coffee and witch hazel tighten and brighten the skin surrounding your eyes. Apply morning and night after moisturizing for best results.
As the name implies, there’s something otherworldly about all the benefits of witch hazel. From basic skincare concerns to more serious health ailments, witch hazel is an effective, safe remedy that’s affordable to boot.
When it comes to skincare, there are a few things you know you absolutely don’t want to find on the ingredients list of your next product. Parabens, sulfates, formaldehyde, coal tar dyes— and comedogenic ingredients.
You’ve no doubt seen “non-comedogenic” written on oil, moisturizer and cream bottles but perhaps you aren’t sure what it means (or how to pronounce it!). Well, it’s pronounced “comb-o-doe-genic” and we’re about to tell you everything you need to know about the term!
Understanding what comedones are and why you should avoid them is key to keeping your skin healthy, clear and glowing. To get you up to speed on all things comedogenic and non, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the skincare term.
A comedo is a single, skin-colored bump found on the skin, the plural for which is comedones. They appear most frequently on the forehead and chin of acne prone skin and can come in six variations.
Open comedones: Blackheads, or comedones with bacteria that has reached the surface of the skin and oxidized.
Closed comedones: Whiteheads, or comedones with bacteria that has reached the surface of the skin.
Solar comedones: Sun damage on facial skin of the elderly.
Microcomedones: Comedones too small to be visible by the naked eye.
Macrocomedones: Closed comedones that are bigger that 2-4mm in diameter.
Giant comedones: A comedone with a large, blackhead-like cyst (pro tip: don’t image Google search this one).
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An excess of sebum in your pores or a build-up of bacteria or dirt in your pores causes comedones to develop. Comedones are basically just the precursor to a regular old pimple or bout of acne.
Likewise, your skincare products can cause comedones because of the ingredients in them. Thus, they are comedogenic!
To help make sense of which skincare ingredients are comedogenic, top dermatological doctors and scientists have put together a ratings system for the most common oils, vitamins, minerals, botanicals, antioxidants, butters, waxes and herbs found in skincare products.
0 - Will Not Clog Pores
1 - Low
2 - Moderately Low
3 - Moderate
4 - Fairly High
5 - High probability it will clog pores
If you’re looking for a non-comedogenic product, meaning that it will not clog your pores, we suggest only using products with ingredients rated a 2 or lower. With that said, all skin is unique, meaning that everyone’s skin will react differently to these products and their ingredients.
For some, a product with a 2 rating on the comedogenic list will cause a major breakout while others can use a 4 rated product with no problems.
It’s always best to get bad news out of the way first, right? If you were wondering does cocoa butter clogs pores or does coconut oil clogs pores, the answer is an unfortunate but resounding: yes. Both have a 4 comedogenic rating which means if you have oily skin prone to breakouts you definitely avoid it for your facial skincare needs.
The fact that coconut oil is comedogenic is a major bummer, especially since we love to use it as an all-natural make-up remover, which puts the oil right near our sensitive eye area every night!
In a surprising turn of events, if you were wondering if other popular oils like caster oil or sesame oil clog pores, the answer is no! Both are non-comedogenic.
Now for some good news! There are so many wonderful natural oils that are non-comedogenic and have incredible nourishing skincare benefits and properties.
As you well know by now, we’re major proponents of using oils as a part of your daily skincare routine; this list is especially helpful for those struggling with acne or oil-prone skin who would still like to incorporate oils into their skincare routines.
Beeswax Comedogenic Rating: 2
Candelilla Wax Comedogenic Rating: 1
Carnuba Wax Comedogenic Rating: 1
Ceresin Wax Comedogenic Rating: 0
Emulsifying Wax NF Comedogenic Rating: 2
Lanolin Wax Comedogenic Rating: 1
Aloe Vera Gel Comedogenic Rating: 0
Calendula Comedogenic Rating: 1
Chamomile Comedogenic Rating: 2
Chamomile Extract Comedogenic Rating: 0
Cold Pressed Aloe Comedogenic Rating: 0
Flowers of Sulfur Comedogenic Rating: 0
Precipitated Sulfur Comedogenic Rating: 0
Talc Comedogenic Rating: 1
Zinc Stearate Comedogenic Rating: 0
Ascorbic Acid Comedogenic Rating: 0
Black Walnut Extract Comedogenic Rating: 0
Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Comedogenic Rating: 2
Vitamin A Palmitate Comedogenic Rating: 2
Panthenol Comedogenic Rating: 0
Now that you know which ingredients are safe for regular skincare use, the fun can begin— choosing products! Making your own skincare products is not only is it easy to do, it’s cost effective and allows you to control the ingredients.
*We subbed Shea butter from the coconut oil from the original recipe for obvious comedogenic reasons.
*We modified the original recipe by subbing apricot kernel oil for coconut oil to make it non comedogenic.
There is no official certification process for brands labeling their products “non comedogenic” in the same way there is no official process for labeling products “natural.” This means that any brand can label any of their products “non comedogenic” with literally no research done to back up the claim.
We’re not saying this to scare you or negate all the information we’ve just provided. It doesn’t mean all beauty brands are lying to you or manipulating you. It just means that you have to be extra careful when you’re buying products based on the label.
Always be sure you’re buying reputable brands from reputable websites and do your homework to find out why a certain product is labeled non comedogenic. Like we said previously, every person’s skin is unique, with different sensitivities to specific ingredients. What may be comedogenic to you may not affect someone else’s skin at all.
Additionally, many store bought products have more ingredients than just the oils, botanicals and waxes that have been rated. These ingredients could also affect your skin’s reaction to the product.
We believe it’s best to use the comedogenic rating system as a guide for your skincare shopping. Pay attention to which ingredients on the list are in your current skincare products and if they’re affecting your skin. As you introduce new products (either from a DIY or our curated list), make note of how your skin reacts over time. You’ll soon have your own custom non comedogenic list that will save your skin from here on out.
Also, if you get inspired to shop on your own after reading our list, we recommend you look carefully at all the ingredients before you purchase anything. For example, the ever-popular (and totally affordable) Trader Joe’s brand Vitamin E oil’s first ingredient is actually soybean oil (which has a comedogenic rating of 3) and also includes coconut oil (which we just sadly learned is comedogenic).
Nothing is worse than combing your hair after a shower, only to find that you've ripped out a few dozen strands. In many cases, this leads to breakage and in turn, will reduce positive hair health. Although there are many detangling sprays on the market, many are filled with additives that you not only apply to your hair, but also breath in.
When spraying your hair with a scented detangling spray, you probably think you're doing your hair a world of good. After all, that's what it's advertised to do. What they don't tell you, is that these sprays are loaded up with chemical additives that are toxic to both your external and internal health.
Take Johnson's No More Tangles Detangling Spray, a brand that is trusted by the general public, creating products that are intended for babies and young children. As stated by the FDA, this product, along with many others, contains what is known as phthalates. This group of chemicals is actually used within hundreds of products, without truly knowing the definitive effects.
From synthetic fragrances to possible carcinogens, when spraying your hair, you breath in these potentially harmful additives. So, what's the solution? An all-natural remedy, of course, offering a combination that is safe and effective. All you need are three simple ingredients, plus a splash of distilled water — it couldn't be easier!
When it comes to all-natural combinations that benefit your hair, the sky is the limit. From avocado oil to honey, you can source a wide range of ingredients based on what you'd personally like to achieve. Some suffer from dandruff, while others suffer from split ends. You can select ingredients based on your personal health and beauty goals.
When consuming coconut oil, it's recommended that you eat unrefined, virgin coconut oil that is solid at room temperature. For this recipe and other beauty remedies, however, you can use liquid coconut oil, as it will be easier to use within a spray. Although this version is not as high in lauric acid, it still offers medium chain fatty acids that will benefit your hair.
Rosemary oil has long been used throughout history as a natural hair tonic. When applied to the hair and scalp, it's believed to stimulate growth and treat the effects of dry, brittle hair. We will be using this oil within the recipe below, as well as basil oil — but feel free to get creative. Lavender, for instance, helps balance sebum production; whereas chamomile conditions and protects against environmental pollutants.
Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant that will help build and repair tissue. When applied to your hair and scalp, it can reduce inflammation and encourage growth. Throw all of these ingredients into one spray bottle with distilled water, and you have yourself an all-natural remedy that you will feel good about using.
Whether you're heading to the beach or jumping out of the shower, this spray will be your go-to detangling solution. Whip up a small batch today, helping you protect both your hair and overall health.
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** Please note, there are no preservatives in this recipe — so make small batches and use within 1-2 weeks.