Friday Faves: 3 Pumpkin Treats to Eat & Wear


Halloween is tomorrow! Break out that pumpkin puree and whip up these treats for your face and belly!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Hair Mask via @poorandpretty

1. DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Hair & Face Mask.

homemade pumpkin juice via @poorandpretty

2. Wizarding World Copycat Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice.


3. Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes.

I hope you have a fantastic Halloween weekend!


Upcoming Workshop: Make Floralfetti Natural Beauty Products with The Confetti Bar!

DIY floralfetti beauty products feature

DIY floralfetti beauty products with @theconfettibar @poorandpretty

Coming up on Saturday, November 7, I will be co-hosting a magical DIY beauty workshop with Jessica of The Confetti Bar! We’ll be mixing up our own sugar scrubs, body oils/perfumes, and bath teas with The Confetti Bar’s floralfetti. Reserve your spot here!

floralfetti ingredients @theconfettibar

Mix and match pretty petals, herbs, and mica with pure essential oils to make concoctions that look as beautiful as they smell!

Floralfetti Sugar Scrubs with @theconfettibar @poorandpretty

We’ll also chat about what’s in our cosmetics and why it’s important to read labels, plus learn how we can make our own natural beauty products with ingredients we already have in our kitchen.

Floralfetti Natural Beauty Workshop with @poorandpretty @theconfettibar

Students will each take home a sugar scrub, body oil or perfume, bath tea, and a sneak peek at my eBook, The Poor & Pretty Guide to Natural Beauty on a Budget. We hope you’ll join us! Buy your ticket here.


Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar + DIY Hair Rinse & Astringent

Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar apples lead

It’s apple season!!! Stan and I went apple picking last weekend — one of my favorite fall pastimes. :) I’m a big fan of Cortland and Honeycrisp, and I typically use Honeycrisp or Granny Smith in my Apple Cup Pies. As tasty as apples are, did you know they’re also good for your skin and hair? Apple cider vinegar particularly so. Here are a few things it does:

Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar via @poorandpretty

1. Restores pH. Possibly the best thing about apple cider vinegar is that it balances the pH levels of our skin and hair. Having a balanced pH is vital to beauty because if our skin or hair are too alkaline, they’ll become dry and flaky, and open your body up to germs and bacteria. An acidic pH leads to breakouts and inflammation.

2. Natural Astringent. Along with restoring pH levels, apple cider vinegar removes dirt and excess oil and treats acne when used as an astringent. Dilute with an equal mixture of water and ACV.

3. Nonabrasive exfoliant. The malic acid in apple cider vinegar dissolves dead skin cells without scraping the skin, so it’s gentle enough to use on most skin types as long as it’s diluted. 

4. Prevents Dandruff. Mixed with water, apple cider vinegar makes a great hair rinse. Malic acid gently exfoliates, removes scalp build-up, and balances the scalp’s pH level, contributing to a healthy, dandruff-free scalp.

2. Stimulates Hair Growth. In addition to promoting and maintaining overall scalp health, apple cider vinegar also prevents hair loss and stimulates hair growth.

Ready for the DIY two-in-one apple cider vinegar hair rinse & astringent?


Combine equal parts apple cider vinegar with water and pour this mixture into a spray bottle. That’s it! You can add a few drops of essential oils to try and mask the vinegar smell, if you’d like. I’d suggest lavender or peppermint.

When using it as a hair rinse:

  1. Wash your hair as you normally would, and rinse.
  2. Spritz the apple cider vinegar hair rinse liberally all over your hair and massage into your scalp with your fingers.
  3. Allow the hair rinse to sit for a full minute. (I like to pull my hair up into a hair claw for this.)
  4. Rinse thoroughly, and follow up with conditioner. 

When using it as an astringent:

  1.  Wash your face as you normally would.
  2. Close your eyes and lightly spritz the apple cider vinegar astringent all over your face — be careful around your eyes!
  3. Allow the astringent to dry on your skin, then follow up with your favorite moisturizer. 

 This recipe comes straight from my eBook, which is almost ready for launch! Want to be the first to know when it’s available? Sign up here to be notified when it launches!


My Natural Skincare Routine

My Natural Skincare Routine feature image via @poorandpretty

My Natural Skincare Routine via @poorandpretty

I’ve gotten to the point where everything I use on my face on a daily basis is handmade by me, which is pretty exciting. I’m often asked about my skincare routine — what products I use, how often I exfoliate, etc. So today, I’m sharing my 100% natural skincare routine with you!

On a daily basis, I…

1. Cleanse: Twice a Day. Every morning and evening, I wash my face with my all-natural homemade face wash. Our skin is constantly attracting dirt, excreting waste, and shedding dead skin cells, so it’s important to keep up with it by cleansing twice a day, especially if you wear makeup. If you don’t wash your makeup off in the evening, it will clog your pores and result in acne. My mild facial cleanser is made with castile soap, jojoba oil, rosewater, and lavender essential oil (I’ve also begun to add a few drops of tea tree oil to it). It contains no harsh surfactants, so it doesn’t strip away my skin’s natural oils. Instead, the jojoba oil and castile soap combine to gently remove dirt without drying out my face. 

2. Tone: After Washing. Immediately after I wash my face, I follow up with my Rose + Tea Facial Toner. Many people skip toners and astringents and go straight to moisturizing, but this is a crucial step in my skincare routine. Using a toner clears up any dirt left behind by my cleanser, restores my skin’s natural pH level, tightens my pores, and hydrates.

3. Moisturize: After Toner. Once the toner dries on my skin, I follow up with either my homemade body & facial oil or homemade shea butter facial cream. Recipes for both of these will be in my natural beauty eBook! Sign up for my emails to be notified when it launches.

My Natural Skincare Routine — exfolating sugar scrub and chocolate face mask via @poorandpretty

On a weekly basis, I…

4. Exfoliate: Once a Week. To get rid of dry skin cells, I’ll use one of my salt or sugar scrubs — I’m really digging my Vanilla Sugar Scrub right now — or if I need something gentler, I go with my oat & cornmeal facial scrub. I exfoliate once a week — any more than that would be too harsh on my skin.

5. Mask: Once or Twice Week. Depending on my skin’s needs, I use one of my clay face masks 1-2x a week. If it needs an extra dose of vitamins, I use my Chocolate or Rose Facial Masks. If it’s on the oily side or I have a few blackheads, I take care of ‘em with my Charcoal Facial Mask. Or if I have an extra avocado laying around, I whip up my Avocado Hair & Face Mask.

What does your skincare routine look like? Do you make any of your own products?


How to Make Lip Balm & Solid Perfume

DIY Lip Balm and Solid Perfume feat via @poorandpretty

DIY Lip Balm and Solid Perfume via @poorandpretty

Ever wanted to learn how to make lip balm or solid perfume? Do a happy dance ’cause this is a two-for-one, incredibly easy DIY beauty tutorial! It’s brought to you by our friends at Bramble Berry, one of my go-to sites for natural beauty making supplies. I’m using their 100% natural Solid Perfume Base, which also doubles as a lip balm base. Yay! I love a good two-for-one deal.

Bramble Berry Solid Perfume Base

I opted for the Solid Perfume Base in their 16oz heat-safe bag, because it can be microwaved or boiled, making it really easy to melt the base down. The base contains Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Sweet Almond oil, and Avocado oil. If you’d like a truly vegan base, try Bramble Berry’s Nourish Lip Balm Base, which uses Candelilla Wax instead (a plant-based wax I also use in my vegan Coco Balm lip balm).

Lip Balm Recipe – makes 12 lip balms

  • 2 oz Solid Perfume Base (about ¼ cup)
  • up to 0.2 oz (6 mL) of your favorite lip-safe essential oil(s) (about 1 tsp)
    • caution: not all essential oils are lip-safe/edible! Verify that yours are before putting them into your lip balm.

Solid Perfume Recipe – makes 12 perfumes

Other Supplies You’ll Need:

  • a heat-safe measuring cup with spout – a Pyrex one or this will work great
  • an oven mitt (that heat-safe bag gets hot!) 
  • lip balm tubes or pots
  • spoon
  • optional: lip balm pouring tray – I have unsteady hands, so I like to use this when filling up lip balm tubes
  • optional: pipettes – these make measuring your essential oils very easy!

Lip Balm Tray

Whether you’re making solid perfumes or lip balms, just melt down the solid perfume base (microwave the bag in 30-second increments), measure out 2oz (¼ cup) into your measuring cup, add in your essential oils, stir, and pour! Easy-peasy. Now you’ve got an all-natural lip balm or solid perfume. If you go somewhere in the middle on essential oil usage, you can use your creation as both a lip balm and solid perfume.

A note on citrus essential oils: Most citrus essential oils (lemon, orange, bergamot, grapefruit) are edible, but they are also photosensitizers, which means they absorb sunlight intensely and put your skin at greater risk of sunburn. Though I love my citrus essential oils, for this reason I would caution against using them in your lip balms. If you do use them in lip balms, wear a different lip balm (preferably one with some SPF) on days when you’re lounging at the beach or spending lots of time outside.

DIY Lip Balm and Solid Perfume 2 via @poorandpretty

Not a fan of solid perfumes? Check out my recipes for an all-natural oil-based perfume and body spray and alcohol-based perfume.

Disclosure: I was provided some of the supplies shown in this post by Bramble Berry, because I totally love them and they love me too! This post also contains affiliate links which may generate a revenue for Poor & Pretty when a purchase is made. You can read more about my affiliate link policies here.