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!
Mix and match pretty petals, herbs, and mica with pure essential oils to make concoctions that look as beautiful as they smell!
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.
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.
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:
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:
Wash your hair as you normally would, and rinse.
Spritz the apple cider vinegar hair rinse liberally all over your hair and massage into your scalp with your fingers.
Allow the hair rinse to sit for a full minute. (I like to pull my hair up into a hair claw for this.)
Rinse thoroughly, and follow up with conditioner.
When using it as an astringent:
Wash your face as you normally would.
Close your eyes and lightly spritz the apple cider vinegar astringent all over your face — be careful around your eyes!
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!
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
I will be sharing techniques for creating natural beauty necessities including body oils, bath salts, scrubs, and exfoliating masks. I’ll also give an an overview of toxic ingredients to avoid and how (and where!) to find truly natural beauty products.
Students will take home a body oil, scrub, bath salts, an oatmeal mask, and will receive a free preview of my natural beauty eBook, launching in October!! So exciting! All materials will be provided and light brunch-style snacks and refreshments will be served.
I am not a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination. So if I can make these super awesome pom-pom shorts, I know you can too! I had a pair of hand-me-down jeans that fit me perfectly but flared out at the bottom and weren’t really my style. I also had pom-pom trim that I was saving for just such an occasion. Are you picking up what I’m putting down? Let’s do this.
Step One: Pin your jeans/pants where you’d like the new length to be. I left mine a bit long because I wanted to be able to wear them to work.
Step Two: Cut your jeans/pants about an inch below where you’ve placed your pin. This will become your hem.
Step Three: Turn your jeans/pants inside out, fold up your hem, and iron flat.
Step Four: Sew on your trim! If you have a sewing machine, awesome. If not, just do regular stitches by hand. That’s what I did and it took me about half an episode of Reign (about 30 mins).That is how I mark my time now.
Wear ‘em loud and proud, even when your co-workers tell you it looks like you stole them from a 1970s low-rider. ;)