Scrub with coffee grounds
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4 Kitchen Beauty Recipes

Are you running low on your favorite moisturizer? Do you not have time to stop for a face mask or bath bombs at the store? If only there were a way to create these items and more at the comfort and ease of your own kitchen….you’re in luck! The following kitchen beauty recipes have been compiled for your convenience—beauty products that can be made from the ingredients commonly found in your fridge or pantry. How simple is that? On cold days like these, treat yourself to a healthy, natural spa day in the warmth of your home.

Banana Oat Face Mask

Ingredients:

  • ½ of a banana, mashed
  • ¼ cup of oats
  • 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)

Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Spread over your face and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with warm water. This mask is best for calming irritated, itchy skin.

Coffee Cinnamon Scrub

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of coffee grounds
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • ¼ cup of olive oil

Mix ingredients together, saving the oil for last. Scrub wherever your skin needs a touch-up and save the rest in an air-tight jar for next time. The caffeine will tighten wrinkles, reduce redness and cellulite, and soothe inflammation.

Sugar Wax

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • ¼ cup of water
  • ¼ cup of lemon juice

Combine ingredients in a saucepan and boil on medium heat. Watch continuously. As soon as bubbles appear around edges of the pot, drop temperature to low heat. Stir until the liquid has a caramel color. After a few minutes, it should have a honey-like consistency. Apply to wherever you wish to remove hair (use immediately before it cools). Remove with strips of cloth, such as a cut-up old T-shirt. Store leftovers in an air-tight jar, and simply heat up the next time you need it.

Oatmeal Bath Bombs

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of baking soda
  • ½ cup of oatmeal
  • 4 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons of water
  • Essential oil of your choice (Use lavender or serenity for a relaxing scent in the evening, or wild orange and grapefruit to activate your senses, starting your day off right.)

Mix ingredients (in order) until you get a consistency that sticks together, but isn’t soggy. If it’s too dry, add a little more water at a time. Roll into balls, or press into silicone molds, if you want a fun shape. Let the bombs dry for at least 24 hours before use.

Green Tea Moisturizer 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of loose green tea leaves

Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan on medium heat. Stir in green tea and let simmer on lowest heat setting for one hour, covered. Strain the leaves from oil with cheesecloth. Let the mixture cool until almost completely solid. Whip the mixture until creamy, about 3-5 minutes. Apply to dry, itchy skin. Store in air-tight container.

There you have it, your own starter kit to DIY kitchen beauty recipes. What recipes do you use? Let us know in the comments.

Kaitlyn is a graduate from Lee University and is a staff editor for R.H. Boyd Publishing. She enjoys travel, books and penguins. When she’s not working, she dreams of seeing the world.