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5 DIY Beauty Recipes Brand Founders Make Themselves

Sometimes the best beauty products are the ones you can whip up yourself. Pure, natural ingredients can often be found right in your kitchen, so we asked a few beauty brand founders to share their favorite at-home recipes with us. DIY on!

Henna Hair Conditioner from Barbara Jacques, Founder of Jacq’s Organics

Why She Loves It:

It’s a great for clarifying hair mask to remove product buildup, revealing soft loosened curls. I’ve been using this recipe for almost 5 years now. It typically works great for kinky curly hair.

Ingredients:

  • 100 mg of Henna
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm green tea (strengthens hair, protects from breakage and stimulates hair growth)
  • 1 cup of favorite protein conditioner
  • 1 Tbsp Manuka honey (a great humectant)

How To:

Mix all ingredients together. Apply to wet hair. Allow to dry (it may take a while depending on the length of your hair). Rinse, detangle and style!

Late Summer Anti-Infammatory Zucchini Facial Mask from Krysia Boinis, Co-Founder of Vapour Organic Beauty

Why She Loves It: Fresh Zucchini is alkaline, skin soothing, oil balancing and anti-inflammatory. It’s loaded with vitamin C and skin-healing minerals. This particular mask is good for calming and de-puffing inflamed and sensitive skin. It is also great for balancing oily and acne-prone skin.

Ingredients:

  • 3 inches of zucchini
  • 3 Tbsp oatmeal
  • 3 Tbsp water

How To:

Blend until smooth and pale green. Let mixture rest and thicken for one minute. Spread on your face and throat and allow to dry for 20 minutes. Rinse well. Enjoy your refreshed and soothed complexion!

 

Restorative Coconut Hair Mask from Ashleigh Frager, Founder of Back to Basics

Why She Loves It:

I love how this multi-tasking hair mask restores life and shine to dry, dull hair. These ingredients are the perfect match for my naturally dry hair! They simultaneously moisturize, detangle, and condition. Also, this mask is quick & easy and made with simple ingredients that I typically have around the house.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup coconut milk

How To:

Whisk together all ingredients. Thoroughly massage 1/2 of mixture into scalp and the remaining half onto the ends. Generously coat those ends! Leave mask on for 30 minutes, then rinse.

 

At-Home Makeup Remover Pads from Sara Lamond, Founder of Fig & Flower

Why She Loves It:

I’m not always in the mood to do a full cleanse at night, but being a “beauty expert” I know how important nightly cleansing is. Therefore, makeup pads are a great, easy way to encourage good habits. These days there are some great makeup remover wipes on the market without harmful preservatives, but for a while there was a gap in the market. During that time, I liked to make my own.

Ingredients:

  • 1 mason jar or upcycled plastic container
  • Organic cotton pads to fill the container
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp gentle, natural liquid soap (castile soap works great!)
  • A few drops of an essential oil (I like orange for brightening vitamin C)
  • Hot water to fill the jar ¾ of the way full

How To:

Set aside cotton pads. Mix all other ingredients together and allow the hot water to melt the coconut oil fully by shaking the mixture together in the closed jar. Then add enough pads to fill the jar and absorb the mixture and enjoy convenient, easy nightly cleaning.

 

Lip Balm from Sarah Ribner, Co-Founder of Piperwai

Why She Loves It:

I make this all the time! The sweet almond oil is super nourishing and it’s great as a regular or tinted lip balm.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp beeswax (or for a vegan option, candelilla wax)
  • 2 Tbsp organic coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp shea butter
  • 1 Tbsp sweet almond oil
  • Your choice of essential oil (no more than 10 drops)
  • Cranberry seed powder if you want a red tint
  • Small container

How To:

Melt the wax in a double boiler; then add in remaining ingredients. Add your essential oils and color (optional) last. Mix well and pour into your small container; let set. Enjoy!

About The Author

Nicolle Mackinnon

Stemming from her personal journey to treat her celiac disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Nicolle serves as a writer and editor for several leading publications helping women understand how important, stylish and fun it is to commit to clean beauty. By way of her contributions to No More Dirty Looks, Thoughtfully Magazine and numerous beauty brands' blogs, websites and social media, Nicolle has become a trusted voice on the correlation between health and beauty. Follow her journey on Instagram and connect with her via nicollemackinnon.com.