Make your own beauty recipe's at home with these tricks... (Featured guest blogger)

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Tips and Tricks from Grandma's Kitchen
Money is tight these days, and people are coming up with all sorts of ways to save it. Often
times, we decide to stop paying others to do things we can accomplish ourselves.

As a mother, wife and a huge proponent of saving money on absolutely anything, I am proud
to say that I have had great success cutting my beauty expenses without sacrificing my
appearance. There are certain beauty treatments that many women have left to professional
hands, and when these women decided to cut the professionals from their purses by doing the
treatments themselves, they've failed. I rarely pay for beauty treatments, but I get compliments
on my hair color and mostly wrinkle-free skin. How can this be?

My grandma. Women have been beautiful for centuries, but hair salons and aestheticians are
a recent industries and additions to the English language. My grandma went to the salon on
special occasions, and took personal care of her shining hair and skin on a regular basis. And she
passed her methods onto me. And I will now pass them onto you.

Here are tips and tricks from grandma's kitchen that I find to be particularly simple and that
have given me huge savings:

Natural Hair Treatments
  • Lightening
  • Lemon juice is a popular ingredient in many do-it-yourself hair care regimens. The juice possesses qualities that naturally lighten hair. But since lemon juice can make the hair rather dry or even cause graying in some individuals, you need to create a proper mixture to lessen the effects of the acidic substance. A tried and tested method is to dilute one tablespoon of lemon juice in one gallon of water. This combination will serve as a stand-alone solution or blend well with other ingredients such as olive oil and chamomile tea to produce an effective natural hair treatment. To lighten your hair, rinse your locks with a diluted lemon juice solution. Leave the lemon juice in your hair while you are out in the sun, for about an hour. The lemon juice contains lots of acid, so you really don't want to expose your hair to both extreme sun and the acid in the lemon juice for long periods of time. Do this daily, keeping in mind that the results are gradual before you begin to notice highlights and streaks of lighter natural looking color.
  • Darkening
  • In darkening or enriching a brunette hair color, either coffee or cocoa does the trick. The coffee method worked particularly well on my dark hair, as it helped with shine and color intensity. I mixed 2 cups of leave-in conditioner with 2 tablespoons ground coffee and 1 cup of cold brewed coffee in a bowl, and then put it in my hair like any regular hair dye. I usually leave it in for 1 hour, but you can let it there as long as you see fit. To deepen your hair color while indulging in a chocolate-aroma bath, mix equal parts cocoa with shampoo. When shampooing your hair with the infused product, it is important to leave it in your hair for at least 15 minutes. The longer you leave the shampoo in your hair, the darker your hair will become. The cocoa has to soak into your hair, so it is important the shampoo gets a chance to be absorbed. The steam from the shower is helpful in creating heat to help the cocoa penetrate the hair. This will also aid in the darkening process.
  • Moisturizing
  • Honey, which contains enzymes and vitamins that benefit dry hair, is considered by many to be an excellent hair treatment. The main enzymes in honey are diastase, invertase, glucose oxidase and catalase, which all have antibacterial proprieties (I found this out through research, not from Grandma!). There are also several trace vitamins found in honey such as niacin, iron and zinc. To moisturize your hair, dissolve a teaspoon of honey into three cups of warm water. Once the honey is thoroughly mixed, pour the mixture over wet, freshly washed hair. Gently ring excessive moisture from your hair, but do not rinse the mixture out. Use a towel to lightly pat hair dry and then style as normal. The honey will help to soften and add shine to your hair.

Homemade Skin Care Recipes
  • Exfoliation
  • To reveal a younger-looking skin the natural way, grind 10 to 20 almonds to make a fine, smooth almond paste. Place 2 tablespoons of organic whole milk yogurt into a cup and add enough of the ground almonds to make a smooth paste. Apply to your skin, gently. You can also leave on your face for a few minutes as the yogurt is nourishing and has natural alpha hydroxy acids which will exfoliate your skin. Use smaller amounts of almond meal or just use the yogurt if you have hyper sensitive skin. Yogurt is proven to be gentle for sensitive skin while providing cleansing, toning, moisturizing and also exfoliation.
  • Hydration
  • Pumpkin makes an excellent face mask ingredient for all skin types, especially environmentally damaged or sensitive skin. High in vitamins A (skin healing) and C (anti-oxidant) and zinc, the pumpkin soothes, moisturizes and acts as a carrier, assisting the other mask ingredients to absorb deeper into the skin and intensifying the results. To hydrate your skin, take one or two tablespoons of organic canned pumpkin and apply to your face. Your skin will be soft and moist and dewy! Add a touch of honey and butter for extra moisturizing.
  • Blemish removal
  • Lemon is the best thing available in the kitchen to reduce the marks and blemishes from the skin. It can be applied directly onto the skin or can be mixed in many other things and packs. You can rub a lemon peel on the skin with a little sugar on it or without the sugar. After rubbing it, leave it on the skin for at least 10 minutes. Do this regularly and you will notice significant reduction in acne and pimple marks. Orange abstracts are also very useful in lightening dark spots and evening out the skin tone. For best results, dry orange peels in the sun and make a powder out of these (the powder can easily be made by crushing the peels with a mortar and pestle, or in an automatic chopper). Apply this powder by making a paste of it on the skin with rose water, milk cream or curd.

Whether for the hair or the skin, you can make your own beauty recipes at home. And by
following these simple home remedies, you not only save money, you also spare yourself from
harsh chemicals found in many commercial beauty products.

Isabella York is a working mother who strives to live a frugal and creative lifestyle. Along with raising her son, she works for Balsam Hill, a purveyor of Artificial Christmas Trees and Christmas Trees.

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  1. Hmm...How dark does the coffee make it? Does it cover grays? I'd be happy to try during this pregnancy!

  2. Totally love doing things the natural way and haven't seen many of these before. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I like your blog! Doing these things in this manner is great!...Daniel

  4. I'll be sure to try this on the weekend, thanks you for the recipe.
    catering nyc


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