All-In-One Homemade Coconut Wash for Face, Body, and Hair

We can’t call this a beauty secret exactly, because everybody knows how amazingly good milk is for your skin. I mean, seriously, Cleopatra was bathing in the stuff like thousands of years ago. Milk + Bath = Silky Smooth, Flawless Skin. But coconut milk? Now that takes your milk bath to a whole… ‘notha… level.

I know what you’re thinking and I totally admit it. DIY beauty recipes can be a little time consuming and sometimes a little bit messy. But yooooooooo! This recipe right here is ready in a snap, has a super long shelf life, and covers all your basic beauty needs all-in-one. An easy recipe that you can use as a face wash, a body wash, and a shampoo? That’s living the dream, y’all. I’m getting my Cleopatra on with this one.

All In One Homemade Coconut Wash


  • 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup pure castile soap
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/8 cup organic oatmeal, finely ground (optional)


  • Mix all ingredients together and store in a squeeze bottle
  • if you’re using oatmeal, place it in a blender and grind it until it’s a fine powder
  • shake before each use

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Homemade Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

The older I get, the more I realize how dependent my mood is on the changing seasons. Winter always leaves me feeling bummed out and run down. The smell of firewood, peppermint, cinnamon, and cloves always makes me feel strangely nostalgic and sleepy all at once. I’m not complaining exactly. I kinda like the fact that my spirit goes into hibernation mode during the Winter months. It tends to make Spring and Summer that much more energizing. The smell of roses, citrus, mown grass, and the salty breeze from the Atlantic, always perk me up and make me want to live!

Over the weekend I made this amazing coconut lime sugar scrub just in time for Spring and Cinco de Mayo! This stuff is the real deal. The fresh scent of lime is totally energizing and the coconut oil leaves your skin feeling super smooth. I use some variation of this sugar scrub every summer at least twice a week. This recipe makes a lot, so if you don’t need as much you can tweak the proportions to suit your needs. Happy Spring, you guys!

Homemade Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub


  • 1 c. coconut oil
  • 1.5 c. sugar
  • zest from one lime
  • lime essential oil


  • Combine coconut oil, sugar and lime zest. Mix until combined.
  • Add 7 drops of lime oil and stir. If the smell isn’t strong enough, add more oil, 2 drops at a time.
  • Store in an airtight glass jar (the jars pictured here are from Target).

Image and Recipe: Homemade Mood

Chickpea Power: Three Homemade Beauty Recipes

You already know how good chickpeas are for your body. Seriously, hummus ruled my world when I was in college. I couldn’t get enough, and I was reaping all the healthy benefits of those lovely little legumes. Not only are they loaded with protein, fiber, and Vitamins A, B, and K, chickpeas are also known for their anti-inflammatory properties, boosting your body’s intake of manganese and folate.

With a resume like that, it was only a matter of time before I whipped up a chickpea recipe that I could slather on my skin. I started my chickpea beauty experiments by using dried beans I got from the bulk section of the grocery store. Sometimes I’d soak the beans and sometimes I’d boil them then throw them in a food processor to prepare them for whatever recipe I was concocting. Then I discovered chickpea flour.

You guys! I never thought to use chickpeas, let alone, flour in a skin care recipe before, but let me tell you, I’m so glad I did. When applied externally, chickpeas help in the fight against acne, dark spots left behind by acne, wound healing, and even unwanted hair removal. Say what?!! Anyway, chickpeas have been doing some amazing things for my skin, and the best part is that it’s texture lends itself perfectly to homemade skin care recipes. Fall in love for yourself with these 3 chickpea  beauty recipes!

Chickpea Almond Sugar Body Scrub


  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp sweet almond oil
  • 2 tbsp chickpea flour


  • combine the chickpea flour and sugar in a small mixing bowl
  • slowly add in the sweet almond oil (the less oil you use, the drier the scrub will be)
  • use as you would any other sugar scrub

Super Gentle Chickpea Face Mask


  • 1 cup of chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp honey


  • place chickpeas in boiling water for about two minutes
  • drain, but don’t discard that water just yet!
  • put the now softened chickpeas in a blender with the honey
  • blend and apply this paste to your damp face
  • leave on for 5-10 minutes
  • rinse with tepid water

Chickpea Toner

Remember that boiling water you drained from the chickpeas? Well it’s full of antioxidant goodness! To make a simple toner, just add a few drops of rosehip seed oil to about 4 tablespoons of the chickpea water. Apply with a cotton ball or transfer the mixture to a spray bottle to mist your face before moisturizing.

Homemade Perfume Recipe (or Recette Eau de Parfum Fait Maison, If You’re Fancy)

So I was rocking out listening to Nirvana while I was cleaning my bathroom. Nirvana is always, and I do mean always, the right choice when you’re trying to clean up a Winter’s worth of crap. I started straightening up my medicine cabinet and noticed that I have a ton of essential oils. It’s kinda crazy, but hey, I really do put them all to good use in my natural beauty recipes.

Anyway, just as I was about to start putting all those cute little bottles back into alphabetical order (don’t judge me), my Nirvana playlist got to the song “Scentless Apprentice.” The song is based on this bizarre novel about a murderous perfume maker. I cranked the music up super loud and started rearranging the essential oils. Just then, the sky got a little bit bluer and the sun got just a little bit brighter. Okay, it wasn’t quite that dramatic, but I did get a really good idea. I decided to make my own perfume!

I had to do a little research on perfume making and I was surprised and thoroughly thrilled that some recipes already existed that simplify the process for us novices. If you’re interested (of course you are!), you should check out this totally informative article about blending essential oils. I highly recommend reading it, so that you can get an idea of some of the nuances of mixing fragrances.

DIY perfume is definitely my new obsession. I’ve made a few blends already and I can honestly say that this is quickly becoming one of my favorite homemade beauty DIYs. Check out the basic recipe and some of the blends I made to get you inspired!

HomeMade Perfume


  • glass mason jar or glass bowl
  • amber perfume bottle, find it here
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 10-12 drops top note essential oil
  • 6-8 drops middle note essential oil
  • 3-5 drops base essential oil


  • mix the essential oils and vodka in a mason jar, or glass bowl
  • seal the container tightly and store in a dark place
  • allow the mixture to sit for about 2 days (the longer the mixture sits, the stronger the scent will be)
  • use a dropper to transfer into your amber perfume bottle
  • shake before using

Try These Essential Oil Combinations

Eau de Parfum No. 1

  • 12 drops eucalyptus
  • 6 drops rosemary
  • 5 drops cedarwood

Eau de Parfum No. 2

  • 4 drops eucalyptus
  • 8 drops grapefruit
  • 6 drops juniper
  • 4 drops oakmoss
  • 2 drops cedar

Eau de Parfum No. 3

  • 12 drops grapefruit
  • 8 drops juniper
  • 5 drops oakmoss

***be sure to use glass rather than plastic when mixing essential oils.

***essential oils will lose their potency after a couple of months, so don’t try to make a year’s supply ahead of time!

***for more information on top notes, middle notes, and base notes be sure to visit AromaWeb.

image and recipe via themerrythought

Take Your Shower to Spa Heights: DIY Oatmeal Rose Face Mask and Homemade Eucalyptus Body Oil

Last night was one of those nights when you get home and you just want to let the horrendous day you just had melt away in a soothing oatmeal bath. I was pretty tired though, so I needed to find a way to capture that long bath soak feeling into a quick shower. I’ve been fooling around with oatmeal skin care recipes for a while now, and I absolutely love the silky smooth texture that oats give the skin. I was feeling drained and sluggish, and the malaise of the day was definitely showing on my tired skin.

Because these oatmeal eucalyptus bath salts is one of my absolute favorite pampering recipes, I decided to whip up an oatmeal mask to use in the shower. I found exactly what I was looking for while drooling over Lauren Conrad’s incredible DIYs. These recipes are just what the doctor ordered!  Instead of using eucalyptus in the oatmeal mask, this recipe calls for a little rose water. Rose water revitalizes and moisturizes the skin, all while helping to improve the appearance of scars, and giving the skin a healthy glow. As much as I love rose water, I didn’t want to cheat myself out of the relaxing effect of eucalyptus. I followed up the oatmeal mask with a soothing eucalyptus body oil, and let me tell you! I felt amazingly calm. Long story short: if you’re dog tired but still in need of a luxurious, I-just-bathed-in-royal-splendor kinda feeling take these recipes and create your own spa shower tonight!

DIY Oatmeal Rose Face Mask


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup fresh or dried rose petals
  • 1 tbsp rose water
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, or rose coconut oil if you want the mask to be pink!
  • 1 tsp honey


  • mix oats and rose petals in a blender until the consistency is fine and gritty
  • pour mixture into a glass bowl and add rose water, coconut oil, and honey
  • stir well
  • apply to your face and leave it on while you shower (about 10 minutes) and rinse

Homemade Eucalyptus Body Oil


  • 2 tbsp jojoba oil
  • 2 tbsp rosehip oil
  • 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil


  • combine all oils in a small dropper bottle
  • shake well to mix the oils
  • apply to any dry areas of your body and allow it to absorb into your skin