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

ingredients

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

Directions

  • 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

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp honey

Directions

  • 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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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

ingredients

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

directions

  • 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

The Easiest Homemade Almond Rose Soap Recipe (No Lye!)

Since I’ve rediscovered soap flakes, I’ve leveled up in my cleansing game.This is a simple soap making method, that doesn’t require too much effort, but the end result is awesometastic. The almonds gently exfoliate, while the rose petals soothe and calm irritated skin. I absolutely love this combination and you will too! It’s gentle enough to incorporate into your facial care routine, and you can follow it up with my favorite rose water toner.

Homemade Almond Rose Soap

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp dried rose petals
  • 1 cup pure soap flakes (find it here)
  • 2/3 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup rose water (homemade rose water recipe)
  • 2 tbsp ground almonds
  • 9 drops geranium essential oil

Directions

  • Pound the rose petals with a mortar and pestle
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground petals, soap, and water
  • Stir until smooth (If the soap starts to solidify during this step, place the bowl over hot water)
  • Stir in rose water and ground almonds, allow to cool
  • Stir in essential oil
  • Shape the mixture into about 6 balls and flatten each slightly
  • Allow the soap to harden between sheets of wax paper
  • use as you would any bar soap
  • Store in a cool, dark place between uses

DIY Gentle Exfoliating Milk Bath—Spa Days at Home

This milk bath recipe is the starting point for pretty much any milk bath spa treatment you’ll create at home. It’s simple, has a super long shelf life, and leaves your skin feeling absolutely silky smooth. Bathing in milk is said to reduce wrinkles and scars, as milk is a natural and gentle exfoliant. You can stick to this basic formula or create a wide variety of spa treatments with the use of different additives.

DIY Gentle Exfoliating Milk Bath

ingredients

  • 1/3 cup powdered milk
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2-3 drops essential oil of your choice

directions

  • pour the powdered milk and cornstarch into a clean jar with a tight fitting lid
  • shake well
  • add the essential oil and shake to thoroughly incorporate
  • If the mixture clumps, use your fingers to dissolve the lumps
  • to use, simply put the mixture under running bath water and swish it around to disperse it in the tub

***You can double or triple this recipe and store it indefinitely by leaving out the essential oil. Just store the combined powdered milk and cornstarch in a airtight container. When you’re ready to use it, add 1/2 cup of the mixture to your bath. Then add the essential oil to the tub separately after swishing in the combined powders.