The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

The Compassionate Chick's Guide to DIY Beauty

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Have you ever wondered what it might be like to make your own vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free makeup, skin & hair products? If you answered yes, then you need to add Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty recipe book to your beauty repertoire.

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How to Relieve a Cold

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Vicks.  All pictures and opinions are my own and may differ from yours.  This post contains affiliate links.

How to Relieve a Cold

The holiday season is here! Thanksgiving may be over and Christmas is right around the corner! My husband and son were sick in early November. It really worried me because I don’t have time to get sick. Thankfully, my husband and I rarely get sick and when we do, it is usually at staggering times. We cannot be sick at the same time because one of us has to care for our son.

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Homemade Microdermabrasion Recipe

Baking Soda

Baking Soda (Photo credit: DBarefoot)

I currently do not have a facial scrub that I use and have been thinking about trying a homemade recipe.

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Make your own shampoo

I recently made my first batch of homemade shampoo.  I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile and finally gathered all of the ingredients together.  I wanted to make my own shampoo because my hair can feel frizzy, dry and crunchy, and worst of all full of static.  I have been using my homemade shampoo for about a week now and love the results. 

I found 2 homemade shampoo recipes and they only have 3 or 4 ingredients.  If you are looking for all natural, environmentally friendly shampoo, you may want to try either of these recipes. 

Both recipes make a great 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner as well!

Homemade Shampoo #1

1 cup Dr. Bronner’s organic castile liquid soap (use baby mild for it’s versatility – works for the whole family)2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
¾ Tbs tea tree oil
¼ cup water
1 (16 oz) spray bottle or other container for application

Combine together and store in a spray bottle.  You can also add your own fragrances you desire, such as lavender, peppermint, etc.  This shampoo will be more liquidy than your standard shampoo.  Rubbing your hair first works well to activate the suds and then scrubbing into scalp.  Your hair will feel slightly more greasy than normal, but that is actually more natural anyway.  Most modern shampoos actually dry out your hair, removing the natural oils.

Homemade Shampoo #2

¼ Cup Water
¾ Cup Dr. Bronner’s organic castile liquid soap
4 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle.

As you can see, both recipes are customizable and you can even create your own “herbal shampoo” by adding your favorite essential oils.  If you can do without the name brand label or fancy bottle, this could be for you.

You can find Dr. Bronner’s castile liquid soap and apple cider vinegar at any health food store.  Otherwise, you can find both online!

I made the first recipe, but I used ½ cup of liquid castile soap.  You can adjust the ingredients to your own desire.  Instead of a spray bottle, I used one of those soap dispensers that make liquid soap come out foamy and it works just as well.  I don’t mind the liquidy feel of the shampoo, I am actually tired of the store bought shampoos because they make so many bubbles and strip my hair of it’s softness. 

Since I started using my own shampoo, my hair feels so soft, full of volume, much less static too!  I do not have to use a separate conditioner either!  I also love that I am saving money! 

Homemade Sugar Scrubs

Recently, I was perusing my favorite” bath and body” website and found several sugar scrub products that looked so delicious to try!  They were, however, a little too pricey for me, which lead me to search online for homemade recipes!  Making sugar scrubs at home is so easy and only takes a handful of ingredients!  Don’t spend a fortune at a store, you are really paying for the fancy packaging!  I found a basic recipe and you can add your own essential oils and herbs of your choice.

Basic Sugar Scrub Recipe

1 cup granulated white sugar
½ cup olive oil (you can substitute sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, or coconut oil)

Directions: Mix both ingredients well and store in glass jar with lid

Scents to use: a few drops of essential oil — feel free to use any one of the following: lavender, jasmine, sandalwood, vanilla, etc.

Here is another fun recipe to try, it’s called Peppermint Sugar Scrub. This one definitely looks fun to make and smell!

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

1 cup granulated white sugar
6 peppermint candies (approx 1/4 cup), finely crushed into a powder
1/2 cup olive oil (or any of the oils in the basic recipe)
6 drops peppermint essential oil (optional)

1. Mix together granulated white sugar and crushed peppermint candies until well blended
2. Pour liquid ingredients into sugar mix and blend well

Homemade Bath Salts

Why spend a fortune buying bath salts in the store, when you can make it at home for a fraction of the price?! Here is a simple bath salt recipe. Feel free to change it up and use your favorite essential oils!

With my first batch of bath salts, I used 10 drops of Peppermint Oil and 3 drops of Tea Tree Oil. I used those two scents because I already have them on hand.

Here are some benefits to bath salts:
~Improve circulation
~Reduce tenderness
~Great for easing stiff, sore muscles and aching feet and legs
~Help purify the skin, cleansing away dirt, sweat, and toxins. Aid in healing of dry skin, making skin softer and more supple.
~Salts can also help improve common irritations such as insect bites, minor rashes, and calluses on feet, as well as more serious skin conditions like athlete’s foot, eczema, and psoriasis.

Super Easy Recipe ~

In a large glass or metal bowl, stir together…
2 cups Epsom Salt or Dead Sea Salt – or 1 cup of each (Do not use table salts, they will dry out skin! And when using Dead Sea Salt, be sure to remove any dark pieces that may have slipped through processing.) 
1-2 teaspoons of baking soda, if desired (Makes skin soft.)
10-12 drops of essential oil (Lavender is best for a relaxing bath, Vanilla and Eucalyptus are also fabulous However, this is completely up to you!)
You can also add a small amount of food coloring paste (the kind used for cake decorating) if desired, but it’s not necessary. I prefer not to use coloring, but it’s up to you. This is your own homemade bath salt, make it however you want!
After you have stirred the salt really well (I do this for at least two minutes because it’s fun; the more you stir the more the wonderful scent begins to come through!), pour into pretty glass jars and attach lids.
As for glass jars, reuse what you already have! Try using baby food jars, spaghetti and jelly jars, etc!

Body Glitter

I just found a body glitter recipe that is really easy to make and wanted to share it. Have fun with this one! Add some glitter and sparkle to your day, evening, or night out!

Body Glitter Recipe

What you need:
3 tablespoons of unmedicated aloe vera gel (can be found next to the hand lotions in discount or drug stores)
1/2 teaspoon very fine glitter, color desired
1 drop essential oil with fragrance desired (optional)
Food coloring (optional)

Add as much glitter to aloe vera gel as you like (you can always experiment).
If you are using food coloring, mix a few drops at a time in with your gel until you get the desired color.
Add essential oil, if desired.
Stir to blend, then store at room temperature in a small, airtight jar or container.
Enjoy the body glitter!
NOTE: Some people are sensitive to essential oils. Test the body glitter on the inside of your arm before applying to face. DO NOT USE NEAR YOUR EYES.

Green Tea Mask

Green Tea Mask

Green Tea is beneficial to your skin, it’s soothing, healing, and helps to clear up acne. Green Tea also helps fight the signs of aging! Green Tea is a great detoxifier when used on the skin and used as a tea drink.

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