Natural Beauty Options


*Enjoy another great post from Katie of Wellness Mama!!

Beauty products and toiletries are a major source of chemical exposure for a lot of people. From parabens in make-up and shampoo to sulfates/sulfites in everything from lotion to toothpaste, chemicals can be hard to escape!

Fortunately, there are some easy and natural options for most beauty products, and many can be found in your kitchen!

Natural Lotion:

-Use Coconut Oil straight or in combination with Almond Oil for an extremely moisturizing and firming option. Consuming enough healthy fats like coconut oil internally will also help moisturize from the inside out.

This works for supermodels too!

Oil Cleansing for face:

-Use olive, coconut or almond oil with Castor oil to clean your skin instead of a harsh soap. This will cleanse your skin naturally and keep from pulling out natural oils. My personal blend is 25% Castor Oil (don’t use straight!) and 75% sweet almond oil.

How to do it: Rub a small amount of oil onto dry face and massage into skin for several minutes. To remove, Soak a clean washcloth in steamy water and place on face until it starts to cool. Gently use the washcloth to wipe your face until the oil is gone. Softest. Skin. Ever! Here’s a website with much more detailed info if you are interested.

Natural Make-up and Mascara Remover:

-Olive and Coconut Oils are great for naturally and safely removing make-up and mascara, even waterproof versions. Added benefit: helps smooth or prevent wrinkles around the eyes!

Natural Sugar Scrub:

Sugar is not good for your body. It is, however, great for your skin! Since your skin doesn’t metabolize and store glucose or fructose like your fat cells do, sugar is a great way to tighten and smooth skin! Sugar scrubs in stores are expensive! Sugar scrubs in the kitchen are not!

How to do it: Mix equal parts of white or brown sugar and olive or almond oil and add essential oils of choice (optional). To exfoliate skin, rub the mixture onto skin and massage in for a couple of minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Enjoy!

Natural Hairspray:

-Juicing a lemon and mixing with a couple cups of water in a spray bottle makes a simple hair spray. It works, but has to be stored in the fridge.

-An easier recipe is to mix a cup of boiling water with 1-4 teaspoons of sugar (depending on the level of hold you want). Stir and let sugar dissolve completely and pour into a fine mister bottle. This will hold hair and make it shine. For difficult hair, let first application dry and apply another application.

-For the natural beach waves look, make the above recipe with salt instead. This will give a flexible hold without being dull at all. Supposedly, top stylists are turning to sea salt products lately too.

Natural Exfoliation:

Ever seen those ads for microdermabrasion (not even sure I’m spelling it right!). Well, they look expensive and I’m leery of the chemicals they might contain. No worries though… the kitchen can help! Baking soda is a very effective natural and gentle abrasive that pulls off dead skin cells and makes skin glow!

How to Do It: Wet face with warm water. Pour some baking soda into hands and massage into your face for at least 3 minutes. It will sting a little (its called abrasion!). Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Natural Intensive Hair Conditioner:

Mix one ripe banana and half of an avocado and puree until smooth. Massage into hair and comb through. Leave on with a shower cap for at least 15 minutes for shiny hair. Use some essential oils if banana isn’t your favorite fragrance!

Natural Skin Bronzers:

Until I switched to eating healthy, I never tanned well at all! I used to try all kinds of natural “bronzers” and self tanning lotions (cringe on the ingredients!) in hopes of golden skin. Now, I’m excited to be able to tan easily, but for days when I want a slightly more bronze look, I head to the kitchen…

How to Do It: Mix cocoa powder, cinnamon and arrowroot (optional) until you get a shade you like. For me, this was at least half cocoa powder, about 30-40% cinnamon and a little arrowroot, but experiment to get your skin tone. Store in a small jar or container and brush onto skin for an instant bronze look. Bonus: it smells good! You can also mix this into lotion for a liquid version!

What are your natural beauty secrets? Share below!


  1. Caitlin says

    Have you ever tried washing your hair with baking soda? I’ve been doing this for 10 months now. I love how shiny and healthy my hair looks. Plus it’s so cheap! The only problem is a couple of weeks ago I started having dandruff. Not sure what’ s up. Maybe it’s getting drier out with the season changing? So I’ve been trying some natural dandruff remedies. So far one application of diluted apple cider vinegar has not done the trick. Next I’m going to try warm olive oil. Have you heard of any natural solutions to dandruff?

    • Ginny says

      I’ve been reading up on using baking soda as a shampoo because it seems like such a great idea and from what I’ve read, you may be washing your hair too often. They say at most you should wash every other day. Also I’ve read that if you leave it on too long, it can also cause flakes. The same website stated that you should also condition everyday with AC vinegar. I just got my big bottle of vinegar and box of baking soda, so I’m going to try it out this week.

      • Caitlin says

        Good luck Ginny! I think you’ll love it. I wash my hair every 6 or 7 days (I had to wash it more often when I first started). It doesn’t get oily very quickly anymore – one of the perks of washing with baking soda. I rinse the tips of my hair with diluted apple cider vinegar as well, every time I wash. I’m gonna start rinsing my whole head of hair with vinegar from now on, since one of the dandruff remedies I’ve found is diluted vinegar. Hoping it will be a preventative thing…

        • Jill says

          Just an FYI… I started the Baking Soda wash and ACV conditioner about 2 months ago. Because I have very curly dry hair the ACV wash was too drying so I switched to using raw honey in water as my conditioner which worked much better. Don’t give up on this new way in the first few weeks. It takes about 3 to 4 weeks for your hair to acclimate to the difference. Also, if you have super dry hair wait until your hair seems a little greasy to wash. I rinse my hair with warm water most of the time and do the honey conditioner and then when it seems to be getting a little oily I wash with the soda and water. Since I have very dry hair this is usually only once or twice a week.

    • Caitlin says

      So I tried the warm olive oil dandruff treatment… and now my hair is soooo oily! I tried washing it out with 3 Tbsp baking soda + warm water. Did that twice & rinsing with ACV. Then I switched to Dr. Bonner’s castile soap. I’ve washed it with that twice now too & it’s still super oily- LOL!

      Dandruff isn’t gone but maybe somewhat diminished…

    • Monique says

      Hey caitlin i think its important i tell you that you hair is naturally acidic around 4.5 to 5 in pH level. when applying baking soda (an alkaline) its really bad for your hair, the reason its so soft is because its ‘weakening’ your hair (in simple terms), try are more acidic solution its healthier for your hair (thats why on so many hair products they advertise its pH balanced) a good homemade product thats been suggested to me is on this youtube link (i haven’t tried it yet but am planning to) you can also add in your preferred essential oils i’m sure. good luck and i hope this helps

  2. Sara says

    I’ve been washing my hair with baking soda and rinsing with apple cider vinegar mixed with water for about a month now, and I love it. For humid days, when the frizzies are at full force, I rub my hands in some jojoba oil and run them through my hair. Works better than the expensive anti-frizz serum I was buying.

    Caitlin, when you wash with the baking soda, do you focus on getting it to your scalp? My hair isn’t that long, but I still have to grab locks of hair and pull them to the side in order to get to my scalp.

    • Caitlin says

      Hi Sara – Thanks for the tip about pulling locks of hair to the side to reach part of the scalp. I’ll try that next time I wash!

      Usually I rub the baking soda solution into my scalp & don’t even try to get it on the rest of my hair (I have pretty long hair). I don’t know that I’m really getting the whole scalp though… I’ve been cautious about using a lot of baking soda. It seems like I’ll need to use a bunch to really cover the whole scalp.

      How much baking soda do you use each time you wash?

      I usually blow dry my hair after I wash it (about once a week). I dab a little essential oil on my finger tips and rub it on the tips of my wet hair before drying. Makes my hair smell so good!

      • Sara says

        Caitlin, I end up using more baking soda than I feel like I should, in order to get good coverage. As I get more experienced with it, I’ve been trying to cut down. At first I put about a tablespoon or two in my hands and gently rub it in, and I repeat that about 3 or 4 times in different locations around my skull. Then I massage around to try to spread it. I would guess that I’ve cut my usage in half since I started. It sounds like you have the baking soda part dialed in. Maybe it’s the vinegar part?

  3. Susie says

    I do the no ‘poo baking soda/ACV routine on my hair as well. The trick for me is mixing the soda in warm water, then pouring it through when my hair is SOAKING wet. Does that make sense? I put my head under the water and immediately follow with the dissolved baking soda while my hair is very full of water. That’s the best way for me to get even distribution. Some say to leave it, but I rinse right away or I get a build-up on my scalp no matter how infrequently I wash. I always follow with an ACV rinse.

    There’s also usually a detox period where your hair and scalp go a little crazy now that they aren’t being stripped of their oils. Maybe that is causing the dandruff?

    My natural option for cleansing my body – Grandma’s Soap. Lard, lye, water. I don’t have to use oil on my skin at all anymore. Super gentle.

    • Caitlin says

      Susie – Do you rub the b. soda solution into your hair at all or do you just pour it on & rinse? I think I’ve been assuming I’ve got to rub it in to get rid of the grease 😉 But maybe rubbing it in my scalp is making it too hard to rinse out… I wonder if the dandruff I’m experiencing is actually baking soda build up? What does it look like when you’ve experienced build up?

      • Marcy says

        If it’s dandruff, it probably itches.

        My Dr suggested that stress is the most common cause of dandruff, and relaxation is the best way to get rid of it.

        I was using the baking soda method for almost a year and loving it, then I got dandruff and tried every natural remedy and then the awful chemicals – nothing would touch it.

        Knowing that I couldn’t fix it besides calming down actually did the trick.

        I shower every day but once my hair is adjusted I only use the baking soda if it looks like it needs it, but since I had to start over after the dandruff debacle, I am re-adjusting right now and use it every day. I also dissolve it in water in a bottle with a nozzle so I can apply it directly to the scalp.

        Katie, thanks so much for the natural alternatives to hair spray! I can’t wait to try them.

  4. Jenn says

    Caitlin, Sarah, and Ginny,
    You are all awesome. Thank you for sharing and making me feel better about escaping chemical exposure. It does my heart good to read these blogs.

  5. Jen says

    I’m excited to try some of these tips especially the one about using baking soda on my face once in a while.

    Also, I would encourage everyone to try out different types of oil. I found that jojoba oil works best for my skin as both lotion and face wash. I tried coconut oil and olive oil and caster oil but they weren’t the best for me. Keep trying if it doesn’t work out the first time!

  6. Jill says

    I use Almond Oil on my skin and face for moisturizing. I’m allergic to Coconut and so I found almond oil to be a great moisturizer.

  7. Sarah says

    I’ve been using honey and baking soda as a daily face wash for about a year now and I will never go back to chemicals! I keep a small bottle of raw honey in the shower along with a small, empty spice container that I fill with baking soda. I use a dime size amount of honey and a sprinkle of baking soda into my palm and just massage lightly for a minute, then rinse. Use a little more baking soda every few days for a good exfoliating scrub. It has turned my breakout prone, combination skin to clear, rosy and oh-so-soft. It took my skin a week or so to adjust to not being abused with chemical washes, but it’s so worth it. I don’t even have to wear makeup any more!

  8. PaulL says

    I’ve been doing the baking soda thing for several months now. I have a skin condition (seborrheic dermatitis) which flares up on my face and often manifested as dandruff as well. I used to have use a tar-based solution which actually came with a “known carcinogens” warning on the label! Since switching to the baking soda method I just use that. I still get occasional flare-ups on my face, but haven’t had a single issue with my hair in months!

    I haven’t tried ACV at all yet. Oh, I’ve been using the baking soda as a replacement for deodorant as well and it seems to work awesome!

  9. says

    I use 50/50 castor and olive. The coconut oil works great on my body but breaks my face out.

    For deodorant I rub a tiny amount of coconut oil as if I were moisturizing my skin and then use an old blush brush to dust baking soda over it. It’s miraculous. I teach hot yoga and come out smelling fresh. I also add a little tea tree and lavender oil to the coconut oil for scent.

    The baking soda and ACV method worked for a couple of months on me and then my scalp got greasy and my hair got dry?

    • says

      I had the same trouble with it when I tried it. I am fascinated by the “no poo” idea, but it didn’t seem to work well for the two months I tried it. It was postpartum for me though, and over a holiday, so I might give it another try when life isn’t so hectic!

  10. Vicki says


    3 years ago I started using baking soda to wash my hair, gradually stretching out the time between using baking soda (twice a week, once a week, once fortnight etc etc). On the days I wasn’t using soda, I’d still spend a good 5-10 mins massaging my scalp and pulling my fingers through my hair to ‘distribute the natural oils. I also started brushing my hair with a natural bristle brush at night (I only use that brush at night though, never to brush my hair if I’m going out) and then I’d have a shower in the morning and ‘wash’ my hair with water. After about 8 months of doing that I found I didn’t need to use the baking soda at all and so for over 2 years now I’ve just been washing my hair with hot water. My hair/scalp still goes through cycles, so some days my hair is lighter and fluffier than others but it NEVER gets greasy or dirty like it would between washes with proper shampoo. No one I know would ever guess that I don’t wash my hair with shampoo. I have to say that when massaging my scalp and hair under hot water in the shower, some days my hair feels very dry and knotty but once I’m out the shower and have brushed and dried my hair it is fine.

    If you are using soda I certainly would recommend only using it once a week at most, more than that and I found it really dried out my hair too much.


  11. Marcheline says

    I have become allergic to every over-the-counter shampoo there is… even the dandruff shampoos cause dandruff for me! I’ve found that putting some apple cider vinegar on my scalp with a paper towel, waiting a while, then rinsing it out in the shower with barely warm water does the trick. No more dandruff, and my hair is shiny and soft!

  12. Ginny says

    I have a question with the lotion, I like lotions to have a little scent, would it hurt to heat up the coconut oil and mix in some essential oils, let harden and use as a lotion? Will that effect the oil in some way?

    • Tamara says

      I would recommend heating the coconut oil gently/with non-direct heat (e.g., on a double boiler) and adding the essential oils after the coconut oil has liquified. You can also add cocoa butter, aloe vera gel, shea butter, etc. I’ve used a similar mixture on my hair and skin for over a year with good results. I use a mix of jojoba and grapeseed oil on my face and have had MUCH better results than with any commercial products.

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