DIY: Beauty recipes that won’t break the bank

With winter almost behind us, our beauty regimens are ready for a seasonal makeover. Look to farm-fresh ingredients to nourish skin and hair that has been damaged by winter weather.

Many “all natural” ingredients are already found in high-end beauty products but, in many cases, preservatives and chemicals are added as stabilizers and ultimately dilute the true benefit of nature’s products. Oftentimes, it can be more beneficial to get the all-natural raw form right in your fridge.

Save money and a trip to the spa with DailyCandy’s at-home beauty tricks-of-the-trade that really work:

Aromatherapy facial toner
Tea naturally calms skin, fighting inflammation and puffiness as well as breakouts. Apply the facial toner daily. This recipe is good for all skin types, including post-shave. Prep time: 5-10 minutes


  • 1½ c. water
  • 1 peppermint tea bag
  • 1 rooibos tea bag
  • 1 chamomile tea bag
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil

Step 1. Bring water to a boil. Turn off stove and let water cool 3 minutes.

Step 2. Place tea bags into pot. Cover and let stand 5 minutes.

Step 3. Cool completely before removing tea bags. Add oils.

Step 4. Pour into glass bottle, store in fridge up to two weeks. Shake bottle before use. Apply toner daily to clean skin prior to moisturizing and admire the results.

Beet juice lip tint
Mix beet juice into your lip balm container for a hint of color. Prep time: 1-2 minutes


  • 1-2 drops (depending upon your tint preference) of beet juice
  • 1 tin of lip balm
  • Lip balm ( $25)

Honey facemask

Honey is a natural anti-bacterial; apply a natural honey face mask for softer skin and cleansed pores. Use raw honey, which has a sugary texture and doesn’t drip like processed honey. Prep time: 1-2 minutes


  • Raw Honey

Shiny hair
Mix one egg with two ripened smashed up bananas and apply it as a thick paste to your hair. Leave it on for 10-30 minutes, depending on your hair texture (if thick hair, keep for 30 mins). Wash with shampoo and use conditioner only at the ends. Prep time: 5-10 minutes


  • 1 egg
  • 2 bananas

Make perfume last longer
Make perfume last all day! Spray perfume into dab of skin and lip balm on your wrist to keep smell longer. Prep time: Less than a minute.


  • Lip balm and/or Vaseline
  • Perfumes

Coffee body scrub
Coffee is known to decrease the formation of cellulite and the appearance of varicose veins, whereas olive oil softens the skin and lemons reinvigorate all of the senses. When combined, you have one amazing body scrub – it’s like your skin’s morning wake-up call! Prep time: 5-10 minutes


  • 1 cup mid to fine coffee grounds
  • 1 cup Olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 cup brown/white sugar

Teeth whitener
One of the most tried and true beauty remedies for whitening teeth without stripping enamel. Sprinkle baking soda onto toothpaste or toothbrush, and smile at the results. Prep time:Less than a minute


  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush(es)
  • Baking soda

Acne remedy
Patchouli oil is a strong natural antibacterial and almond oil reverses the signs of aging. This combination will not only reduce the signs of acne, but also promote cellular rejuvenation. Mix ten drops of this strong smelling oil with ten ounces of almond oil as a nightly moisturizer and anti-wrinkle treatment. Prep time: 1-2 minutes


  • 10 drops of patchouli oil
  • 10 ounces almond oil

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