Mother’s Day is right around the corner and in preparation many of you (myself included) are thinking of ways to pamper and show our love to our amazing mothers or women in our lives. To celebrate, I thought it would be a beautiful gesture to share with you all some of my favorite DIY at home beauty “recipes” to use for your hair and skin.
Treat your mother with some spa-like beauty treatments in the comfort of her own home. No worries, these are all incredibly easy to make and made with whole food, easily accessible ingredients.
First, let’s chat about how to share this as a gift. Below I’ve included several “recipes” for these beauty products; since you’ll need ingredients to create each of these I suggest purchasing a basket or some other type of tote/bag that your mother would enjoy with all of these ingredients inside. For example, a basket full of a jar of coconut oil, essential oils, brush for the face and hair, small glass jars with lids, and a print out of all these “recipes” (which can be found on my blog here).
The second option, is to pre-make all of these natural beauty gifts the day before and gift them to her wrapped up in any way you like! I prefer the first option because she’ll be able to remake these beauty products over and over again.
DIY Lavender Deodorant, a great all-natural alternative to chemical laden deodorants. Easy to use and smells great.
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder (can add more for a thicker deodorant, or use corn starch if you do not have arrowroot on hand)
- 2-4 drops of lavender essential oil
- Simply mix to combine all the ingredients in a small bowl.
- I like storing mine in a small glass jar with a lid.
- If you enjoy a creamier deodorant similar to a moisturizer, use more coconut oil.
- If you enjoy a harder deodorant similar to a stick, use more arrowroot powder.
- Apply to underarms as needed, rubbing in.
- Fresh and clean!
TIPS // Coconut oil melts at warmer temperatures, therefore I find it best to store this in a cool place to make sure it stays a solid! If you’re in warm/hot climates you can simply keep this in the fridge and when you apply it on the skin, it’ll melt beautifully!
How to use // Simply take about a teaspoon sized amount on your fingertips and gently rub it into the skin on your underarms just like you would lotion! The coconut oil, even if solid, will start to melt with your body heat and will glide on smoothly.
For the skin //
Coconut Sugar Lip Scrub, great for getting rid of chapped lips and hydrating at the same time- added bonus of it tasting amazing!
Honey Avocado Face Mask, not for eating but used to moisturize the face!
For the hair //
Rosemary Hair Mask, great for stimulating hair growth, moisturizing the scalp and hair, and reduce stress with the lavender used.
I hope you all have some fun making these but also celebrating the wonderful women in you life by sharing these all-natural beautifying recipes with them.
Eat well, live well, be well!
McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN is an internationally known Registered Dietitian, wellness nutritionist and the creator of Nutrition Stripped, a guide to living whole and well. Visit her blog for nourishing recipes, advice on living the whole lifestyle, and for nutrition expertise and advice. She hosts supper clubs in Nashville seasonally, hosts workshops, retreats and cooking videos. The Nutrition Stripped cookbook will be published early 2016.