by Hilary Wild
September is a busy month as we transition from summer to autumn with a new school year approaching for many. It’s also a time to start thinking about fall makeup trends and caring for your skin through the upcoming chilly months.
Here are three simple DIY recipes for a skin nourishing and gorgeous cheek stain, hydrating beet red lip gloss and a decadent and hydrating body bar.
These products have beneficial properties for skin from hydrating to helping with anti-aging and promoting skin cell renewal. Plus, they come with the added satisfaction of handcrafting them yourself!
Things you will need include cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, carrot seed essential oil, scented essential oil (of your choice), cinnamon, beet juice and silicone or plastic mold.
NOTE: These products can be found at a health store. You can have fun and tweak the recipes as you get to know the products to suit you and your preferences.
Beet Red Lipgloss
In a small bowl, mix a tablespoon or so of shea butter with ½ teaspoon of beet juice (more or less depending on what you like) and 4 drops of scented essential oil. Mix thoroughly and put into a container.
Gorgeous Cheek Stain
In a microwave safe bowl, melt a tablespoon and a half of cocoa butter. Once melted, take the mixture out and add about 1 teaspoon each of coconut oil and shea butter, 20 drops of beet juice, 5 drops carrot seed essential oil and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon. Whisk well until all ingredients melt completely and there are no clumps. Pour into a container and put in the refrigerator until it sets.
Decadent Body Bar
3 tablespoons cocoa butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon shea butter
10 drops of scented essential oil
Follow the melting and mixing directions for the cheek stain. Instead of adding beet juice, only add essential oil. Pour the mix into a mold and put in the refrigerator until it sets.
Enjoy the products you create. Your skin will thank you!
“Whatever you have to have, try to have something that is handmade.” –Srivastava, Founder of Sahaja Yoga
Hilary Wild is a photography, DIY and craft addict pursuing her BA in English at Grand Valley State University.