Recipes for the Body (part 2)

Last DIY Monday I talked about different grocery items you can use as beauty products. Today,
I’m going to finish up the last few items on that list.

Grocery List for Beauty
Baking soda
Olive oil
Apple cider vinegar
Cocoa powder

(If you want to read about the items above the line, check out last weeks post HERE)

Apple cider vinegar

When purchasing this item-make sure to buy “cold pressed” and organic. Don’t go for the distilled,
refined, pasteurized, or filtered-all of these processes make it look appealing, but filter out many of
the health benefiting properties.

-Soothes aches and pains/tones muscle/softens hair and skin
Yep, it’s true. Just add a cup of the apple cider vinegar to your bath and soak. That’s all you have
to do, and it works wonders. It has high levels of potassium in it-which is wait aids your muscles.

-Face steam which cleans pores and firms facial muscles
Put a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in hot water and let the steam hit your face. You could
also soak a towel in that water and then place it over your face like a mask.

-Helps clear acne
Just put a few drops in your hand, and then rub all over face. That’s it!

-Skin toner
Much cheaper than purchasing those expensive toners that you apply everyday. Just dilute one
tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with five tablespoons of water. All you have to do is apply this to
your face with a cotton everyday for even skin tone.

-Weight loss aid
It is known to help people loose weight because it breaks down fats in your body, detoxifies the liver,
and reduces the appetite. Just add a tablespoon to eight ounces of water and drink up. You can add a
sweetener like honey and use hot water instead and you’ll have a nice thing to drink in the morning
and the evening.

-Helps with insomnia
Do just like the weight loss aid and you’ll be relaxed in no time.

-Dandruff treatment, hair growth, and a conditioner
Just pour a little apple cider vinegar over your head-in the shower of course-and scrub away. It
increases the hair growth for thicker fuller hair, gets rid of dead skin, and conditions the hair shaft by
stripping away all buildup leaving you with shiny healthy hair.


-Gets rid of blackheads and whiteheads
Take a tablespoon of the cornstarch and mix it with a tablespoon of vinegar-I would use the apple cider
vinegar that we just talked about-apply it to the area and leave there for 15-20 minutes, then remove
with a damp cotton ball.

-Natural deodorant
Mix a pinch of cornstarch with a pinch of baking soda-that we talked about in last week’s post-and pat
it on your underarms to stay naturally dry and odor free.

-Sweat free feet
Sprinkle cornstarch on your feet-or if you prefer in your shoes-before you put your shoes on. Enjoy
dry feet even during the hottest summer days.

-Translucent all over face powder
Yep, it can be used as make up. Just dust a little all over your face when you complete your make up
routine, or if you just want to wear a light powder for a natural look. It erases the shine and is perfect
during the summer.

-Powder foundation
(Mix cornstarch with cocoa powder until you get the perfect shade, then apply like a powder foundation.
I love using this in my regular make up routine. Plus your face will smell like kissable chocolate.)

-Hair De-greaser
I use the same mix that I apply to my face to touch up my hair in between washes. I just sprinkle a little
in my hair and then brush out. The cornstarch absorbs the oils and the cocoa powder keeps my hair from
getting that ashy white hue that often comes with using a “dry shampoo”. If you have very dark hair, use
extra cocoa powder.

Raw cocoa powder (unsweetened!)

Now that we’ve already talked about two uses for it, here are a few more!

-Antioxidant fix
We know that dark chocolate (50% and above) is packed with antioxidants and is a super food in delicious
form. Actually, it has more antioxidant flavonoids than any other food tested so far! Why don’t people tell
us this? Who knows?? The fun thing is, good quality cocoa powder carries most of these same properties–
that’s great news for those of you who don’t like their chocolate dark. Just drink 1/2 cup of hot cocoa every
day for a boost of antioxidants! Who knew that cocoa could be so good?

Add a little bit of cocoa powder to any of your salt or sugar scrubs that we talked about in last weeks post
to make it an indulgent spa-like experience! Your skin will continue to smell slightly of chocolate.

-Natural bronzer
Just dip your brush into this indulgent treat, tap, then apply to your face like you would any other bronzer!

And that’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed these and that they come of great use to you.

Do you have any grocery products at home that you use like a beauty product?
If so, I’d love to hear! — just leave a comment below 😀

Recipes for the Body (part 1)

22 Responses to “Recipes for the Body (part 2)”
  1. Jessica P says:

    This post is brilliant! Particularly since I’ve been searching for a cheap, effective natural deoderant for ages! I haven’t heard of the cornstarch/baking soda thing before, I am absolutely trying it.

    Jessica P xo
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