Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sustainable Beauty: DIY Facial Soap


No matter how old or young we are, a woman wants to be beautiful. I've heard it said that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

From the tribes of Africa... the henna designs of a wedding in India... the Hiwi of Venezuela...

...women have embraced sustainable beauty. Using those things indigenous to their surroundings, they have created and defined beauty for themselves.

Unfortunately, in our modern societies consumer marketing and commercial companies understand our quest for beauty and have taken advantage of this truth. Shelves are flooded with countless products to meet any need; begging you to consume, promising the solution you are hoping for.

I can't even think about the money I've spent on beauty products! It'll make me nauseous! And guess what, I still battle the same skin problems! So, I'm done with it all. I'm making my own and coming to peace with who God made me to be (smile).

I want to share with you a very frugal recipe for DIY Facial Soap.

DIY Facial Soap Recipe

-2 ounces of grated bar soap (or liquid castile soap)
-2 cups of hot water
-5 drops Tea Tree Oil

Directions: Add soap to water and stir to melt. Then add tea tree oil and suitable skin type add-ins.

Suitable Skin Type Add-Ins
Oily: substitute 4 ounces of water for witch hazel, sage, rosemary
Acne: two aspirins crushed into powder, increase tea tree oil to 15 drops
Dry: honey, glycerin, aloe vera, nettle, or St. John's Wort
Sensitive: calendula, comfrey, chamomile
Antibacterial: birch, cinnamon, eucalyptus


-Lavender is beneficial for all skin types.

-You may choose to include these above listed herbs by infusing them into the hot water prior to adding the soap in the base recipe.

-You may also add them in the form of a few drops of essential oils.

What are your favorite skin care routines?

The following books were used as references for making this recipe: Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health, Make Your Place.

See this post and a host of others like it: Homestead Barn Hop, More the Merrier Monday, Inspire Me Monday, Lines Across My Face, Nifty Thrify Sunday, Monday Mania, Gallery of Favorites, Frugal Fridays, Fat Tuesday, Handmade Tuesday, New Nostalgia, Teach Me Tuesday, Homemaking Wednesday, Crafty Scrappy Happy, It's A Keeper


At October 24, 2011 at 12:25 AM , Anonymous Ruth @ Ruth's Real Food said...

Interesting post. I have one question. Why not simply use castille soap?

I found a simple, all natural, inexpensive soap made from olive oil, coconut oil, and opium oil and I use that. I still haven't found replacements for shampoo and conditioner that I'm happy with.

At October 24, 2011 at 6:28 AM , Anonymous Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable said...

@Ruth Great question! I find by adding the castile soap to the water you extend the life of the soap. Otherwise, I was going through to much castile soap:) Also this recipe allows for add-ins specific for one's skin type. I'm with you on the shampoo and conditioner replacements. I'm really working on it:)

At October 25, 2011 at 7:25 AM , Anonymous Judee@ Gluten Free A-Z said...

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At October 25, 2011 at 8:06 AM , Blogger Cat said...

I switched to oil cleansing a few months back and my skin has never looked better. You can use whatever oils you like but I blend olive, avocado, and jojoba with just a bit of castor oil and a couple of drops of lavender for a relaxing scent. This is used for cleansing at night, and plain water in the morning.

At October 25, 2011 at 6:34 PM , Blogger Treasures Evermore said...

Great post...maybe a dumb question but what is DIY mean?

At October 26, 2011 at 5:38 AM , Anonymous Tara said...

DIY means Do It Yourself. Not a dumb question. Everyone had to learn it somewhere!

At October 28, 2011 at 5:25 PM , Anonymous Jill said...

Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

Be sure to visit on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

If you have grain-free recipes please visit my Grain-Free Linky Carnival in support of my 28 day grain-free challenge! It will be open until November 2.

At November 26, 2011 at 12:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you recommend for storage on this?


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