DIY Coconut Body Wash

Today I have a super easy recipe for those of you choosing to go au naturel with your bath and body products. I love to try out the latest big thing as much as anyone else, but it’s nice to have a stripped-down alternative whenever my skin could use a break. Plus, when you make your own body wash, you can experiment with scents and ingredients, which is especially helpful if you have any skin concerns or sensitivities.

This body wash can be an inexpensive alternative if you’re someone who already uses natural products. If not, fair warning, there is a bit of initial investment to get liquid castile soap, coconut oil and essential oils. Just know all this lasts forever and can work wonders for your skin.

DIY coconut body wash - natural homemade body wash

Recipe adapted from one good thing by Jillee + hello natural.

DIY coconut body wash

¼ cup liquid castile soap (pictured is Dr. Bronner’s unscented)
½ cup liquid coconut oil (you can liquefy yours by heating in microwave for a few seconds)
1 scoop of raw honey (the nutrients in raw honey promote healthy, youthful skin, but it must be raw!)
a few drops of essential oil depending on preference.

Slowly stir all ingredients, stirring in the soap last, and pour into container. Shake to mix up ingredients before each use.

Tip: If you like to shower in the morning, a citrus essential oil can freshen and wake you right up, but if you’ll be using this at the end of a long day, try lavender for its soothing effects! Add vitamin e oil to make this an extra nourishing wash.

Let me know if you give it a try!


The Natural Girl’s Beauty Routine

On most days, I like to keep a natural makeup routine. There’s a time and a place to get all glammed up – like when I’m rocking one of my favorite evening dresses – but we all know that’s not every day! Skin needs a break every now and then, and besides – natural is a beautiful thing. Of course, it does take a little prep work…

Tamera Mowry Natural Hair & Makeup

Here’s a routine for the days you’re just not feeling that whole face of makeup, but still want to look as polished and perfected as possible. It’s a barely-there routine that’s actually barely there – no heavy makeup required. Instead, you’ll nourish and refresh your skin, and finish off the look with a little pop of color, if you like! It’s super easy to switch up too!

1. Do a proper cleansing by using a gentle but effective face wash like Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser, which eliminates impurities with vitamin C and antioxidants. Then, use a toner to freshen skin, tighten pores, and retain that healthy glow all day long. Thayer Witch Hazel Toner uses natural, organic ingredients like aloe vera to moisturize skin and give it that healthy look throughout the day.

2. Even out skin tone by applying a primer that nourishes skin. Water-based Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation primer contains vitamin C, and peptides to promote collagen and smooth imperfections. Even if you aren’t planning to wear foundation over it, you’ll gain a more polished and refreshed visage.

3. For instantly updated eyes, always curl your lashes. Though it’s an investment, a tool like Shu Uemura’s Eyelash Curler can work wonders on a barely-there look. Finish with a coat of your favorite mascara, but leave the shadows, liquid liners and dramatic colors behind for the day.

4. Add a pop of color with a tinted lip moisturizer. Something as simple as Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm will do the trick, but when I’m feeling daring, a swipe of red lipstick makes for a chic, yet natural daytime look that isn’t too glam, but just right!

What is your makeup routine?