Fresh Start Challenge Part 2

One of my aims for 2017 is to make my own skincare products 💆 I’ve seen various recipes for masks/scrubs floating about Pinterest and Instagram and I thought this could be an interesting project for the summer, when my 3rd year Pharmacy exams are complete 💊

A great opportunity to become a ‘Beauty and the Bee’ apothecary came along much sooner than expected in the shape of Little Green Dot’s Fresh Start Challenge 🌿 (you can find her on Instagram @littlegreendot or Facebook)

This may seem like I’m going to extremes, but my thinking behind wanting to make my own products is that it’s the only way to be 100% sure that they are cruelty-free and not tested on animals🐰 Cosmetics giants are sneaky and the amount of previously cruelty-free companies now owned by parent companies who practice animal testing is disappointing to say the least.

Although I’ve said before that I have no problem with synthetic ingredients and synthetic doesn’t mean ‘bad’, the same way that natural doesn’t always mean ‘good’, it’s a lot of effort having to look into the purpose of unknown ingredients, and the concept of ‘freshly-made’ is always more appealing than something loaded with preservatives and stabilisers.

Part 1 covered the three main products I made

  • Honey Cleanser
  • Apple Toner
  • Glow Oil Moisturiser

If you missed it, you can read it here

Part 2 is all about the 3 additional products I made over the course of the 5 days:

  • Glow Scrub
  • Cleansing Oat Mask
  • Shower Workout Body Scrub

Glow Scrub

This was my favourite product of the 6, and it was so easy to make! Use:
1 tbsp Honey (I found some manuka honey in the cupboard and decided to use up the last of it)

1 tsp Oat Flour ( I used my pestle and mortar to grind up some rolled oats)

1 tsp Brown Rice Flour (I used white as I couldn’t find brown anywhere)

1 tsp Cold-pressed Sunflower Oil (I used cold-pressed Hemp Oil)

I mixed all of the ingredients together and used on the evening of Day 2 instead of the Honey Cleanser, keeping any leftovers in the fridge.

Be careful if you’re grinding up the oats yourself- make sure they’re ground up small enough with no rough particles. If you are unsure of the texture, test it out on your hand first, you don’t want to end up scratching your face 🙊 I love this little scrub (it’s one to rival Lush!) and will definitely continue to make it 😍

Cleansing Oat Mask

For stressed/tired/sensitive skin, oats nourish and help to calm irritation, so this was part of the routine on Day 3. Oats are used in a lot of products for eczema (at work, we get a lot of prescriptions for Aveeno Cream).

To make your own oat based skin-soother you need:

3 tbsp Oat Flour (or blitz rolled oats in a blender)

6 tbsp Hot Water

1 tbsp Honey

Like the scrub, this is super easy to make 🙌 You need to let the oats sit in the hot water for 10 minutes first to activate them. Then add in the honey 🍯….. If it’s too liquid, add more oats, if it’s too dry, add more honey. I made the mistake of grinding up the oats (purely because I wanted to use my pestle and mortar again!), rather than using a blender, which made my mask a little porridgey! I think I need more practice…..

Shower Workout Body Scrub

I will never buy Lush’s Cup O’Coffee mask/scrub again……it’s so much more satisfying to make your own! You need:

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp ground coffee

4 tbsp plant oil

I used hemp oil as I sometimes get breakouts on my chest, but you can use any plant oil 🌿

This was our little extra on the final day of the Fresh Start Challenge. I tripled the quantities to make enough to fill my old Oway conditioner pot, so I now have enough to last me at least the next three months 🙌 Leaves skin feeling smooth and soft and smells amazing!  Perfect for waking me up in the shower on a Monday morning 💤 and it didn’t  leave as much of a mess in the shower as I was expecting.

Thanks for reading my experience of the Fresh Start Five Challenge, I hope it’s given you some ideas 🌟

I’m really grateful to Militza at Little Green Dot for sharing her recipes and I 100% recommend having a go at making any of these three products; get together with some friends and split the cost of the ingredients. Using something that you’ve made yourself will change how you look at skincare……and you’ll end up addicted like me!

More DIY blogposts coming soon








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