Fresh Start Challenge Part 2

One of my aims for 2017 is to make my own skincare products ๐Ÿ’† Iโ€™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 ๐Ÿ’Š

A great opportunity to become a โ€˜Beauty and the Beeโ€™ apothecary came along much sooner than expected in the shape of Little Green Dotโ€™s Fresh Start Challenge ๐ŸŒฟ (you can find her on Instagram @littlegreendot orย Facebook)

This may seem like Iโ€™m going to extremes, but my thinking behind wanting to make my own products is that itโ€™s the only way to be 100% sure that they are cruelty-free and not tested on animals๐Ÿฐ 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 Iโ€™ve said before that I have no problem with synthetic ingredients and synthetic doesnโ€™t mean โ€˜badโ€™, the same way that natural doesnโ€™t always mean โ€˜goodโ€™, itโ€™s a lot of effort having to look into the purpose of unknown ingredients, and the concept of โ€˜freshly-madeโ€™ 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 itย 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 couldnโ€™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 youโ€™re grinding up the oats yourself- make sure theyโ€™re ground up small enough with no rough particles. If you are unsure of the texture, test it out on your hand first, you donโ€™t want to end up scratching your face ๐Ÿ™Š I love this little scrub (itโ€™s one to rival Lush!) and will definitely continue to make it ๐Ÿ˜

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 ๐Ÿ™Œ You need to let the oats sit in the hot water for 10 minutes first to activate them. Then add in the honey ๐Ÿฏโ€ฆ.. If itโ€™s too liquid, add more oats, if itโ€™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 practiceโ€ฆ..

Shower Workout Body Scrub

I will never buy Lushโ€™s Cup Oโ€™Coffee mask/scrub againโ€ฆโ€ฆitโ€™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 ๐ŸŒฟ

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 ๐Ÿ™Œ Leaves skin feeling smooth and soft and smells amazing! ย Perfect for waking me up in the shower on a Monday morning ๐Ÿ’ค and it didn’t ย 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 itโ€™s given you some ideas ๐ŸŒŸ

Iโ€™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 youโ€™ve made yourself will change how you look at skincareโ€ฆโ€ฆand youโ€™ll end up addicted like me!

More DIY blogposts coming soon








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