Throughout the process of writing Minimalist Beauty all of the many DIY products and ingredients made my bathroom cabinet everything but minimal. This past week I decluttered once again to further streamline so that I am no longer bombarded with too many oils, butters, herbs etc. Although many of the DIY beauty recipes I have enjoyed and shared, I can’t make all of them all of the time.
I found that the best ingredients serve many roles in my beauty routine. I realized that always making so many products cluttered my home. Here are the 9 ingredients that I’m sticking to and why.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is the perfect pH balancer for hair by sealing the hair cuticle and making my hair noticeably healthier. Aloe vera is been one of the main ingredients in all of my hair recipes and I use it religiously. Read more about pure aloe vera here.
2. Camellia Oil
Camellia oil is such a sweet smelling light oil. It is the perfect makeup remover, skin serum, and hair conditioner. I love that this oil moisturizes well and absorbs so easily without feeling greasy.
3. Green Tea
My truly no-poo hair cleansing method is with my DIY Green Tea Cleansing Hair Rinse. Once I stopped stripping my hair with harsh cleansers and coating it with store bought conditioners, my curls found their own natural balance and beauty. Green tea is also the main ingredient in my DIY Soothing Antioxidant Toner. These two recipes are both very similar, yet both very effective.
4. Coconut Milk
Coconut milk is the best ingredient for my deep conditioning hair treatment . It proves itself more than worthy in my henna treatments keeping my hair moisturized as well as allowing significant dye release because of the lauric acid it contains.
5. Shea Butter
Instead of buying Everyday Shea Moisturizing Conditioner Unscented, I’m using unrefined shea butter for my hair. I used to feel that shea butter was too heavy on my curls. Now that my hair is longer I’m back to loving it. Shea butter is an amazing curl styler.
6. Hemp Oil
Hemp oil is my absolute favorite ceramide oil. I use it in my henna mix and also in my coconut milk deep conditioning treatment.
Oh how I love love love love love henna! My hair has never been this manageable! Henna has really helped me to grow my hair out and I continue to do so easily. It has coated, conditioned, and strengthened each hair strand allowing my curls to become heavier, less coily, eliminate frizz, retain moisture, and create beautiful waves and curls. Here’s how I use henna along with my henna mix recipe.
8. Raw Honey
No other product makes my face feel like honey does. It truly is a healing face wash. It cleanses, brightens, and softens my skin like no other. I’ve mixed it with neem, amla, and rhassoul clay to cleanse with. As my minimalist journey continues I’m more in the mood to use it alone. No more extra boxes of powders please. I also add honey to my DIY Green Tea Hair Rinse.
9. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is the cleansing and conditioning ingredient in my DIY Green Tea Cleansing Hair Rinse and also in my DIY Soothing Antioxidant Toner. Apple cider vinegar should be diluted before using on skin and hair.
This new approach to my beauty routine cut back on having too many ingredients. I’ve never been a product junkie, because I didn’t believe in having so many of the same products by different companies. I discovered that I was becoming an ingredients junkie. Well no more!
I purchase aloe vera, organic hemp oil, and organic unrefined shea butter at Mountain Rose Herbs. I also get aloe vera, unpasteurized uncooked apple cider vinegar, unpasteurized uncooked “cream” honey, coconut milk, and organic green tea from Trader Joe’s.
(Image by D Sharon Pruitt)