Posts tagged ‘budget-friendly beauty’

February 17, 2014

Refresh Your Winter Skin



During the winter, our skin puts up with A LOT! From the freezing air outside, to the toasty but skin-parching heat inside, winter means that my skin is usually dehydrated and oft-ignored until it completely rebels. Some of its favorite ways to get my attention: 1) my fingertips split in agony at every opportunity, 2) my legs itch so badly I think I’m molting into a second skin, 3) my face flakes in random places (the middle of my cheeks and in my eyebrows—gross!), and 4) most distressingly, my scalp gets so itchy and flaky that I take to apologizing to my hair stylist before I even creep into her chair.


When dry, winter skin flares up, don’t despair! Fight back with super-easy beauty potions you can make right in your kitchen! Don’t get me wrong—I love a good retail beauty product just as much as the next girl. But when the basics of bliss are already tucked away in your pantry, you’d be crazy not to give them a try. Here are a few DIY recipes to repair your “lizard” skin and leave your skin radiant, soft, and bright—just in time for spring!

For a Radiant Face

pumpkin honey

Pumpkin, Milk, and Honey Facial Mask


  • 3 tsp. canned organic pumpkin
  • ½ tsp. honey
  • ½ tsp. milk

Mix the ingredients together thoroughly, and brush onto freshly cleansed skin. Let dry 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water to reveal soft, glowing skin.

(Recipe created by Jessica Kernochan, founder of LaLicious; from


For a Beautiful Body

oats milk soak

Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey Bath Soak


  • ½  c. uncooked oatmeal
  • ½ c. honey
  • 2 c. whole milk or raw milk, or ½ c. whole-milk powder
  • ¼ c. Epsom salts


If you have a muslin bag, place all ingredients in the bag and place under the running water. Then you can use the bag as a washcloth to massage the skin. Relax and enjoy!

If you don’t have a muslin bag (like most people), then use a coffee filter to wrap the oatmeal in. Secure with a string or rubber band. Pour the honey and milk powder (and Epsom salts) directly into the bath water and stir until dissolved.

Note: Use whole milk, raw milk, or whole-milk powder instead of nonfat milk powder. You need all the fat you can get—it will leave your skin soft and hydrated.

(Recipe adapted from


honey scrub

Rosemary Honey Mint Body Polish

(Makes 1 full-size 8oz. jar)

This aromatic gourmet blend of rosemary, peppermint and honey will leave your skin and your senses invigorated and oh so soft!


  • 2 c. salt or sugar
  • 1 c. of olive oil, almond oil, or carrier oil of your choice
  • 1-2 Tbsp. honey, depending on how moist you like your scrub
  • 8 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil

Farm Couture Tip: For additional benefits, you can grind or sprinkle dried rosemary on the top of the polish for additional fragrance and texture.


1. Using a spoon, stir together salt or sugar with oil in a Mason jar or glass container.

2. Mix in the honey and stir sugar and or salt together until desired consistency.

3. Drop in essential oils, stir until thoroughly mixed.

4. To use, take a warm shower to wet your skin. Massage the body polish into your skin using gentle circular motions until your skin is rosy from the increased circulation.

5. Rinse off under the shower, towel dry, and moisturize.

(Recipe from Catherine Ianelli from Farm Couture Living; from


For Kissable Lips

kiss me

Brown Sugar Lip Scrub


  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp. oil from coconut oil jar


  1. Combine coconut oil and honey in a small bowl, and blend them together until they form a thick, clump-free paste.
  2. Fold the brown sugar into the coconut oil/honey paste. Make sure that all the brown sugar is coated and mixed in.
  3. Add the liquid oil from the jar of coconut oil to the mixture. This will smooth out the scrub and give your lips extra moisture. If your coconut oil is oil-free in the jar, just get a little bit out and gently warm until it melts into a liquid.
  4. Transfer the scrub into a small jar or container with a lid. Before using the scrub, you may need to set it out on the counter (at room temp) to soften. When ready, apply a small amount in circles over your lips for a minute or two. Then rinse with a warm washcloth. Kissable lips!!

(Recipe adapted from Sarah Howard of Beauty Banter; from


When the skin you’re in doesn’t love you back, give it some TLC straight from your kitchen and watch what happens!

In love and beauty, Brooke