We’re a big fan of natural DIY beauty products here at Vibrant Health. In fact, we even whipped up our very own Green Superfood Face Mask made with our Green Vibrance Superfood Powder! At the end of the day, we feel that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body.
You all deserve some pampering, and the next best thing to a luxurious trip to the spa is an at-home spa day! That’s why we spoke with six local natural wellness & beauty experts to get the inside scoop on their go-to budget-friendly DIY beauty products – from face masks to foot soaks. Best part? You can make everything from the comfort of your own home, using simple ingredients from your cabinet. Pamper away!
1. Moringa Facial Mask by Emily Cunningham
Emily Cunningham is the Co-Founder & COO of True Moringa – a line of clean beauty products made with moringa oil – offering everything from cleansers to lip care. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Emily walks the talk when it comes to clean beauty. Here’s a facial mask she loves, made with just three ingredients including – you guessed it – moringa oil.
Why She Loves it: Bring skin back into balance with this three-ingredient mask. Avocado hydrates and replenishes, honey cleanses and clears, and moringa oil soothes dry skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines, redness, and uneven skin tone. Moringa also helps to restore and protect the planet; moringa trees thrive in arid climates, require little water, and the nutrient-rich leaves of the tree can be used to help prevent malnutrition.
- 1 tbsp. moringa oil (3-4 pumps)
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1/2 avocado
Whip ingredients together in a blender and apply with hands or a brush to freshly cleansed face. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes, and then rinse with warm water. Pat one pump of moringa oil into skin using short upward strokes to seal it all in.
2. Benti Balancing Detox Mask by Jessica Hale
Jessica Hale is a Connecticut-based Natural Living Consultant and the Owner at Authentically Raw, sharing natural living solutions made simple. Her number one passion is living a toxic-free, plant-based lifestyle – and she loves empowering others to do the same. While she has a slew of DIY recipes in her “toolkit,” this detoxifying mask – made with Bentonite clay – is one of her all-time favorites.
Why She Loves It: I love this clay and beauty recipe because it can be used on your entire body (as a facial mask, armpit detox, etc.). As the mask dries, it absorbs and removes toxins, heavy metals, chemicals, and impurities. This mask helps provide oxygen to the skin and promotes healthy, smooth skin with pH balance. Amazing benefits for a low cost!
- 1 tbsp. Bentonite Clay
- 1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 tsp. water
- 2-3 drops essential oil of choice
Mix together and spread the yogurt-like consistency over face and neck. Let sit and dry for 10-15 minutes, then wash off with water.
3. “Time Out for Mommy” Foot Soak by Sarah Kelly
When Co-Founder of SaltyGirl Beauty Sarah Kelly was diagnosed with breast cancer at 36, it turned her world upside down. She decided to take matters into her own hand, teaming up with her sister Leah to do a deep-dive into the products they were putting in and on their bodies.
Eventually, SaltyGirl Beauty was born – offering clean beauty for women to feel confident! Below, she shares one of her favorite DIY pampering recipes: a “Time Out for Mommy” foot soak perfect for Mother’s Day.
Why She Loves It: It relaxes me, and gives me some moments of peace as I watch TV, read or just chill!
Fill a foot-sized tub or basin filled with warm water and add:
- 1/4 cup of Epsom Salts
- 1/4 Cup of Baking Soda
- 1/4 Cup of coconut oil (moisturizing and antimicrobial)
- Essential oil (I love Peppermint and Lavender together, about 3 or 4 drops of each!)
4. DIY Honey Matcha Face Mask by Gianne Doherty
As the Co-Founder of Organic Bath Co. and Founder of WELL Summit, Gianne Doherty is a game-changer when it comes to the wellness movement – sparking conversations from clean beauty to finding balance in the “hustle.” Today she’s sharing one of her favorite at-home skincare recipes: a DIY Honey Matcha Face Mask.
Why She Loves it: Honey is antibacterial, skin softening, and helps our skin retain its natural moisture, which is why it’s my go-to for an at-home face mask. I specifically like to use Manuka honey but you can use any honey you have at home.
The benefits we get from drinking Matcha also apply to our skin. High in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, this mask is great for all skin types. I love this mask for its simplicity!
- 2 tbsp. honey
- 1 tbsp. matcha
Feel free to play with this until you get the consistency you like. I adjust and make enough until I can cover my face and neck. Let sit for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off.
5. Mix & Match Salt and Sugar Scrubs by Tracy Williams
Mortgage Lender by day and Essential Oil Distributor by night, Connecticut resident Tracy Williams made the decision to cut as many toxins out of her life as possible to reduce her family’s risk of cancer. She soon started making her own products using essential oils and other common household staples – including these Mix & Match Scrubs!
Why She Loves It: I have selected a mix and match collection of recipe ideas to accommodate a variety of pantry ingredients. I love scrubs because not only are they functional for exfoliating and moisturizing, but the experience makes you feel pampered and the different aromas can be uplifting and invigorating or calming and relaxing.
For the Salt Scrub:
Start with: 1 cup sea salt; ½ cup oil then add your choice of:
- 1 tbsp. dried lavender or 16 drops lavender essential oil (make it extra relaxing with substituting some of the salt with Epsom salt)
- the zest of one lemon, 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tsp. cinnamon and zest of orange.
For the Sugar Scrub:
Start with 1 cup sugar; ½ cup oil then add your choice of:
- ½ tsp. vanilla (use with brown sugar)
- replace ½ sugar with ½ cup coffee grinds, a few drops of peppermint essential oil
- 2 tbsp. cocoa powder, 1 tsp. vanilla
Store in airtight containers. To use, scrub in circular motions working down your body and rinse with warm water.
6. DIY Honey Face Wash by Jamie Taylor
Jamie is a Connecticut mom and lifestyle blogger over at Jamie Ever After. She loves shoe-shopping, red wine, chocolate, and yes – DIY recipes. Here’s one of her favorites: a DIY Honey Face Wash that leaves her skin glowing!
Why She Loves It: I constantly have to try new soaps because my skin is very sensitive. This is an amazing, all natural recipe using essential oils and honey to really wash and hydrate that beautiful skin.
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 2 tsp. evening primrose oil or rosehip seed oil
- 1 tsp. jojoba oil
- 2 tbsps. water
- 10 drops each lemon, lavender, frankincense essential oils
If your raw honey is super thick, pour it into a clean pot, add the water and gently heat, stirring continuously. Heat the honey just enough to soften it and combine with water. Pour all of the ingredients into a clean soap dispenser and shake well to combine. Shake well before each use since the honey tends to sink to the bottom.
To use, rub a nickel-size amount onto the face using upward brushing circles. I like to leave mine on for 5-10 minutes before rinsing off, though it isn’t entirely necessary.
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