Homemade Beauty Products: How To Make Your Own Are you curious about all the beauty products out there claiming to be natural or organic, and wondering what you might be able to create at home? Or have you seen ideas online or in magazines for homemade beauty products and you’re intrigued to start mixing things up? Making your own beauty treatments in the kitchen may sound fun and adventurous, but there are a few things you need to know before you get out the mixing bowl. Get Permission Be sure to ask your parents for permission before you go about making any sort of concoction. Although there are recipes at the bottom of this article, get mom and/or dad’s approval and ask them for help. They may want to join you! Be Aware of Allergies Just because an ingredient grows out of the ground or is found in nature doesn't automatically mean it is safe to use on your body. It's important to know that many common kitchen ingredients can cause allergies, irritation and skin sensitivities. Do some research and test new items on your hands or wrists before you toss in a pinch of this and a cup of that — you may be allergic to something you had no idea you were! Store Properly Once you've whipped up a batch, it is critical that you store your homemade product in a sterilized container with a tight-fitting (preferably airtight) lid. Most store-bought products are made with ingredients called preservatives that help to keep bacteria and other nasty things from growing in them. Most likely you don’t have access to use them in your homemade products, so they won’t be safe for a long period of time. Start Small When it comes to natural, homemade beauty products, only make small batches at a time and discard if the smell or color changes. Now that you know what to do to get started, we've compiled a few recipes you can try: Makeup remover: Use a small amount of plain olive oil on a cloth or cotton ball. Facial mask: For normal skin, use a tablespoon of sour cream, or plain yogurt. For dry skin, mash up half an avocado or a banana. For oily skin, mash up some strawberries, blueberries or egg whites. Then, spread the mixture on your clean skin. Keep it on for 15 minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water. Follow up immediately by applying your favorite cream or moisturizer. Face moisturizer: Use a small amount of good-quality coconut oil and add one drop of jasmine oil. Mix it up and apply a small amount over your whole face. Face exfoliator: Mix a tablespoon of cornmeal with a tablespoon of olive oil and one drop of lavender. Apply a small amount on your face and use a circular motion to exfoliate. Then wash away clean with warm water and dry with a clean cloth. Hair treatment: To treat dry, damaged hair, use pure honey as a hair conditioning pack. Massage a tablespoon or two into your damp hair and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. It might feel sticky at first, but don't worry. Just rinse warm water and dry as you normally do. Egg hair conditioner: Beat one egg yolk until its color is light, but its consistency is thick. Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil slowly into the egg and beat well. Pour 3/4 cup of lukewarm water into the mixture, and then beat the mixture together well. Place the conditioner into a container. The next time you wash your hair, shampoo, rinse, then rub the conditioner into your hair and leave it in for a few minutes before rinsing completely with warm water. Body scrubs: Mix together 1/2 cup of kosher salt with 1/4 cup light oil or liquid cleanser. When in the bathtub or shower, massage into your skin before bathing. You can also add a drop of lavender and/or a drop of rose oil to add some scent. Finish by washing away with warm water. Interested in homemade beauty products? Get helpful information and tips from BeingGirl.