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DIY Body Butter

Jessica Assaf

The next time you run out of your favorite moisturizer, we dare you to make our DIY cream and tell us how superior it is in every way (compared to most plastic bottles of industrial garbage you can find at the drugstore.) You can essentially mix any variation of organic butters and oils and create something amazing. Most raw ingredients can be found on Amazon, at Whole Foods, or from Mountain Rose Herbs. The only supplies you need are the raw ingredients, a glass container, like a mason jar (or even a bowl!) a burner, a small pot or saucepan, and a spoon. Making homemade cream is easier than cooking dinner! Especially if you can convince someone to use it for a nice, long massage... 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1/4 CUP SHEA BUTTER
  • 1/4 CUP BEESWAX
  • 1/4 CUP SWEET ALMOND OIL 
  • 1/4 CUP OLIVE OIL 
  • 10 DROPS ESSENTIAL OIL OF YOUR CHOICE (OPTIONAL) 

Note: You can totally substitute the olive oil for any rich, organic oil (like sesame or jojoba or coconut or avocado oil!) 

INSTRUCTIONS: 

  1. Clean your jar, bowl, or bottle of your choice 
  2. Measure all of the ingredients (except the essential oils,) into your preferred glass container
  3. Heat a little water in the saucepan or pot, and add the closed container to it, so it functions as a double boiler (you can also add ingredients directly into a pot and slowly heat it on low, but using a double boiler approach prevents the ingredients from burning.) 
  4. Mix the ingredients as they melt together 
  5. After everything is completely melted, carefully take the jar out of the water
  6. Stir the mixture and add essential oils if you want a scented cream
  7. Let the cream cool for about an hour, or place it in the fridge to speed up the process. 
  8. For best results, shake the jar every 20 minutes until it solidifies. 

And don't forget to tell us what you think! Post a photo of your homemade cream on Instagram and use the hashtag #DIYtruthbeauty so we can share your creations with the world! 

Grimes Shares Her Natural Beauty Secrets

Alexis Krauss

For today's DIY Friday we're thrilled to feature our friend and fellow natural beauty advocate, Grimes

Like many of us Grimes knows that some of the most extraordinary beauty products can be made simply at home using ordinary ingredients. In addition to being safe and effective these ingredients are all affordable and readily available at your local market or health food store. For those of you looking for a more dramatic look, Grimes shares her newest stage makeup obsession. Enjoy! Xoxo Alexis

Grimes loves coconut oil too!!
Grimes loves coconut oil too!!

Chemical-Free Things  

by Grimes

Sugar:

Sugar works pretty much as well as any store bought exfoliator I've ever used and you can get it for free at any coffee place basically, (although you should probably buy a coffee if it isn't a big chain, or just buy your own sugar).  Wet your face, put a bit of sugar on your hands and gently rub all over your face.  I guess a concern is that it can be a bit harsh if you have sensitive skin.  If that's an issue I've always been down with the Burt's Bees exfoliants, because they are free of plastic microbeads and toxic chemicals.

Coconut Oil:  

Coconut oil is good in food and as a moisturizer on skin, hair etc. so it's definitely a $$ saver.  It doesn't screw my skin up when I use it as an overnight mask on my face.  It tastes really good if you use it for lip gloss as well, although it dissipates quickly or maybe you just end up eating it haha.

Almond Oil:

As a hair mask almond oil is probably better though.  I discovered this because my Step-dad's Mom used it back in India in the 50's.  But yeah, when I bleach my hair (definitely not a chemical free process haha…) I just lather it in almond oil and it really helps.  It's also delicious in food but it's a lot pricier than coconut oil and usually comes in a smaller bottle, but if you only use it as a hair mask it will last for a long time.

Apple Cider Vinegar:

Maybe this is not dermatologist recommended haha, but putting a bit on a cloth and dabbing on your face works pretty nicely as a facial peel.  But again - I do not have sensitive skin so this might screw up some people.

Vanilla Extract: 

I looove perfume.  I find the process of making it to be incredibly fascinating and romantic and kind of goth.  Plus it seems like a pretty healthy alternative to deodorant in general.  But yeah, when I was living outside I really liked using vanilla extract.  In addition to being cheap, it has multiple purposes and smells amazing.  Lavender and ginger extracts are also really nice as 'perfumes'.

Stage Makeup:  

I'm in the process of discovering chemical free brands lately as well because it's a bit more reliable than just using cooking supplies haha.  A makeup artist just got me into this company called Elegant Minerals.  It's definitely for 'crazier' looks or costumes - I usually wear white and dilute it with water for a mild vampire look.  Sometimes I mix it with moisturizer and use it very lightly as regular day makeup but that's because I'm unhealthily pale.   The colours are really good for eyeshadow etc. but can smudge easily.  It's still infinitely better than any traditional face paints I've ever found though in terms of not being flaky.

-GRIMES