8 Super Simple Organic Skin-Care Recipes

With three ingredients or less, you can whip up organic products for beautiful skin. Try our recipes for a natural eye makeup remover, simple moisturizers, homemade shampoo and conditioner, and more!

| February 2015

  • Green your life and your wallet with Madeleine Somerville’s guide to eco-friendly living, “All You Need is Less.”
    Cover courtesy Viva Editions
  • Clean up your beauty routine with simple, organic skin-care recipes that use three ingredients or less.
    Photo by Fotolia

Realistically adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle without losing your mind. All You Need is Less (Viva Editions, 2014) by Madeleine Somerville offers ideas for all areas of your life that are stress-free and totally doable. In this excerpt, from chapter 2 “Body,” Somerville shows you how to make eight super simple organic skin-care recipes—all with three ingredients or less!

You can buy this book from the Mother Earth Living store: All You Need is Less.

Natural Eye Makeup Remover

This recipe is as easy as pie, and it consists of one single ingredient: coconut oil.

Find a jar of unrefined, virgin coconut oil—usually found in the oil-and-vinegar aisle of most supermarkets—and massage a pea-sized amount onto eyelids and lashes. Wipe clean with a soft, dry cloth, and boom! No more raccoon eyes! As an added bonus, coconut oil goes easy on that delicate under-eye skin and leaves it nicely moisturized too.

Simple Moisturizers

I’m willing to bet that you currently own between four to six different kinds of body lotion. There’s probably the giant one you got on sale at a big-bulk store, the travel-sized one you keep in your purse, some special cream for your hands and nails, and maybe a few gimmicky ones you got suckered into buying and now regret—you know, gradual tanning moisturizer, firming moisturizer, hair-growth-inhibiting moisturizer, magic unicorn pretty-lady moisturizer, and so on.

To supplement and complement your body’s own natural moisture, however, you don’t need mass-produced lotions and potions. All you need are a few natural oils. The beauty of this tip really does lie in its simplicity.

4/24/2019 7:03:17 AM

Great recipes! I love your writing style as well, quite humorous :-). Regarding the natural shampoo; not the best option for Afro-textured hair. The baking soda can do a number on this particular texture and cause more damage than good if the pH level of the hair is not properly balanced right after using it. I’ve found success with cleansing my Afro-textured hair with aloe vera gel massaged on the scalp and into the hair then rinsing. And to fancy up the toner, I add aloe vera gel and a few dried rose petals to the mix. The aloe provides added moisture retention to the skin and the rose petals ferment in the solution, imbibing it with natural skin healing & beautification properties. Hope you are able to try it! All the best!

5/30/2018 12:02:06 PM

Thank you!!!



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