I've never had a very extensive beauty regime, mostly because I never took the time to explore the range of products available and why and how I should use them. I've always had pretty low maintanence skin. Sometimes it's dry and sensitive (usually during winter), and others its oily or prone to an attention-seeking blemish (usually in more humid climates or hormonal imbalances). I have a few trusty products I keep on hand, mostly organic, 100% natural and ethically or locally produced, with the inclusion of a few more technical, bioscientific formulas - especially when on shoots and not in control of what goes on my skin.
When I was a child, I was always down for a session of homemade face masks, and I remember one Christmas what I wanted more than anything was a lip gloss making kit (I know... vom). But although these practices were neither very nourishing or ever very successful, the inspiration to make beauty products from scratch, using ingredients provided freely by the Earth, is what counted. As I've grown up, alongside my favourite beauty products, I like to dip back into these creative rituals, to develop my own unique beauty remedies, personal to my skins specific needs. I edit the choice of essential oils depending on my mood and the current state of my skin, and reduce the intensity of exfoliant ingredients when my skin is particular fragile, or increase it when it's particularly troublesome. Below is my current favourite face and body scrub. It's cheap, it's easy and its messy - but its worth it.
COFFEE, CACAO + ALMOND BODY SCRUB
Lasts about 10 uses
10g Cacao Powder (can also use cocoa)
100g Ground Coffee Beans
20g Coconut Palm Sugar (can also use sand, salt or standard sugar)
2 Tablespoons Almond Oil (can also use Walnut Oil, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil or Macadamia Oil)
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
10-15 drops Essential Oils of choice - I use ylang ylang, lemongrass, bergamot, cedarwood, jasmine, cinnamon leaf or vanilla. Research online to find the best oils to suit your skin type and also your mood (for aromatherapy uses).
2 Tablespoons Honey
Measure all the ingredients into a medium bowl and stir to combine with a spatula or a wooden spoon. Transfer to a jar or another pot with a lid and store keep in the bathroom.
Apply in the shower to damp or wet skin. Leave on the skin for 5-10 minutes, or rinse off immediately. Apply to face and body, avoid contact with eyes and be sure to rinse off thoroughly - there'll be coffee in places you didn't even know existed!