Let’s face it: beauty and bath products are expensive. Sometimes, they’re absolutely worth it, but sometimes you’re also paying for the brand or the packaging (or both — who doesn’t swoon a little at the clean black lines of a MAC box?). You probably already know that there are a million recipes for all-natural DIY scrubs and masques, but sometimes even those involve buying pricey ingredients that you’ll never use for anything else (almond extract, what?). To save you a search, we’ve rounded up the recipes that you can usually make with the ingredients you already have — or at least the fewest, easiest, and least specialized components.
Egg Whites and Yogurt Masque
This recipe from About Style uses two things that you could easily already have in your fridge, takes two minutes to make, and is great for moisturizing all skin types. Pro tip: to removes yolks from egg whites, crack the egg and slowly, over a bowl, pour the yolk from one half of the shell to the other until the whites have drained out.
Coconut Oil and Sugar Scrub
This one from Thrive Style uses coconut oil, which admittedly you may not have in your pantry unless you use it for other specific things. However, it’s available at Trader Joe’s, and is great for your hair as well as your skin. I like to substitute brown sugar for white, as it tends to dissolve a little more slowly, but if your skin is very sensitive white sugar is gentler.
Essential Oil Salt Scrub
Your basic home-made body scrub will consist of two main ingredients: salt and oil. Everything after that is just to fancy it up, and why not? As they say, treat yourself. Essential oils are great for making your own beauty treatments because you can pick your favorite scent (match it to your perfume, your shampoo, lotion, what have you) and make all of your recipes using the same one, if you like. There is nothing more elegant than a signature scent. Essential oils can be had fairly cheaply on Amazon, as well. For beauty treatments, try lavender, rose, peppermint, or vanilla. Then mix up about 3 parts salt, 2 parts oil (almond, coconut, olive, jojoba will all work) and add essential oil to your heart’s desire, depending on how strong you like the scent. Pop it in a mason jar and add a cute ribbon or tag for a gift, or just keep it in your shower. Your legs will be so smooth, you’ll seduce yourself.
Avocado Face Mask
The best part about this mask from Ecokaren is that it eliminates the frustration of having to throw out those avocados that you never got a chance to eat before they went brown. It’s simple, and avocado is great for moisturizing — think of all of those ads for hair products touting their avocado oils.
Honey and Banana Mask
This recipe for a mask made with honey, bananas and cinnamon from Sincerely, Kinsey smells good enough to eat — and you could, if you really wanted to. Want an Autumn twist? Try substituting canned pumpkin for the banana, and if you want to splurge just a little, consider some Vitamin E drops for extra benefits.
Remember, with any treatment, test a little bit on your skin first to make sure you’re not allergic!