Hair Masks

Beauty, DIY

So. I got laid off, gave myself a haircut and am only allowed to leave the house to get food at the grocery store. Story of everyone’s life right now. But looking at the bright side I thought, what better time to tap into that frugal mindset and practice some self care while I’m at it? Partly out of boredom, partly out of curiosity and partly because I want to keep my newly trimmed hair healthy without dipping too far into my savings; here are 3 hair mask recipes that I made out of food. They all have different benefits for your hair. Make one of these or experiment with your own. All of these ingredients are really nourishing and are sure to leave your hair looking, feeling and smelling great. And they can all be found while on your weekly grocery run.

*Pro Tip from a friend: When rinsing out oil based hair masks it may be preferable to apply shampoo directly to hair before getting wet to better penetrate the mask and wash out cleaner. However, if you’re left a bit oily, just consider it a little residual conditioning.

**Note: it would be a good idea to double these recipes for long hair.

Fix That Shit

Things you’ll need:

  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1/2 a ripe Avocado


Step 1 – Mash Avocado and combine with Coconut Oil and Honey

Step 2 – Mix well and apply from top to bottom

Step 3 – Let sit 15-20 min

Step 5 – Rinse well and wash hair with shampoo and conditioner



The Shining

Things you’ll need:

  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil


Step 1 – Combine all ingredients. I ended up using my fingers for this because the oil and vinegar didn’t blend well with a spoon.

Step 2 – Apply to Hair root to tip

Step 3 – Let sit for min 20 min

Step 3 – Rinse with shampoo and conditioner



The Frizz

Things you’ll need:

  • 1/2 ripe Banana
  • 1 Tbsp plain Yogurt
  • 1/2 Tbsp Honey


Step 1 – Blend ingredients until smooth. Get the banana lumps out as best as you can.

Step 2 – Apply to damp hair from top to bottom

Step 3 – Cover and let sit for 30-45 min

Step 4 – Rinse well with shampoo and conditioner (especially if it’s a bit lumpy or you’ll get banana chunks in your hair like I did)



Solid Lotion Bars

Beauty, Craft, DIY

I found this recipe when looking for ways to use up my giant wad of shea butter that was most likely nearing the end of it’s recommended shelf life. These bars are great for when your skin is screaming for moisture. If made according to the recipe they can be used as a lotion or massage bar. They are a touch greasy but if that’s not your jam they can be easily modified by adding more shea butter and beeswax. They are also perfect to carry around in your bag since they won’t ooze out and ruin all of your precious stuff. I splurged and bought some metal tins to store the finished product but any resealable glass or plastic container will do.

Things you’ll need:

    • 1 cup Beeswax pellets or grated beeswax
    • 1 cup shea butter
    • 1 cup coconut oil
    • essential oil (optional. I used lavender, sweet orange and peppermint)
    • Silicon molds and/or metal tins


Step 1 – Melt beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil stirring occasionally until combined

Step 2 – Pour into molds or tins

Step 3 – Allow to cool fully until solidified

Step 4 – Pop out of molds and lotion yourself to your hearts content.

Solid Perfume

Beauty, DIY

I was helping my mom clean out the basement and we came across these cute little jars. Originally purchased from Avon containing cream sachets they were now empty and begging for a purpose. DIY to the rescue! What better to fill an old perfume container than more perfume? This solid perfume is a great gift. It doesn’t last as long as a traditional store bought perfume but it’s all natural and can be reapplied throughout the day. It’s incredibly quick and easy to make and you can experiment with your favourite essential oils to make your own personal scent.


What you need:

  • 2 tbsp beeswax (grated or pellets)
  • 2 tbsp carrier oil such as coconut, jojoba, grapeseed, etc. (I used sweet almond)
  • About 60 drops of essential oil or blend of your choice (I used ylang ylang, sweet orange and lavender)
  • repurposed (or new) containers to put the finished product.

*when using essential oils do your research! Some oils may cause irritation to the skin or are photosensitive. Better safe than sorry.


Step 1 – combine beeswax and oil in a double boiler and melt.

Step 2 – Once melted remove from heat and let cool slightly before mixing in your oils.

Step 3 –  Carefully pour into your containers and allow to solidify for a few minutes before capping.


Dry Shampoo

Beauty, DIY

Whether you’re out of time, on vacation, or just don’t feel like it, this dry shampoo is perfect on days when you just can’t wash your hair. This all natural dry shampoo recipe is a fantastic substitute for store bought concoctions. Arrowroot starch acts to soak up grease and cocoa powder is a great additive for people with dark hair, like myself. Not to mention the added bonus of smelling like chocolate!



What you need:

  • 2 tbsp arrowroot starch (can use corn starch or baby powder instead)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (optional: for dark hair only)


Step 1 – combine arrowroot starch and cocoa powder (if using).

Step 2 – transfer to airtight container for storage.

Step 3 –  Apply with make up brush or comb. Enjoy!


3 Ingredient Lotion

Beauty, DIY

It’s almost December and I live in Toronto, Canada. That means that my skin is hating its life right now and it’s only just the beginning of a long, long winter. Up until now I’ve been getting by with occasional moisturizing using my homemade body butter but I find it too greasy for consistent everyday use. Enter this recipe. This quick and easy lotion is light and non-greasy. If you use it after a shower it soaks right into your skin and the best part is there are only 3 ingredients!

What you need:

  • 3/4 cup liquid oil (I used sweet almond oil but you can use one or a combination of several oils such as avocado, jojoba, olive, argan, coconut etc.)
  • 3 tbsp grated beeswax
  • 3/4 cup luke warm water, herbal tea or rose water (I used water)
  • 5-10 drops essential oil (optional: I didn’t use any)
  • food processor


Step 1 – Combine oil and beeswax in a double boiler until melted.

Step 2 – With water in food processor, turn on high.

Step 3 –  Pour oil mixture into food processor VERY slowly. The goal is to emulsify the liquids. Once you’ve poured all of the oil into the water you should be left with a creamy lotion.

Step 4 – Transfer lotion into a glass jar or other container with lid. Can store at room temperature for about 3 weeks.


Homemade Lip Balm

Beauty, DIY

Winter is coming and so are chapped lips. This simple lip balm is perfect for those cold, dry months ahead and uses all natural ingredients. It’s easy to adjust the recipe for smaller or larger batches as the ratio of ingredients is 1:1:1. Make a little for yourself or a lot to give to friends and family. Enjoy!


What you need:

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp shea butter
  • 2 tbsp beeswax (grated or pastilles)
  • 30 drops essential oil (optional: I used peppermint)
  • containers to put finished balm


Step 1 – Combine coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax in a double boiler.

Step 2 – Once melted, remove from heat and stir in essential oil.

Step 3 –  Pour mixture into containers.

Step 4 – Let cool completely before capping (about 2 hours).



Homemade Bath Bombs


Sometimes there’s nothing better than a nice hot soak in the tub after a long day. To create an illusion of luxury I often use essential oils or bath salts. but while I’ve been curious about DIY bath bombs, I thought they looked too complicated to make. I was wrong. I came across this basic recipe that’s very simple and customizable. I love that there is room to experiment with different salts, oils, colours and scents!

What you need:

  • 4 oz baking soda
  • 2 oz corn starch
  • 2 oz salt (I used epsom salts)
  • 2 oz citric acid
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon essential oil ( I used a combination of lavender, mint and eucalyptus)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon oil ( I used liquid coconut oil)
  • food colouring (optional) (I didn’t use any)
  • Bath bomb molds (can by from amazon/craft store but I just used a measuring cup)


Step 1 – In a medium bowl, mix dry ingredients and whisk to get all the clumps out.

Step 2 – In a small bowl, mix wet ingredients.

Step 3 – Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ones whisking as you go. It’s important to whisk right away and only add a small amount at a time to avoid too much bubbling.

Step 4 –  Pack the mixture into your mold very firmly.

Step 5 – Carefully remove from mold.

Step 6 – Let dry for up to 24 hours. Enjoy!


DIY Customizable Body Butter


I have been playing around with making my own moisturizer for a while. I’m always amazed at how you can take a few simple ingredients and transform them into such a nourishing treat for your skin. This body butter is incredibly moisturizing, absorbs into the skin quickly and doesn’t feel as greasy as others I’ve tried. By using a 3:1 ratio of butter to oil you can experiment with different ingredients to create a finished product that is totally tailored to your wants, needs and price point.

What you Need:

  • 3 parts Butter – shea, cocoa, mango, coconut (solid). Any one or a combination of these will work well. I used mostly shea and a bit of cocoa butter.
  • 1 part Carrier oil – sweet almond, avocado, jojoba, grapeseed, coconut (liquid), olive. Again, there are many to choose from and you can combine oils. I used sweet almond oil.
  • (optional) Arrowroot powder, tapioca or corn starch. I used Arrowroot powder. You’ll need approximately 1 tsp per cup of butter/oil concoction. This helps cut the greasy feeling and makes the butter absorb more quickly into the skin.
  • (optional) essential oil. About 36 drops per 1 cup of butter. I used grapefruit essential oil.


Step 1 – Melt butter in a double boiler over medium heat.

Step 2 – Mix carrier oil with arrowroot powder and set aside.

Step 3 – Once butter is melted, remove from heat add carrier oil/powder mixture. Mix well to combine.

Step 4 – Put mixture in fridge until opaque; firm but not rock hard. For me this took about an hour. I mixed the butter after 45 minutes and refrigerated for another 15 minutes.

Step 5 – Remove butter from fridge, add essential oil if using and whip with a fork for 1-2 minutes until you reach your desired consistency.

Step 6 – Transfer to an air tight container. Enjoy!



I started experimenting making my own beauty products about a year ago. I love being able to customize recipes to my own purposes and experiment with scents and ingredients. These basic sugar scrubs are super easy to make. They’re great for exfoliating and moisturizing. The best part is they are all natural and you know exactly what you are putting on your skin!


Vanilla Sugar Scrub


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (I used golden)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract

Coffee Sugar Scrub


  • 1/2 cup ground coffee
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Tsp cinnamon


Step 1 – Mix all ingredients in a bowl. I mixed the dry and wet ingredients separately before mixing all together but this isn’t necessary.

Step 2 – Store in a closed container such as a mason jar. I purchased cheap plastic containers at the dollar store. They are good to keep in the shower since they are not breakable. Enjoy!