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Homemade Beauty Recipes

No time for a salon trip? We’ve got a homemade face mask, hair mask, and scrub you can whip up and relax with at home.

Learning Benefits

Reviving Face Mask
Alexis Wolfer, author of The Recipe for Radiance and editor of, created this natural exfoliant. 

  • ⅓ cup oatmeal
  • ⅓ avocado
  • ½ Tbsp honey

To Make:

  1. In a food processor, grind oatmeal; transfer to small bowl.
  2. Purée avocado and honey; mix with oats until combined.
  3. Apply a thin layer to face and neck; let sit for 15 minutes.
  4. Cover face with warm washcloth for fve minutes so avocado oil can penetrate; use cloth to gently remove mask.


Hydrating Hair Salve
This formula from Oscar Blandi colorist Kyle White leaves locks soft for up to four weeks! (For short hair, halve ingredients.)

  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup blackstrap molasses
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 splash apple cider vinegar
  • 1 jar baby food bananas

To Make:

  1. Mix ingredients; divide dry hair into four sections.
  2. Apply treatment to each section, starting with hair at nape of neck.
  3. Cover hair with shower cap for an hour. Rinse out; wash and condition as usual.


Energizing Body Scrub
Natural beauty pro Tata Harper (see her line at uses this potion to brighten and firm dull skin.

  • ½ cup organic coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp ground coffee
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 5 drops grapefruit essential oil

To Make:

  1. Mix ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl; transfer to a waterproof container.
  2. In the shower, rub scrub on dry areas, then rinse. Leftovers can be stored in bathroom; the mixture doesn’t go bad!

Photo Credit: Emily Kate Roemer; Prop Styling Credit: Mariana Vera

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