Day 89 - Homemade Beard Oil
My husband recently started rock climbing with a friend at an indoor gym near his office. The friend is an Indian-American who is now living and working in Bangalore, and whom we met through some expat friends. He also happens to have a rather impressive beard, and has shared with Mat that the secret to beard success lies in beard oil.
On my next business trip to the U.S., Mat asked me to scour the duty free shops for some beard oil, that he, too, might have such beautifully groomed facial hair. I spotted a small bottle at Kiehl's and (for a pretty penny) brought it home. It came in a handsome bottle, smelled like cedar and eucalyptus, and gave Mat's beard a healthy sheen.
Since then, he's blasted through the stuff. Rather than buy another bottle, which was quite expensive, I opted to try a homemade version with the carrier and essential oils I've acquired in all my zero waste mad science projects.
WHAT YOU NEED
- A carrier oil like almond or jojoba (I used equal parts of both)
- Essential oils of your choice (I used 5 drops of rosemary and 3 drops of peppermint)
WHAT TO DO
- Combine all ingredients in a bottle and shake to combine
Play around with the oils and see what scents your man likes. Next time around I may try to mimic the original Kiehl's brand beard oil with some sandalwood, cedar, and eucalyptus essential oils, as he was quite fond of that, and I must say it was nice cuddling up to the woodsy aroma.
Does your man use beard oil? Would he try a homemade version?
Awareness is the first step in protecting yourself and staying healthy.
You can reap a lot of savings by making some of your own cosmetics and toiletries, with the added benefit of knowing exactly what's going into them (no mystery un-pronounce-able ingredients, thank you very much!).
I'm keeping my feet looking as tidy as I can with a simple at-home pedicure, using tools that I already have.
The DIY deodorant I tried this week was a total win. Just a handful of ingredients, and easy to put together.
My dermatologist had actually recommended that I stay on a low-dose antibiotic… forever. This should have been my first clue that I needed a second opinion.
I'm trying to use up all my old products before I make the switch to more sustainable options, but that hasn't stopped me from lusting after some beautiful zero-waste, plastic-free, natural cosmetics from some awesome brands.
I've read that synthetic moisturizers can prevent your skin from hydrating itself, and that healthy skin doesn't need a bunch of stuff slathered on it every day.
I tried every combination of almond oil, beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, jojoba oil, aloe vera, and even coconut oil that I could think of. But with everything I tried, my skin would flare up bright red and get angry at me again.
I've been working on slowly re-vamping my beauty routine into something a little less wasteful, which is no easy task since before I began this journey, virtually all of my cosmetics and toiletries were petroleum-based and packaged in plastic.
Anyone else out there still wearing Invisalign or some other kind of dental gear at night?