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The skin-care glow up you can mix from your pantry

Have a break – exfoliate.

You’ve tidied up your garden, you’ve colour-coded your bookshelf, you’ve fed the sourdough starter – so what’s on the agenda for this weekend? We reckon it’s high time for a self care Sunday!

Of course, while it’s important to keep our bodies feeling fresh and rejuvenated, it’s ideal when we know exactly what ingredients are in the products we’re using, and whether they were responsibly sourced. And what better way to do that than making your own products, making the most of the fruits of your garden and in the comfort of your home?

As usual, we’ve got you covered – Plant Life Balance has fished out the best (and easiest!) DIY plant-based skincare recipes for face and body will make you feel as good as new. Take some time out on your Sunday night to unwind, have a play, and indulge in a bit of self care – all without hurting your back pocket.

For face: cocoa mask

Cocoa is the world’s best kept secret to prevent skin from ageing! Full of antioxidants, cocoa can save your skin from the sun’s radiation, prevent wrinkles and help give a brighter complexion.

What you need is 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, a pinch of cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of honey. Just mix them together until you’re left with a paste, place onto your face and after 20 minutes, gently wash off with warm water. Voila! If you’d like to mix up the recipe, give these different variations a go.

For body: soap

An excellent (and super cute) way to get creative is to make a soap that has no harmful ingredients and is environmentally friendly. There’s a tiny ingredient list too – you’ll just need coconut oil, olive oil and sodium hydroxide. Get the ultimate know-how here to make your very own little soapy goodies. While moulding the soap might be a little more technical, we guarantee you’ll be proud of your creations once you’re done!

For lips: lip balm

A person’s most essential must-have when they leave the house is a lip balm. So being able to make your own is pretty exciting! We’re loving this vanilla bean recipe that seriously looks good enough to eat.

This is what you’ll need: some vanilla beans, a couple of oils, cocoa butter and beeswax. Here’s a hot tip: recycle the container of your finished lip balm by using it as your new tube. Win-win!

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DIY vanilla bean lip balm with cardamom essential oil. Delicious, easy to make, and pampering on so many levels! We hope you check out this new recipe on our blog, along with some lovely notes by one of our marketing coordinators. With a short ingredient list and melt-and-mold process, you may find that making your own lip balm is the most satisfying DIY project of them all (we do carry lip balm tubes, so you can get your ingredients in one place). Happy spring break to all you dear ones. Whether it be through lip balms, hair serums, or herbal baths, we hope you are getting in some self care! LINKINBIO⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #diylipbalm #lipbalm #springbreak #springbreak2017 #vanillalipbalm #cardamom #cardomomessentialoil #jojobaoil #beeswax #cocoabutter #vitamine #vitamineoil #naturallips #organiclipbalm #organicskincare #oils #diy #recipe #homespa #diyrecipe #bodycare #beautifulskin #softskin #homemadelotion #diyskincare #skincream #beautyblog #diybodybutter #homemadelipbalm #makeityourself

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For hair: hair mask

Great news! You don’t have to spend a fortune on expensive hair treatments to get luscious locks – chances are you already have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen right now. There’s a whole lot of directions you can go with hair masks, basing it in anything from banana to egg, or avocado. Here are some great organic, no-nasties recipes to try yourself.

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Avocado banana hair mask ? ? ? ? I know gross but it honestly works wonders. My hair is very dry and curly. It gets damaged easily from straightening it. I’ve used this mask so many times and my hair ends up so smooth and moisturized. It’s amazing for dry and damaged hair. Ingredients: > 1 small banana > 1/2 avocado > 2 table spoons of honey > 5 table spoons of coconut oil from @nourishnflourish_ If you want you can add castor oil to stimulate hair growth. Benefits: Banana *Bananas are great for your hair and scalp. They improve manageability and shine, soften the hair and protect the hairs natural elasticity preventing split ends and breakage. Avocado *avocados are known for their ability to moisturize hair. It also promotes hair growth and repair damage. Honey *Honey is an emollient which means it seals moisture and keeps it conditioned. Honey also reduces breakage which is also a cause of slower hair growth. Coconut oil *People call this the wonder oil. It stimulates hair growth getting deep into the follicles. Coconut oils adds shine, moisturizes and softness. Coconuts oil reduces hair breakage and prevents split ends. PS: The information above is what I’ve learned through out the years from YouTube and instagram. I’ve put together the above ingredients according to my hair type and what it seeks. #hairmask #mask #avocadohairmask #bananahairmask #honeyhairmask #coconutoil #coconutoilmask #haircare #curlyhair #shinyhair #mousturisedhair #haircareroutine #haircareproducts #haircareproductsthatwork #avocadobenefits #honeybenefits #coconutoilbenefits #bananabenefits #hairmasknatural #diy #diyhair #diyhairmask #naturalavocadomask #diyingredients #diyhair #diyhaircare #diyhaircareproducts #naturalingredients #curlyhaircare

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Once you’re done taking care of yourself, don’t forget to check in on your plants and give them a little loving too. For any specific advice on giving them the care they’re after, get in touch with your local Plant Life Balance accredited nursery and chat with the experts.

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