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The Best Homemade Skin Care Recipes

There are lots of ways to save money on your skincare products. If your skin has been exposed to harsh weather conditions, chances are you will want some tips on how to rejuvenate your skin and feel fresh again. Here is a list of awesome DIY skincare recipes and products to have you feeling great for days!

1.Lip Scrub (via beautylish)

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How to Make Homemade Lip Sugar Scrub

Why isn’t it important to exfoliate your lips? It is. Your lips go through the changes in weather, just like any part of your skin that is exposed to different climates. There is dead skin cell build up on your lips causing them to be dry and flaky often times when they should not be. Use this lip scrub to rid yourself of chapped lips forever:

  • Clean container
  • 4 Aspirin (the inexpensive type without a coating)
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 vitamin E capsule

2. Calming Lavender Lotion (via diyready)

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How To Make Calming Lavender Body Lotion

Lavender is a lovely plant used in many topical ointments and is also used for its rich flowery fragrance. It is still one of the most desirable scents used by most modern perfume companies. This calming lotion is refreshing while being very soothing as a body lotion. Try our homemade lavender lotion by following this simple recipe:

  • 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Beeswax (1 2oz bar)
  • 5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

3. Hydrating and Firming Mask (via beautylish)

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How To Make A Firming Honey Face Mask

Instant face lift? I think, yes. Sometime you just need that extra boost to help get you going. This simple, creamy and affordable face mask can be yours with a few things you may already have in your pantry. Check out this quick DIY recipe to have a natural firming mask in minutes:


  • 1 vitamin E capsule
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream

Drain the contents of the vitamin E capsule into a small bowl. Add the honey and heavy cream and mix together until a smooth consistency forms. Apply the mixture to your face and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Super simple! This recipe is safe for all skin types and not to mention – it smells really lovely.

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4. Green Tea + Grapefruit Toner (via rythmofthehome)

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Green Tea

Do you have oily/combination skin? This mask is perfect for you. It will also help to eliminate pesky black heads from surfacing. Knock the dirt out with this awesome fruit and tea toner. The best part about this is you can eat the grapefruit afterwards. Yum!

  • 2 green tea bags steeped in 1 cup water and cooled.
  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • Juice of 1/2 of a red grapefruit

5. Anti Wrinkle Serum Using Egg Whites (via

No one likes wrinkles, but did you know that you can eliminate them virtually from ever having appeared using egg whites? The chilled egg whites serve as a firming agent which will reverse and essentially “fill in” the crows feet and wrinkles. Remember: Using a daily face lotion will help to avoid premature wrinkles in the first place. Eat healthy and get plenty of rest to have the best skin!

  • Fresh, chilled egg whites

6. Lip Gloss (via frilshop)

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How To Make Homemade Lip Butter

Put your winter lips away with this smooth and buttery lip gloss. I am used to spending a ton of money on chap sticks and lip gloss, but not anymore. If you’re trying to be frugal to save for that summer getaway then every penny counts. This is a great way to cut the spending on at home essentials! You can make lip butter in bulk and save it for later too, which totally helps to add funds to that Bali trip!

You’ll Need:
Chapstick or lip gloss containers (you can recycle old ones too)
1 tb coconut oil
1 tb cocoa butter
1 tb beeswax (2 tsp for a softer butter)
1 tsp cacao powder (for chocolate)
4-5 drops essential oil (for vanilla flavor)

7. Acne Reducing // Pore Minimizing Scrub (via suburbiaunwrapped)

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How To Get Rid Of Acne

What is acne? What is it caused by? Acne is caused by an excess of oil glands that cause pimples on your skin. The pimples are most commonly on your face, but can be just about anywhere. You don’t have to use fancy lotions and creams that can often do more harm than good. Often times, you can develop minor adult acne which can become more embarrassing than troublesome. Here is a great at home recipe for acne relief for minor breakouts.

Warning: DO NOT ATTEMPT if your acne persists or is a more severe form of the disease. Consult your physician for advice on what products to help take care of your acne properly.


  • 1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
  • 3 TBSP honey
  • 2 drops tea tree oil
  • 1 to 2 TBSP ground oatmeal (to desired consistency)

8. Tinted Foundation With Sunscreen (via scratchmommy)

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Ever wonder how to make tinted foundation without breaking the bank? Check out this ingredient list and swoon over how easy it is to do at home!


9. Instant Honey & Milk Sunburn relief (via bellasugar)

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Sunburn? Fear not. Follow this simple recipe to be back to fun in the sun!

  • Two cups of raw, uncooked oatmeal
  • one cup of whole milk to the water.
  • Add one tablespoon of honey.

10 All Natural Cold Cream (via makingniceinthemidwest)

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How To Make Cold Cream

This is a great at home day spa routine, and is safe to use on a daily basis.

  • 2 Tablespoons of cosmetic grade beeswax pellets
  • 1/4 Cup of organic extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 Cup of organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of tomato toner (or rose water for more sensitive skin)
  • a few drops of eucalyptus oil

11. Vanilla Olive Oil Sugar Scrub (via freutcake)

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How To Make Homemade Body Scrub

A great all over shower scrub. It is recommended that you get some gloves to help you exfoliate properly. Your skin will be left feeling smooth and silky. Store in a glass mason jar. Add raw vanilla bean stick (my personal touch) for additional scented purposes. If you like the smell of fresh baked cookies, you’ll love this scrub!

  • 1/2 cup granulated (white) sugar
  • 2 cups Turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract (or your favorite essential oil)

12. Mud Mask (via hairandsalons)

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Homemade Face Mask

A great after work mask for a long week at the office. The best part? IT’S EDIBLE!

  • 2-3 Tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. buttermilk
  • ¼-1/2 of a banana mashed
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice

13. DIY Coffee Scrub (via eclectifiedliving)

Ever wonder what to do with those leftover coffee grinds?

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How To Make Homemade Body Scrub

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup of sugar (white or brown)
  • 5 tbsp coffee grounds
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 oz. mason jar

14. Avocado Hair Mask


The benefits of using avocado on your skin and in your hair are endless. Avocados are high in Vitamin B and Vitamin E. The nutrients in avocados help to promote a healthy scalp and nurse your hair back to health!

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon raw coconut oil, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E oil (you can also use 2-3 Vitamin E capsules as well. Carefully split them open to drain oil)
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How To Make A Homemade Avocado Face Mask

15. DIY moisturizing bergamot hand cream

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How To Make Homemade Hand Lotion


1 cup distilled water
10-15 drops bergamot essential oil
1 tablespoon wax pellets
1 tablespoon shea butter
3/4 cup sweet almond oil
1-2 vitamin E capsules, broken open and liquid added to the mix (discard the shells)

Thanks! We hope you enjoyed our list of homemade beauty products! Like this post? Check out our other post on How To Make Simple Homemade Lotion and our list of 7 DIY Lotions!

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Originally posted on June 10, 2014 @ 1:37 PM



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NYC Adds Nearly 4,000 People Who Never Tested Positive To Coronavirus Death Tolls

New York City added nearly 4,000 people who never tested positive for the coronavirus to its death toll Tuesday, bringing coronavirus-related deaths in the city to around 10,000 people.

The city decided to add 3,700 people to its death tolls, who they “presumed” to have died from the virus, according to a report from The New York Times. The additions increased the death toll in the U.S. by 17%, according to the Times report, and included people who were suffering from symptoms of the virus, such as intense coughing and a fever.

The report stated that Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided over the weekend to change the way the city is counting deaths.

“In the heat of battle, our primary focus has been on saving lives,” de Blasio press secretary Freddi Goldstein told the Times.“As soon as the issue was raised, the mayor immediately moved to release the data.”

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How To Make Lacto-Fermented Sauerkraut In A Mason Jar

The thing about homesteading is you get to create your own ingredient right from scratch! Cheese, yogurt, butter and now sauerkraut, a delightfully sour and crunchy ingredient you can use on your meals — or consume by itself — while on a homestead, or while facing this health crisis!

This homemade sauerkraut is a great meal because it has a long shelf life. You can either make plain sauerkraut or mix it with herbs and spices. In this tutorial let us make Lacto-fermented sauerkraut that preserves all the good probiotics in a jar, good for your guts.

So how to make sauerkraut in a mason jar?

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Delicious Sauerkraut Recipe Every Homesteader Should Know

Why Make Sauerkraut?


Not only does sauerkraut spoil a long time, but it is also a meal in itself, and it is also easy to make! You don’t need to be an expert cook, all you need to do is follow these simple steps.

So let us get started. Here are the steps in making sauerkraut in a mason jar.


  • 1 head of cabbage or 2 1/2 lbs cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon of salt

Tools Needed:

  • knife
  • bowl
  • mason jar
  • smaller jar
  • rubber band

Step 1: Wash & Clean the Tools & Ingredients

Wash all the equipment and utensils you need. Wash your hands too.

You don’t want to mix your sauerkraut with bad bacteria, anything that is going to make you sick.

Next, remove the faded leaves from your cabbage. Cut off the roots and the parts that don’t seem fresh.

Step 2: Cut the Cabbage Into Quarters & Slice Into Strips

Cut your cabbage into quarters and remove the core. Then, slice it into strips.

Step 3: Place in a Bowl & Sprinkle With Salt

Put the stripped cabbage into a bowl. Sprinkle the cabbage with 1 tablespoon of salt.

TIP: Use canning salt or sea salt. Iodized salt will make it taste different and may not ferment the cabbage.

RELATED: Homemade Yogurt Recipe

Step 4: Massage the Cabbage

Massage the cabbage for five minutes or more to get the juice out.

TIP: You’ll know it’s ready when you see a bit of juice at the bottom of the bowl and will look similar to coleslaw.

Step 5: Press Cabbage Into the Mason Jar

Add the cabbage to the mason jar gradually. Press it in hard to allow the juice to come out. Do this every time you add about a handful of cabbage.

IMPORTANT: Food should be covered by the liquid to promote fermentation. Add any excess liquid from the bowl to the jar.

Step 6: Press a Smaller Jar Into the Mason Jar

You want to squeeze every ounce of that juice from the cabbage. To do this place the mason jar in a bowl and get a smaller jar.

Fill it with water or marble to make it heavy. Press it into the bigger mason jar. Allow any juices to rise to the surface.

Step 7: Cover the Jars With Cloth & Tie With Rubber Band

Leave the small jar on. To keep your jars clean from annoying insects and irritating debris, cover your jars with a clean cloth. Then, use a rubber band to tie the cloth and the jars together, putting them in place.

Step 8: Set Aside & Check Daily

Set it aside in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight. Check the water level daily. It should always be above the cabbage.

Step 9: Taste Your Sauerkraut & Keep at Cool Temperatures

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After about five days, you can taste your sauerkraut. If the taste is to your liking, tightly cover it with the lid and store in the fridge or cellar.

NOTE: If after five days it’s still not your desired taste, leave it for a few more days. This will allow the fermentation process to continue.

You can now enjoy your sauerkraut in a mason jar. Enjoy its goodness! You can use it as a side dish or mix it with your favorite sandwich.

Things to Remember in Making Sauerkraut

  • Store away from direct sunlight and drafts.
  • Colder weather will make the process longer. Spring is the best time to make them since the warmth helps activate the fermentation.
  • Always make sure that the cabbage is below the water level during the entire fermentation process.
  • If the water level decreases during the fermentation process, you can make a brine and add it.

Let us watch this video from Kristina Seleshanko on how to make delicious Lacto-fermented sauerkraut in a mason jar!

So there you have it! Making Lacto-fermented sauerkraut in a mason jar is as easy as slicing the cabbage into strips. Remember that as long it remains unopened, your sauerkraut can last for months. Best of all, you can partner this sauerkraut in many recipes.

What do you think of this homemade recipe? Share your best sauerkraut recipe in the comments section below!

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Having plants in the house will bring peace to people. Having a little garden with vegetables is even better! You can grow these vegetables in your backyard garden easily as well!

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In this article:

  1. Tomato
  2. Eggplant
  3. Beet
  4. Spinach
  5. Pea
  6. Carrot
  7. Radish
  8. Cauliflower
  9. Asparagus

Growing veggies in your garden will give you an opportunity to understand what you eat and value it more. Early spring is when most vegetables are being planted. Keep reading to learn about 9 spring vegetables that anyone can grow in their garden!


Tomato is the most popular garden vegetable in the States! There are different varieties to choose from. Tomatoes need to be planted in early spring because they won’t survive a frost.

Because tomatoes are consumed daily, try adding them to your garden! They’re not difficult to grow either.


Eggplants are known to have low-calorie, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Plus, they are delicious! So why not plant them in your garden?

Eggplants shouldn’t be planted too early because they won’t be able to survive a frost. So you could consult an expert in your area before you plant your eggplants.


Beets are known to be a superfood for its various health benefits. They’re easier to grow in the garden, usually around late March or early April.

If the weather is always cool, beets will keep getting bigger and bigger. Once the weather starts to warm up, you’ll need to harvest them, or they’ll go to waste.


Spinach is a delicious early spring veggie, and it’s also very beneficial for health. And it’s not difficult to grow spinach in your garden!

Spinach needs cold weather to grow. Getting spinach to grow is easy, but keeping it growing will require some extra care.


Peas are usually planted in late April. Peas will die in freezing temperatures, but they also won’t survive the heat either. So make sure you plant your peas in early spring.

Peas are widely used in many different ways, and there are different types of peas. The soil you’ll be planting your peas should be suitable for them, so make sure you ask while buying seeds.


There are different types of carrots, but regardless of their size and color, it’s a fact that carrots are both delicious and rich in vitamins.

They’re root vegetables, so with proper sun and watering, they can be picked up as baby carrots as well.


A radish is an excellent option for beginners because it doesn’t require too much care. Radish is easy to harvest.

Radish grows fast, so it’s better to keep an eye on it after a few weeks. Radish usually is grown pest-free, but there’s always the chance of unwanted guests, so watch out for worms. Radish can be eaten raw or can be added to garnish recipes.


Cauliflower isn’t the easiest vegetable to grow at home, but it is very popular.

Cauliflower grows better in colder weather, so before you plant it, consider the climate of your garden. Cauliflower can be eaten raw or cooked, and it is known to be very beneficial for health.


Freshly picked, tender asparagus is very delicious!

Asparagus plants get more productive with each harvest, and mature asparagus harvest can last for months! Make sure you plant them at the correct time, or else they might go to waste.

All the vegetables listed above are great for your healthy diet, and it’s fun to watch them grow. So don’t miss out on the opportunity to grow your own veggies and eat healthy this spring!

So tell us which veggies will you be growing this spring? Tell us in the comments section!




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