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4 Homemade Natural Facial Cleansers

There are 3 steps to get radiant skin, they are cleaning, toning and moisturizing..

So the first and most important step to get beautiful and radiant skin in cleaning. We normally wash our face with face wash or cleansers that we get in stores. However we are already exposing our skin to so much of pollution. This makes our skin rough and dull.. And then we use other chemicals to clean our face…

We can not avoid our exposure to pollution, but we can definitely avoid use of chemicals to clean our face. Here are 4 best and simple natural facial cleansers. I was using Cetaphil cleanser, but it contains petroleum so I started using following cleansers for my skin. These does not contain ingredients that are in Cetaphil, however are really effective and chemical free.

1. Yogurt and honey cleanser: This is the best cleanser for sensitive skin and you can store this in refrigerator for few days.Yogurt contains lactic acid which exfoliates skin without damaging skin. Honey has antiseptic properties and it smooths skin naturally.


Yogurt and honey cleanser

Yogurt and honey cleanser

Recipe: Mix 1 tablespoon yogurt  and 1 tspoon of honey. take small amount and massage gently on face. Then wash with warm water and pat dry with napkin. This will leave your skin soft and supple.

2. Bengal gram flour and milk: Bengal gram is used for skin care traditionally. This recipe is best for dry to normal skin. Just mix gram flour with milk to make paste and apply on face. You can also add turmeric powder, it will give nice glow to your skin. Massage gently and wash off. You can also add yogurt instead of milk to make paste.

Gram flour and milk cleanser

Gram flour and milk cleanser

3. Yogurt and lemon juice: As I said yogurt has lactic acid, and lemon has citric acid. Lemon is always used for cleansing purpose. Add 1 tspoon lemon juice to 1 tablespoon yogurt. Mix well and apply on face. Massage for 2-3 minutes and wash with warm water. This cleanser is best for oily skin.

Yogurt and Lemon Juice Cleanser

Yogurt and Lemon Juice Cleanser

4. Oil and honey cleanser: This is best for all skin types, even for sensitive skin. You can store this in bottle and use it anywhere anytime.


  • 2 tablespoon baby oil (I used johnson baby oil)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1-2 tspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel

Mix everything in bowl and whip using blender. And your face cleanser is ready to use.Take small amount on your palm and massage on face for 2 minutes and then clean. Tap dry your face with napkin.

Oil Cleanser

Oil Cleanser


  • This recipe has oil which moisturizes and cleans skin.
  • Honey has antibacterial properties
  • Baking powder exfoliates skin
  • and Aloe vera gel smooths skin.

Note: You can also use coconut oil or olive oil instead of baby oil.


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DIY Rejuvenating Sugar Scrub

Hello friends, its Monday..grrrr…Again a stressful week started.. . We all are so busy in our routine life that we don’t get time to pamper our-self. So why not give some rejuvenating, stress relieving treatment at home itself. So I thought of sharing this rejuvenating scrub recipe with all of you..

I love sugar scrubs as they are super easy to make and are very effective. These homemade scrubs gives us luxurious feeling and are free from harmful chemicals.

I have already explained benefits of Sugar on skin in my previous post. However I have also added some amount of baking powder in this recipe.


Rejuvenating Sugar Scrub

Rejuvenating Sugar Scrub

Benefits of Ingredients:

Baking powder:

  1. It strips away the dead skin on the top layer without any harsh chemicals that can damage the skin.
  2. The alkaline nature of baking soda prevents acne.
  3. Help relieve itching and stinging

Lavender essential oil:

  1. Lavender essential oil has a calming scent which makes it an excellent tonic for the nerves and anxiety issues. Therefore, it can also be helpful in treating migraines, headaches, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress.
  2. The refreshing aroma removes nervous exhaustion and restlessness while also increasing mental activity.
  3. According to dermatologists and aromatherapists, lavender essential oil is one of the most beneficial oils in the treatment of acne.
  4. Lavender essential oil is known as an excellent remedy for various types of pains.
  5. Lavender essential oil is also good for improving the circulation of blooding the body.

Lemongrass essential oil:

  1. Lemongrass Oil boosts self esteem, confidence, hope and mental strength, and it uplifts spirits and fights depression.
  2. Lemongrass has antimicrobial properties which makes it an inhibitor of microbial and bacterial growth in the body, both internally and externally.
  3. Has antiseptic properties.
  4. Lemongrass Oil is far better than many of the synthetic deodorants that are a big expense.
  5. Lemongrass Oil has good fungicidal properties and may be used to cure fungal infections.


  1. 5 tablespoons sugar
  2. 2 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 2 tablespoon olive oil (you can add more oil if you have dry skin)
  4. 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  5. ¼ teaspoon lavender oil
  6. ¼ teaspoon lemon-grass oil
  7. 1 teaspoon of beetroot syrup as made for coloring lip balm (For coloring)

Note: You may add essential oils of your choice

Mix sugar, olive oil and coconut oil and grind together.

Add baking powder and essential oils and mix properly.

Add beetroot syrup to color the scrub. You may use any food color of your choice, I added beetroot syrup as I did not want any chemical in this scrub.

Please let me know if you like this recipe.


Beetroot Strawberry Lip Balm

Its going to be girls night-out tonight.. We all are  meeting after very long time.. Its going to be fun. However I was thinking what should I gift  them.. Well there are few things which I have bought, but I wanted to give something made by me. Then I thought of some colored lip balm.. Then after doing some research I got idea of using beetroot powder.

I did not have beetroot powder and I did not have time to search it in market. I thought of experimenting and decided to use beetroot juice.. After all I just needed its color. I could use some color from market, but I wanted this lip balm to be natural.

Beetroot always gives color to my hands when I boil it :), So beetroot was best choice. Thanks to Marie as she have mentioned in one of her post that beetroot is water soluble and  therefore she used glycerin to make lip gloss.

I also wanted nice fragrance, so I decided to give it strawberry flavor.. Girls love it.

Beetroot Strawberry Lip Balm

Beetroot Strawberry Lip Balm

Then I started with my recipe:


  • 1 beetroot (Medium size)
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax
  • 2 teaspoon glycerin
  • 4.5 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 Vitamin E capsules
  • 1/2 teaspoon strawberry essence

Boil beetroot and remove it’s skin. Then grind it to make paste.

Beetroot paste

Beetroot paste

I then added water to paste and filtered it.

Then boiled this colored water to make it little more concentrated. I heated on low flame for 5-8 minutes.

Then in double boiler I added glycerin and 3 teaspoons of beetroot juice. And mixed it well.

Once it was mixed properly I added beeswax and olive oil

Heated in double boiler till wax melted properly. I was stirring it continuously.. But beetroot-glycerin mixture was still not getting mixed properly.

Then I turned off burner and whipped it using blender. And result was as expected.. Finally it was mixed properly forming a uniform fluid. (sigh)


Beetroot-glycerin mixture mixed properly after blending

Beetroot-glycerin mixture mixed properly after blending

I added essence and vitamin E oil by breaking capsules.

Again mixed using blender and poured it in lip balm containers. I kept then as it is to cool down and solidify.

This has aroma of strawberry and color of beetroot.

When I tried it, it gives pink tint on lips with this amazing aroma of strawberry.. 🙂


I would love to hear feedback from you..

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Homemade Cocoa Lip Balm

Finally!!! after a week I got time to share one of my recipes. I believe 99.99% ladies love lip balm.. Let it be any season, girls need lip balm.

However the one we get in market mostly contains petroleum gel, which is not good for skin and it makes lips sticky and sometimes dark too.. After trying n number of balms I decided to make my own.

I found some recipes for lip balms without harmful chemicals. I wanted to make one with chocolate flavor. All lip balm recipes needed cocoa butter for making chocolate flavored lip balm (cocoa butter is not easily available in India as mentioned in my previous post ). But then I came across something called as “Oil Infusion”.

There are two ways of oil infusion:

  • Cold infusion (Requires at least one month of time)
  • Heat infusion (faster method)

I did not have patience to wait till one month so i decided to use second method. To make chocolate flavored infused oil, I heated olive oil with cocoa seeds on hot plate. It took 3-4 hours to get desired color and aroma.

Then I started with my actual recipe:


  1. Beeswax – 1 tablespoon
  2. Olive oil (heat infused with cocoa seeds) – 4 tablespoons
  3. Coconut oil – 1 tablespoon (It is in Liquid form in India)
  4. Vitamin E capsules – 2
  5. Butterscotch essence – 1 teaspoon
  • Melt beeswax using double boiler method. Don’t heat too much, just melt it
  • Add oils and stir well.

Mix oils and beeswax


  • Turn off burner or remove mixing bowl from boiler and add vitamin E and butterscotch essence. Stir well.
  • Immediately pour this mixture in the containers in which you want to store lip balm.

Cocoa lip balm with infused oil


  • Let it cool for some time.. Your lip balm is ready to use.. 🙂

This lip balm gives some shine to lips (almost negligible color) and it is nourishing and moisturizing. And the aroma of cocoa and butterscotch is just lovely..

Let me know how it goes with you..

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Homemade Lemon Sugar Scrub

Last weekend I decided to take a break from my daily scheduled and went out with my family to one of the water park in Mumbai. The entire day was awesome, but the only problem we faced was HOT climate. As we visited the water park in summers, all my family members had suffered from bad TANNING and ITCHING problems including me. So to get rid of this problem I thought of making a body scrub to remove dead skin and tanning.

As name says it has lemon juice in it, which helps to reduce tan and brightens skin.


Lemon Sugar Scrub

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Benefits of Ingredients:

  1. Lemon juice:
    1. Exfoliant:lemon juice is rich in alpha hydroxy acids that help exfoliate the skin and get rid of dead skin cells. Removing dead skin cells allows the pores to breathe, promotes new skin growth and helps maintain skin’s elasticity.
    2. Skin Brightener: Lemon juice can brighten and lighten the skin naturally.
    3. Fight wrinkles: Lemon juice used in combination with honey helps to reduce wrinkles.
    4. Cures acne
  2. Sugar: You can check benefits of sugar for skin here
  3. Honey:
    1. Keeps skin glowing
    2. Brightens and lightens skin
    3. Makes skin smoother and softer
  4. Olive oil : View benefits of olive oil in my previous post.



  1. 5 tablespoons sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons salt
  3. 1.5 tablespoons honey
  4. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  5. 1 tablespoons olive oil

Grind sugar and salt.

Add lemon juice and honey and mix well

Add olive oil and mix well

Your scrub is ready to use. 🙂

Note: If you want to use it later, store it in refrigerator.


Homemade Kokum Aloe Hydrating Body Cream

Kokum Aloe Hydrating Body Cream

Kokum Aloe Hydrating Body Cream


To make a good body cream, it is generally suggested to use Shea butter or cocoa butter.But unfortunately to get Shea butter or cocoa butter in India (specially Mumbai) is very difficult.

So the best alternative i found was Kokum butter.The best part of Kokum butter is, it is easy to find in any place in India and is cheap too. And the results of this cream is amazing 🙂

The only problem with Kokum butter is that it is harder and very oily, So should be used in appropriate proportion.

Benefits of Main Ingredients used:

  1. Kokum butter:
    1. Prevents dry skin and wrinkles
    2. Helps regenerate skin cells
    3. High oxidative stability Use kokum butter is soaps, balms, belly balms, foot care products and other emollient skin treatments.
    4. Quick absorption rate
    5. Excellent for sensitive skin
  1. Aloe vera gel:
    1. Minimize damaged tissues
    2. Relieve skin rashes
    3. Reduce annoying pimples


  1. 1 tablespoon beeswax
  2. 2 tablespoon Kokum butter
  3. 2 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  5. 4-5 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  6. ½ cup distilled water
  7. 3 capsules of vitamin E
  8. 1 tablespoon corn flour (for better texture of cream)

Heat all oils and beeswax by double boiler method till beeswax and kokum butter are dissolved completely. Remove from boiler, add vitamin E, aloe vera gel and blend with blender. Then add distilled water and corn flour and blend again. Blend till you get desired texture of cream.

Note: If you want to make it more liquefied, then add more water or gel.