The Weekend Post #90: DIY Beauty, Does it Work?

It may just be my current love for The Great British Bake Off but I can’t seem to peel myself away from the kitchen at the moment. That’s not a bad thing mind you; there’s always a slice of seedy flapjack if you’re feeling peckish and dinners have been getting a little more adventurous (you want to see another ‘Day in Food‘?) and it means that I’ve been getting a little more experimental beauty-wise. So this weekend I thought I’d focus on the latter and bring you the results of three DIY beauty tricks I’ve been giving a go…

An avocado-licious hair maskmash up an avocado, apply through the lengths of of freshly shampooed hair and rinse out after 20 minutes.

I think I may be the only person in the world who hasn’t tried this beauty hack before. Being a recent guacamole convert I’ve always got a few avos hanging around, so I got mashing, washing and worked it through the lengths. The fats from the fruit nourish the follicles restoring shine and strength (an extra tip – mix in with some Olive Oil for a super conditioning treatment). And you know what? I loved it. I’ll definitely be whipping this out again, my hair just felt so darn soft after blow drying and I used the leftovers for lunch. Nice.

A fruity body bufferstep out the shower, take half a freshly cut orange and scrub over any dry patches.

The science behind this one begins with our good friends Alpha Hydroxy Acids – remember those? Citric Acid which is found in high concentrations in citrus fruits falls into that category and as we already know these ingredients rock when it comes to chemical exfoliation. Think of this as a bit like a small dose of Alpha H Liquid Gold for your flakey bits. I stepped out and got scrubbing on my soles, knees and elbows and though things were a little smoother when I towel dried myself off I couldn’t see a huge difference. I think my parched areas need something hardier – homemade scrub recipes are welcomed. In fact Estee’s Coffee Scrub may be the next thing I whip up in the kitchen.

A sweet as honey sad skin remedypour a small amount of Manuka Honey into a pot, then slather over freshly cleansed skin as a face mask, leave for 10-20 minutes then rinse off and follow with the rest of your routine.

So word on the street is that Manuka Honey is d’bomb. Sort of like Coconut Oil with its ‘can perform every single beauty function ever known to man’ formula. M.H is known to be antibacterial and therefore works best slapped on as a face mask (through it can be used as a spot treatment, lip balm, scar-fader, burn healer – the list goes on). I’ve been using this twice weekly now for about a month and I’m impressed with the results. Spots seem to be surrendering faster and my skin is smooth and soft. Applying honey to your face feels a tad strange – and let’s not forget how tempting it is to lick it off round your chops – but so far, so good. Word of warning: sensitive skinned gals and guys may wish to use with caution – just to be on the safe side.

Right I’m ready – notepad in hand. What other kitchen-created beauty lotions and potions am I missing out on? Hit me up. We’ve got the whole of Sunday baby.


  • B.b.

    Natural yoghurt as an hydrating and gentle peelinh face mask! Skin feels baby soft and nourished afterwards!

  • Morgan @ Hyacinth Girl

    Coarse sugar as a lip scrub! Much cheaper than the Lush stuff and essentially the same thing, I mix it with a little bit of warmed up honey but no need to really.

  • Anna Blush

    I love using bits from around the house for a bit of a pamper. I love making sugar scrubs at home and face masks. I think honey, banana and oats are great for a face mask as they are really nourishing x

  • Mika Avila

    Try a DIY dual-phase makeup remover, similar to the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover. 🙂 Just mix four parts water with one part olive oil and shake it up to use. Super easy!

  • Love DIY beauty products. Fun to try and yeah most of the ones I’ve tried have actually worked out pretty good. Awesome post doll =] xx.

  • Gemma Douglas

    I’ve never actually tried any DIY beauty hacks! I think I’ll be trying out the avocado hair mask now though. x

  • Alice Porter

    I haven’t tried the avocado treatment either! I have put mayonnaise in my hair once as a mask because I heard it was meant to be amazing but it made my hair so greasy! I love mixing honey, olive oil and sugar and scrub my hands and feet with it, seriously leaves them so soft!


  • Nadia S

    tumeric and milk and rolled oats..gosh my skin is lovely after that…if the tumeric leaves a stain take a face wipe with any oil olive,coconut etc) and wipe ur face itll be gone!

  • Georgie Bowie

    Mix sea salt (chunkier the better) with olive oil. Rub over legs and arms, especially on dry patches, then rinse off with water. Really good for dry skin.

  • i have a hate love relation with egg whites for my hair..the high protein content of eggs is a boon for hair, they smell disgusting at first but the shine and bounce hair get after the egg treatment is beyond imagine.

  • Charlotte

    Eggs are great for hair as they are full of protein. Leave for twenty minutes (or as long as you can!) and wash out. Your hair will become hard and difficult to wash, so don’t put it in a bun or towel. A good old ponytail will do. Try adding one with your avocado maybe! Coconut oil too!

  • Hannah

    This is a good idea. I might try the avocado mask as I can never seem to use up an avocado!

  • Jenny

    Please do another Day in food

  • Jodi A

    Put some (freshly squeezed) lemon juice on a cotton pad, and put a wee bit of sugar over the top and gently rub on face (or any dry bits) – lemon is astringent and also contains acids mentioned above. Take about 4-5 aspirin (not if your allergic though!) and add just enough bottled (if poss) water to make a paste then you can add a teaspoon of honey and apply as a face mask. Aspirin contains salicylic acid and honey is antibacterial. Could swap the honey for olive oil if skin is dry/dehydrated or add a drop of tea tree oil…

    Jodi xx

  • deliaoreo

    Please do another day in food. Also could you pleeeeaaase do a tutorial/video/post about how you keep your gorgeous eyebrows in shape? You’ve been talkin about them in a few posts, saying you had a huge struggle with them.
    I would really love to see how you’ve got their amazing shape.

    You’re great and absolutely beautiful! My beauty-guru :)!

    Xoxo, delia

  • Maddy Cane

    These all sound like great recipes, I love DIY Beauty! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Ila

    The great british bake off is the end of my gluten free diet and the reason why i gained few extra pounds now but I love it 🙂
    Anyway i think homemade pampering methods are the best sometimes!

    Ila x

  • simplynaturale

    Love DIY beauty, you should try the lemon scrub, although it does sting slightly- its worth it for the uber-soft skin!

    Lovely post as always, glad to know I’m not the only one obsessed with the great british bake off, been loving Ruby in the programme bless her with her shaky hands!

    Eloise | simplynaturale

  • louise

    Lovely post! A great way to cook up an effective body scrub is to mix equal parts of average and brown sugar with a few tablespoons of sweet almond oil, it works a treat in the colder months to remove flaky skin. x

  • Gita Bončina

    I always have some “avos” hanging around too, so I just might give that hair mask a go! And Manuka honey, oh, my life long love! That face mask is just the best there is.


  • Caitlin Confidential

    I have always loved a bit of DIY. For body scrub, I love mixing coconut oil, brown
    sugar, and a drop of vanilla extract and it is just as lovely as any high-end
    scrub. Skin is left moisturized and delicious smelling. A face mask for the
    fall that is lovely is a DIY Pumpkin face mask-pumpkin (for exfoliating and
    radiance), cinnamon (for antiseptic qualities as well as revitalizing) honey (antibacterial
    and moisture) and other adds in can be apple cider cingar(oily skin),
    buttermilk(dry skin), egg is optional for skin tightening benefits). It smells
    good and works! Great post. x

    Caitlin Confidential

    My Pumpkin Face Mask post:

  • I keep wanting to make a avocado hair mask but I can’t get over how weird I think it would be putting avocado in my hair! I don’t think I can do it!

  • Katie Atkinson

    Try sugar, olive oil and a little vanilla. It makes an amazing hand exfoliator.

  • PeonyandPeach

    1/2 water and 1/2 lemon juice in a bottle and use it as an AHA toner, and aloe vera gel mixed with rose water in a spray bottle makes a great hydrating mist xx

  • Emily

    I love kitchen beauty recipes. I have extremely sensitive skin and I actually wash my face with honey every day. It is really moisturizing and doesn’t irritate my skin in any way. Baking soda makes an amazing gentle exfoliator and mixing together orange juice and baking soda makes a great brightening mask that resembles a clay mask. Oh man I could go on and on about natural and kitchen beauty tips.


  • Dragana

    coconut oil, lemon juice, and brown sugar for a body scrub – so easy, and you’ll have the silkiest legs ever.

  • Claire Wilkinson

    The honey mask sounds so good 🙂 Where did you get the Manuka honey from? xx

  • gemma alexander

    These all sound great, better get myself into the kitchen. Note to self: stock u on ingredients when food shopping!

    Gem. x

  • Amber Hunter

    I’m always interested in trying homemade beauty products! These were some great ideas, I can’t wait to try a few. Thanks for sharing!


    Lovely Notions

  • Sofie

    I’ve always wanted to try an avocado hair mask, but I always think it’s such a shame to use an avocado on your hair so I always end up eating the avocado. Enough now, I need to try it on my hair (because I think it might be a good help for my dry and frizzy hair). Thank you very much for the advice!

    Sofie x

  • Pippin

    Mix the honey into natural yoghurt for a face mask with lactic acid even add cacao as an antioxidant (don’t lick or eat it!) it is effective but remember to keep spritzing with a skin tonic as it can dry on your face making it difficult to remove. Don’t underestimate the power of this mask as it is quite strong depending on the quantities of each ingredient

  • Edel

    Love DIY beauty – great post!

    Sugar mixed with Olive or Almond oil makes a great moisturising scrub.

    Bicarb soda with a tony bit of water to make a paste is also a good scrub and is delicate enough for the face.

    I make my own moisturiser with Aloe Vera, Almond oil and shea butter – use it everyday!

    At least you know exactly what’s in it when you make it yourself 🙂

  • Call It Vanity

    An apple cider vinegar based toner….love iiit! just dilute the ACV with purified water, or you can jazz it up a little by using a floral water such as rose water or even green tea. You can actually get manuka honey water too – really handy stuff when you’re not in the mood for getting sticky

    Mayah x

  • Ria

    Try a sugar and olive oil body scrub with a sugar to olive oil ratio of 2:1… i find a bit less olive oil works as well but this scrub is awesome and super easy 🙂

  • Anastascia Beaverhausen

    I adore your blog, but unfortunately there is some misinformation in this particular post. It’s a bit troubling to see this many people believe a very harmful misconception regarding skincare.

    In reference to the suggestion to apply straight citrus juice to the skin,
    here is a good explanation that includes reputable sources as to why
    this is a terrible idea –

    For those who suggested baking soda as an alternative in the comments, this link will do the same –

    is a wonderful forum for reliable skincare information, as all
    information is backed up by the appropriate scientific sources. For a
    more easily digested summary the youtuber Veronica Gorgeois is very accurate, especially this video in relation to harmful DIY skincare recipes –

  • Paulette

    Aspirin masks are great for spotty skin, as they are full of salicylic acid. Just mash up a few either in water, honey or yogurt & leave on for 10min. It can get a bit flakey if in water, but washing it off turns it into an exfoliating scrub so you are left with soft, spot free skin…

    I love the ideas from the comments sections as well, great community content!

  • I wish I had some suggestions as I love homemade beauty, for me honey reigns superior cannot live without it, I even made a hair mask with some the other day and my hair looked so healthy after :p xx Emmi

  • jasminecara

    I’ve always been a bit sceptical of these kind of treatments but I definitely want to give the avocado one a try xx

  • IZ

    I looooveee your writing style, it’s so good and a hoot every time! x

  • Ive got a book from Neals Yard with homemade beauty and health recipes in it. Everything from Masks to homemade soap. Might be worth giving that a go. Add to that beauty book collection of yours. lol xx

  • blubb

    I love eating grapefruits and afterwards using the rest of the peel and that tiny bit of juice to exfoliate my knees and elbows. I soak them in the halves of the fruit, let that work for about 10 to 15 minutes and wash it off afterwards. Don’t forget to moisturize!
    I think that might be a little stronger than the orange version but it’s really worth it 😉