Saving Money with Homemade Cosmetics

November 1, 2010 by Tinuviel  
Published in Makeup

Its crazy how much money you can save with a few simple ingredients from your kitchen and a few recipes easily found on the internet.

I was very bored on Sunday night. I have just handed in my thesis, and for the first time all year I have nothing to do. Its not as great as I had hoped it would be, in fact it is driving me a bit insane. This lead me to try something I have been meaning to have a go at for a while now – sugar waxing. I was a bit skeptical. It seemed to me I was attempting to make toffee and pull my hairs out with it, but like I said, I was going out of my mind with boredom, so I was willing to put my cynical attitude to the side. I put a cup of white sugar in a small saucepan. I added an eighth of a cup each of white vinegar (I’m lying, I actually used red wine vinegar, its all I had, but I think white vinegar would produce a less misleading colour, so I’m going with that for you, the readers benefit) and water, and I heated it on the stove. I didn’t stir it while the sugar was dissolving, because I have noticed that when I am making toffee with the idea of eating it in mind, the sugar doesn’t dissolve so well when you stir it. So I simply swirled it every now and then while the sugar was dissolving (after it dissolved it seemed safe to stir!). Then I watched as it bubbled, and tried to stop myself eating too much of it. When the colour became brown, I took a bit of it on a teaspoon, dipped it in water and tested it to see if it was stretchy. It was, so I poured it on to a large plate and let it cool a bit. My skepticism then returned as I grabbed a bit of the sticky, delicious mess and spread it along my leg (with some difficulty, its quite thick and sticky) along the same direction and the hair growth, then bravely ripped it off. I was amazed. It worked. Not only did it work, it was crazy cheap and did not hurt at all! So now I am totally converted to sugar waxing, and no longer will I spend $50 every six weeks on leg waxing.

This got me thinking of all the ways in which we could save so much money on cosmetic products simply by making our own with common, everyday ingredients you have lying around the house at all times anyway. Its odd I haven’t really thought of this before, because I already make my own exfoliating scrub. While I was on holiday in Australia, my mother was convinced by some beautiful, energetic middle-eastern lady to purchase this sea salt exfoliator, which made your hands wonderfully soft. The problem was my mother spend over $100 on this product, and I couldn’t help but think I could make something similar myself for a tiny fraction of the cost. Turns out I was right, and it was amazingly simple. All I do is mix my favourite cooking oil (which at the moment is hazelnut) with white sugar, rock salt and maybe some other kinds of salt like potassium chloride together. Sometimes I might add some essential oils to make it smell pretty, or some herbs, and that’s it! Really cheap, and just as effective.

There are all sorts of really cool, cheap alternatives to cosmetics. Did you know that you can use a piece of potato peel to remove eye makeup? Simple wipe your eye area with it and it comes right off! Genius. And these three ideas are just a few of the ideas you can find on the internet. Try looking up homemade cosmetics – you will probably be amazed at just how many ways you can save money

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3 Responses to “Saving Money with Homemade Cosmetics”
  1. Colleen Ludgate Says:

    These are great ideas…you could very well be saving women thousands of dollars a year in waxing alone :)

  2. ovaflor Says:

    thanks for a great article. although i dont really wax my legs; im too much of a wimp T_T i shave instead haha. thankfully, i dont have too much leg hair to begin with.

    i also read something about aspirin masks online and will try it out as soon as i can and write about it here. thanks for inspiring me!

  3. Tinuviel Says:

    Aspirin masks are great, aspirin contains salicylic acid. Its so much cheaper than buying salicylic acid skincare! Its great for acne, exfoliating and preventing ingrown hairs

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