10 Nov 2011

raw edible cosmetics & body care recipes

Yet another thing on the endless list of things I love about eatin' raw: your body care is often the same as what you eat. I'm talking about bananas, papayas, avocados, oats, coconut, almonds, and other foods. We all know these are common extracts used to scent shampoos, lotions, cleansers, etc. So instead of buying "Luscious Cocoa and Oatmeal Body Creme", or "Hydrating Mango Shampoo"... Let's just buy some COCOA, OATS and MANGOES and throw it on our faces! 

I made myself a banana/oat mask the other day actually... it made my skin glow and tasted SO GOOD. I had a bunch left over so I ate it while the mask hardened on my face. Here's some of my skin care routine at the moment (i.e. November 2011).

Moisturizer: I use raw virgin coconut oil, with some essential oils added. It is full of wonderful fats to keep my face and skin healthy, moisturized and glowing. I also use it on my hair sometimes for the same reason.

Shampoo: I make my own shampoo using Castile soap, essential oils and herbs that are good for blondes. I recommend Dr. Bronner's for soap. I don't wash my hair much anymore though, but I try to shower every 1 or 2 days... dirty hippie, I am.
Deodorant: I tend not to need/want deodorant anymore... I haven't used it in a while, yet I'm always being complimented on how good I smell... I do find that the more whole foods I eat, the more I like my smell. If you do use deodorant, use one without aluminum, I recommend a crystal salt rock. It sounds weird, but it works super well. Or if you like scents, Kiss My Face products do the job.

Makeup: I don't really wear makeup anymore!? I'm too lazy and like my face as is. If you're into wearing make up, there're tons of vegan companies out there. Just look in your health food stores' cosmetics aisle.

makes enough for 1-2 faces plus a snack =)

1 banana
1 Tb almond milk
1/3 cup oats 

Blend all ingredients until it reaches a good consistency to spread on your skin. Wash face with warm water, then spread mask on. Sit or lie down for 10-15 minutes or until you want to take it off. Then gently rinse your face in warm water and pat dry with a towel. I like to put some cold rose water on right after to close my pores and seal in the goodness! 

Tonight I made an avocado mask with half an avocado, and some lemon juice. It tasted sweet, tangy and creamy and was super smooth. I could feel the enzymes working! My face was pink, shiny and glowing when I rinsed it off.

makes enough for 2 faces, plus a snack

1/2 avocado
Juice from 1/2 lemon

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Wash face with warm water, then spread mask on. Sit or lie down for 10-15 minutes or until you want to take it off. Then gently rinse your face in warm water and pat dry with a towel. I like to put some cold rose water on right after to close my pores and seal in the goodness! 

makes enough for one

Handful almonds
1 t water or almond milk

Chop/process almonds into small pieces, but not flour-like, you want them to be able to exfoliate, remember. Add them to almond milk/water and rub vigorously on your face/skin.  Rinse off and put on some coconut oil to moisturize, or whatever you like. 

Watch out! This one is super enzyme-rich, so it burns a little. 

makes enough for 3 faces

Seeds from one papaya

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Rub on face and lie down for 10 minutes You will feel the enzymes... it can burn a little but that's good. If it's too much, however, wash it off! When you are done, wash off with warm water and pat dry. Put on some coconut oil to moisturize and seal in the cleanliness.


Leila said...


I really love your raw food face masks recipes!

Do you know of any other good recipes or some sites that I can check out for such edible cosmetics?

Oh & I have a question: do you know how to get natural flavours and/or fragrances for edible cosmetics?

Thanks a lot!:)

Em von Euw said...

thanks so much, leila!

actually i just found this website called Crunchy Betty and I LOVE it. she has all kinds of natural alternatives for shampoo, facial cleansers, deodorant and makeup. here's a link: http://www.crunchybetty.com/3-step-spring-cleaning-for-your-face

AND to answer your second question: essential oils! my faves are peppermint, lavender, and lemon. be very sparing with them though - they're potent.

Leila said...

Hi Emily!

Thanks for the tip!

Actually, I'm rather interested in trying my hang at creating my own recipes, but I'm worried at how they will turn out.

Are there any basic rules to follow in creating food based cosmetic recipes?

Em von Euw said...

haha don't worry about messing up. for masks and things it's pretty much impossible. but it's when you try making your own shampoo, deodorant, facial cleansers and stuff it gets more precise. if you email me and i can give you my recipes. i think i'll do a more detailed post about them soon too. people have been asking :)

Anonymous said...

I tried the banana honey oat mask. While I was putting it on, some of it dripped onto my lips, and I had to remind myself that it was completely edible...and very yummy! I think I would make this again, for when I'm feeling the need for a facial of if I just have the munchies!

Em von Euw said...

LOL i hear ya. i love when i leftovers of stuff i use on my skin, because i can just eat it. and it goes the other way too - when i have food leftovers, i rub them on my body ;)

Unknown said...

I also like to use vegan products. Recently i bought a vegan body lotion from http://www.vegantreeowl.com.au/collections/body-lotion just @ 8.80$ us. I am satisfied.

Lachlan Molineux said...

A young skin renews its surface layers every two to three weeks. Over time, as we age and our skin experience sun, stress, pollution, poor diet and poor water intake, the cell turnover rate slows down causing the upper most layer of the skin to become thicker.

Sadie said...

Great idea to do raw masks! I was wondering if agave nectar work in place of honey?

Em von Euw said...

Yes that's fine, but try to find a raw agave so it's good for your skin. Or just use coconut oil =)

Sadie said...

Okay thanks! :)

Desiree said...

Do you use honey in the Banana Oat Mask? I see it in the picture but not in the recipe.

Em von Euw said...

Oh yeah I see that now. I did, but right now I'm trying to phase honey out of my blog to make it totally vegan. I guess I should take that pic down. You can use it if you like :) Depends on your preference.

Unknown said...

yes you can also use natural and organic cream or oil to keep healthy and soft.the website provides that type of goods....http://www.masticspa.com/en/prosopo

Kayla said...

I'm such a huge fan of you and your blog!! I love trying out your recipes, they're amazing! Anyway, I noticed in this post that you mention using herbs and essential oils that are good for blondes. I use Dr. Bronner's soap, but I never thought about adding herbs or oils. Is there a site or source that I could go to in order to find what herbs would be good for my specific color/type of hair? Thank you so much!!

holly said...

I love using Dr Bronners soap for just about everything except it really isn't great for hair, especially my curly hair. It strips it of all it's moisture and makes my hair feel like straw. I don't wash my hair all the time either, only about once a week. Do you have any recommendations for a more moisturising all natural shampoo? I'd love to find something that works with my hair.
thanks - LOVE your blog.

Em von Euw said...

@Holly - try using baking soda as shampoo, and apple cider vinegar as conditioner :)

A said...

Hi Emily,
These look great! I've played around w/ different homemade shampoo, deodorant, etc. recipes, but I'm still [very much] learning as I go ;) Do you have any recommendations for a daily face wash? Thanks!

Em von Euw said...

@Andrea - I do this: http://www.crunchybetty.com/nitty-gritty-on-the-oil-cleansing-method

Anonymous said...

What do you use for conditioner? Your hair looks gorgeous and I would love to use homemade shampoo but my hair is pretty dry. Any suggestions?

Unknown said...

I just made and tried the papaya-oat mask. Wo! Does burn and turned my face red, but it worked great. :) I had a lot of seeds in my papaya, so...I have a lot (1 1/2cups worth) leftover. I'll just store it in the fridge until it smells bad.

I bought a papaya pumpkin {chemical} peel months ago--before going natural and vegan--which also burned. The papaya extract had probably a lot to do with it, aside from the chemicals in it. SO I'm happy to have made this naturally. AND from seeing you adore and devour papayas, I gave them a try. Delicious! I can taste the beautiful sweetness. While my Mom and best friend totally couldn't. Lol, I'm glad I didn't taste the wretched, foul taste they can.
Tata for now!

Unknown said...

I'm back again! So after using the papaya-oat mask-soft-scrub my face looks way better! I have acne, and this helped sooooo amazingly much.

My face has been better ever since I became vegan (approx. 3 weeks ago), then became better after putting tea tree essential oil on my face (1 week ago. Btw: burns so I gently put jojoba oil on my face), and NOW with this mask-soft-scrub my face is gonna clear up in no time!

I love myself for the way I am. With and without acne. :)

Unknown said...

Hi again:) Just want to update: my face has brightened from the papaya-oat mask-soft-scrub. So it's been leveling out my facial pigment(s?).
Yay to that:')
Also: I do it in the morning and at night. I'm trying to use up the stuff before it gets old...whenever that is. And it hasn't harmed my face from what I can tell. :)

Unknown said...

Coconuts are always best for body care!.... I always prefer to Buy Body Care Products Online which contains coconut extracts.. None other thing can do wonders such as coconut... Thanks

Anonymous said...

HEY! I really appreciate these masks. Can you tell me which mask you use for what purpose? For example which is good for oily skin, dry skin, acne etc...

Unknown said...

Wow, this is such a great idea! I love the idea of using natural, edible ingredients exclusively. Because you make a good point, why should you put it on your body if you wouldn't put it in it. I'm so glad I read this, I'm going to make a change in my habits. Thanks for writing!