Edible Beauty: DIY Recipes

By Katrina Johns, story and recipe development: Chantal Payette, food styling

Photos By Nina Teixeira

Delectable, delicious beauty products do-it-yourself style created with love courtesy of the Clear Life food team. Get your apron out and your cupboard doors open to give yourself the beauty time you so deserve. Be the architect of your products, while keeping your budget in check.

AVOCADO & ALMOND HAIR MASK & SCALP TREATMENT

This mask is full of amazing benefits. Think of it as an easy, all natural deep conditioner. The avocado will soften any damaged brittle hair and moisturize any dry scalp. The ground almonds are especially effective for removing unwanted build-up from heavy product usage or dandruff.

  • 1 avocado, ripe
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 2 tbs chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tbs ground almonds

Begin by mixing the avocado, olive oil, and honey into either a blender or bowl. Add a splash of water if necessary. Once the mask is at your desired consistency, add finely chopped mint and ground almonds. Use on scalp to exfoliate dead skin and on hair to moisturize.

BROWN SUGAR & VANILLA LIP SCRUB

When making your own beauty products use unrefined coconut oil. While refined oil is great for cooking, the unrefined product is made from fresh coconut meat. It’s less processed and will still keep its coconut scent! This sugar scrub will keep your lips soft, especially through the winter. And, you can lick off the excess.

  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 2 tbs unrefined coconut oil, solid
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Mix everything in a bowl. Scoop scrub onto your finger and massage onto lips. Use while in the shower or make it a part of your daily skin routine!

ORANGE CACAO COFFEE SCRUB

Use this coffee scrub as an exfoliant and a rehydrater for the skin. The caffeine will stimulate blood fla which encourages skin–cell–turn over and helps to reduce cellulite, stretch marks and even eczema! It will make you smell amazing.

  • 1 c ground coffee
  • 1 c raw sugar
  • 3/4 c unrefined coconut oil, solid
  • 2 tbs raw cacao powder
  • Zest of 1 clementine*

Place all ingredients into a bowl. Mix with hands so coconut oil is evenly distributed and the mix can slightly hold a shape, similar to wet sand. Use anywhere that could use some extra love.
* Regular oranges can be used if clementines are not in season*

CUCUMBER & OATMEAL FACE MASK

The cucumber in this face-mask is a great natural toner. It will balance the skin’s PH level and help control oil. The honey and lemon act as an astringent to help ward off bacteria that cause breakouts. This is a gentle mask that will leave you with soft, matte skin. A great way to wind down after a busy day.

  • 1 small cucumber or 3 mini cucumbers
  • 1 lemon juiced and zest
  • 1/2 c oats
  • 2 tbs honey
  • water

In a blender add cucumber, lemon and honey. If needed add water a few teaspoons at a time, just to kick–start the blending process. Don’t worry if you add too much, the oats will soak up the excess water. Then add oats and continue to blend until the oats have broken down but still have texture. Paint onto clean face with brush, or your fingers. Keep on face for 5-10 minutes.