Helen Jane Evans’ Five Beauty Essentials

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I recently read a terrifying article about antibacterial soap and how bad it is for you.

I always knew this, germs are good, right? They make you have a nice happy immune system that can take on anything. Plus, I have seen studies show all the antibacterial-hysteria of the nation is creating “super-bugs” which are illnesses immune to antibiotics… that is scary.

But what I didn’t know, and am totally freaked out by, is lots of products you would never expect have antibac in them. This particular article talked about triclosan. Some toothpastes, have the same antimicrobial liners as in your fancy new running shoes. LOTS of other products contain triclosan.

I thought I would dedicate my beauty essentials to things I can make at home that don’t have nasty shit in them.


Vitamin C Powder

Vitamin C Powder

Face Mask/Scrub

Honey is a great moisturizer and leaves your face smooth and silky. I use local honey from the farmer’s market and sugar with Vitamin C powder from my local healthfood store. 1 cup of honey to one cup of sugar and a teaspoon of the vitamin powder. Apply a thick-ish layer to your face (you will know when you have put too much on because it will drip all over you.) The acidity in the Vitamin C acts as a natural exfoliant. After leaving on for a good ten minutes rinse with warm water, gently rubbing your face. The grains of sugar also exfoliate, just be gentle.

Coconut Oil as a moisturizer

Go to store. Buy 100 percent coconut oil. Scoop a little into your hand. Let it melt. Apply.


Essential Oils of Bergamot

Essential Oils of Bergamot

Dry Shampoo

My friend recently made me some dry shampoo. It is really awesome! It is for brown hair, and for color she used cocoa powder. Also in it is baking soda, corn starch, essential oils of bergamot and clary sage. It works beautifully and smells heavenly! I am not a believer in washing hair every day, but I don’t like having a greasy mop. Dry shampoo is the perfect solution to soak up the oil and keep your hair from being over processed. Also because this particular mix has cocoa and bergamot, I want to eat it.

Avocado/Egg Hair Mask

Then, when you do get your hair wet, an avocado/egg hair mask is brilliant. You can separate the egg yolk and just use that or use the whole egg. Two or three eggs per avocado work great. Smush it all up like you are making guacamole, and rub it into your hair. Leave on for 30 minutes or less and rinse out. Rinse well, that egg will get gross if you don’t get it all out. Vegan? Skip the egg, avocado on its own works well too.

More coconut oil!

OK. This isn’t exactly a beauty product, but deal with it. Instead of chemical infused products to make the ride a little smoother, take that coconut oil you bought for a moisturizer and use it as lube. You heard it here first. Have you ever looked at the ingredient list on Astroglide or KY Jelly? Don’t. Just throw them away and lube up with some oil. It even has a nice taste.