Natural Cosmetics in Your Pantry

More and more we hear stories about people making their own natural cosmetics from easily accessible, cheap products.  So, we decided to prepare a list of natural cosmetic ingredients that you may find in your pantry and the potential benefits they may provide.


Not many know this, but apples have a lot of vitamin C, which has been shown to protect and repair skin cells. Apples can be a good conditioner and toner, and surprisingly aren’t more popular in beauty products.


Have you ever considered placing bananas on your face?  Well, maybe now you will. Yep, mashed banana is moisturizing, calming and soothing–and can be mixed with oatmeal and honey for a face mask. Another trick is to use the banana to tame dry, curly hair.


Whether in extract, bean or absolute form, vanilla provides a fresh, clean fragrance to any skin or beauty product. It also helps skin, hair and lips retain moisture.


Oatmeal may not be your favorite breakfast, but your skin sure will sure appreciate it. Oats are great for softening and healing dry, itchy skin. A possible home remedy is to toss oats and some powdered milk into the tub for a luxurious and soothing soak.


This salad bar staple is a great source of lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant.


Lemons can be used to fight dandruff when mixed with olive oil and rubbed into hair 15 minutes before normal shampooing. Citrus fruits such as lemons also are great for waking up the skin. Just be careful not to use too much to avoid drying out skin.


There is nothing nutty about almonds. When crushed into a soft, coarse powder, almonds are regularly added to lotions and moisturizers to help exfoliate and improve skin complexion.

So, here is a great starting point for making your own natural cosmetics.  Let us know if you have any other natural home remedies you use to help your skin looking beautiful.  And of course, as always, we welcome your comments, as we want to hear from everyone who has tried any of the above mentioned natural ingredients as cosmetics.

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39 Responses for “Natural Cosmetics in Your Pantry”

  1. Dene says:

    This all sounds wonderful, but it is important to note that any mixture of “pantry ingredients” should be treated in the same way as foods, ie keep in the fridge and use within a few days. The alternative would be to include a preservative to prevent microbial growth if you intend making larger quantities that may last longer than a week or so.

  2. Stephanie says:

    That’s a good start . . . there are oodles of other ingredients you may find in your kitchen, such as strawberries, mangoes, berries, yogurt, milk, salt, sugar, all the various oils . . . the list goes on and on.

    Yes, it’s best to make small quantities, refrigerate and use within a few days to avoid bacteria growth.

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