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Get Ready For Summer – part 1: Get a Head Start

June 18, 2011

This is the first post in a 4 blog post series about how to welcome summer in a homemade, natural way. 

Well, summer is definitely here now. With mid summer’s just around the corner, university finished or almost finished there’s no denying that. However, there might not have been time for that first sea plunge or sunbathing yet. Here’s a couple of tips on how to get that summery look without even going out the door, using a homemade salt hairspray and homemade bronzer. And guess what? It’s easy, cheap and all natural!

I’m afraid I couldn’t find the sources where I originally came across either of these recipes, but they’re not mine originally, and can be found a bit here and there on the world wide web.

DIY SEA SALT HAIRSPRAY

You know  how your hair feels after you’ve been out swimming in the ocean? Kind of rough, but textured and wavy? You can achieve the same effect by making a simple homemade salt spray at home, which will give you those beachy waves. This recipe is especially great for curlies with slightly oily hair. You’ll need

  • 2 tsp finely ground sea salt for normal hair (1-1.5 tsp for dry hair 2.5-3 tsp for oily hair)
  • 2 tsp coconut oil (alternatively jojoba or olive)
  • 2 dl / about 1 cup water or rose water
  • (5 drops essential oil of your choice)

Combine all the  ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use, spray all over hair.

Sea salt provides your hair with minerals, but can also be drying. So see how this feels for you, if you feel your hair is dried out by the recipe, use a bit less salt or don’t use the spray as ofter (in at all).

And yeah, this recipe is the exact same thing that a bath in the ocean would do. If happen to be near salt water, just fill a spray bottle with water from the sea and when you come home, add some coconut oil. Or, you know, just jump in.

COCOA BRONZER

When used sparingly, bronzers can be fantastic to give you a sunkissed look without any effort, or just to enhance those cheekbones. I’ve been excited to try out this recipe for ages, but I never got around to it until now.

This recipe is very much customizable, as it depends on your original skin colour and what colour you want to achieve.

What you need:

Clean out an old container for your new bronzer!

  • An empty powder container if you want to make a solid cake (if you want a loose powder you can of course use just about any container you find)
  • Cocoa powder and / or cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar or rice flour

For a solid bronzer add:

  • Essential oils
  • Vitamin E

Rice flour and cocoa does the trick

A good place to start from is about 1 tsp brown ingredients and 1 tsp white ingredients, adding more white ingredients if you think it’s too dark, more cocoa or cinnamon if it’s too light.

Mix the ingredients very well, making sure there are no clumps. When you have a shade you like (you can try it on in your face or on the back of your hand) you’re done! Apply with a brush over cheeks, forehead and nose.

If you want a compact bronzer, add some essential oils and/or vitamin E, which will thicken and keep the powder together. Start with about 1 ml Vitamin E and 10-15 drops of essential oils. Place in the container and press it down until you have a compact powder.

Check back in the beginning of next week for more summery recipes!

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