It is easy, it is fun and you can do these at any time of the day.  DIY – Fun with food is meant to stretch your budget by being able to do other things with the food.  If you are staring at a banana that will go bad soon at you have at it up to your ears in banana’s now there is another choice.  Enjoy the possibilities and always keep in mind to make the things you and your body like.

It is really surprising where an allergy can show up.  Black pepper was a interesting ingredient in tea and of course, potatoes in makeup was a head turner.  I am not really good at  practicing what I would like to do in order to save money on food but by collecting all the FUN stuff in one site perhaps it can lead to inspiration.  Can’t all of us use more than one way to have fun with food …

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Skin-Brightening Fresh Apple Facial Scrub

1 large apple (peeled and grated)

1 tbsp sugar – Mix the ingredients together until they form a grainy paste.  Massage gently over clean, damp skin with circular motions.  Rinse and pat dry. Yields one application

Banana Hair Mask

This repairs dry or damaged locks – in a bowl

Mash 1 ripe banana

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp olive oil

Whip it all together until smooth.  Massage into damp hair.  Cover hair in plastic wrap; relax for 30 to 60 mins.  Rinse well.

Lavender Salts

Simply layer sea salts and lavender buds in a goblet and let sit for 2 hours to allow the fragrance to be absorbed, the enjoy!

Cherry Sorbet Body Scrub

2 cups sea salt

1 cup oil sweet almond or almond oil

1 tsp cherry extract

4 drops gluten free red food coloring

Stir all ingredients together.  Place the scrub in a pretty re-closeable jar.  Keep indefinitely.

Mint Chocolate Chip Body Butter

1 cup cocoa butter

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup jojoba oil or olive oil

2 tsp cocoa powder

1 tsp mint essential oil

Use a double broiler to melt the cocoa butter over a low heat.  Then add in the coconut and jojoba oils and melt until completely liquid.  Place the mixture in a bowl and chill for 10-20 mins.  Add cocoa powder and mint oil, and use a hand mixer to whip until stiff peaks form.  Spoon the cream to a container.  Keeps: 6 months to 1 year.

 

Vanilla Almond Body Oil

¼ cup oil, such as sunflower, almond or grape seed

2 drops vanilla extract

2 drops almond extract

2 tsp glycerine (Optional, found in drugstores)

Pour all ingredients in a resealable bottle and shake vigorously.

After you shower, give the oil a shake and massage into damp skin.

Keeps for three to five days if stored in the fridge.

Hangnail Oil

3 drops sweet almond oil

1 vitamin E capsule, split

Combine ingredients and apply mixture to the hangnail, the clip the excess skin and cover it with a bandage.

Orange Bath Fizzie

1 cup of baking soda
1 cup citric acid powder
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup sunflower oil
2 tsp orange blossom tea
food coloring
1/2 tsp orange extract
mold of choice (perhaps floral)

Combine the list of ingredients in a bowl until it forms a crumbly dough. Pack the dough into the molds. Let the bath fizzies set overnight: unmold in the morning and let air-dry. You can individually package the molds into cellophane bags for storage.

Bath Salts

1 cup of Epsom salts
Use extract of choice such as rose, vanilla, orange
Use gluten free food coloring to match the extract, orange for orange

Mix together in a bowl until completely mixed. If making more than one you can store them in a cellophane bag. Great for gifts!

Herbal Shower Tablet

1/2 cup sunflower oil

1 cup of baking soda

1 cup citric acid

1/2 cup cornstarch

1/2 cup loose mint tea

Place all into a bowl, dry ingredients first.  Knead until a crumbly dough forms.  Press mixture into a ice cube tray.  Set overnight and unmold the next day.  Keeps indefinitely.

Oats

Oat Scrub

Blend 1/2 cup instant oatmeal, 1/2 cup olive oil and 2 tsp honey until you have created a soft paste.

Body Butter

Wonderful all over body cream.

1/4 cup grated or chopped cocoa butter

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 tablespoons light olive oil

1 tablespoon avocado oil or sunflower oil or almond oil

1 tablespoon grated beeswax

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and warm on the stove until they just begin to melt.  Or heat ingredients in a microwave on high about 1 to 2 mins.

Remove mixture from heat and stir until well blended.

Pour melted mixture into a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid.  massage a small amount into your skin to condition and moisturize.

Tomato

Refresh oily skin: Tomato Toner – 1 tsp plain tomato juice, 3 tbsp distilled water, mix ingredients in a jar.  Place the lid on and shake vigorously.  Pour a few drops onto a cotton pad and sweep over skin.  Keeps for one week in the refrigerator.

Carrots

Firm your skin: Carrot Face Mask – 3-5 peeled and steamed carrots, 1/2 tsp light extra virgin olive oil – purée the carrots and oil in a food processor until creamy.  Apply the mask to a clean face and relax for 15 mins.  Rinse and pat dry.

Cucumbers

Soothe your skin: Eye Pads, 1/2 cucumber peeled and chopped, 2 tbsp distilled water, purée the cucumber and water.  Pours the mixture through a strainer into a clean spray bottle.  Chill the liquid and when your eyes need refreshing, mover over cotton pads and place over your eyes.  Keeps for 2 weeks in the fridge.

Great uses for food but …

Drain cleaner – combine one cup salt with one cup baking soda and pour it down the drain.  Follow with two quarts of boiling water, then let set for 30 mins the flush with cool water.

(Both chickpeas and olive oil are packed with skin-nourishing fatty acids that help hydrate the skin.)

It’s good that I like romaine lettuce, it’s been said that it heals and strengthens skin cells, reducing wrinkles, improving moisture content by 60% and according to Australian scientists, slashing your skin-cancer risk as well.

Culinary Flower Extracts

Try using in your sauce, dessert or even bread –  lavender, rose, orange blossoms and jasmine.  Top off items with edible flower garnish, such as honeysuckle, nasturtium, or squash blossoms.