If you wanted, you could easily spend your entire stimulus check on some expensive care and beauty products.

Or, you could take the extra time you may have on your hands and try one of these easy home-made options. All you need are some pretty basic ingredients and your favorite essential oils, and you’re well on the way to giving yourself some love with these DIY body care products.

A $1 Sugar Scrub That Retails at $60+ 

We’re told to minimize the amount of sugar we eat each day, but the rules are different for skin. Sugar is actually a great tool for exfoliating and moisturizing. The glycolic acid in sugar is a common ingredient in many skin care products because it helps remove dead skin cells and leaves the skin looking and feeling brighter.

Sound appealing? Then grab some sugar, jojoba or almond oil, essential oils, and a clean container, like a mason jar, and head to your laboratory.

In a bowl, mix 1 cup of sugar with the almond or jojoba oil, adding oil one tablespoon of oil at a time until you have a sandy consistency. Too much oil will dissolve the sugar completely, which you don’t want. Next, add in a few drops of essential oil. Rose and rose geranium essential oils are great choices. Another good combination is frankincense and chamomile. These two are calming and great for the skin so the duo is perfect for nighttime use.

Use this sugar scrub on your face and/or body once a week.

A Face Mask from the Land of Milk and Honey

Less is more, a saying that holds true even in the world of face masks. You can get glowing skin by using two simple ingredients that you probably already have at home: full-fat, plain yogurt and honey. These ingredients are gentle enough for almost any skin type. The yogurt has lactic acid which both exfoliates and moisturizes, and the honey is a microbial that helps clear clogged pores.

If you’re just using these two ingredients, whip up a 1:1 ratio and apply it to clean skin. Leave it for 10-15 minutes before washing it off in the shower.

You can also add oats to the mix, which are soothing and good for irritated skin. If you go for the oats, try 2 tablespoons of oats, 1.5 tablespoons of yogurt, and 1 tablespoon of raw honey. As with the sugar scrub, feel free to mix in a few drops of essential oil for some aromatherapy while you wait for the mask to work its magic.

A Lotion for Tired Hands

Our hands need all the love and care we can give them, especially now with all the extra washing. There are plenty of lotions out there to buy, but some of the best moisturizers are homemade, concocted with nourishing ingredients like Shea butter, beeswax, and Vitamin E oil.

This recipe from Wellness Mama is fun to make and customizable, as long as you follow the ratios for the oils and the beeswax. You’ll probably need to special order some of these ingredients, but it’s worth it to end up with this thick, lusciously moisturizing creme.

Calming Dream Mist

We keep touting the benefits of lavender here on the blog, and if you’re finding it calming as well you’ll love whipping up a bottle of this spray.

Take a clean 2oz spray bottle and add 25 drops of whatever essential oils you find most calming. In mine, I’ve used lavender, sage, and lemon. Add to that 1/2 teaspoon of vodka. This acts as a carrier and will help distribute the oils over the pillow. Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water and shake well. Spray your dream mist over your pillow before bed to enjoy your combination of grounding, calming scents that will help you drift off to sleep.

by Katrina Eresman

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