Meet the game-changing natural beauty products you already have in your kitchen

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Sarah Biddlecombe

Natural beauty products contain fewer chemicals and are better for both our bodies and the environment than the usual shop-bought beauty haul.

And luckily, natural beauty products don't need to be expensive; most of them are sitting in your kitchen cupboard at home. 

Here, explore the hidden benefits of a number of household products and how to make the most out of their beauty boosting properties.


Great for: skin balm


The healing power of honey has been known for centuries. It contains hydrogen peroxide so is packed full of antibacterial properties, making it an excellent cleansing facial wash for anyone who suffers from acne.

If possible, always buy raw organic honey as it won't have been sprayed by pesticides or other chemicals or treated with heat. To use, simply dampen your face with water and smooth a small pea sized amount of honey over your skin; it will dissolve and become less sticky as it reacts with the water. 

Celebrity make-up artist Lisa Eldridge said, "As well as being full of good things (like vitamins and amino acids), it’s also 'breathable' so is the perfect first-aid skin balm."

Epsom Salts

Great for: brightening skin

Epsom salts have been a health and beauty staple since their discovery in the early 17th century. Soaking in an Epsom salt bath is said to cure ailments such as aches and pains while also banishing greasy hair and dry, dull skin.

Food, fitness and lifestyle coach Janey Holliday is a strong advocate of an Epsom salt bath, where two cups of the salts are added to a full bath. She said, "When you have an Epsom salts bath, magnesium and sulphate are absorbed through the skin. Because our skin is porous, reverse osmosis takes place, which means toxins and excess fluids are drawn out of the skin as the goodness goes in."

Removing toxins from the skin will result in a healthy glow, and therapist Philip Steward of Hands on Clinic, North Devon also recommends adding Epsom salts to your usual cleanser. He said, "Epsom salts are a natural cleanser. They rejuvenate and rehydrate skin as well as removing toxins."

Coconut Oil

Great for: conditioning hair

Coconut oil

Celebrities from Gwyneth Paltrow to Angelina Jolie swear by coconut oil, and it's been selling in droves here in the UK, with sales of coconut oil up 442% in Sainsbury's last year.

A truly multi-tasking product, coconut oil can be used as a cleanser, moisturiser and make-up remover. It contains luaric acid, which is not only an antibacterial but also have anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties to boot. 

It has also been praised as a natural hair conditioner. Dr Elena Dimitrova, a clinical dermatologist and expert in hair loss at The Belgravia Centre in London, says: ‘Coconut oil may well prove useful in smoothing the hair shaft and improving texture."


Great for: keeping your hair in place

Sugar and water make a great alcohol-free hairspray that is not only cheap, but also easy to make. Dissolve four teaspoons of sugar into a cup of boiling water and decant into a misting bottle, then spray it over your hair for a natural hold and shine.


Great for: moisturising skin


Avocadoes make a great moisturiser, with added anti-ageing benefits. A fully ripe avocado can be mashed up and applied to the skin to soothe dry patches or moderate sunburn, and the inside of the peel can be left on the skin for up to 15 minutes to deliver a hit of moisture.

Nutritionist and chef Tess Ward said, "These beauties are packed full of the healthy omega 3 fats that plump up the skin and keep it glowing. They are also a good source of vitamin E, another powerful antioxidant which neutralises free radicals (which age the skin)."

Olive Oil

Great for: removing make-up

Olive oil

When it comes to removing your make-up at the end of the day, you need to pay special attention to your delicate eye area. Scrubbing around the eyes to remove stubborn make-up can lead to wrinkles and fine lines, so you need a gentle yet effective make-up remover. Enter olive oil.

Not just the stuff of frying pans, olive oil will quickly and easily remove eye make-up (even waterproof mascara) without the need for any harsh scrubbing. It will even moisturise the skin and remove the appearance of fine lines as an added bonus.

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Great for: toning the skin

Organic apple cider vinegar might not sound like a likely cosmetic product, but this harsh-smelling liquid is a true beauty hero. Packed full of B-vitamins, a sweep of the mixture on a cotton wool pad will brighten and freshen up your skin. Mix one teaspoon in half a cup of water to make a natural and effective toner.

Ella Woodward, known for her food blog Delicously Ella, said, "I know that it sounds totally mad, but trust me it’s the best thing you can do for your skin!"


Great for: buffing your nails


Grapes are packed with vitamins and Resveratrol, a natural anti-ageing compound.

To spruce up your nails, Lisa Eldridge recommends cutting three red grapes in half (these contain more Resveratrol than green grapes) and dipping them in sugar. Then massage your cuticles with the grapes and leave them to soak up the nutrients for a few minutes before rinsing. 

Lisa said, "The grapes contain fruit acids and vitamin c to exfoliate dead skin, while the sugar enhances the buffing action."

Baking Soda

Great for: a deodorant

It is a little known secret that baking soda is a highly effective deodorant. 

It can get a little messy if you are planning to wear dark clothes, but mixing it in equal parts with coconut oil will reduce white marks.

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Sarah Biddlecombe

Sarah Biddlecombe is an award-winning journalist and Digital Features Editor at Stylist

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