Spinach is probably good for something too....
Here are some fun recipes for you natural-minded broke college students. Each of them can be simplified to be made with just one or two ingredients. Yay!
What you need: Olive Oil
What to do: Heat some olive oil in the microwave (30 seconds) or in a hot water bath. Carefully spread the oil over your hands and then run your fingers through your hair and massage your scalp. Leave the oil in for a while (you can put a plastic bag over your hair if you are feeling fancy) and then wash it out.
An alternative is to liquify a peeled cucumber and a peeled lemon in your blender and put the mush in your hair. This is a 2-in-1 Conditioner and Shampoo! Just wash it out afterwards.
What you need: Castile Soap, optional green tea, optional olive oil, optional honey
What to do: If you are going to use a homemade conditioner or dandruff treatment anyway, then you can go ahead and just wash you hair with plain ol' castile soap (like Dr. Bronners which smells good and is widely available). You can also wash your body and your face with the same soap! (really, you don't need fancy products for each different part of your body... who needs special elbow cream? really? I mean... can I use it on my knees is that OK?!? sorry digressing)
Want SUPER-AWESOME shampoo? Then try this recipe: (found here)
- 1 cup pure liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronners)
- 1 cup green tea (brewed for 30 minutes)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
What you need: Apple Cider Vinegar
What to do: Grab a bottle of apple cider vinegar and spritz or splash your scalp with it. leave it in for a bit, then rinse with just water (Your hair will smell fine afterwards. just rinse well.)
What you need: Baking Soda (NOT baking powder), optional sea salt, optional coconut oil, optional dried orange peel or vanilla or mint, optional hydrogen peroxide
What to do: My grandmother used to brush her teeth with just baking soda every day. You could do that, or you can make a fancier tooth whitening paste by adding 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide into 3 teaspoons of baking soda, approximately. You can change the consistency to get a texture you like. Add some salt (its good for your teeth!) or some coconut oil. Ground dried orange peel, vanilla, or mint leaves give your toothpaste more flavor-ness.
Face mask for Acne
What you need: Oatmeal, pure real Honey, optional cinnamon, optional lemon juice, optional green tea, optional plain yogurt
If you want a more complete mask, first grind up your oatmeal (you can use a blender and pulse it). It doesn't have to be powder, just more broken up. Add a little bit of water to the oatmeal and let it soak it up. Add as much honey as you want to make a sticky mixture. Optionally, you can make this mask even better by adding cinnamon, drops of lemon juice, a spoon of green tea (or matcha powder) or a spoonful of plain yogurt. Put it on your face while lying down and relaxing. Feel free to add two cucumber slices over your eyes.
Gentle Face Wash
What you need: Oatmeal
What to do: If you don't want to use castile soap on your face, oatmeal is a good option. It is great for acne-prone skin! I only wash my face with ground up oatmeal. Plus - it doesn't go bad! Grind up a good quantity in your blender and put it in an old container. Done.
What you need: Brown sugar (or regular sugar), optional olive oil, optional lime or lemon juice or vanilla extract
What to do: You can use a handfull of plain brown sugar and scrub away! Or, be fancier and add a spoon of olive oil, and another spoon of lemon or lime juice. If you prefer a vanilla smell, try a few drops of pure vanilla extract. Scrub it all over (it's awesome for feet and legs) and then rinse.
What you need: Some almonds, a bit of Jojoba oil
What to do: First off, I acknowledge that Jojoba oil does not fit into the "help I'm broke" ingredients category BUT you only need a few drops for this recipe, so you can buy just a little bottle.
Now, burn the almonds with a lighter (be careful!). Take some soot and combine with jojoba oil. This link recommends 2 drops for every almond's worth of soot. The mixture should stay fresh for about a month, but try and use it quickly!
Eyeliner and makeup remover
What you need: Good ol' olive oil again!
What to do: put some olive oil on a soft towel or cotton ball, and rub gently to remove makeup! Then rinse off your face. Jojoba oil is also an effective makeup remover but it is more expensive.
Perfume/ Body Mist
What you need: flowers and herbs, water, and alcohol
What to do: Grind up some herbs (like rosemary) and sweet flowers. Add water and a drop of alcohol. Let it soak... then drain out the leaves/flowers and put it in a spray bottle. Done!
You can see some other ways to make your own perfume here.
Lipstick/ Costume face paint
What you need: A crayon butt in a pretty color, some drops of natural oil (you can use some of that jojoba oil mentioned earlier)
This one may is not so natural, but you can make lipstick with a melted crayon of any color and a little natural oil! I'm going to link to Wikihow again, because they explain well and I don't have personal experience with this one.
This recipe is fun because you can get some crazy colors to use for costume makeup and face paint!
Experimenting is half the fun! Add spices from your kitchen to any of these recipes to make them smell awesome.
The main point of this post is to show you that you don't need to buy expensive products, even if you aren't a broke college student. If you want to save money, be a minimalist that uses 1-ingredient products, or adopt a more natural routine, then these recipes could work for you.
Another main point? Olive oil can be used for many things.