DIY Roundup: Honey Month

All month long we’ve been talking about liquid gold. Throughout September (national honey month) I’ve shared a few quick tips on how you can incorporate honey into your regular beauty routine, but I wanted to collect them all in one place so they’re easy to find when you’re in need of a little pampering.

One note: I recommend using pure, local honey in all of these recipes. Many times when you buy honey off the shelf in a grocery store, it’s been diluted (with corn syrup or something similar) or preservatives have been added. Neither of those things are good for your skin!

Banana-honey facial. Bananas are beneficial for oily or combination complexions, smoothing and nourishing your skin while purifying with antioxidants. To make: mash half of a small, ripe banana, mix with two tablespoons of pure honey and the juice of half a lemon. Apply to your face (avoiding eyes and nose) and leave for 15 minutes, rinse.

Honey and cucumber facial. With a blender, food processor or mortar and pestle, blend or puree a whole, peeled cucumber with a heaping tablespoon of honey. Smooth the mixture onto your face and leave until dry–about 20-25 minutes. Rinse.

Pure honey facial. Apply pure honey to your face in a thin layer, avoiding eyes and nose. Let sit for 15 minutes (or until dry). Rinse off for glowy, moisturized skin.

Honey bath. Take a bath like Queen Cleopatra–add 1/4 cup of honey to your hot bath water for smooth, moisturized skin.

Coffee and honey body scrub. Mix 6 tbsp. ground coffee with 2 cups honey, 1 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup olive oil. Pour into a jar and stash in your shower for an invigorating all-over body scrub. (Makes two treatments.)

Deep conditioning treatment for your tresses. Mix 1/2 cups pure honey with 3 tbsp. olive oil until combined. Massage into (dirty) dry or wet hair and cover with a shower cap (or just pull up into a clip to keep it off your neck). Let the mixture soak into your hair for 20 to 30 minutes, then wash and style as usual.

Hot honey treatment. Add a teaspoon of honey to a mug of hot water; let dissolve. Use as the final rinse to your freshly-washed hair to moisturize and protect your locks.

Which recipe do you want to try?

(Photo via Hillary Stein)

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8 Comments on DIY Roundup: Honey Month

  1. Sabrina Heise said on

    All of them!

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    • indigo+canary said on

      Sabrina, if you try one (or more!), please let me know what you think!


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  2. KellyLove said on

    I got a big jar of local honey from the Austin farmer’s market last weekend! I’ve been putting it in green tea and drinking it, but now I want to try the coffee/honey scrub and the hair rinse. I’ve done the pure honey facial before and it really does work – honey seems to be antibacterial (or something like it) because the facial helped with breakouts for me.

    I also have to share: refined sugar and sometimes even Splenda (which I’m off of now) will raise my blood sugar, honey does not. I use it in everything – whisked with cider vinegar and olive oil for a salad dressing, on greek yogurt, on my face, in green tea…

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    • indigo+canary said on

      I like to add honey to my tea, too. 🙂

      You’re right that honey is naturally antibacterial–lots of people use it instead of a product like Neosporin to help cuts and scrapes heal. (It works!)

      Let me know what you think if you try the coffee/honey scrub or the hair rinse–I’m considering a roundup of DIY beauty featuring coffee because it’s so good for your skin, too. It really does “wake up” your skin, and it shrinks pores. Any requests?


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  3. KellyLove said on

    Love the idea of using coffee grounds in a scrub or facial – I always have coffee grounds at home and throw them away! And if there’s anything one would use leftover coffee (what I didn’t drink in the morning, cold and still in the pot). Hair rinse maybe? What would that do for red hair? Make it darker?

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    • indigo+canary said on

      Depending on how long you leave the coffee on your hair, it might have an effect on the color. I’ll look into that. In the meantime, you could always soak a few cotton pads in your chilled coffee and use them as eye compresses–very effective against puffiness and dark circles! Sort of similar to cucumber slices.


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  4. Rana said on

    I use manuka honey (the strong one with 25 factor) It’s one of Gods miracles!
    Sometimes I blend coconut oil or argan oil with the honey. It has an amazing effect on the skinn… I also use Msm cream for the collagen production…has a calming effect on my skinn 🙂

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