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Natural Beauty Recipes With 2 Ingredients

Updated on March 3, 2013
make a soothing wash with cucumbers
make a soothing wash with cucumbers
powdered green tea for tonic
powdered green tea for tonic

5 Beauty Recipes

The nice thing about making your own natural cosmetics is that you can recognize the ingredients, even pronounce them. There is no mystery involved. Additionally, the ingredients are often on hand, are effective, inexpensive, and if you don't feel like making a cosmetic, you can eat the ingredients or use them for something else.

Below are 5 natural cosmetics to make that require no more than two ingredients. Two recipes only require water as the second ingredient.

5 BEAUTY RECIPES

1 - Green Tea Tonic:

To Cleanse and Tone - The green tea tonic is made simply, with green tea (see photo) and water. Take 2 teaspoons of green tea (or tea leaves) and let steep in 1/2 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. After it cools, apply to face with a cotton ball. It tones and soothes tired skin. Rinse. Use daily to get the results you like. (See link below for how to shop for green tea).

2 - Apple Cider Wash:

For Oily Skin - The apple cider wash is apple cider vinegar (ACV) and water. Mix 2 tablespoons of ACV with 2 tablespoons of distilled water in a very pretty bowl. Apply to the face with a cotton ball. Rinse the face after with tepid water. The wash effectively removes residue from the face.

3 - Cucumber Hand Wash:

To Soothe Hands - The cucumber hand wash combines a small, peeled cucumber with 1 tablespoon of witch hazel. First blend or mash the cucumber until it is liquified. Add the witch hazel - and thoroughly wash and massage the hands with the mix. The cucumber hand wash is cooling, has astringent properties, and will soothe puffy hands and help heal.

4 - Hot Oil Nail Treatment:

For Flexibility and to Strengthen - For hardworking hands (like those typing all day), the hot oil treatment requires 1/4 cup olive oil and oil from a vitamin E capsule. Heat the olive oil and remove from the heat. Let it cool slightly - but it should still be warm. Add the vitamin E oil. Massage oil into cuticles and nails. Massage leftover oil into the hands.

5- Soothing Leg Rub:

Relief For Tired Legs - This peppermint and soy oil recipe helps relieve tired and cramped legs. Mix 1/2 cup soy oil with 4 drops of peppermint essential oil. Massage into legs. The soy oil is a carrier oil and will be absorbed into the skin. The peppermint provides anti-inflammatory benefits as well as soothing properties, and the ability to relieve cramps.

See links below for more natural recipes and other useful tips:

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you so much lisapreston - what a lovely comment. I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub and the others. I think life is so good and even very affordable when we keep it simple and natural. Yay!

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      lisadpreston 5 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      I promised myself I would not read another one of your hubs tonight when I was on the last one. Well I lied. This is very informative and so easy. So much more healthy and I can't wait to try the recipes. I wish I could get my printer to work so that I could print your articles. Darn it! Guess I'll just keep bookmarking. Keep up the good work. I LOVE YOUR HUBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Love your name midnightbliss - it says so much. Glad you like the tips. This tonic is so easy and it feels soooo good!

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      Haydee Anderson 5 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      really nice tips, i use green tea for my puffy eyes, nest time, i'll better try the green tea tonic.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Great tip Thelma Alberts - and thank you. When my skin started feeling a bit itchy which it does when spring arrives - splashing on the green tea not only got rid of the itchiness - but oooh how smooth.

      Thanks for writing!

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Very informative hub. The green tea tonic is really good. I started using this selfmade tonic years ago. The used teabags are cooled in the refrigerator and then used them to cover my eyes for 5 to 10 minutes.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm so glad you liked the hub mysisters. The tea is wonderful - I've used it lately when my elbow felt itchy which happens in the spring for some reason. So soothing. Thanks for commenting!

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      mysisters 6 years ago

      Great Hub. I love all of these homemade beauty recipes. I want to try the one for tired legs. Sounds great!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      It is so soothing - and the aroma just makes you feel good. I'm loving your recipe for hair gel made from flax seeds. Yay!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 6 years ago from Maine

      Hi BkCreative,

      I'm going to try the peppermint and soy oil rub on my tired legs when I come home from work at night. I bet it works great. I love those two ingredients!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Glad you liked the tips DeBorrah K. Ogans - I am searching for more tips now. Thank you for writing!

      You're welcome. You know that green tea tonic works so nicely PaperNotes. I do think you will like it. And you need so little!

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      PaperNotes 6 years ago

      Wonderful! I'm a lover of green tea and cucumber and your hub simply made me love them even more. Thank you.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      BKCreative, Wonderful! Thank you as always you give the best creative tips! Thank YOU for sharing, In HIS love, Peace & Blessings!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you Mineral makeup - everything we need to be healthy and beautiful is there for the taking. And you see instant results.

      Thank you bernadette domingo - what a nice comment!

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      bernadette domingo. 6 years ago

      i love it!

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      Mineral makeup 6 years ago

      Hi! I read your post. Really, so impressive and very helpful. I appreciate your all beauty tips for more and a homemade cosmetic recopies for splendid and beauteous look. I like your natural make-up tips because natural and herbal products are really affective make skin more charismatic.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So glad you loved it. Great to meet you by the way!

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      Chen 6 years ago

      Loved this Hub!

      Thank you :-)

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks for reading and commenting johnjack!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Of course your mother was so right. When I peel a cucumber I just rub it all over my skin. It feels so good. I've started doing it now with everything I peel. I feel like such a natural woman.

      Thanks so much for commenting!

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      Varenya 6 years ago

      Great! I'm using the cucumber for beauty recipes from a very long time; my mother used to say that simply the peel of the cucumber, applied on the skin, has a relaxing effect...and it's true! Thanks for sharing!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you Kotori! I think I'll put together a hub with 3 ingredients. Hmmmm.

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      Kotori 6 years ago from Chicagoland

      Great hub! Looking forward to more articles.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks for reminding me Pollyannalana. I'm going to do a tea tonic right now! Yay!

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      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      I am into green tea all the time drinking it daily so I will surely give it a try. Thank you!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're very welcome prasetio - I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub. And I'm glad you will share it with your family.

      Thanks so much!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This is absolutely a great hub from you. I'll show this to all my family member. Especially to my mom and my sister. I believe they'll like this hub. Very informative. I'll bookmark this one. Thank you very much. Vote up

      Blessing,

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome LivingFood - and it's a hot sticky day here in NYC - I think I will do the green tea tonic! So soothing and it seems to tighten my skin. Yay!

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      LivingFood 6 years ago

      These are great beauty recipes, I might just try the hot oil treatment for my hands. Thanks!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks TheListLady. I'm with you - I always have green tea and it is so easy to make this tonic - just add water. And it feels so refreshing.

      Thanks for commenting and the rating!

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      TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

      Love the green tea tonic idea. I mean I have green tea all the time - so healthy so why not for skin. I love these simple easy suggestions.

      Thanks so much. Rated up!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're very welcome creativeone59. Thanks for commenting! yay!

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      benny Faye Douglass 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Bk, for an awesome hub with great natural beauty ideas and advice. Thank youn for sharing it. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I agree with you thoughtforce - I've bought the cosmetics and none have made me beautiful. But these natural ones, I'm sure I see results. I just peeled an eggplant - and rubbed the peel on my face. How refreshing!

      Hope you like them akirchner. It's nice when we can have a multipurpose product, we can eat it, or make a cosmetic - and vinegar, you can do everything with ACV!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Amazing - will have to give those a try!

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      I will try the green tea tonic and the apple cider wash today! It will be great if i could use this instead of expensive tonics. I often have a feeling of being cheated when I walk home with a fancy bottle of water and "god nows what" in it. Thanks for sharing this. Useful!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Good idea VioletSun, make it at night and then have it ready in the a.m. - I will do it that way - rather than having to plan it and not having the time and then on and on. Makes sense. Yay!

      I'm glad you like the ideas Hello, hello. I'm going to look for more recipes - maybe with 3 ingredients.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      I always believe in natural remidies and these tips of your are perfect. Thank you.

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      VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      BK: I splashed green tea on my face this morning - made some last night for this morning's toner. So, thanks again for sharing your tips!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I do the same thing Urban Farm Girl! I forget it or have some left and that's exactly what I do, pat it on my face - or drink it cold.

      Thanks for writing. I'm enjoying your hubs!

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      Urban Farm Girl 6 years ago from El Cerrito, California

      Hahaha, I often have a cup of green tea that I don't finish from the night before. Will that work just as well for toning my face? I'll just wash my face with leftover green tea in the morning. Thanks for the great hub!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Isn't it wonderful Nellianna how food is there to make us beautiful inside and out. Nothing can take the place of it. Thanks for those tips. There is no need to waste anything.

      I'm glad you wrote!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      I've rubbed a used green tea bag over my skin as a refreshing tonic after cleansing. Tea is a natural astringent, so it pulls the pores tight and feels good. It's effective on clean skin. Wouldn't especially want to pull the pores tight if they weren't all clean!

      And yes - like green tea - good both inside and out - cucumbers are too. Even rubbing the inside of the peels over your skin is useful. Eat the cuke and use the inside of the peel for the skin!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      What a lovely compliment 2besure. Thanks so much. And I save so much money with these simple but non-toxic products. Thanks for commenting!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      It is always so exciting to know that I can use things right in my kitchen to help me to feel and look better. GO BK you are so creative!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Ah yes Shalini Shagal - that cooling effect of peppermint - works wonders and I like the way it smells. Delightful!

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Hi BkCreative - thank you - sounds simple and I'm sure effective! Peppermint oil for tired legs? I'm going to try it today!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I like the green tea tonic VioletSun. I often make a cup of green tea and then forget about it. I don't like to waste it so I use it as a refreshing tonic. Seems to make my skin feel fine-grained and smooth.

      Yes msorensson. Easy simple and I feel immediate results. And sooo inexpensive.

      The cucumber hand wash is lovely lmmartin. I had a lot of cukes during the summer and got tired of eating them but I hate to waste anything. This feels good. And sometimes I just rub the peel on my face - refreshing.

      I think you will enjoy the leg massage drpastorcarlotta. And I will come visit.

      You're very welcome theherbivorhippi. I think you will love that peppermint and soy massage. And thanks for the compliment and the up rating.

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      theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

      ooooh I am definitely going to try these...especially the peppermint and soy oil one!! Thanks for these fabulous ideas!! Rated up for sure!!!

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      I truly needed this info, especially the Tired Legs. WOW, this is a blessings!!! Thank you! Come and visit when you get a chance! Much love...

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      lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Sounds delicious, just what my hungry skin wants. Lynda

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      Easy to do and readily available materials. Thanks~~

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      VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      BK: Good tips, have bookmarked this hub! The green tea tonic is one I can use, and will. Thanks for the tips.