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3 Homemade Beauty Products to Fight the Effects of those Nasty Hormones

July 23rd, 2014

Zoé's Diaries

Hormones can really be a bitch sometimes. You’re up, you’re down, your clothes seem to be clingier than ever and your nose is lost in a field of zits (which is your face). To try to survive this time of the month, I have concocted a few magic potions that will save your life!

Walking on clouds

When I get my period, I always feel a little bit heavy and bloated and it’s even more brutal in the summer when it’s hot. My feet and legs expand to four times their size! (Okay, I’m exaggerating a little but that’s really how I feel.). To alleviate this feeling of heaviness in the legs, I came across a recipe for a scrub that refreshes the legs like a good mojito refreshes the spirits!

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Photo from Cute Diys

To make the scrub, you’ll need:

  • 1 handful of mint leaves
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice


Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Mix the handful of mint leaves with a little lime juice.
  2. In another container, prepare the sugar and olive oil, mixing them together.
  3. Add the mint and lime juice to the sugar and oil. Stir everything a little.
  4. Apply a bit of the mixture on your legs and rub the ankles toward the thighs to promote circulation.

You should find your legs feel lighter, refreshed and super-soft!

Hair of a goddess

We often feel a little gross when that darn period rears its ugly head, don’t we? As for me, my skin and especially my hair become greasy much faster. (And also, I have to admit that I’m a bit lazy and not always into washing my hair, even less so when my alarm happens to forget to go off!) That’s why I feel like sharing a dry shampoo recipe I found on the Web!

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Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon of low-fat, unsweetened cocoa (optional)
  • A few drops of lemon essential oil or any of your favourite essential oils
  • An empty saltshaker


Use baking soda in moderation if you have a sensitive scalp, because it can be a little bit abrasive. It’s mainly used to eliminate odours. The magic ingredient in this recipe is cornstarch. That’s what’s going to absorb the oil. Cocoa is a little twist that’s optional for brunettes: it reverses the I-just-aged-a-few-years effect. Not necessary for blonds. For the drops of essential oil, go with the properties you’re looking for or just go with what makes “scents.” You need to like it and that’s what’s going to scent your shampoo. When you’ve blended all these ingredients, put everything in an empty saltshaker to make the product easier to use. Obviously, you can half or double the recipe based on the desired quantity.


To apply:

  1. Separate your hair in a few areas by sprinkling a little of your concoction on each area. (Focus on the temples and the roots as these are the areas that tend to be the oiliest!)
  2. Run your fingers through your hair to effectively distribute the shampoo evenly throughout.
  3. Leave in for 5 minutes.
  4. Brush your hair to remove any residue.

Ta-DA! You should find you have shiny hair with bounce!

Down Pimples! Down!

Zits! Our worst enemies! They are unhealthy and much too punctual. When I have PMS, you can’t miss those pimples that pop up all over my face. I discovered a miracle mask that helps me fight these pests and restore my baby skin.

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Photo from Fereckels trouvé sur Pinterest

You must have in hand:

  • 1½  teaspoons of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of pure organic honey
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 1 egg white

Making the mask couldn’t be simpler:

  1. Mix together all the ingredients.
  2. On clean, dry skin, spread a little of the preparation onto your face – enough to cover your skin.
  3. Leave it on your face for 15 minutes.
  4. Wash your face gently with warm water and dry it afterwards by dabbing.


This mask is even more effective if you exfoliated your face the day before. Keep in mind that you might be tempted to eat this seemingly delectable mask, but hold back! You wouldn’t want to risk getting salmonella from the raw egg whites. All you need to know is that this mask is very gentle and leaves your complexion radiant!

I hope these amazing, easy-on-the-pocket-book concoctions will help you overcome those moments when you just want to shout to world: “Life’s so unfair!! I just hate being a girl sometimes!”

Which of these homemade beauty products do you think you’ll try first?



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 Zoé’s never at loss for words. Part fashionista, part foodie, she loves sharing her latest discoveries and funny stories.   Zoé had her first...