When you need a new moisturizer or body scrub, you typically make a run to the local beauty supply store or a nearby pharmacy. But you don’t have to set foot outside your home to get gorgeous. Just head to your kitchen! These five ingredients will leave your skin and strands looking great.

Brown sugar. Scrubbing off dead skin cells leaves your skin feeling smoother and allows your moisturizer to penetrate easier. It also helps prevent stubborn ingrown hairs and body breakouts. Add jojoba or olive oil to brown sugar to achieve a slushy consistency. Massage the mixture into your skin then rinse.

Oatmeal and honey. If you suffer from frequent breakouts and oily skin, try an oatmeal mask at least twice per week.  Oatmeal works as great oil absorber. Adding honey to the mixture will make the mask stay together. Combine 1/4 cup of oatmeal, 1/2 cup of water and 2 teaspoons of honey. Apply to your face for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water.

Apple cider vinegar. If you’re plagued with dull hair or battling buildup, an apple cider vinegar rinse will restore shine to your tresses and get rid of any hard-to-remove product. Combine one part water, one part apple cider vinegar. Apply the apple cider vinegar rinse to your hair after you’ve shampooed and rinsed well. Leave it in for five minutes then rinse with cold warm to seal the shaft.

Mayo. Dry, brittle hair is a nuisance. Mayonnaise—rich in oils and fatty acids—is the perfect remedy. Dampen your hair. Apply a thick layer of real mayonnaise from roots to ends. Next, comb the mayonnaise through your hair with a wide-toothed comb. Let it sit for twenty minutes, then shampoo and rinse.

- Audra E. Lord


  • http://chicchocolate.net Chic Chocolate

    I love Nia! Her skin is gorge!

  • http://naturalselectionblog.com cassadie

    I did the mayo in hair once (WITH an avocado). Didn’t love the smell, and while my hair was moisturized, it just left it way way way too greasy to make it a repeat.

  • http://xotashurraquel.blogspot.com/ Tashur

    This might be a dumb question, lol. But do you have to boil the oatmeal 1st then apply it, or mix it with the honey right out of the packet?

  • Coco and Creme

    Hi Tashur! Not a dumb question at all! Yes, you should cook the oatmeal first then add the honey.


  • http://twitter.com/LadyVann Vanessa F.

    re: Oatmeal and honey mask. I have a ton of Aveeno Oatmeal bath packets. This could be a good stand-in for the oatmeal, no? (Its 100% colloidal oatmeal) Being a bit lazy today and do not want to go to the store to get oatmeal but do want to make this mask.

    Great tips overall! I just discovered Coco & Creme today and love the website!

  • Lyoness

    My mother and I swear by the mayo hair conditioner. Put a little plastic cap on with a little heat and you’re good to go. I’m glad it’s not just us. LOL!!!