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Frugal Beauty


I do not know if I have mentioned this but when I was young I was into make-up and skin care. I was a make-up artist at departments stores and gave facials for a while. I love the subject. I think because I love bringing out someone's beauty, letting their strengths shine. A good make-up artist will make you look like a better you, not someone else, no matter how beautiful that someone else is. But it is sooo expensive and I honestly do not want to spend a lot of money on beauty products. I would rather save it for clothes, an even bigger passion ;-)

I have wanted to write this post for a while but hesitated because each of us is soo individual and all have different needs. I have been complemented a lot on my skin but that is mostly thanks to my mother. She has amazing, delicate, English rose skin. So good genes does play a part.

Mostly I use natural products because I like that there is no chemicals, dyes, etc. It is simple, easy, cheap and good for my body. Here is a few frugal items that work for me.


This is my favorite skincare item. I LOVE it. I have mentioned this before, I wash my face with honey everyday. I spread it on, let it sit about two minutes, then wash it off with barely warm water. I try not to use really hot water on my face. I have found it is wonderful for both dry and oil skin. It leaves skin feeling soft and moisturized.

Also it is good for zits. If one of the girls have a bad one, we will put  a dab of honey on it.  

Sugar body scrub:

I mix one cup of sugar to 1/3 cup olive oil and keep in a jar.

I use this on my body twice a week.

olive oil or mayo:

I have really long hair and I try to keep the ends from being dry and split. Every other time I wash my hair I coat just the ends of my hair and let sit a half an hour, then wash with shampoo. 

Castor oil:

Besides honey this is my other favorite skin item. I got a container of roll-on castor oil for something else and started looking up all the amazing things it is good for. Now I use it as an under eye cream. I could see a difference in my wrinkles around my eyes in a week. Also the darkness under my eyes. If I have any really dry spot on my face I will dab some castor oil on. But I do not put this on my whole face, like moisturizer. It is too heavy and thick.

The only warning I will give about Castor oil, is it is very thick and sticky, it takes an half hour to really soak in, so I do not use it just before I am going to put on makeup.

Pin Curls:

I do not wash my hair every day. Actually I only wash it about every five or six days. I find this works best for my hair and helps keep it from drying out. Also I do not use a blow dryer and only a straightener for touch ups. I usually pin curl my hair wet and it hold most of the week. If I did my hair everyday pin-curls would be a hassle. It took me a few times to figure how to do it. It is not easy pin-curling long hair. Now I can do it, blind folded !! Also I have found it is the only curl that my hair will hold more then a day. My hair is very fine.There are great you-tubes on the subject.

Lastly, I only wash my face once a day, usually in the evening. I have found washing it more dries it out. Basically I find less is more. I would love to hear what frugal, natural beauty ideas you have xoxox

PS. I am sorry if I am not around much, commenting on your blogs and posting. I am lost 24/7 on a secret project. Hopefully in a week or two I will see the light at the end of the tunnel. I will share soon. Thank you for being patent with me.


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Clarice, because I read your post about washing with honey awhile back, when I found a wart on my face, I thought that maybe the enzymes in honey would affect it. Wow! It took less than 2 weeks for it to disappear after a drop of honey each night...

Karla Nathan

Thanks for the tips!



Castor oil is an ideal oil in to place in shampoo formulations.
I use to make a shampoo bar and it contained large portions of the oil, excellant.
Pin curls..I call them bobby pins, too funny.
I used to take small sections of my long hair wet and twist into small buns and then pin curl each section until in place, I did as many as I could.
When I awoke the next morning and took the pins out my hair was really curly. I too have fine hair and that seemed to work great.
Thanks for sharing and bringing back those memories.
Jill xoo


Thanks Clarice; I will try the castor oil on a dry patch that keeps appearing on my eyelid.


I love your natural skin loving ideas! I've used a few in the past. I really should pay extra attention with my skin...times not on my side think I'm going to pull out the honey and try your pin curls for my daughter who has fine hair too.


honey did not work for my face. it broke it out like crazy. i think everyone is different. i like the idea of using olive oil on hair tips. i only wash my hair every third or fourth day, as i have long hair too (to my rear)...thanks for sharing your tips!


Thank you for posting those great tips Clarice. I love the light in the photo too! I am going to try the honey on my face. My skin is combination and with the woodstove going it is drying out my skin (even with a teakettle full of water on top of the stove)
I drink alot of water and that helps me in all areas. Water is my main staple.
I make my own bath salts, scrubs, lip balm and deodorant.
Hmm, I think I may need to try the castor oil (but not like Karen - poor girl!) I have circles under my eyes from time to time. I am also going to try Jody's tip using coconut oil for hair.
A friend of mine uses raw cream (cow's) as a moisturizer after cleansing her face. She swears by it and has beautiful skin.

I look forward to your secret project!

Have a wonderful evening!

Sara's Sweet Surprise

Hello ~I wanted to stop by to reconnect. I've had a few absences from blogging and have lost touch with some of my friends.
Since winter landed on our provided us the motivation for a few indoor remodeling two homes! Which can be a bit daunting. So, I appreciate the breaks I get for blog visits .
It's wonderful how sharing blog friends as yourself can be, that's why I love returning the gesture, by sharing cooking or DIY ideas too.
I hope you can stop by so we can reacquaint ourselves.

Sweet wishes,


Thanks for the beauty tips!!
I only do my hair every other day, so it won't dry out too much.
You are the best!!


Very interesting post! I'm going to try the honey. I have always had really clear skin (if you don't count all the freckles I inherited from my mom, but she says you hardly ever see acne on freckled skin??) I do have really dry skin, and a little excema, so I'm wondering if the honey would work for that. Castor oil makes me laugh, as I drank a 2 oz bottle, I mean I gagged down a 2 oz bottle when I was 18, having my first baby. Everyone told me it would put me into labor. Well, I was "pretty/quite naive" and didn't know what a laxative was in those days. I'll tell you what! I know now lol. THEN I was too embarrassed to tell my doctor that I had taken the castor oil, and he gave me an enema (yep, it was in the 70s when they did that). I learned then what an enema was lol. I don't know if castor oil and I like each other! Sorry so long, just had to share my laughter with you! Karen


wonderful and fun ideas....
I use to make my own bubble bath.
I have not done so in years...
I should put it on my list of fun things to do....


Nancy Jane York

This is an interesting post Clarice. I have used castor oil for years but not like you mention (which I'm going to try) but mixed with cocoa butter, cooked and made into a cream for applying to the face and hands. Nan


Clarice thanks for the wonderful beauty tips!


Clarice, thank you for the wonderful beauty secrets! I will try them all. My thyroid has wreaked havoc on my skin and hair, so I am always looking for what will help. I use coconut oil in the ends of my hair, same as you do the olive oil or mayo, and find that it helps bunches.



Dear Clarice,

What a fun post! I always love collecting old-fashioned beauty recipes. I love castor oil (just a bit) in the tub, with a few drops of lavender essential oil to soften and relax at the same time :).

I can't wait to find out about your secret project!



p.s. You DO have lovely skin!


Thanks for all these lovely tips, Clarice! It's important to find as many natural ways to care for yourself as possible. I like the tips about the castor oil for eye wrinkles. I guess I've been fortunate that I've gotten my skin from my mother (she barely has a wrinkle, and she's in her 60s). Hope I can continue doing whatever it is I'm doing! ;) Cannot wait to learn about your secret project!


What a wonderful post. I am going to use some of your tips. I love the honey on the zits. What a sweet way to get rid of one those nasties.


Wow -- what a great post! I really want to try the honey tip -- not to mention with all the dry heat, I need it! Thanks!

Gumbo Lily

I've enjoyed reading this post and learning from you and the others who have commented. I have really curly hair and I don't wash it every day either. I have been putting a little coconut oil on my hair every couple weeks as a "hot oil treatment." I leave it on for 20 mins. to a half hour while soaking in the tub and then wash as usual.



Great beauty tips....I will have to try out the honey tonight...I knew it ws good for a host of being a natural antispetic...will have to get some castor have me curious about the under eye treatment. thanks, cherry


I love make up too and have loved playing in it since I was a kid. I think maybe it reminds me of painting ;) these natural regiments sound intriguing! I might need to try them...


Thank you for the wonderful post! I love to use natural ingredients on my skin and hair. I can't wait to try these recipes. When you have posted pictures of your girls, I did notice that they have beautiful skin - and they are very pretty also.

This is a recipe for my favorite eye cream:

3 Tlbs. alovera gel - no fragrance or additives
1 Tlbs. sesame oil

mix together in a small container like a baby food jar, and shake well until it is creamy. Use around your eyes twice a day. I also use it as a moisturizer on my face - it soaks in really well and does not feel oily. If your skin is really dry, you can add a few drops of vitamin E oil.

Have a wonderful week-end, can't wait to hear what you secret project is!

Blessing, Barb


wow Clarice, I had no idea!!!Thanks for the tips. Hugs to you, can't wait to hear about your secret. Hugs, Mica


Thank you for sharing your beauty secrets with us! I wear very little make-up anymore (I use to wear way to much, but hey - it was the 80's!).
I would like to try my hand at making some homemade beauty products. I have checked-out some books from the I just need to try it!



Your hair looks so nice since you started doing the pin curls. I'm going to try the mayo or oil on my hair, my conditioner doesn't seem to be doing the job.

The Pleasures of Homemaking

Oh skincare is a favorite subject of mine! Makeup I can do without (I usually only wear some mascara & lipstick when I go out). Thanks for the tips! It's always so interesting to find out what people use and their routines.

I'll try the honey face wash tomorrow. My skin has felt sooo dry all winter. The only thing that helps is to put vaseline on at night. I think quite a lot of people use it as a moisturizer?

I'll have my daughter try the olive oil on her hair - she really has very dry hair. I knew I guy in college that used olive oil like a facial/body lotion. He had gorgeous skin! I know the Dr. Perricone line has olive oil skincare products so there must be something to it.

I find that drinking plenty of water really helps keep my skin looking healthy. Sleep helps too LOL!



Personally, I use honey as a moisturizer... first I wash my face with a blend of dehydrated goat's milk and oats that I blend together into a fine powder. I use a small scoop of that mixed into a paste with a little bit of water. After that I use just a small dab of honey blended with a drop of warm water as a toner, but don't wash it off. After it sits for a few minutes I use just a drop or two of extra virgin olive oil as a moisturizer. I find that my face is more radiant and clear that with any other cleansing system I've ever used!


Although it's a little pricier (depending on where you get it) rosewater makes an excellent toner. I spritz some on after washing my face frequently, and it's lovely. It's not too harsh for sensitive skin, and it smells fantastic as well.

Junie Moon

What a helpful and lovely post. I love hearing how others treat their skin and I'm all for finding natural ingredients/ways to do so. I've never been one for using dryers, curling irons, or hair spray on my hair. It's probably my genes, as you mentioned about your skin, but my hair is thick and super healthy -- and I'll be 58 this year. I'm going to try some of your skin treatments and thank you for sharing all this.

Lavender Dreamer

Thanks for the wonderful beauty advice. We are all very different but some of the natural things work best for us all. I would like to try the castor oil for under my eyes. I wear concealer every day of my life for dark circles. Oh, and now that I don't use hairspray on my hair, I don't have to wash mine as often either. Have a wonderful day!

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