Trust: DIYing is Better with Friends

It’s common knowledge that cooking for one can be difficult: It’s hard to purchase the right quantities, you end up with copious amounts of leftovers (or eating way too much), and it’s just kinda… lonely. Well, the same could be said for DIYing. After all, wearing a ridiculous-looking homemade facemask is always better when you can laugh at your friend who is wearing it too, right? Right.

That’s why we decided to pull together some of our favorite DIYs to do with a friend. Read on.

For that friend… who is your BFF (and who you just popped a zit with!)

Nothing says friendship like ill-advisedly popping pimples together and then immediately regretting it afterwards. (For the record, picking at your face is probably the worst thing you can do to treat a zit, but that’s another story for another time.) Anyway, when that happens, opt for this soothing, healing, and bacteria-busting spot treatment. Aloe vera powder is the key ingredient here: It has anti-inflammatory process and will accelerate the healing process of an open zit. Jojoba oil helps to further heal and prevent dryness, while tea tree oil fights off bacteria.

Makes two uses. Blend all ingredients together and apply on offending culprit. Leave on as long as you’d like – even overnight.

For that friend… who changes her hair color once a year

We all have that friend. You know, the one who Rachel McAdams-es the shit out of her hair. Bless her and her poor, damaged strands. This protein treatment – pulled straight from the pages of our founder Adina Grigore’s book, Skin Cleanse, will do just the trick. Shea butter protects hair from heat, locks in moisture, and assists with split ends. Greek yogurt has twice the protein of other types of yogurt and will help make hair shiny and strong. Blackstrap molasses is basically a nutrient-dense sugar high in antioxidants that serve to strengthen hair.

  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • ½ cup full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses

Makes two uses to be used immediately. Warm shea butter until melted. Spoon yogurt into a medium bowl and stir in melted shea butter. Add molasses and continue to stir. Tie hair into a high ponytail and apply mixture from your tips to the hair tie. Make sure to soak your hair well, not leaving any strands dry.

For that friend… with benefits

Okay, so do you have a friend that you make out with on the regular? Why not take this “friendship” to the next level, i.e. to a massage level. This massage oil features a mixture of ultra-luxe avocado oil – one of our favorite “fancy” oils – thinned out with fast-absorbing and hydrating sesame oil. But the real drop-the-mic moment comes from ylang ylang and neroli essential oils, which are both exotic, floral-bomb essential oils that have long been purported to increase sex drive. Aphrodisiac stuff aside, it smells and feels amazing.   

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 5 drops ylang ylang essential oil
  • 5 drops neroli essential oil

Makes two uses. Mix all ingredients together and use as a body massage oil. Not safe as a “down there” oil, FYI.

For that friend… who happens to be your mom

So, here’s a gross generalization, but I have found through very non-scientific polling that most moms like tea. I know my own mom basically lives and dies for her morning (and midday and late afternoon) tea, so why not turn teatime in DIY time? Manuka honey is a super nourishing, very special honey from New Zealand that has highly antibacterial properties – as in, medicinally antibacterial. Chamomile tea helps soothe, brighten, and even out skin tone, while lavender essential oil will help calm skin and lend the whole thing a satisfyingly mommy scent. Because “research” tells me moms like lavender fragrance, too.

Brew chamomile tea as you normally would, then place mug into the fridge to let cool entirely. When cold, mix with manuka honey and essential oils and apply as a mask. Leave on for up to 20 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.

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