pantry beauty

I’m not sure why, but I feel like I should preface this post by stating the obvious: I am not a beauty blogger. This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while, maybe because even though we consider what goes into our bodies a fair bit (at least I do), we don’t always consider what goes onto our bodies, which is just as important—skin is our largest organ, and it soaks up whatever we put on it.

While I’ve become increasingly selective with the products I use on my skin, I still buy things like shampoo and moisturizer. I do, however, use a few items from my pantry for parts of my skin regimen, and I encourage you to do the same. Not only will your skin thank you, but the earth will, too, and you’ll save a pretty penny in the process.

Here are seven of the ingredients from my pantry that I love using on my skin (note: I use all-organic ingredients, and my coconut oil and butter are food-grade):

Oatmeal and Oat Flour

I’m not going to wax poetic about the benefits of oatmeal for paragraphs on end, but I will say this: it’s awesome as a scrub for sensitive skin (face and body), it leaves you nice and soft if you put a couple of cups in your bath (yes, it’s as creamy as you think), and it makes for a super soothing pomade if you’ve had a little too much sun. Just blend it with water (or almond milk) to form a thick paste and let it sit on the affected area for 10-15 minutes. I use oats for a rougher exfoliation and oat flour for a more delicate scrub (you can make you own oat flour by placing oats in a food processor or blender and blitzing until you get a powder).

Coffee (ground)

Coffee is the perfect body scrub—it’s invigorating, rough enough that you’ll get a nice scrub but not so rough it’ll hurt, and the smell will wake you right up! I use it as a body scrub, and it works particularly well on elbows, knees, and ankles. Bonus points: use the same ground coffee you’ve made your morning cup with—it’s extra environmentally friendly as you’re reusing something that would normally end up in a landfill.

Pink Himalayan Salt

I put a cup of this in the tub when I’m having a bath to help soothe sore or tired muscles. All of the trace minerals in the salt help, and the reason I tried this the first time was because I had nothing else to put in the bathtub, and the pretty pink color called out to me (deep, I know).

Rose Water

I really like rose water, but I’m not crazy about it in my food. I like the tiniest hint of rose, but I always feel like it’s on the verge of being soapy rather than floral. So instead of indulging my love of roses in the kitchen, more often than not I’ll take it to my skin routine. I like to use rose water as a skin toner in the afternoon (a dab on a cotton bud, then a few swipes across my face), in a spray bottle to make my bathroom smell like a spa (or like summer in Provence), and a thimble-full into a bath—along with dried roses or fresh rose petals—for a little bit of bath time indulgence.

Coconut Butter and Coconut Oil

I only jumped on the all-things-coconut bandwagon recently, and I’m so glad I did. Again, I don’t love using coconut butter or oil in my cooking (the flavor reminds me too much of sunscreen), but I love, love, love it for my skin. A tiny bit of coconut butter on lips, elbows, and knees makes them baby-soft, and a rub of the stuff onto my cuticles keeps them healthy and manageable. Coconut oil I like as a body and face moisturizer, (but only the tiniest amount), and I like leaving it in my hair for ten minutes before a shampoo.

pantry beauty {a simple mix of pink Himalayan salt and dried roses for a scented, soothing bath}

3 of my favorite pantry beauty combinations:

  • Pink Himalayan salt + rose water = relaxing evening bath
  • Oatmeal + coconut oil = a gentle, moisturizing body scrub
  • Coffee + coconut butter = my favorite foot scrub of all time

If you have any pantry beauty favorites, please share them in the comments below!




  1. these all sound amazing, I love a good beauty DIY. I love keeping my rose water in the fridge, it’s ultra refreshing especially for hot Dubai summers!

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