Maintain Your Beauty Routine While In Quarantine

If you’ve run out of specific beauty and hygiene products, you probably have several items in your house that will hold you over until your next trip to the store.

During this Covid-19 crisis, most of us are stuck at home, working remotely. But you still need to smell good (at least that’s what our roommates or family members keep telling us) and you still need to show up to those client meeting Zoom calls with a fresh face and clean hair.

Trouble is, you’re running low or are completely out of certain personal products. Your go-to beauty shops are closed and shipping on items across the board is delayed. What do you do?

Luckily, you have many household items in your kitchen that can replace some of those beauty products until the next time you can go to the store.

Before I go any further, let me state that I am not a beauty or skin professional. You should always consult your doctor or dermatologist before using anything in this blog post on your skin. And please consider any allergies you or your loved ones living with you have before trying anything on this list.

A few months ago, I started to explore beauty options that allowed me to produce little to no plastic waste. In my research, I discovered a lot of products I use every day can be swapped out with ingredients I already have in my pantry. Below is a list of some of my favorite swaps.

Dry shampoo

One of the easiest things you can make on your own is dry shampoo. Simply mix one part cornstarch and one part arrowroot powder in a small sterilized jar and apply it to your roots with a clean powder foundation brush. If you have dark hair, add cocoa powder to your mixture. Also, if you have some essential oils on hand, mix in a couple of drops for added scent. This mixture has replaced my dry shampoo completely!


Mix a couple of teaspoons of baking soda into unrefined coconut oil or shea butter before rubbing it into your armpits. NOTE: If you have sensitive skin, like I do, baking soda will likely cause irritation. Instead, swap out the baking soda with the same cornstarch and arrowroot powder mixture (or just the arrowroot powder) you made for your dry shampoo. If you have Vitamin E oil in your cabinet, mix that in for some extra skin nourishment!

Powder foundation makeup

Start by mixing a two tablespoons of arrowroot powder with one tablespoon of cocoa powder. Continue to add adjusted amounts of these two ingredients until you get a close match to your own skin tone. To get an even better match, mix in half teaspoons of turmeric or ginger powder (yellow tone), macha green tea powder or sage powder (green tones), clove powder (red tone), and nutmeg powder (medium brown tone). If you have some bentonite clay powder, add some to the mixture for added oil absorption benefits, but use a nonmetal spoon and bowl so you don’t deactivate the clay properties.

Shampoo and conditioner

For shampoo, use baking soda and/or apple cider vinegar to wash your hair. Then apply a tablespoon of unrefined coconut oil, or olive oil, in place of conditioner. Because the oil can be difficult to wash out, you may need to use the baking soda and apple cider vinegar a second time after rinsing out the oil.

Body and face scrubs

Brown sugar or used coffee grounds mixed with unrefined coconut oil make excellent scrubs. If you don’t have coconut oil, you can use unrefined honey instead. If you choose to go with coffee grounds, though, don’t wash them down the sink because they can clog the drain.

Face and body moisturizer

Apply olive oil or coconut oil directly to skin or mix in a few drops of essential oil first. Avoid application around the eye area.

Makeup remover

Once again, you can easily use unrefined coconut oil or olive oil for this. Simply massage it into your skin and wipe away with a cotton round or tissue.

My favorite thing about these easy swaps is that they have the potential to become your go-to beauty product over your original method. It could be a little easier on the planet, and honestly, easier on your wallet, too!

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