4. 3. 2021

English version | Beauty DIY: you can do this at home

by Sara Andrade


Incongruence is... being told off as kids for playing around in the mud and, as soon as we reach adulthood, we pay small fortunes to rub that miracle paste on our face and body for its purifying properties.


Grant yourself: in fact, we are no longer the ones who mess with the mud, we pay someone to do it for us, but at a time when we learned to divide the me time between the hands of others and ours (first because we were forced to do so, but also because we even enjoyed it), we used our creativity to transform the refrigerator into a multi-purpose pantry that serves to feed the body as much as the skin. Therefore, Vogue brings together some unusual recipes with food classics that, instead of a farm-to-table circuit make a proper dish to necessaire one. And yes, you can try this at home. No disclaimers.

Himalayan salt scent

When Cláudia Costa and Tiago Lucena launched the book A Senhora do Monte (€ 16.60, on wook.pt), with recipes that brought the traditional knowledge of homemade solutions to everyday issues, little did they know they were also creating a distraction guide for lockdown days. Why waste 30 seconds doing the “add to cart” move when you can spend quarantine hours creating beauty formulas to take care of your body and occupy your mind? This perfume, whose main ingredient is Himalayan salt, “rich in minerals (magnesium, sodium, potassium, etc.) that detoxify, help nourish the skin and neutralize bad odors”, it also helps to absorb sweat and comes in a recipe that includes vodka - what better way to be creative than including memories from a Lux soiree in your spa routine?


3 tablespoons of Himalayan coarse salt

2 tablespoons of vodka

85ml of distilled water

10 drops of essential oil of jasmine or vanilla

3 drops of essential oil of lemon 


Add the ingredients, one by one, into a 100 ml spray bottle. Always shake before using. 

Fresh avocado hair mask 

Rowse brand excels in minimalist skincare routines, focused on water and oils, which, in other words, means it's easy to join when you're at home. One of the suggested masks uses easy ingredients from 21st century beauty rituals and breakfast classics. This avocado mask aims to nourish both skin and hair, and can be used for all types of skin and scalp.


1/2 avocado

3 tablespoons of avocado oil

2 to 5 drops of lemon essential oil (note: lemon oil is photosensitive, so you should not expose your skin to the sun for at least 12 hours after using it)


In a bowl, crush the avocado together with the avocado oil and the lemon essential oil. Apply the paste to damp hair and massage gently with your fingertips. Let it be for 20 to 30 minutes and wash thoroughly with your usual shampoo. 

Exfoliating for lips

You constantly forget this step and jump right into the balm, but exfoliating your lips is halfway there for a soft pout. It is not for everyday use, but once or three times a week and you will notice how the gloss and lipstick slide much more evenly. 


1 teaspoon yellow sugar

1 teaspoon of honey (or agave, for a vegan version)

1 teaspoon of olive oil 


In a container with a lid, mix all the ingredients. Apply when necessary, massaging gently into previously cleansed lips. Rinse and feel the difference. Store in a dry place, protected from light.

Homemade deodorant 

Yes, that roll on is incredible, that spray is very useful, and you love your solid deodorant, but taking it off a shelf or ordering it online has zero creativity. Better to try making one at home and reuse those glass jars that now insist on saving to help the planet (and then you can even make a logo using photoshop to identify the masterpiece). The recipe is by Maria Granel, the place to go for one off products with low environmental impact and, on the website, even has a short video that explains everything step by step - even though the recipe is quite simple.


2 tablespoons of arrowroot flour (can be cornstarch)

2 tablespoons of baking soda (may cause allergies, test before)

1 spoon of coconut oil

5 drops of an essential oil of your choice, such as rosemary (highly bactericidal) or lavender (healing and regenerating). Avoid photosensitizing oils such as bergamot, lemon, orange and mandarin, as they can cause spots or irritation on the skin when exposed to the sun. 


In a container with a lid, mix all the ingredients together to create a homogeneous paste. Apply wherever and whenever necessary, as a moisturizer.

Dry shampoo 

Anyone who has never put a little talcum powder on the roots of their unwashed hair should throw the first brush. It is true that these particles help to "dry" the oil from the hair and, although not ideal, they make it possible to leave the house with self-esteem intact. Fortunately, we have never had to sacrifice routine beauty tools since we discovered dry shampoo. If, however, yours is over, we have this one - which you can get from the pantry. 


6 drops of an essential oil (lavender or lemon, for example)

2 tablespoons of rice flour or arrowroot powder

2 tablespoons of colored powder, depending on the shade of the hair (for light blondes, you can add more rice flour or arrowroot powder; for darker shades, vary between cocoa powder, cinnamon or activated charcoal, depending on the shade of the spice that most resembles yours). 


In a jar with a lid (or you can reuse a compact powder box) add all the ingredients and mix. Use with a kabuki brush, for example, to apply to the root of the hair evenly and without contaminating with oil from your hands.

Coffee scrub

If Starbucks discovers this, it will add a new beauty line to its already vast, and popular, offering. Until then, we keep the secret, which is not that big of a secret, there on the bathtub stand, because it says that in addition to relaxing, it eliminates toxins, dead skin and reduces the appearance of cellulite. Did you drink coffee today? What about your skin? 


1/2 cup ground coffee

2 tablespoons of hot water

1 tablespoon of coconut oil, warm 


In a bowl, mix ground coffee with hot water. You can enjoy the aroma. Add the coconut oil and stir, adding more coffee or more oil to the desired consistency. When you're okay with it, put it in a package and use it once or twice a week on your body.

Beet blush and lipstick

Anyone who has never looked at beetroot-stained hands and thought “this would make a good blush”, please start researching creativity workshops. To imagine that pink hue as a natural flush seems like an easy link; putting it into practice requires more expertise and knowledge. Or we thought. Keep this “recipe” in the fridge for the most organic make-up there is.


1 medium beetroot, peeled and cut into small pieces

4 tablespoons of coconut oil


In a food processor or blender, grind the beets. Strain the beets and beat the liquid with the coconut oil to create a homogeneous paste. If necessary, refrigerate the paste to solidify the coconut oil. Apply to lips or cheekbones to give a color when needed. Store in the refrigerator for a period not exceeding one month. 

Cocoa eye shadow 

Chocolate solves a lot - even a smoky eye when you need a shade in that color for that "killer" look. This version that mixes cocoa powder and saffron may never have crossed your mind, let alone your eyes, but now that you know the formula, it will be a roll of more or less golden cocoa Pantones to fill a palette named “sweet like chocolate”. 


1 teaspoon of coconut oil

1/2 to 1 and 1/2 tablespoon of saffron or turmeric powder (in a smaller quantity, the tone is softer brown, in greater quantity, more golden)

1 teaspoon of arrowroot powder (optional, but adds glimmer to the shade)


In a bowl, mix the cocoa, saffron / turmeric and arrowroot. Dissolve the coconut oil in the microwave and add to the dry ingredients. Mix well until it forms a homogeneous paste. Store in a closed container and use at your leisure