Feel Your Best This Winter With All Natural DIY Beauty Products

cuticle butter
Photo: Karin Berndl and Nici Hofer
Organic homemade beauty treatments to keep you feeling fresh and beautiful all season long!

We all know that the winter weather isn't always super kind to your beauty regimen. Dry, cracked skin, tired hair, sore feet—it all can really start to drag you down. We've got just the solution! In their new book All Natural Beauty, Austrian photography and advertising duo Karin Berndl and Nici Hofer lay out a stunning array of at-home beauty treatments and products that are made with wholesome, organic ingredients. They're super to easy to make and since they're made with totally natural, organic ingredients, they'll make you and the Earth feel awesome (plus, some of them make great gifts!).

Blemish-Curing Sunflower Seed Mask

This mask will clear away impurities and is especially kind on sensitive skin. Since our skin is our biggest organ and takes everything we apply to it, feeding it with ingredients that are safe enough to eat is a great way to keep it healthy and happy.


What You'll Need

  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, ground


Step 1: Warm up the honey in a double boiler. Once it is smooth and runny, take off the heat and add the olive oil. Stir gently until they are both completely blended together.

Step 2: Now stir in the ground sunflower seeds. Let the mixture cool so it is not too hot for your face. Apply a thick layer onto clean skin, relax and allow the mask to work its miracles. And no nibbling on the face mask! After 20-30 minutes, wash off the mask and moisturize your skin with one of our nourishing face creams.

"Holiday Glow" Sea Salt Body Scrub

Give your body that sun-kissed softness you get from a day in the sea with this salty scrub. This lasts for 4-6 months, so you can make a big batch for yourself or give it as a gift.


What You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 3 tablespoons sea salt
  • 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 3 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops of sage essential oil (note: do not use sage essential oil during pregnancy)


Step 1: Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler. Once it has softened, take off the heat and stir in the avocado oil. Let the mixture cool down.

Step 2: Add the sea salt and carefully drop in the essential oils. Stir well. Transfer to a glass jar and keep the scrub in a cool place. Use this scrub once a week all over your body for smooth and glowing skin. Always rinse the scrub off well after treatment.

Repairing Cuticle Butter

Busy season and winter weather got your hands worn, dry and cracked? This cuticle butter will give them the extra bit of loving they need!


What You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons argan oil
  • 20 drops of rosehip oil
  • 10 drops of rose absolute oil


Step 1: Heat the shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. Stir in the honey whilst it all melts together. Remove from the heat and stir in the argan oil.

Step 2: Now add the essential oils, drop by drop. Wait until the cream slowly starts to solidify as it cools, then it's time to whip it all up—best to do this with a hand-whisk. Whisk away, until the cream thickens to a light and spreadable consistency. There you go, all done—the ultimate rescue for your cuticles whenever they need some extra love!

Empress Sisi's Shiny Hair Rinse for Girl Bosses

This old Austrian remedy was used by Empress Elisabeth "Sisi" of Austria, who was renowned for her beauty and charisma. Channel your fierce girl boss with this trusted hair-care routine for volume and shine.

hair rinse

What You'll Need

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Cognac
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar


Step 1: Whisk the egg yolks and Cognac together until smooth.

Step 2: Work the mixture into your clean, wet hair, brushing it through with a wide-toothed comb.

Step 3: Rinse out with lukewarm water. Then rinse your hair out a second time, but this time add the apple cider vinegar to the water running over your hair (for extra shine). And that's it: an Empress' beauty routine!

Soothing Foot Bath for Aching Feet

This foot bath is refreshing and wound-healing if your shoes have left your feet red and throbbing.

foot bath

What You'll Need

  • 12 cups water
  • Handful of fresh thyme leaves
  • Handful of fresh peppermint leaves
  • Small piece of ginger (approx. 1 inch) peeled and chopped


Step 1: Bring the water to the boil in a large pan. Add the herbs and ginger and simmer for a few minutes. Take off the heat and leave to infuse for 2 hours.

Step 2: Strain the liquid into a foot bath or foot-sized bowl, then soak your feet for a blissful 20 minutes, while sitting down in a comfy chair (this is important). After the time is up, gently dry your feet and apply a light cream. Now, feet up!

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Recipes and images courtesy of All Natural Beauty: Organic & Homemade Beauty Products by Karin Berndl and Nici Hofer (Hardie Grant Publishing, 2016).