Fun Thanksgiving DIY Beauty Recipes!

I’m all for making things as natural and wholesome as possible. I cringe every time I look at the ingredients of something I either put on my body (shampoo, soap, lotion…) or in my body (food, beverages…). If I can’t pronounce it I’m not happy about putting it on me or in me.

I applaud people who can cook and bake completely from scratch with all natural ingredients. Some day I’d like to be able to do that too. Slowly but surely I’m getting there.

It’s easy to find a lot of great (yummy!) recipes on the Internet. It’s not all the time that you find recipes for beauty products.

When I was younger my mom would have me use raw egg in my hair (it made my hair look and feel great). I’ve also used plain mayonnaise in my hair (you have to rinse it out really good or your hair will be greasy). I also use watered down cider in my hair to rid it of shampoo residue.

Thanksgiving it just around the corner. There is no doubt that many people will have plenty of leftovers. Leftovers are great a day or two later but after a while you start to get sick of left over sweet potato pie and turkey. 🙂

Imagine if you can turn your Thanksgiving recipes in homemade beauty products?

Erika Katz, beauty expert and author of Bonding over Beauty, has created some fun & easy DIY recipes that will turn your holiday extras into an at-home spa day for you and your loved ones!

Pumpkin Facial Mask

This recipe is full of exfoliating enzymes that will brighten your skin, giving you a healthy, refreshed glow. Pumpkin is also rich in vitamin A, which can help heal skin and repair damaged tissue. The antioxidant properties of the vitamin A will also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

  • 2 tsp canned pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp heavy
  • whipping cream

To Make: Mix all ingredients together and apply to face. Leave on for 10 minutes then rinse thoroughly. You’ll love the results! 

Clementine Hand Scrub

Skin often gets dry and brittle from the cold winter so I make a gentle orange hand scrub. Oranges are rich in vitamin C and Alpha Hydroxy acids and help to remove the dead skin. The honey and olive oil help moisturize the skin. The baking soda acts as a gentle exfoliant.

  • 1 tbs clementine juice
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1 tbs olive oil

To make: Mix together all ingredients and then gently wash your hands with the scrub. You won’t believe the difference!

Cranberry Mask

Cranberry juice helps detoxify the skin and is particularly useful for those who are acne-prone or suffer from psoriasis or have oily skin. In addition cranberries help reduce skin inflammation, redness, and itchy, irritated skin.

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes
  • 2 teaspoons grapefruit juice
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin

To Make: Mix ingredients until it becomes a paste. Cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes to let the mixture thicken. Remove from the fridge and let sit for about 10 minutes.

Banana Cream Pie Mask

With all that leftover pie, why not use it to soften your skin? Fight against dry skin and cold winter air with this cool facial mask.

  • 1 mashed banana
  • flour
  • 3 tbs. heavy cream
  • 1.5 tbs. dark honey
  • 1.5 tbs. white flour

To make: Mix all the ingredients and put into a pretty jar. Apply to face and love the results!

I would be so tempted to EAT the beauty products once I mixed them together. They all sound so good!

I have not tried any of these yet but I plan on it. The Pumpkin Facial and Clementine Hand Scrub sound really good. I love that they are all so easy to make and are made with ingredients you can find in your kitchen. You don’t have to go out and purchase anything exotic or hard to find.

If you happen to make any of these I would love to hear how it turned out. Feel free to leave a comment.

Do you have any homemade beauty product recipes that you love to make? I would love to hear about it.

You can follow Erika Katz on Twitter (@BondOverBeauty) and on Facebook.


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this with permission for the enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way. 

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. I love naturally made beauty products. Olive oil is great as a hair conditioner and to moisturize the scalp. Before a shower, apply about a 1/2 teaspoon to the scalp and gently rub it into the scalp and hair. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then step into the shower and shampoo hair as normal. Olive oil leaves the hair shiny and beautiful while taming flyaway hair too.