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Don’t chuck it - USE IT! Beauty from things destined for the

11 January, 2018 - 10:19pm by - First Lady | 25 Comments

Article by BR Tabby

Where do you look for beauty inspiration?  Magazines? Instagram? People on the street?  How about in your rubbish bin?

Yeap you read that right - destined for your rubbish bin could be some awesome leftovers that have other uses - be it for your skin, your hair or even your bath and shower needs! 


Mash up cooked pumpkin leftovers (full of Vitamin A!) and add a little plain yoghurt, honey and olive oil to create a nourishing face mask that's great for oily skin.  Apply it to your face and leave it on until it hardens - then rinse!


Puree 1/2 cup of carrots (cooked or raw) and 1/2 cup of cranberries and mix with lemon juice.  Apply to your hair and sit in a steamy bathroom for 10 minutes before rinsing off.  This hair mask is said to reveal your natural highlights!


Blend parsley into a paste and apply to your undereyes before rinsing off after 15 minutes.  Parsley is high in Vitamin K which increases blood flow when applied topically - meaning your dark circles will be diminished and the skin around your eyes will look plumper and younger.

Orange Peel.

If you spend a little effort making some orange peel powder, you'll be amazed at what you can do with it; from lightening dark spots to treating acne!  The Vitamin C in the peel will encourage collagen production, which means...less wrinkles!

To make the orange peel powder, you'll need to bake the peel of two oranges.  Try to use organic oranges to eliminate any pesticides or fertilizers.  Bake them in a casserole dish for about 25 minutes on a low heat until they dry out.  Whizz them in a blender and then grind the smaller bits up by hand with a pestle and mortar.  You can store the powder for three months in an airtight container.

Things to do with orange peel powder:

  • Add it to your bath for a fabulous scented soak.
  • Add a teaspoon of powder to a cup of coconut water to create a face wash
  • If you fancy making bath bombs add some powder to your mixture.
  • Mix some into an unscented body lotion or hand cream.


Don't throw salt over your shoulder - mix it with water and hair gel and create your own sea salt spray!  Try 2 teaspoons in 250ml of warm water with just a dab of hair gel mixed in.


You've heard of Coffee Scrubs right?  Miracle exfoliating products that can tackle cellulite?  Well you can add coffee grinds (from coffee that's been brewed) to your usual scrub recipe or you can try mixing the grinds in some olive oil and spreading them over the areas you're concerned about.  Wrap some glad wrap over the top and relax (well try to) for 10 - 20 minutes before rinsing off in the shower.

Now we're not suggesting you go rummaging through the rubbish to find the ingredients for these tricks and tips, but before you chuck something out, ask yourself if those leftovers can be used in a Beauty Bubble and Squeak!

Do you like to use every last drop of something?  Do you love finding ways to use all parts something like an orange for example?  What tips to you have to share?  Or does it all seem like a bit too much effort?

Get chatting below!

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Love the coffee tip and also the sea salt spray thank you

I'm big on green living so I always try to use every last drop of something and recycle. At the moment I'm going through old shampoos and conditioners that don't work for my hair and I'm using them up as soap.

Good on you! Old shampoos are also great for cleaning makeup brushes :)

12th January, 2018 at 8:32 am

And conditioner is great to shave your legs with.

12th January, 2018 at 4:25 pm

I'd been using the conditioner for shaving but I'd forgotten about using the shampoo for make up brushes.

12th January, 2018 at 8:18 pm

Good Idea

13th January, 2018 at 9:58 am

When it comes to edible ingredients I'd rather just eat it.


12th January, 2018 at 5:22 pm

There are so cool ideas here. I make masks but that is about it. I should really do more but I don't have much time. Sad excuse!

I love the idea of Orange powder -would this work for lemon skin too for vitamin C ?

Awesome article! Green beauty is so great. I'm going to try and make my own facial scrub and makeup remover over the next while :)

I always use up my coffee grounds as a facial scrub! Is very messy though, so only use it in the shower.

Coffee grounds are good in garden too so definately don't waste

13th January, 2018 at 9:59 am

I think it depends on how the food was cooked if it was tossed in a stirfry at our house thing then you probably don't want to fish out the carrots that were fried in garlic and covered in oyster sauce to use. But if you roast things whole then these are great ideas. The orange peel powder sounds interesting if you buy organic oranges.

If you have like duller, lighter brown hair. I've heard of a tip of mixing like a tablespoon of coffee grinds with your conditioner into a paste and leaving that in your hair for like ten-fifteen minutes can give your hair slight tint and bit more shine. I haven't been able to try it though because my hair is almost black and is naturally shiny.

I have too many ready made beauty products so won't be making my own. I just compost/worm farm all my scraps.

Me too soozie, I have three compost bins going all the time.

12th January, 2018 at 5:37 pm

I used to be a total greenie, but not so much now. I hate wasting anything, or buying anything that comes with 10 plastic wrappers though.

Oh, I will give orange peel and lemon peel a try :)

12th January, 2018 at 5:38 pm

I always look at the packaging Maree and think that a lot of the time there is way too much! I try to avoid it where I can.

12th January, 2018 at 7:18 pm

It's ridiculous, packets inside packets! I guess the more plastic the more processed generally speaking so it's a double whammy.

12th January, 2018 at 11:54 pm

I agree Maree -packaging is such a waste and not only adds to the cost but bad for the environment.

13th January, 2018 at 10:01 am

There’s only one I’ve tried . It’s mymums Manuka honey and porridge facemask .,Never failed .

Ohhhh here is the hair mask one! Some would say it is expensive but then look at what we pay for store bought cosmetics this looks fun if you have the stuff at home then why not

If I am using a skin product that is in a tube and I am coming to the end of it, I always cut about 5cm from the bottom of the tube and then some of the top part too, then put the top over the bottom and hey presto, I probably have about another weeks worth. So much better than binning it. I have been doing this for ages now.

I always do this! My grandad taught me this trick lol.

14th January, 2018 at 3:43 pm

Already do the coffee scrub one but love the sound of the orange peel powder, some great tips there. Definitely keen to give some of those a try. I love the smell of orange.


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