Natural Skincare (Aloe, Honey, Coconut Oil)

I shared a piece of text about my skin a while ago, and I would like to thank you guys for the sweet comments you left - posting this made me realize that you're never alone, in anything. <3 

My skincare routine has been completely natural for a few weeks now. I still use makeup and I won't stop doing that in the upcoming few years: my skincare routine, however, is fully natural and that works perfectly fine for now. The 3 products I use most are coconut oil, honey and aloë vera. I'm going to tell you how I use these products in this blogpost - so make sure to keep on reading if you're interested.

Coconut oil
I use coconut oil for almost everything. If you don't like the scent of coconuts, make sure to purchase the odorless kind - but I love how coconuts smell so I use extra virgin coconut oil to hydrate my skin (and to smell like a coconut macaroon). 

Removing makeup: take a little bit of coconut oil and apply it to your face. Remove the black mess that's left with a wet washcloth. 

Day/night cream: coconut oil works well as a substitution for your daily moisturizer and it doesn't irritate my sensitive and red skin. It can be a bit greasy for underneath your foundation, so make sure to apply it a long time before you start putting on your makeup so it can sink into your skin - or just apply a very thin layer. 

For other dry spots: coconut oil doesn't only do its job on your skin, but it works everywhere. I regularly put a little layer of coconut oil on my elbows or nails to sooth them. 

Aloe vera
I used to use aloe vera on a daily basis up until a few years ago, and when I accidentally killed my plant I forgot about the skinny wonder plant. When recently someone told me about how she loves using aloe vera, I instantly hopped on my bike (okay, not instantly but you get me) and visited a plant store to purchase a new green friend. I use aloe vera in the evenings right before I go to bed and áfter I applied coconut oil, as some kind of second caring mask I leave on during the night. I remove a leaf from the plant and cut it horizontally and rub the juicy insides on my face. I do not love the plant's scent but it works wonders. 

When I felt like using a face mask in the past (because that feelings sometimes just creeps upon you), I opened my big cabinet filled with aggressive scrubbing creams and went with the most terrible one I could find. I currently use a product that's completely different: honey. Whenever my face needs it I run to the kitchen and open up a big jar filled with sticky honey, smear it all over my face and leave it just there for about 20 minutes. The advantage of using honey as a face mask is that when it drips, it's not a problem: you can eat your face mask (yep). What's even better is that removing the mask is a lot easier than you might think: it indeed is sticky but it's not very hard to remove if you use a wet washcloth.

Do you use natural products on your face? I'd love to know - let me know in the comments. 
love, sjoukje


  1. Ik ben dol op natuurlijke producten! Heb je de producten van Lush al geprobeerd? Die zijn ook grotendeels natuurlijk, biologisch & vers bereid. (Echt een aanrader).
    Zelf gebruik ik ook kokosolie + een paar druppels lavendel. Dan smeer ik heel m'n lichaam ermee in met een zijdezacht resultaat!

  2. I, too, use coconut oil for everything and Spencer is starting to tease me for it ;) He says that it's seeming to be a cult/fetish for me. HAHAHA. Still boy, doesn't know the magic that IS COCONUT OIL!! I love using it to remove my makeup but had stopped for a little. Last week I ran out of my makeup wipes and purposely did not repurchase more. Instead, I'm back at using coconut oil and this makes me happy!!
    Another friend of mine SWEARS by honey (raw honey, at that) as a face mask. I have used it as a spot treatment for dry skin treatments and it has been great. As you say, it's always nice when you can just EAT the drips off of your skin ;)
    GREAT post. I know that you aren't a "beauty blogger" but I'd really like to see what you use in your daily makeup routine!! MUCH LOVE!

  3. I use coconut oil too! I use it as a cleanser every night then use a diluted apple cider vinegar mix as toner. The coconut oil normally takes away the need for a moisturizer too. The other natural products I've tried is baking soda and apple cider vinegar instead of shampoo and conditioner. I stuck it out for a year and it was definitely interesting! I've heard a lot about honey as a face mask though, and I think your post has inspired me to try it!!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Katie // ZZ&H

  4. I've only used coconut oil for my hair before -- it does wonders at bringing back the life to dry hair. *cough* bleached and dyed ends *cough* I've yet to try it as moisturizer though. I've also got to purchase the odorless kind -- I can't stand the smell of coconut oil, haha.

    Thank you for sharing, Sjoukje!

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  5. Yesss, ik ben ook een sterke aanhanger van natuurlijke huidverzorging! Ik gebruik niks meer dat kunstmatig is op mijn gezicht. Ik heb enorme vooruitgang in mijn huid gemerkt sinds ik dat doe. Kokosnootolie is inderdaad elke avond op mijn gezicht te vinden! Honing roer ik soms door een zelfgemaakte scrub, maar heb het nooit als masker gebruikt. Toch maar eens doen! En wat een goed idee om een aloe vera plantje te kopen! Ik wist niet dat het zo kant en klaar te gebruiken was. Groeien de blaadjes wel snel genoeg weer aan vroeg ik me af, of moet je na een tijdje weer een plantje kopen? :)

  6. Coconut oil is a great hair mask and makeup remover, however I just don't like using it as a moisturizer on it's own. I've noticed that while it is does make your skin soft for a couple of days, it can lead to breakouts in the long run. So, just keep that in mine! <3

    xx Bash | H E Y   B A S H | bloglovin'

  7. everyone raves about coconut oli! maybe its time i tried it for myself :)

  8. I love honey. I used to make scrub with it: honey+sugar and it's amazing.

  9. Thanks for sharing! I've used coconut oil for hair but never for my face - will have to try! :) x


  10. Nice read! I have just started using coconut oil. Mainly on my psoriasis patches on my elbows and knees. Going to try it as a make up remover as well!

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