The 22 Best The Ordinary Products Worth Your Money


Has 2021 and wearing a mask just left your skin feeling not so fresh maybe a little patchy looking? No time to go get a facial and don’t want to break the bank buying tons of product. No worries there are lots of brands in your local drugstore, beauty store, amazon, or target that you can pick up for a good deal. Check out this brand review from and most of these products are available at target!

Few brands have revolutionized the way we shop for skin care the way The Ordinary has. Before the Canadian brand blessed us with the best The Ordinary products, accessibility to cheap, high-quality options had mostly been restricted to makeup. Even with so much innovation among drugstore skin-care brands, few affordable finds really rival what luxury serums and moisturizers have to offer.

That’s why buzz for the best The Ordinary products (like this TikTok-beloved peeling solution) refuses to die down. The brand takes a clinical, science-based approach to skin care and specializes in single-ingredient-driven products that deliver targeted results. The best part? Nothing costs more than $20. In fact, the majority of it clocks in for less than $10. This is largely in part thanks to The Ordinary’s dedication to transparency, resulting in prices that aren’t significantly marked up.

But despite its low price point, the brand can be intimidating. Because the names of the products refer to skin-care ingredients–not results—they all sound like something out of an advanced medical textbook. Meaning you’re left trying to decipher what the hell ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate (a vitamin C derivative) or epigallocatechin gallatyl glucoside (an anti-inflammatory compound in green tea) does. That’s where we come in. 

Our editors went through hundreds of dollars of The Ordinary skin-care products to help explain the cryptic descriptions of each and narrow down what’s actually worth adding to your top shelf. Read on for our honest reviews of the best The Ordinary products.

All products featured on Glamour are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

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1/22The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5I read the internet, so I know properly moisturized skin depends on more than just a nice lotion. For true, deep moisture, you’re supposed to use a serum or acid that can penetrate deeper than your standard emollient. Enter hyaluronic acid, which I’ve wanted to use for months but have never purchased because the one time I went into a store (which shall remain nameless) to shop for one, a woman there recommended a brand that retailed for $185. No! So I jumped at the chance to test this serum with vitamin B5 (an anti-inflammatory that can help decrease puffiness), which costs less than $10. I’ve used it for about three weeks and don’t know if I’ve detected a major difference in the texture of my skin, but I have benefited from the serious glow it imparts. It leaves my face dewy but not oily. I like the finish so much I’ve skipped makeup for most of the month. And if that doesn’t sell you, maybe this will: Out of all the options out there, Glamour readers voted this the best hyaluronic acid serum in our 2020 Beauty Awards. —Mattie Kahn, culture director$7The OrdinaryBuy Now

The Ordinary Peeling Solution

Courtesy of brand 2/22The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling SolutionYes, part of this product’s appeal is that it looks like you’re doing an at-home blood facial (you can see what it looks like on in our full review of it), but the results are just as Instagrammable. The mix of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) deeply exfoliates to clear up congestion, dead skin cells, and hyperpigmentation. My skin looked brighter and smoother after one use—with no irritation to my sensitive, acne-prone skin. And for about 100th of the cost of a vampire facial? A no-brainer. —Bella Cacciatore, beauty associate$8The OrdinaryBuy NowADVERTISEMENT

The Ordinary natural moisturizing factors

courtesy of brand3/22The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HAThe Ordinary’s Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA is perfect for dealing with dryness—and I like to apply a pea-size dollop after washing my face with a cleanser. The moisturizer comes out with a sunscreen-like consistency, but it blends in with my skin in seconds. After a week of using it, my cheeks are plump and flake-free, probably because it has hyaluronic acid, which helps skin cells retain moisture. With such noticeable results for a low-maintenance moisturizer, I’m counting on this for the rest of the year. —Halie LeSavage, contributor $6The OrdinaryBuy Now

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Courtesy of brand4/22The Ordinary “Buffet”I just turned 25, and I’m ready to start thinking about upping my anti-aging routine. However, I’m on serious topicals for my acne, so anything too aggressive was out of the question. This serum, which uses a combo of peptides and hyaluronic acid to plump and firm, feels like a good place to start. I noticed my skin looks much more bright and bouncy when I use it, and it’s helped curb some of the irritation from my topicals. It also feels much more luxurious than the price would lead me to believe, and I look forward to using it every day. —B.C.$15The OrdinaryBuy Now

A bottle of The Ordinary Lactic Acid Serum

Courtesy of brand5/22The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%I’m typically a generous person (playing Beauty Santa is among my favorite things about my job), but there are two things I won’t share with anyone over my dead body: Sunday Riley Good Genes and Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion. The first is a $122 lactic acid serum, which is considered the gold standard of lactic acid (it delivers the gentlest type of exfoliation and is great for sensitive skin types like myself). The latter is a $60 hyaluronic acid (or H.A.) moisturizer that gives you dewy baby skin. In other words: My expectations are high. But for $7, I’ll be damned if this isn’t a wonderful alternative for someone who can’t afford to drop nearly $200 on half their skin-care routine. The mornings after I use it (usually three times a week), my skin is brighter, glowier, and a smidge bouncier. While it’s still no Good Genes, it’s a great runner-up. —Lindsay Schallon, senior beauty editor$7The OrdinaryBuy Now

The Ordinary HighAdherance Silicone Primer

Courtesy of brand6/22The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone PrimerThe first thing I noticed about The Ordinary’s High-Adherence Silicone Primer was its texture, which feels just like a creamy moisturizing lotion. Once applied, it made my skin feel so soft that I almost didn’t want to put on makeup for fear of losing the silkiness. I, of course, eventually did, and it was a good thing: My makeup went on smooth and stayed matte throughout the day. My one complaint is that I wish the labeling explained the effects it would have, since I probably would have totally passed by this in a store for that reason. But at least now you know. —Marla Goller, supervising video producer$5The OrdinaryBuy Now

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7/22The Ordinary Pycnogenol 5%I came across this oddly named serum after stumbling on a viral Tiktok review of how it totally transformed a girl’s acne and I was sold. Why wouldn’t I try it when it’s only $10 and my maskne has been out of control? Let me just say the reviews don’t lie. I’d never heard of pycnogenol before, but apparently, it’s an extract derived from pine trees that has the ability to boost collagen and elastin production in your skin. Plus, it’s great for hydration. My skin looks and feels healthier after using it. —L.S.$10The OrdinaryBuy Now

A bottle of The Ordinary Rosehip Oil

Courtesy of brand8/22The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed OilThis oil is one of my most beloved must-haves. After searching for an inexpensive rosehip oil (I personally don’t believe in paying over $20 for a single oil), I finally decided to try this one, and I’m so glad I did. It’s great for moisturizing and nourishing my skin, yet it still feels lightweight. Using it in tandem with a retinol has significantly faded my postacne hyperpigmentation, and it definitely makes a difference in the glow factor. I will say it has a slightly earthy smell, but for skin this good, I’m willing to overlook it. —B.C. $10The OrdinaryBuy Now

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toner

Courtesy of brand9/22The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning SolutionMentally, the idea of putting something called a “direct acid” on my face feels disturbing. But in reality, chemical exfoliants are much gentler and better than physical exfoliants, like face scrubs or loofas. This glycolic acid toner visibly resurfaces my skin, and it’s pretty gentle—though you shouldn’t use it more than every other night. Plus it’s affordable and lasts forever. —Jenny Singer, staff writer $9The OrdinaryBuy Now

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Courtesy of brand10/22The Ordinary Coverage FoundationI’m like Goldilocks when it comes to foundation. I need a high-coverage formula to cover pimples and scarring, but I hate the look and feel of thick makeup. This foundation has a lightweight serum texture, but it’s packed with pigment so I get the coverage I need. The finish is natural, it doesn’t really add shine or mattify, and feels like nothing on my skin. Plus, the price is so good I can keep my summer and winter shades on hand at all times. —B.C.$7The OrdinaryBuy Now


Courtesy of brand11/22The Ordinary ConcealerI’m also notoriously picky when it comes to concealer, since I want something thick enough to cover pimples but luminous enough to hide my insomnia-induced dark circles. Right off the bat, I was intrigued by the texture. It somehow manages to be creamy and thick yet very lightweight and spreadable. Plus, it was easy to blend in. Just like the description says, this stuff is pigmented. Only a few dots blended with a finger or sponge quickly covered my lack of sleep, and the concealer seamlessly blended into my foundation on my pimples. I did have to build up a few layers on my deep red acne scars, but everywhere else, I found a drop or two was enough. —B.C.$6The OrdinaryBuy Now

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Courtesy of brand12/22The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%I’ve always been curious about azelaic acid, since I’ve heard it can treat both acne and dark spots while being safe enough to use even during pregnancy. (Although I’m not expecting, for the record.) The texture felt super luxe and absorbed nicely, and while I didn’t notice an improvement on a stubborn breakout, my postacne dark spots looked less opaque than they had. —Deanna Pai, contributor$8The OrdinaryBuy Now

The Ordinary Caffine Solution

Courtesy of brand13/22The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCGI’ve honestly never believed a product could help with sleepy undereyes until I tried this one. While it doesn’t help with dark circles (sadly, not much will), the lightweight serum instantly depuffs and smooths out any baggage I’m dealing with. It brightens my eyes in seconds and makes it look like I got a full eight hours of sleep. —B.C.$6.70The OrdinaryBuy Now

Bottle of The Ordinary Retinol

Courtesy of brand14/22The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid* 2% EmulsionI’m incredibly cautious with retinol because of my rosacea, but now that I’m in my thirties, I really need its skin-rejuvenating abilities. I’m happy to report that this is an incredibly gentle option. The serum is an almost milky consistency, and after a month of using it, I started to see a few fine lines on my forehead fade. It’s also been a wonder for smoothing out the texture of my skin. —L.S.$10The OrdinaryBuy Now

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23  HA Spheres 2

Courtesy of brand15/22The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%The only issue I have with this Ordinary vitamin C cream is that it doesn’t come in a larger size. I’ve been on the hunt for a strong but nonirritating option for a while, and this formula is just that. Perfect for my prebedtime ritual, it’s only $5.80; plus it can be mixed with my other favorite serums to reduce its somewhat gritty texture. If you’re looking to fight wrinkles and even out your skin tone, this one is a great bet. —Sarah Morse, contributor $6The OrdinaryBuy Now

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Courtesy of brand16/22The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%I never had acne as a teenager, but lately, I’ve been getting these hormonal breakouts around my chin and forehead. I decided to give this serum a try after reading hundreds of rave reviews. The lightweight combo of niacinamide and zinc has been super-effective at controlling excess sebum (read: oil) production, and after a few weeks of daily use, the blemishes that appeared out of nowhere seem to have disappeared. —Talia Abbas, associate commerce editor $6The OrdinaryBuy Now

The Ordinary 100 PlantDerived Squalane

Courtesy of brand 17/22The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived SqualaneSqualane is fantastic for hydrating—it’s nonsticky, fast-absorbing, and has humectant (meaning, moisture-drawing) properties that work in tandem to make your skin look crazy plump. The downside is that it’s traditionally derived from animals. But that’s not the case with this serum. Instead, it’s powered by plants, so I feel even better about using it when I see dewy, bouncy skin in the mirror. —L.S.$8The OrdinaryBuy Now

The Ordinary Retinol

Courtesy of brand 18/22The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in SqualanePlease save yourself hundreds of dollars on luxury antiaging treatments and buy a retinol from The Ordinary, which costs less than an hour of minimum-wage labor and is backed by rigorous research instead of random claims of “pearl essence” or whatever. I particularly like this one because it’s lower-strength and delivered with squalane, so it’s a bit less irritating than other ones out there. Start by using it one to three times per week, use it only at night, and know that if you don’t wear SPF after using it, it will damage your skin. Play by those rules and be wowed. —J.S.$6The OrdinaryBuy Now

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20 in Vitamin F serum

Courtesy of brand19/22The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin FThe name of this sounds insane (and impossible to pronounce), and I’ll admit that, going in, I had no idea what it did. After a little research and a test-drive, though, I’m sold. It’s basically a form of vitamin C (which helps brighten and even out your skin tone), while vitamin F is a fatty acid rich in omega-6 that helps maintain your skin barrier (when it’s disrupted, all kinds of things like acne and redness occur). I noticed a major difference in the condition of my skin after just one use—it was noticeably smoother, firmer, and overall much brighter and more radiant. Like I said, sold. —Stephanie Griffin, contributor $18The OrdinaryBuy Now

The Ordinary Mandelic Acid

Courtesy of brand 20/22The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HAMandelic acid is really slept on—and hard to find—so it’s exciting to see this hyperpigmentation-fighting superstar available at a lower price point. It’s super gentle yet has helped reduce some of my acne as well as the scars it leaves behind. I can’t wait to keep using it. —B.C.$7The OrdinaryBuy Now

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Courtesy of brand21/22The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%Want to reduce the appearance of acne scars and dark spots? Have this product on deck. My dry skin isn’t the biggest fan of strong actives, so this serum-oil hybrid felt a good place to start. The formula delivers 3% resveratrol and ferulic acid—two antioxidants known for brightening and evening out skin tone. I personally appreciate that the formulation isn’t super-aggressive, but if you want even more of an antioxidant boost, you can always mix two or three drops in with your vitamin C. —T.A.$8The OrdinaryBuy Now

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22/22The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% MasqueThis exfoliating charcoal-colored mask is the only thing that’s helped with my quarantine breakouts. I rate it highly for both skintertainment and effectiveness: It gives me a bright, exfoliated glow without irritating my skin, and when it’s on my face it makes me look like Dick Van Dyke doing the chimney sweep dance in Mary Poppins. There is simply nothing more I want from a product. —J.S.$12The OrdinaryBuy Now

Quench Soap Store & Youtube Channel

If you love buying artisan soaps from the framers market, stores, or making yourself you need to check out this store and youtube channel. Quench has a variety of vegan hemp products for sale soaps, bath bombs, scrubs etc. Well the owner of Quench takes it one step further she started her youtube page (see below link). She not only speaks about how to make the soap yourself but also insight to the business side incase you want to start your own brand! Check out her page I posted this one because wedding season is here so making soap favors is a great idea:


Check out her story below:


Why Hemp Oil?

We started out by adding hemp oil to our lemon shandy soap and quickly noticed something: these soaps felt DIFFERENT. Creamier and smoother, these particular hemp soaps felt luxurious in our shower. And after the shower? Even better. We couldn’t deny how much softer and more quenched our skin felt. And our customers noticed too: our lemon shandy soap quickly became a best-seller. A decision had to be made and it was pretty easy: add hemp oil to ALL our products. 

Some known properties of hemp oil:

  • Won’t clog skin’s pores.
  • Known to balance out skin and reduce oiliness, dryness, and irritation.
  • Contains vitamins fatty acids that benefit skin health.

Try our products and FEEL the difference for yourself.

Smaller Batches = Better Quality

Here, at Quench, we handcraft products that feel, look and smell out-of-this-world amazing. Every bar of soap, bath bomb, body butter, and lip balm has been handcrafted, hand-poured and hand-pressed in small batches from our home in Midland, Ontario, providing an experience that’s uniquely special for every customer.

A luxurious treat for the eyes, nose AND skin

Most soap companies prefer to keep their soaps and bath bombs as simple and as easily to replicate as possible in order to produce them in larger batches quickly. Not here: our focus is to provide a product whose design will take your breath away. No two soaps or bath bombs are exactly the same. Our beautiful products aren’t just pretty: they’re formulated with skin-loving ingredients that work to retain your skin’s natural oils once you step out of your tub.

Making beautiful soap the old-fashioned way

“Your soap looks like fudge” is our most common comment we hear. Why? Because we make our soaps using the cold-process method that allows us to design, pour, and sculpt our soaps in our signature “peaked” design. We love the delight our soaps bring to people because it reminds us how truly unique our products are.

Shower, Bath and Beyond! We got you covered

Quench handcrafts wonderful body butters, sugar scrubs, bath bombs and lip balms with the same high standard as our soaps. Every product is formulated to provide the same luxurious experience.

Raising the bar on bath time

Once you go handmade, you never go back: let us take care of you in a way those big box guys never can.

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6 Ways Dogs Can Benefit From Coconut Oil

There is always coconut oil at my house either for baking or using on spa treatments, it’s not too expensive and smell great. Best part is you can use it for yourself and also on the furkids, check out the link from for great tips:

Coconut oil for dogs is a common way that pet parents can introduce health and wellness to their pets—both because it’s an affordable shelf staple they typically already have at home and because it has an abundance of health benefits for dogs.

How can you use coconut oil to boost your dog’s health and wellness?

Below, we explore six great ways to improve your dog’s health and quality of life using coconut oil.

The Science Behind Coconut Oil for Dogs

While not every veterinarian agrees on the health benefits of coconut oil for our canine friends, the science definitely leans in favor of usage, especially when moderated. While coconut oil is not a cure-all, many scientists and vets in the community argue that coconut oil for dogs can:

  • Make them smell better.
  • Do wonders for a dog’s skin conditions, including dry or itchy skin, hot spots and even bites or stings.
  • Give dogs a glossier coat.
  • Help with coughing and hairballs.
  • Aid in digestion thanks to the medium chain triglycerides (MCTs for short). Some vets even say the medium chain triglycerides of medium-chain fatty acids like coconut oil can boost brain energy and cognitive function as your dog enters its senior years.
  • Help with bones and joints, even soothing the effects of arthritis.
  • Support metabolic function.
  • Fight off viruses, fungi and bacteria via coconut oil’s lauric acid.

Coconut oil alone cannot ward off every dog’s skin conditions or any virus your dog is exposed to, and it likely only helps ease the pain of arthritis but does not prevent it altogether.

Think of coconut oil as a good supplement, not a replacement for a well-balanced diet, especially the essential fatty acids that must be included in your dog’s diet.

Wait, Essential Fatty Acids?

The word “fat” often carries hurtful, negative connotations in our society, but when it comes to your diet — and your dog’s diet — fats serve an important purpose. Good saturated fats like medium chain triglycerides, for example, are a fuel source for us, giving us the energy we need to go about our days.

The lauric acid of coconut oil is considered an antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial acid. Coconut oil also contains important unsaturated fats (both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats) with known benefits.

6 Ways to Use Coconut Oil to Boost Your Dog’s Health

Is coconut oil good for your dog? It can be. The benefits of coconut oil are varied. But how do you best introduce coconut oil into your dog’s routine? Here are six unique ways to use coconut oil to improve your dog’s health and wellness:

1. Use With Food to Improve a Wealth of Skin Issues

Ingesting coconut oil is its most basic use and likely its most effective. If your dog likes the taste, it can be a good addition to a meal to help with itchy skin, flaky skin, rashes, nutrient absorption, digestion, joint pain and more. Just plop a small amount directly into your dog’s food bowl at feeding time. Many pet parents recommend using small amounts of the oil as dog treats.

How much coconut oil to use

Remember: Everything in moderation. When adding coconut oil to your dog’s meal, start with a very small amount and up the dosage gradually (or risk upsetting your dog’s tummy and potentially ruining your carpet). Your dog’s vet can likely supply a recommendation based on your pup’s breed and weight.


A good rule of thumb is roughly a quarter teaspoon for a small dog (think Yorkies) up to 1 tablespoon for a big dog (like a Great Dane).

2. Cover Up the Taste of Meds

If coconut oil proves popular as a treat or at dinnertime, it can be an effective way to disguise your dog’s medicines. Given coconut oil’s unique texture (kind of like peanut butter—and thus a good replacement for peanut butter), it can be easy to hide a pill in. Your dog will come to love medicine time!

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3. Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

Coconut oil offers antimicrobial properties that make it a good substitute for doggy toothpaste, especially for dogs that aren’t a fan of the flavor of the over-the-counter paste. (It’s also much cheaper.) Use your finger or a commercial dog toothbrush (or even a child’s toothbrush) to rub the oil directly on your canine’s canines once or twice a week.

4. Apply Coconut Oil to Your Dog’s Skin and Coat

The benefits of coconut oil extend beyond oral use cases. It’s been shown that coconut oil improves your dog’s coat and skin when applied properly.Warning: Rubbing coconut oil into your dog’s skin and coat can be a little messy, but many dog owners swear by it. You might want to put an old beach towel under your pup.

If your dog has flaky, itchy or dry skin, apply some coconut oil directly to the problematic area. You can even rub the oil into your hands and give your pooch a full-body massage (dogs have such a rough life, eh?) to spread the oil around the fur and skin.

This can be particularly helpful in response to an allergic reaction. Make sure to follow up with a visit to the vet to determine the source of the reaction.

And of course, don’t be surprised if you find your dog licking itself a little more than usual. Just monitor to ensure it doesn’t eat too much.

5. Use it as a Defense Against Fleas and Ticks

Not only does coconut oil serve as a moisturizer for your dog, but it can also be a natural flea repellant.

But a caveat: As someone who has tried natural at-home flea and tick repellant recipes, I find the over-the-counter stuff to be more effective. I advise relying on coconut oil as an added repellant, not the sole repellant, or else you might welcome fleas into your home and put your dog at a higher risk of contracting Lyme disease.

6. Promote Healing of Wounds

Finally, you can use coconut oil on the skin to help heal wounds, as it has natural antibiotic properties. Veterinarians have specifically found coconut oil good for cracked paw pads, cuts from rough play at the dog park or even self-inflicted wounds by dogs who nibble at itchy paws during allergy season.

Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home

Don’t have any plans for Valentine’s Day yet, well here is another great way to not spend alot of money and still have a relaxing day. has an inexpensive ways to create your own spa day at home:

  1. Everything you’ve heard about coconut oil is true. Skip the expensive body lotion and the deep conditioner and use this low-cost alternative instead.

Cost: An entire jar of coconut oil costs about $6 and will last for months.

  1. Apply an avocado or egg mask to your hair at the beginning of your spa routine, then wrap your head in a warm towel. Let it work its magic for at least 20 minutes while you give yourself a lip scrub.

Cost: One egg will set you back 10 cents, and an avocado is between $1 and $1.50.

  1. Korean sheet masks, cotton-based sheets that address various skin care issues, make your skin look amazing, but they can be awfully pricy. I picked up a handful at my local dollar store for a buck each and discovered they work just as well as the expensive brands. If you buy in bulk, you can save even more pennies.

Cost: Sheet masks can be found online or in dollar stores for as little as $1.

  1. Speaking of masks, if you use Lush cosmetics or know someone who does, hang onto those little black pots and bottles the products come in. You’ll score a free face mask when you turn in five clean empties. That’s a savings of at least $11.95!

Cost: The cost of the five products (To be fair, Lush products can be pretty pricy — but they smell so gooood.)

  1. Clear up blemishes and reduce fine lines with a container of plain, generic-brand yogurt! Whether you use it alone or jazz it up with extras like a dash of honey or oatmeal, your pores will thank you.

Cost: A small container of plain yogurt can cost anywhere from 60 cents to $1.

  1. After rinsing off the mask, I like to give myself a five-minute face massage. It’s surprisingly relaxing.

Cost: Totally free!

  1. If you’ve got a few dollars a month to spare, sign up for a Sephora Play! subscription. You’ll get a box delivered right to your door filled with deluxe product samples and a bonus fragrance.

Cost: $10 per month

  1. This homemade eucalyptus sugar scrub is both energizing and effective. You can make a batch to slough off dry, dead skin, leaving behind a tingly clean that smells luxurious.

Cost: Less than $1 worth of sugar, coconut oil and salt, plus around $13 for eucalyptus essential oil.

  1. For a change of pace, I like to mix things up and exfoliate my skin with this three-ingredient coffee body scrub that you can make with the (free!) used coffee grounds left over from your morning brew. It reportedly also reduces the appearance of cellulite. (Don’t tell me if that’s just an old wives’ tale — I don’t want to know.)

Cost: Free, if you’re a coffee drinker.

  1. Sometimes my skin just isn’t up for a harsh scrub down. That’s when I whip together this gentle scrub that rinses off easily with warm water. (I’ve tried it without wheat germ, and it still works great.)

Cost: About $10 for the oat bran, $7 for the essential oil and $6 for the almond oil – and you can use all of these for other purposes too.

  1. If you plan to shave during your spa time, try dry brushing first to prevent ingrown hairs and razor-burn bumps.

Cost: A good dry brush costs around $7.50

  1. If I’m going to sport beautiful nails, the rest of my hand better keep up appearances, too. This lemon-sugar hand scrub is so easy to make and smells amazing. After you rinse it off, slather on some hand lotion and take a minute to admire your, er, handiwork.

Cost: A lemon costs about 50 cents, and you probably already have sugar and oil in your pantry.

  1. Do you know why every spa scene in a movie or on TV depicts someone with cucumber slices on their eyes? Because they work! You can use the leftovers for cucumber-infused water to really amp up that luxe “I’m in a spa” feeling.

Cost: About $1 for a cucumber.

  1. Treat your feet to a nice soak with whatever gentle bath wash you have on hand. Follow it up with a homemade foot scrub. Simply stir one part coconut oil into two parts sugar and scent with a few drops of essential oil. A dash of lemon juice adds extra oomph. To kick (ha!) things up a notch, slather on some lotion and cover your tootsies with thick socks while the moisturizer works its magic.

Cost: Peppermint essential oil costs about $9, or you can just use the eucalyptus oil you bought earlier. The rest of the ingredients are likely in your pantry.

10 Easy Ways to Spa-ify Your Surroundings

While planning your day of indulgence, don’t forget to design your own relaxation grotto. Give your bathroom a deep clean and then:

  1. Splurge on a soft, thick towel.
  2. Pick up some pretty containers from the dollar store to hold all the scrubs and potions you make.
  3. Scour thrift shops for a fluffy bathrobe to wear while relaxing.
  4. Get some inexpensive candles to create ambience during bath time — or make your own.
  5. Set a plant or vase of flowers in the bathroom, because greenery makes everything better.
  6. Cover your bathroom window with frosted contact paper to diffuse bright sunlight that might harsh your mellow.
  7. Put a few sprigs of eucalyptus on the corner of the bathtub to create a clean, refreshing scent when you run the hot water.
  8. Buy a bathtub overflow drain cover so you can fill the tub extra deep and soak all the way up to your chin.
  9. Queue up this chill Spotify playlist.
  10. Use the cucumber you bought for your eyes to make some cucumber-infused water to sip as you spa.

8 DIY Facial Treatments You Can Make With Things You Already Have

Getting ready to send off 2020 here are a few at home recipes to have a very relaxing evening or New Year morning and of course a nice bubbly drink will help too! All ingredients can be found in your kitchen or bathroom, don’t forget your robe and slippers:

Chocolate Orange Sugar Scrub

Good for: Dry, winter skin

This scrub will exfoliate away your dry skin cells, revealing the smooth, soft, fresh skin below. Use it once a week to keep your face full of moisture, according to Essie Button, a former esthetician and makeup artist.

This recipe will yield eight ounces, so you’ll have enough for one large jar or two smaller ones.  (And by the way, this recipe smells good enough to eat.)


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp finely grated orange peel
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions: Mix all of the ingredients together. Gently exfoliate your skin, then rinse.

Coconut Oil Hydrator

Good for: Dry cuticles

Dry cuticles can be annoying and unsightly, but a coat of coconut oil can soften them up nicely. The cuticles and skin absorb the fat in the coconut oil, which prevents the cuticles from looking and feeling dry, according to Kryz Uy, a beauty expert and writer.

Coconut oil also contains Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant with protective properties.


  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • Plastic wrap

Directions Apply a small amount to your fingertips, then wrap the plastic around them. Leave for 10 minutes. Rub the oil into your skin and rinse off the surplus.

Honey and Lemon Mask

Good for: Acne and blackheads

Honey has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, while the lemon removes dead skin cells and clears acne and blackheads, according to Toby Dash, a blogger at Five Star Skin Care, focused on skincare, health and beauty.

Make sure to do a patch test before trying this one, as both lemon and honey have been found to irritate some skin types. (If you have sensitive skin, avoid this mask altogether.)


  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp honey

Directions: Squeeze the lemon into the honey and mix. Apply to your clean, dry face and leave it for up to five minutes. Wash it off with warm water.

Oatmeal Face Mask

Good for: Sensitive, reactive or redness-prone skin

Oats contain avenanthramides, which can have antihistamine-like benefits, says Cheryl Woodman, a scientist, skin expert and skincare formulator based in the United Kingdom. There’s also evidence that oats may help balance skin pH, which is vital for calm, happy skin.


  • 2 tbsp oatmeal
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Water (just enough to make a paste)

How to use it: Blend the oatmeal, and add the baking soda. Add enough water to make the paste. Apply the paste to clean, dry skin. Leave it for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse off.

Directions: Mix the ingredients and apply to your face and neck. Leave for one minute before gently rinsing your face with water.

Tea Tree Oil Cleanser

Good for: Acne, inflammation and dermatitis

Tea tree oil is a popular ingredient for homemade facial cleansers, says James Morgan, editor at Get Rid of Things. You can get tea tree oil at any grocery store, health food store and most drug stores.


  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • A few drops of coconut milk or coconut oil (skip this if acne is a concern for you)

Directions: Mix and apply once or twice a day to your face. Rinse off with warm water.

Turmeric Mask

Good for: Hyperpigmented skin

This mask helps brighten, tighten, condition and moisturize the skin, says Keione Gordon, a medical aesthetician


  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp aloe vera gel

Directions: Mix the ingredients together and spread the mask on your clean, dry face. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Warm Milk Soak

Good for: Dry hands

This soak softens hard-working hands, says Uy. The fat in the milk (especially whole milk) softens the skin, while Vitamins A and E nourish it.


  • 2 cups of whole milk (you may need more if you have larger hands)

Directions: Heat the milk to room temperature — or you can pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds to make it slightly warm. Soak your hands for at least 5 to 10 minutes, and then rinse them off.

Yogurt and Lemon Lotion

Good for: Dry skin

Yogurt is rich in lactic acid, which helps lighten and cleanse the skin, while the Vitamin C in lemon brightens your skin, according to Dash, who created this recipe.

However, as with our other recipe that includes lemon, you may want to skip this if you have sensitive skin. And be sure to try a patch test on your skin before going full throttle with this lotion.


  • 1 cup of plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp of lemon

Directions: Mix the ingredients and apply them to your face and neck. Leave it on for 1 minute before gently rinsing it off with water.

The Benefits of Using Flowers in Homemade Skin Care Recipes


I love smelling lotions and soaps that have a fresh flowery scent. From a relaxing lavender to an invigorating mint or eucalyptus. Let’s check out what other flowers are good for making beauty products from

1. Rose

Rose petals and oil have been used for ages in bath and body recipes. A quick, refreshing way to incorporate this flower into your day is by spraying rosewater on your face when in need of a pick-me-up. It can also be used in perfume and all-natural cleaning.

2. Lavender

Adding lavender to recipes, such as bath salts or body butter, can provide a calming and relaxing atmosphere. The soothing smell alone helps refresh the mind, and the properties help reduce scars and wrinkles.

3. Hibiscus

This flower adds a bright pop of color and a summery scent. It’s the perfect ingredient for a scrub or a facial steam. It helps firm the skin and is rich in antioxidants.

4. Calendula

The calendula flower is known for its golden hue and healing properties. Not only is it antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, but it also helps regenerate the skin. Calendula-infused oil is great to keep on hand for a number of ailments.

5. Chamomile

Dried chamomile flowers are beautiful as well as beneficial for skin care and mental health. It can help soothe and relax, and can be added to soaps, scrubs, and more. It can also help ease puffiness around the eyes.

Jade Roller What Are They For?


I have seen these at beauty supplies, drug stores, and online many times but never really knew what they were for? I started googling and found this article perfectly named Everything You Should Know About Jade Rollers! So I picked one up to try it out and have an added bonus to my facial routine:

From tightening facial muscles to supporting collagen production, jade rollers are the latest must-have step in everyone’s beauty routines. But its Insta-worthy appeal doesn’t mean it’ll automatically put you on the fast track to flawless skin.

There are actually a few things you should keep in mind when looking for a jade roller and incorporating it into your beauty routine. Here are five expert tips from Jordana Mattioli, a medical esthetician in New York, to make sure you get the most out of this at-home treatment.

Check for authenticity
“Jade rollers should be made out of 100 percent pure jade,” states Mattioli. This might mean a higher price point, but authentic jade rollers last longer and are more effective at helping your nightly oils and serums penetrate the skin deeper. Jade rollers priced under $9 are typically made of glass or plastic and don’t deliver the results that a real jade roller does. “You won’t get high-quality results from a low-priced roller,” explains Mattioli.

Note that sizes differ
Mattioli shares that she “prefers a jade roller to have two different sized stones on each end because then you can treat the larger areas of the face with the larger side and use the smaller side around your eyes and lips. If you can, always buy one in person so you can check its smoothness, polish, and that it doesn’t squeak, which means it’s broken.”

Clean after each use
We love applying our favorite nighttime serum and rolling our jade roller all over our face as part of our self-care nightly ritual, but as Mattioli warns, it’s important to clean your roller after each use. Oils, creams, and serums can leave behind residue, which can lead to clogged pores. Mattioli insists on cleaning it with an alcohol pad after every use.

Storage matters
It’s important that your jade roller is stored properly to preserve its quality and longevity. Mattioli stores hers in a clean plastic bag in the fridge to increase its soothing and depuffing benefits.

Roll upwards
“Whether it’s a quick one-minute session or a full ten minutes, there’s no wrong way to use it,” explains Mattioli. But she recommends using an upward motion as well as paying attention to those areas that need extra firming or are wrinkle-prone like “the forehead, over the eyebrows, and the area from the jawline to the ear.” Through continuous uses, the roller motion will help eliminate excess fluids while the cooled jade stones will constrict blood vessels to minimize puffiness and swelling.

Here are a few options:

Ovovo Agate Jade Roller $15.39

At the most affordable price point, this jade roller doesn’t slack when it comes to skin benefits. The natural jade stone is smooth to touch and emits “good energy” to keep both your heart and skin happy.

Herbivore Botanicals Jade Facial Roller $25

If you want a brand you can trust, opt for Herbivore Botanicals. This jade roller has a gorgeous marble design and helps drain congested lymph nodes while ridding the body of toxins and waste.

GingerChi Anti-Aging Jade Roller $38.99

Get a two-in-one deal with this jade roller that comes with an aromatherapy necklace. You’ll be able to reap the benefits of essential oils while rolling all the acupressure points with this 100 percent natural jade roller.

Goop Rose Quartz Roller $45

Wake up your entire face with the cooling, soothing power of rose quartz crystal: It promotes circulation for glowy, healthy-looking skin, releases tension in facial muscles, and cools to help reduce the appearance of puffiness and under-eye bags. Brilliant all over or just where you need it, the rose quartz feels incredible.

Shiffa Jade Roller $63

Stimulate blood circulation and lymphatic drainage with this ever-so-popular brand. It contours facial muscles, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, tones and improves elasticity, reduces puffiness around eyes, and more.

Recipes For Overripe Avocados!


I love a site that can give you budget advice and recipes for you make food with all the money you saved:

11 Overripe Avocado Recipes You Should Try Today

From sauces and dressings to desserts and even drinks, we’ve got your overripe avocado needs covered.

Sauces and Dressings

The easiest way to fancy up any meal (and use up those avocados) is by making a simple sauce or dressing. Five minutes, a food processor and voila! 

1. Magic Green Sauce

SOURCE: from Lindsay over at Pinch of Yum is made with all green foods — right down to the pistachios.

2. Creamy Avocado Vinaigrette from Chef Emeril. It’s light and refreshing, and has worked on every salad I’ve put it on so far. 

3. Avocado Nut Bread from Food with your overripe avocados. I love any version of veggie bread, but the added bonus here is that the bread turns out green.

4. Corn and Avocado Fritters

Try dipping these from Give Recipe into the magic green sauce for a seriously avocado-y snack.

5. Avocado Egg Salad

For from All Recipes, you want to let the avocado go an extra day or two past peak ripeness anyway (because it will be softer and creamier), so it’s perfect for those of us who aren’t able to time an avocado intentionally. 

6. Avocado Pasta from Damn Delicious puts pasta back in my regular dinner rotation. 

7. Blackened Chicken With Avocado Cream Sauce from Popculture is a winner winner chicken dinner. Again, that avocado cream sauce is the perfect place for a mushy avocado, because it all gets smoothed out in the food processor anyway.

8. Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Perhaps the most famous hidden-avocado recipe is This version, from the Mother Nature Network, tastes decadent without all the sugar and cream found in most desserts, and it’s pretty customizable as far as add-ins and texture. Bonus: This one’s vegan. 

9. Chocolate Caramel Avocado Brownies from Mike over at The Iron You? Chocolate? A healthier spin on my favorite food group? Done and done.

10. Avocado Margarita

But I think from Bon Appetit is about to set the bar (pun intended) pretty high.

11. Smoooooothies

Smoothies might just be the easiest way to disguise the texture of a mushy brown avocado. And while there’s no wrong way to make a smoothie, from Real Simple has the added bonus of using up your not-so-perfect apples, too. But really, avocados go well with just about any smoothie ingredients given their buttery, almost nutty flavor. 

Bonus Round: Avocado Face Mask

If you still can’t handle the thought of eating an avocado that’s past its prime, you could try a do-it-yourself avocado face mask. Over at Natural Beauty Tips, you’ll find a few different versions that all call for basic pantry ingredients, so you won’t have to make an extra trip to the store. 

Avocado Face Mask Skin Benefits

1. Avocado face masks are free from chemicals and synthetic ingredients that make them less allergic and skin irritating than the many store-bought beauty products;

2. Face masks using avocado as an ingredient are good for those who are having acne prone as well dry or sensitive skin.

3. The avocado face mask can reach the inner layers of the skin to impart elasticity to even the extremely dry skin.

4. They work wonders to slow down the aging process.

5. They are inexpensive and can be easily made at home using the natural ingredients easily available in your kitchen cabinet.

Read on here for some incredible homemade avocado face mask recipes to clean skin pores and soothe your dry skin.

DIY Avocado Face Mask For Dry Skin

Avocado is not only good for your health, but it also soothes dry skin. Honey contained in the masks is good for your dry skin, as is the yogurt or milk. Try your own homemade avocado facial masks to nourish, soften, cleanse and moisturize your dry skin

1. Avocado Honey Face Mask: This easy to make face mask for dry skin uses only 2 natural ingredients, namely, avocado and honey, both of which act as natural moisturizers. This mask works wonders for mature, wrinkled and dry skin. Take 1 fully ripe fresh avocado, remove the skin as well as the seed, and mash it up into creamy pulp in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and stir the mixture until it turns into a uniform paste. Apply to skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off the mixture with lukewarm water and pat dry your face with a soft towel.

This avocado mask recipe works to impart a beautiful glow to your face. This face mask is not too sticky, but it is delicious!

2. Oatmeal Avocado Face Mask: This acts as a great moisturizing mask and helps in restoring damaged skin. Take 1/2 ripe avocado and 1/2 cup of oatmeal. Cook the oatmeal as per instructions in the label on the oatmeal packet and mixed it well with the mashed avocado (without its skin and seed) until it turns into a pulp-free paste of uniform consistency. Apply it on your skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes or until it dries up. Once it’s done, rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat dry your skin with a soft towel.

3. Avocado Yogurt Face Mask: If you want to pump in moisture into your skin then this mask will do the trick.  Yogurt also works well for acne prone skin because it has lactic acid that kills bacteria. As the plain yogurt is a little acidic, it works to restore your skin’s pH balance as well.

This work great in winter months. Take 1/4 ripe avocado and mash it up in a bowl until it turns lump free. Mix into the pulp 1 teaspoon of plain organic yogurt and 1/2 teaspoon of honey. Stir them well until you get a paste of uniform consistency. Apply the mask onto your skin for 10-15 minutes or until it dries out. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry with a soft towel.

Natural Beauty Tip – In case your skin is oily, go for a lower fat content.

4. Avocado, Banana and Egg Face Mask: Take 1/2 ripe / soft avocado, 1/2 ripe banana and 1 egg yolk. Mash and mix all the ingredients together to form a paste of uniform consistency. Apply on your skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Once done, wash it off with lukewarm water and then pat dry your skin with a soft towel.

Now you must have observed how easy it is to make and use these DIY Avocado Face Masks. They are inexpensive and chemicals free. You can apply any one of them once a week and watch your skin getting young and beautiful.

Natural Beauty Tips

(i) The above additional ingredients are optional. The avocado face masks are effective even when they are made with avocado alone. The optional ingredients you may add for their specific additional properties that may promote skin health.

(ii) Use a soft and ripe avocado for the purpose of making face masks.

(iii) To make the avocado mask cool and refreshing, keep it in your fridge for a couple of minutes before applying it.

(iv) If you add an egg to a face mask, the mask will work to tighten your skin.

(v) To make the mask ingredients penetrate deep into your skin pores, wash your face with warm water before applying the mask.

(vi) A tip for the people who have extremely dry skin. Add a couple of drops of olive oil to make the avocado face mask even more moisturizing.

(vii) Wash your face with warm water to remove make up and dirt before applying any mask, so that the face mask provides the best results to you.

(viii) Do not use any ingredient, if your skin is allergic to it.

(ix) Avocado can stain your clothes, so wear an old T-shirt while making or applying an avocado face mask.

Mini Spa At Home

Stay At Home sounded good until we realized we could not enjoy some of the simple things we are use to doing. Pedicure, haircuts, or a day at the spa! Not to worry there are a few things you can do to have a mini spa experience at home:

1. Make your own face and body scrub, there are plenty recipes depending on what you have at in the pantry? Most scrubs call for sugar, Epsom salt, coconut oil, olive oil, raw honey, etc. All items you could have or can easily pick up on that next market run. Just research your recipe first so you can make sure you have all your ingredients. If you think it maybe too hard to make your own beauty products, no worries plenty of products out there. There are many great products at Trader joes, CVS, Big Lots, even the Dollar Tree, just depend what you are looking for and your budget. Trader Joe’s has a great variety of face and body scrubs, facial serum, and even lip balm.

2. Manicure and Pedicure you want to have that spa experience pick up a pair of moisturizing gloves and foot massager they usually run under $30. You can find at Target, CVS, or Big Lots. Use a lovely smelling lotion for your hands and any kind of Epsom salts for your feet. You can pick nail files, clippers, and pumice rocks at any discount store stay on budget!

3. If you don’t already have an essential oil diffuser this is a nice touch to add as they are very relaxing. Eucalyptus, mint, or lavender all great choices to set the mood. Depending on where you go could run you between $10-$30 at most store.

4. Lastly prepare yourself either a cold brew tea or a pitcher of ice cold water with fruits or lemon to enjoy while you are having your mini experience. Put on your robe and flip flops enjoy your day!

Meet Savon de Marsaille

Gentle, pure and naturally anti-bacterial, Marseille soap is ideal for skin care and many other uses.



Marseille soap can be used at home to clean your sofa, your rug or your tiled and stones floors. You can clean your kitchen counters, tubs or pretty much any surface in your home. Simply rub a Marseille soap on a damp cloth or sponge or even directly on the surface you want to treat, and rinse well. Marseille soap is also ideal to clean or degrease wall or floor tiles. To clean stone, use a brush soaked in water with Marseille soap. This technique can be use for anything from travertine, marble, granite, terra cotta, or even slate.


As a laundry detergent, Marseille soap contains no coloring or synthetic adjuvant, making it ideal for sensitive skins and delicate clothes. To remove a stain on a piece of clothing, rub the affected area with a barely damp Marseille soap to form a crust on the stain to treat. Let dry, then wash as you normally do. This technique can be used for stains such as: alcohol or beer, coffee chocolate, food and sauce stains, or lipstick and make up.

How to make Marseille soap laundry detergent recipe:

 You will need :

– A large saucepan

– 3 liters to 4 liters of boiling water

– 150 grams of Marseille soap, shredded or grated

– A cup of baking soda


Pour some baking soda and Marseille soap into the pot filled with boiling water.

Stir with a wooden spoon until the potion is well diluted.

Let cool and pour the laundry detergent in a sealed container.

Shake the mixture before each wash.


Mix well ½ cup of grated Marseille soap with warm water. To add fresh scent, add one or two drops of mint or lemon essential oils.


Marseille soap can be used as a shower gel, shampoo or shaving soap. Its gentle formula soothes irritations and allergies, and can help in many cases of eczema or psoriasis when used a shower soap.


Fill a pan with hot water and then add 1 cup of grated Marseille soap. Let your jewelry pieces soak for 10 to 15 minutes, rubbing each piece a bit before rinsing with water. Dry it and shine-on!


Insect bites, wounds and sun burns can be cleaned and treated with Marseille soap; simply rub some soap on the wound or insect bite, then rinse. To soothe a mild sunburn, apply the soap while simultaneously pouring cold water on the affected area.


Simply attach a slice of soap on a rope in your closet to avoid the tiny creatures that swallow your favorite tees or cashmere sweaters. It works, really!


It cleans the coat very well without irritating. Always make sure to rinse well, especially in the paws area where soap could remain after rinsing. Marseille soap definitely gives a shine and spectacular lust to the coat.