DIY Summer Beauty Secrets

Jun 6th
Sunscreen bar

Summer’s the perfect time to try some homemade beauty products to protect your skin from the sun, give your hair color a boost and give your skin a fresh glow with some of my favorite summer DIY projects:


1. Natural highlights for hair

Vodka Tea Dye

You’ll need:

  • Chamomile tea
  • Vodka
  • Fresh lemon juice


2. Sunscreen Bar

Sunscreen bar

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup coconut oil (I get mine here)
  • 1 cup shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter (or a mix of all three equal to 1 cup)
  • 1 cup beeswax (can add an extra ounce or two if you want a thicker consistency, which leaves less lotion on the skin when used)(I get mine here)
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) of Zinc Oxide (available online or in many stores on the diaper aisle, just make sure it is pure zinc oxide- For those concerned about contaminants or nano-particles, this version has larger particles)

optional: Vitamin E oil to preserve. I added 1 tsp vitamin E oil for this recipe made with 1 cup of each ingredient)
optional: a few drops of vanilla or essential oil for scent (do not use citrus oils!)


3. Secret to Smooth Heels

diy summer3

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup milk
  • Sugar or salt (either will work)
  • Baby oil, sweet almond oil or coconut oil
  • Pumice stone
  • Stridex, found in the acne section of any drugstore
  • Thick moisturizer



  • Soak feet for 5-10 minutes in a warm foot bath made with 1 cup milk and 5 cups warm water.
  • Create a homemade foot scrub by putting 4 tablespoons salt or sugar in 1/2 cup oil. Baby oil, sweet almond oil or coconut oil or even vegetable oil works well.
  • Massage the homemade foot scrub in a circular motion into bottoms of feet.
  • Scrub bottoms of feet with the pumice stone. Rinse and dry feet.
  • Before you go to bed that night, try this tip rub a Stridex pad over dry areas of feet. Stridex, a product found in the acne section of any drugstore, contains 2 percent salicylic acid so it’s a great exfoliant for the feet.
  • Apply moisturizer thickly on feet (do not wash off Stridex). A super-rich moisturizer like cocoa butter, works best.

4. Minoi Skin Bronzing Oil

  • This is a rare oil that originated in the French Polynesia Tahiti.
  • It’s a base of coconut oil, but actually, it’s blended with Tahitian Tihari flowers, and that’s where the oil comes from.
  • It’s special because the oil has been manufactured the same way for over 1,000 years.
  • Tamika can demonstrate how to make a chemical free bronzer and moisturizer for the summer using Minoi.

It was a pleasure sharing these ideas with ABC viewers. Watch the segment below and share your DIY Summer Beauty Secrets!