Three Versatile Minimalist Beauty Products

30 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 2 bags

Part of minimising my life has been reducing the variety of products I buy during my weekly supermarket visits.

We have been taught that we need specialised products for specific functions, but I am quickly learning that this is not the case. I often talk about versatility when I discuss my wardrobe, and this is something I am adapting in other parts of my life. If I am able to use one product for a number of different functions, I can reduce the number of things I buy and keep in my home.

Here are three products that I used in a variety of ways. These products are obviously not strictly minimalist, but I have given them the title because I feel if I can use them in a variety of ways, they deserve it!

1. Coconut Oil. There are a million uses and purported benefits of coconut oil, and while I’m sceptical about some claims, I definitely believe in its moisturising qualities. Coconut oil has replaced a number of beauty products I used to buy, so it is a true miracle product in my bathroom. I use it as a leave in conditioner for my hair, rubbing a little into my palms, dispersing through the tips and then combing it through. While it looks a bit greasy a first, the oil completely absorbs into my hair and disappears within two days. I also use it as both a body and face moisturiser. I barely ever need it on my face, but if my skin is feeling dry I will rub it into my palms and gently pat some onto my skin.



2. Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple Cider Vinegar is another product has a number of benefits. It is most commonly used as a conditioner in the ‘no poo’ technique. To use it as a leave in conditioner, you dilute it and use it as a rinse. I no longer use it for this purpose, as it also lightens the hair. I will say that when I did use it, both my hair and scalp were in excellent condition. One of the main ways I use it now is as medicine. I put a tablespoon in a glass of water and drink it for relief of digestive issues. As I am trying to reduce the variety of cleaning products I use, I also use it for cleaning surfaces. I use it concentrated on stubborn sticky spots (my plants drool resin a lot, apparently) and diluted on glass and other surfaces, including floors.



3. Witch hazel. Witch hazel is an astringent derived from the bark of a North American shrub. Apparently, high concentrations of tannins render it excellent for minimising pores. I have been using witch hazel as a toner on my face for years. It is only recently that I started using it as a cleansing wipe on my face. As witch hazel is a tincture, it does contain alcohol. I have used it as a disinfectant on wounds and insect bites. It is also amazing for cleaning reading glasses!



Here is a video that explains these ideas in more detail. Check out my YouTube channel for more!



  1. I use coconut oil for everything! As a body and face moisturiser, it’s the base for my homemade toothpaste and of course I use it for cooking too. My dog recently had flaky skin from an irritation, I placed some coconut oil on him, goodbye itch and irritation!

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  2. What you put in your body and on your body can (and perhaps should) be the same! Not only is it cheaper, it’s better for you! Have you changed your household cleaners from store bought to the easy vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda style cleaning?

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  3. I love using coconut oil in my hair instead of a serum or oil. I do find it unfortunately, gives me blocked pores if I use it as a cleanser or face moisturiser :/ But I love it as a body moisturiser. I am keen to try out apple cider vinegar as a conditioner too, thanks for the tip!

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  4. The only difference between my 3 products is that I use Jojoba oil instead of Coconut Oil – my skin, no matter how pure the coconut oil is just does not like it. But agree on the witch hazel and apple cider vinegar.

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  5. Even Almond oil is good for skin and hair. I didn’t know that Apple Cider Vinegar lightens the hair! I was just about to start using it. Right now I’m using a sulphate-free shampoo every 15 days because I like to oil my hair. I use lemon water for the last wash. Sometimes I add 2-3 drops of coconut oil in a mug of water for the last wash. I also use a hair pack of egg and curd every 15 days. I don’t have split-ends any more. My hair is stronger and softer.

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  6. Amazing read! I love using coconut oil on my hair and to moisturize my skin, and occasionally I would also use it to whiten my teeth by oil pulling. I also use apple cider vinegar in my hair to get rid of buildup and dirt, like a hair rinse. But I didn’t know that witch hazel had other purposes.

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  7. I knew about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar but I didn’t realize it had so many other purposes.

    I recently switched to coconut oil for a moisturizer and I love it. I’m considering trying it as a conditioner when my other one starts to run low. I also use it to dry shave my legs. Apply a light layer, shave, wipe razor residue on a rag, repeat. It uses less water and is great for your skin.

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  8. Oh my gosh!!! Hun you know my toner is witch hazel and acv. And it does great. I was ambushed by all the products that claim this and that. Haha just like we are all ambushed. I’m glad I saved money and stress.

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