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How To Use Honey For Hair, Face, & Body

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I’m constantly on the lookout for homemade beauty ideas, and lately I’ve been finding so many that all include one common ingredient: honey. To be honest, I’m not surprised. Honey is naturally hydrating, helping to lock moisture into your skin; it has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s great to use on problem skin; and it’s packed with vitamins and minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium. Oh, and it’s filled with antioxidants, too, which keep your skin looking young and fresh. Not to mention the fact that it tastes delicious. It’s pretty clear that honey is an excellent ingredient to incorporate into your daily beauty routine. Here’s how to use honey for hair, face, and body!

Maple Syrup & Honey Hair Mask

Maple Syrup & Honey Hair Mask

I tried this for the first time over the weekend and absolutely loved it. The treatment smells delicious and will leave your hair incredibly moisturized, soft and shiny. Just be warned – it can make quite the mess!


Maple Syrup & Honey Hair Mask

3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon honey


1. Pour the ingredients into a small glass container.
2. Microwave for about 10-20 seconds, or until the ingredients can be mixed.
3. Mix together and wait until the mixture is cool enough to touch.
4. Apply the mixture to dry, untangled hair. Avoid applying to your roots, as the mixture may cause them to appear oily. I applied the mixture starting at my ends and worked up to my chin.
5. Put your hair in a shower cap and wait at least 30 minutes, allowing the mixture to penetrate your hair. If you don’t have a shower cap, you can use plastic wrap!
6. Rinse your hair in a lukewarm shower, wash with a bit of shampoo, and you’re all set!

Spiced Honey Face Mask

Spiced Honey Face Mask

This treatment smells amazing, as well, and seems perfect to use around the holidays! In addition to honey’s anti-bacterial and moisturizing properties, all three ingredients are anti-inflammatories, helping to reduce redness and swelling.


Spiced Honey Face Mask

2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg


1. Mix the ingredients together to form a thick paste.
2. Apply the paste to your face and let sit for 30 minutes.
3. Rinse off with lukewarm water, moving your fingertips over your skin in circular motions for maximum exfoliation. :)

Brown Sugar & Honey Body Scrub

Brown Sugar & Honey Body Scrub

I LOVE sugar scrubs because they’re the best exfoliators in the world, and they’re the easiest things to make. This one is extra incredible because it smells like you probably want to eat it – and you actually can. It also makes an awesome gift!


Brown Sugary & Honey Body Scrub

½ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons honey
½ teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Mix ingredients together until you have an even consistency. If the mixture is too dry for your liking, add a bit more olive oil and honey. If it’s too liquidly, add a bit more brown sugar.
2. Apply the mixture to your skin in the bath or shower like you would do with any scrub. It’s also great to keep by the sink to use just on your hands!

So there you have it: 3 ways to incorporate honey into your beauty routine. Do you guys have any honey beauty recipes that you swear by? We’d love to hear!

Photos by Brigette.

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Ann -November 28, 2012, 2:58PM

thank you so much. Will make great Christmas presents xxxx

Sophia C. -November 28, 2012, 5:33PM

Making all of these tonight for myself if I finish my admission essay XD Wish me luck!

Morgan -November 28, 2012, 8:57PM

Love DIY beauty recipes! Keep em coming!!

Morgan -November 28, 2012, 11:07PM

This mask is fantastic – I have it on my face right now!

diyearte by L & S -November 29, 2012, 5:21AM

mmm fantastic!!

DIY and more:
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fp brigette -November 29, 2012, 9:43AM

Good luck, Sophia!! :)

Melanie -November 30, 2012, 12:17AM

Didn’t mention that honey gradually lightens your hair!!!!! So beware if you don’t want to go lighter. I used this is lighten my hair :)

Sami -November 30, 2012, 3:06PM

So I tried the face mask…be careful if you have sensitive skin, it made my cheeks break out ( I think the nutmeg was too harsh), although it calmed my problem zones, such as my forehead and chin!

Best Xx

Stella -December 6, 2012, 7:04AM

I just love to eat honey. I take honey with milk so my health will remain good.

Sam -December 8, 2012, 2:30PM

I love honey and cinnamon as a pimple remedy, or honey and crushed up aspirin as a pore-refining mask. But it’s good to mention that ORGANIC honey is WAY more effective! It’s a lighter color and thicker consistency than the bear bottle stuff. I got mine at Whole Foods and it’s lasted me months!

Fiona -December 11, 2012, 2:51PM

Morgan, I have the mask on my face right now, too! :) Keeps dripping off, though, haha.

Nicole -February 13, 2013, 11:25AM

I am planning on making the body scrub as gifts but I was wondering should it be used before or after normal body wash? Don’t want to leave everyone sticky!

anti-aging skin care -May 21, 2013, 1:43AM

Thanks for sharing! I’m really happy to see this blog! Great post! I really want to this since I’m looking for an effective way in caring for my hair.

Thank you very much!! :) :)

A.K -July 14, 2013, 6:42PM

Thanks so much! Can’t wait to try it out! I’d heard it was good, but wasn’t sure till this :)

isabella Colli -September 13, 2013, 4:05PM

love this! hope to find all of the ingredients here in brazil ;)

Hair Makeup -February 3, 2014, 12:37AM

I would like to say that this blog really convinced me, you give me best information! Thanks, very good post.

claire -February 8, 2014, 6:10AM

Will bugs come out of the bathtub if you wash down the honey from the tub?? So worried!

wear gold jewelry -April 18, 2014, 5:44PM

Thanks for another informative website. Where else could I
get that type of information written in such a perfect way?

I’ve a mission that I am simply now running on, and I’ve been at the look out for such info.

Jessica -July 19, 2015, 8:16PM

Just tried the body scrub, so excited to use it!

Olena -January 21, 2016, 9:08PM

I just use lemon and honey on my face – it lightens, brightens, hydrates, balances.. Incredible stuff. Have it on as I type! :)

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