Back in the day, our lolas did not have as many over-the-counter beauty products to choose from, so many of them, especially those who lived outside large cities, relied on natural products. While some of the more outrageous claims have been debunked, there are still a number which have proven, time and again, to be effective. Here, we list down a few must-have natural products you should keep in stock.
What it’s for: Deep conditioning gel
Best known as a conditioning treatment for the hair and scalp. This tried and tested method works best on wet or prewashed hair. Simply scrape off the gel and apply like a treatment product. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing out. Perfect for adding shine and preventing dandruff, while deeply nourishing and moisturizing dry locks.
What it’s for: Organic shampoo
Soak gugo bark sheets in a basin of water for an hour or even longer. Squish the soaked bark in the water in order to produce suds. The reddish-brown foamy liquid can then be used as a shampoo. Leave it to sit on your scalp for as long as possible before rinsing off.
What it’s for: Treatment hair mask
A popular go-to natural product that is used as a hair treatment mask. Simply apply a good amount of coconut oil and massage from the roots to the tips of your hair. Cover with a shower cap and leave on for at least 30 minutes before shampooing.
What it’s for: Deodorant
Due to its antiperspirant components, tawas is a safe and natural body deodoriser. Since it does not clog up pores, it works perfectly in eliminating doors caused by bacteria in the body. The crystal can be rubbed directly onto damp armpits or feet (preferably after showering).
Abo (ashes from wood)
What it’s for: Teeth whitening
Abo or ashes from a wood fire used in cooking has been a known toothpaste substitute that cleans and whitens your chompers. It may sound strange, but the lye found in ashes is made up of tiny particles that are great at removing plaque. It is not advisable to use it as a daily cleaner as it can weaken the enamel in teeth. Also, never use ashes with inihaw drippings. Just saying!
What it’s for: Whitens dark areas
The juice of a calamansi has been proven to be an effective whitening solution. Many celebrities actually swear by this fruit. With a cotton ball, simply apply the juice in dark areas such as armpits, elbows, knees, and other dark spots.
River rocks (pang hilod)
What it’s for: Exfoliation
It’s cheap, actually it’s free, and it’s been proven to help slough away dead skin cells. Callouses are no match for this natural exfoliator. Unlike loofas and pumice stones, the river rock is tough and is not prone to wear and tear. Be careful not to drop it on your toes or your bathroom tiles though.
What it’s for: Blackhead and whitehead remover
Separated from the yolk and lightly beaten, egg whites can be applied on the face as a mask. It clears up pores and rids you of blackheads and whiteheads. Once dry, simply peel off and wash your face as per usual.
What it’s for: Toner
Store-bought toners contain alpha hydroxy acids which help tighten pores and lightly exfoliate the skin. AHAs are naturally found in vinegar. Although regular vinegar has been known to be effective, we suggest you use apple cider vinegar instead to get the full anti-bacterial benefits. Individuals with sensitive skin are advised to dilute one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to two to three teaspoons of distilled or purified water. Use a cotton pad to apply onto skin.