Sophie Uliano’s Natural Papaya Pineapple Alpha Hydroxy Mask and Do It Gorgeously Book Giveaway!

Geeeeenius = Sophie Uliano.

About a year ago, I picked up her book “Do It Gorgeously: How to Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products” and you should see the dogears and post-it notes that decorate my copy. I have had a ton of fun making natural mouthwash, face balms, foot scrubs and more, naturally and inexpensively.

One of my favorite, simple concoctions is her Papaya & Pineapple Skin Lightening Mask—which is super for hyperpigmentation, a.k.a. freckle faces like me. Don’t get me wrong, I adore my freckles and have no intention of erasing them, but as us ladies gain wisdom and beauty with each passing year, taking care of our skin becomes more of a priority than an afterthought. Instead of shelling out a ton of dough for expensive chemical peels or laser treatments, let the natural exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids from pineapple and papaya show you that they can give you the same results—without the toxicity.

This mask is easy to make, smells fantastic and Sophie gave me the a-ok to share it with YU along with a copy of the book to pass on to one lucky fan of YU!

Juicer or
Mortar & Pestle & Cheesecloth or
Fork & Cheesecloth
Glass bowl
Glass jar for storage

1 fresh, not canned, pineapple (you can buy already cubed)
1/2 fresh papaya

Let’s get started.
Slice your papaya in half and remove seeds and skin. Cut into pieces small enough to fit in the juicer, or if not using a juicer, just cut into cubes. If not already cubed, cut pineapple into cubes or pieces small enough to fit in juicer.

Process fruit in the juicer, and/or mash with a fork or mortar and pestle. Place mashed fruit in a cheesecloth to extract the juice.

Pour juice into an airtight glass container. Using a cotton ball, apply to your skin. You will feel a tingle—this is thanks to the enzymes—they are doing their exfoliating/lightening thing. You want to leave the juice on your skin for at least 15 minutes (if the tingle is too much for you, rinse your face sooner than later).

Rinse off with warm water and moisturize as usual. Use once or twice a week for 6 weeks. One batch usually lasts one week in an airtight jar in the fridge, and yields enough for a few people, so share! Psst: I sometimes put it on my neck, chest and arms before a shower.

Want a copy of Sophie’s book? I know you do…
Tell us what your favorite natural, or homemade, beauty products are with a comment below.

One winner will be selected at random May 30, 2011. Yay! Thanks Sophie.

Congrats to our winner, Dorothee!

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  1. The book looks great! I’m always looking for skin treatments that aren’t too harsh and full of preservatives and chemicals, so this is a perfect fresh solution. Thanks for sharing! P.S. I’m also a freckle face 🙂

    • Thanks for sharing all of your faves, YU. So many fantastic solutions + ideas that I’m looking forward to trying. Congrats to Dorothee, she’s the big winner!

  2. meg

    I’m not sure if this counts, but my little brother makes homemade heating-pad type things. They’re like a pillow stuffed with feed corn, with customizable washable covers. They are so awesome! Cheap to make, cute, and they heat up and retain warmth so well, and the texture of the corn is soothing. I feel much more beautiful after working out, showering, and relaxing with one on my sore muscles. 🙂

  3. I’ve wanted to check out this book for a long time. I’m a big fan of using coconut oil to remove makeup and as a light moisturizer in summer. I know it’s not a recipe, but it’s my favorite natural beauty treatment!

  4. My favorite homemade products include ANYTHING from Mojo Spa in Chicago…particularly the Go Green Cucumber Scrub!!!

  5. sarah b.

    this book looks terrific; i am all about natural beauty products and skin care. i use raw honey as a face mask once a week – it’s better than anything you can find at the chemist!

  6. Sarah

    I like infusing oil with dried calendula petals then
    I make an ointment out of it using beeswax. I also like to use coconut oil as a lotion and in making homemade deodorant.

  7. Oh this is great! let’s see, I use diluted [2 tablespoons to a cup] apple cider vinegar [with the mother] as a toner! Haven’t gotten a blemish since! And believe me, I was “zit ville!”. haha

    *crossing fingers to win!*

    Ps: gonna try out this papaya concoction tonight!

  8. Julia

    Papaya is so good for so many things. I love it! My favorite homemade beauty product is probably my own homemade soap or an oatmeal mask that I make for my sensitive skin.

  9. Siobhan G

    This book looks awesome! My skin is sensitive to the extreme — the only sunscreen I’ve found I can use is Boscia. As for homemade, I buy pure beeswax in bulk and melt it to make my own lip balm! Still looking for other recipes!

  10. Carrie

    Oh wow, so many great ideas! I guess my best remedy is cucumbers to tone down puffiness. I clearly need some new ideas!

  11. Stephanie Abell

    I love this book! I haven’t bought it yet, but I’ve checked it out from the library 4 times now! I’ve made a few of her recipes and I love her facial scrub! I’ve even given it away as gifts! But I would like to share a tip that I knew about before I read this book. A great exfoliator for in the shower is used coffee grounds! I saw it on Ellen. You can even mix them with olive oil to really moisturize your skin while your at it if you want! The caffeine is supposed to help tighten and tone your skin while the grounds exfoliate, and then I figured why not add a little olive oil to moisturize and make it an all in one?

  12. Robin R.

    oh yeah, i am a freckle face indeed! thanks for this recipe, hoppin’ to it 😉

  13. Nancy

    I like to use coconut oil and honey mixed together for a facial mask. I leave it on for 10-20 minutes before rinsing off.

  14. I make as much of my own stuff at home as I can… hair oil, greek yogurt and avocado face mask, calendula toner (with flowers from my garden!), lavender water, baking soda and coconut oil facial exfoliant et al.

    My favorite though is homemade sugar wax.

    It’s so easy, so cheap, non-toxic, hurts less than both strip and hard wax and rinse clean off, so you don’t have sticky spots on your skin when you’re done, it doesn’t clog your pores and if you have a spill, it’s super easy to get off the floor/carpet/clothes (unlike regular wax).

    My little sister (a boxer, nail technician and aesthetician) gave me this recipe and I haven’t looked back since:

    2 cups sugar, 1/4 cup water, 1/4 lemon juice. Seriously. That’s it.

    Cook in sauce pan until amber in color. Cool until you can handle it (and it’s not runny) and apply to hair in the opposite direction it goes with your finger (it should be like taffy in texture after you play with it for a few minutes). Then quickly with the same finger (usually the thumb), pull in direction hair grows. Skin is completely hairless after, you can use the same ball of sugar wax for an entire arm and you can store what you don’t use for a later wax.

    Great way to get those legs smooth while watching your shows at night!

  15. Kendall Kodey

    I enjoy Lush products
    …amazing scents, natural products, and worth every penny!

  16. Christy Piwowarczyk

    My favorite lotion is the homemade vanilla from the book!

  17. Coconut oil! Such a great moisturizer. Makes skin look and feel fantastic. Keeps your feet hydrated and helps prevent cracking and peeling. 🙂 Ha! I see I’m not the first to tout its greatness.

  18. Lola

    My favorite homemade recipe is using regular white sugar, squeezing some lime juice and exfoliating my hands… they come out SUPER soft!!!

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