Beauty Awards: What’s the Best DIY Mask for You?

best diy mask

Looking for a natural beauty treatment that you can whip up all by yourself?

So was I, so much so that I sampled six different Pinterest combinations to find the best DIY mask of them all.

The Hunt for the Best DIY Mask…¬†

In order to keep things as fair as possible in my hunt for the best DIY mask, I looked for formulas that were honey-based and specifically geared toward hydration.

I also searched for multi-tasking ingredients that I could use on both my face and my hair.

1. Honey and Coconut Oil

Source: Hot Beauty Health

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 teaspoons¬†coconut oil
  • 1.5 teaspoons¬†raw, unpasteurized honey
  • 1-2 drops¬†lavender essential oil¬†(optional)


  1. Mix raw honey with coconut oil and lavender essential oil (optional) by stirring with a spoon.
  2. Apply the mask to clean skin.
  3. Leave mask on for 10-15 minutes.

I didn’t use the optional lavender oil, but I’m sure it would be a great addition to this mask thanks to its lovely scent and antimicrobial properties.

You’ll have to heat the coconut oil up in order to get it to mix well with the honey (I just zapped mine for a few seconds in the microwave — but be careful to not get it too hot!)

My skin was definitely softer after I washed the mask off, and it really wasn’t as messy as I thought it would be.

That being said, I’ve had better results with store-bought products — but this is a solid option for a hydrating mask in a pinch.

Grade: B+

Source: Coconuts and Kettle Bells


What You’ll Need:

  • 1/8 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar¬†(optional)
  • 4 oz mason jar


  1. Heat coconut oil in a microwave-safe dish until melted.
  2. Add melted coconut oil to the honey. Mix well.
  3. Heat the honey and coconut oil mixture for 30-60 seconds.
  4. Add apple cider vinegar to honey and coconut oil and stir together. (Optional)
  5. Use immediately, or store in a mason jar.

To use:

  1. After heating the mask, apply the mixture all over your hair from the roots to the ends.
  2. Leave the mask on for 20-25 minutes.
  3. Rinse the mask out of your hair.
  4. Shampoo.

I’ll start with what I loved about this mask: its smoothness. It felt so luxurious on my hair, like a glossy beauty treatment fit for a princess.

I used the apple cider vinegar knowing the smell would be less than pleasant, but I hoped it might work some magic.

I didn’t shampoo my hair immediately after rinsing this mask out of my hair; instead, I just used some conditioner since I had shampooed the night before.

And that was my big mistake.

This is a mask you absolutely have to shampoo out of your hair — rinsing just doesn’t cut it. My hair looked like I’d put gel all through it, and my husband even asked me to stop trying things off Pinterest. (Ha!)

After I put some suds on it, my hair was fine — maybe slightly more hydrated than usual, and maybe a little softer (nothing spectacular, but certainly worth a try).

Oh, and the smell of the apple cider vinegar goes away after you shampoo. I promise.

Grade: B

2. Honey and Banana

Source: Hello Glow
¬†What You’ll Need:
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3 tablespoons of¬†pure honey
  1. Peel the banana and mash it up with a fork.
  2. Mix the banana with the honey using a spoon.
  3. Apply the mask to your face and neck.
  4. Leave it on your skin for 30 minutes.
  5. Rinse.
This mask was a little messy, to be honest.
The sticky honey, the chunks of banana sliding down my face — not exactly a pretty sight.
As for the results? My skin felt soft… but about as soft as it feels after I use my regular face cleanser.
Not really worth the effort, and definitely not the best DIY mask I’ve tried.
Grade: C

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • shower cap¬†(optional)


  1. Combine the banana and honey in a blender until smooth.
  2. Apply the mask to your hair, applying extra to the ends.
  3. Seal in the heat with a shower cap.
  4. Wait 20 minutes and then rinse.

I’ll start this review with a warning: Mix this up in a blender no matter what!

I made the stupid stupid stupid mistake of just using mashed-up banana instead, and it took me three (THREE!) shampoos to get all the banana pieces out of my hair.

Major fail — and totally my fault.

I tried it again with the blended version, and it rinsed out with no problems. But I still wasn’t all that impressed with the results.

In fact, I felt like my hair was actually drier after using it. No, thanks.

Grade: D

Source: Hello Glow

3. Olive Oil and Honey

Source: Hello Glow

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 tablespoons organic honey
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


  1. Combine honey and extra virgin olive oil in a food processor until it becomes whipped like butter.
  2. Apply to the skin.
  3. Leave on for 7-10 minutes.
  4. Rinse.

I was pleasantly surprised by this easy skincare combination, because I’ve always been a coconut oil kind of girl and just assumed I’d prefer the first DIY mask on the list.

But this olive oil and honey mask made my skin so soft. Like baby soft. And the results lasted for hours.

Grade: A+

Source: Beauty Epic


What You’ll Need:

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Mix the honey and olive oil together in a bowl using a spoon.
  2. Apply it to wet hair.
  3. Leave on for 15-20 minutes. Use a shower cap to trap heat.
  4. Rinse and shampoo.

Once again, the extra virgin olive oil totally exceeded my expectations. I actually heated this mixture up in the microwave for a few seconds before getting in the shower, because I thought it would make it more like a hot oil treatment. (It did.)

My hair was silky soft, and it was super smooth once it dried.

The only recommendation I have is that you may need to double the ingredients if you have long hair. This amount barely covered mine, so adjust the recipe as needed.

Grade: A+

Source: Beauty Munsta

What’s your vote for the best DIY mask? Let us know your personal favorite in the comments section below!

Lesley Sheridan is a high-maintenance fashion, beauty and lifestyle writer who thinks she’s low-maintenance. (Yes, she stole that line from When Harry Met Sally.) In addition to writing for The Local Lifestyle, her work regularly appears on Zenni Optical and Slickdeals. Make her day by sending her a tweet.

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