We thank Pinterest for a lot of things—our newly acquired taste for avocado pasta (surprisingly delicious), the way we organize our bookshelves (do not search “cute bookshelves” unless you’ve got a free hour), and most of all, our vast number of handy beauty DIYs. But here’s the truth—we may wax poetic about how raw honey can cure a breakout or strawberries can whiten your teeth, but (varying degrees of) scientific backing aside, we don’t really know how effective these concoctions are until we actually try them. So, we took three popular beauty Pinterest DIYs and put them to the test in our very own kitchens. The results? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out.
The tester: Faith Xue, Byrdie Editor
1/2 tablespoon baking soda
The idea behind this popular Pin is that strawberries contain malic acid, which acts as an astringent to remove surface discoloration on your teeth, and baking soda is a mild abrasive that gently buffs away stains. Together, they make the ultimate DIY teeth whitener—or do they?
To start, mashing up strawberries is more difficult than it sounds. Unfortunately, I was not in possession of a mortar and pestle, so I had to make do with a spoon. I chopped my strawberry up into pieces and mashed away. When it had reached a satisfactory pulp-y consistency, I added in the baking soda. At this point, the strawberry pulp had somehow turned a distinct shade of dark purple and my enthusiasm for putting this mixture in my mouth decreased substantially. Nonetheless, I persevered—I warily dabbed a new toothbrush in the mixture, then brushed it on my teeth. The smell was pleasant at first (I believe my initial reaction was “Oooh, strawberries!”), but the salty baking soda taste kicked in and I was considerably less enthused (“Ew, this tastes terrible!”). I dabbed and brushed until finally I could take no more. By this time, my gums were burning somewhat unpleasantly and I had managed to scare my boyfriend, who caught a glance of my pulp-y, purple mouth (a face sure to haunt his dreams forevermore).
I rinsed with warm water, making sure all seeds were dislodged, and eagerly smiled into the mirror, only to regret it immediately—my bottom gums were bleeding, though not profusely. Also, the burning sensation I started feeling halfway through the experiment had not subsided in the slightest. My flossing habits might not be the strongest, but my teeth aren’t in poor shape by any means. I do have to admit, my teeth did look shinier, brighter, and maybe a teensy bit whiter—but I’m not sure I’m willing to trade bleeding gums and a war-zone bathroom sink for a “maybe.”
The tester: Deven Hopp, Byrdie Editor
1 1/2 tablespoon baby shampoo
1 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
1 1/2 tablespoon water
In the interest of experimental integrity, I tested the DIY eye makeup remover on one eye and removed my makeup from the other eye with my trusted Neutrogena wipes. The DIY remover was definitely messier than the towelettes, but it got the job done just as well, if not better, than my usual makeup remover. The coconut oil and baby shampoo concoction even required less scrubbing and tugging (I'm assume that's the oil working). The final verdict: DIY makeup remover is just as effective as store-bought standbys, albeit more oily than some might typically prefer.
The tester: Faith Xue, Byrdie Editor
Pure organic honey
This honey lemon blackhead buster was one of the options we included in our at-home blackhead removal roundup a few months ago, and I was eager to test it out. As a constant sufferer of large pores and stubborn blackheads, I was the perfect candidate, and my nose was ready for the Mr. Clean lemon treatment. The instructions for this particular Pin were simple—just squeeze some honey onto a freshly cut lemon, and rub over any areas you’d like to treat. (Unfortunately, I realized too late that raw honey is the recommended honey of choice, but I made do with an organic version from Trader Joe’s.)
I squeezed it onto my lemon and got to work rubbing it over my nose, while channeling Lady Macbeth and chanting “Out, damned spot!” I kept this up for a little under a minute—by that time, lemon juice was all up in my nose and honey was dripping down my face. I rinsed with warm water and immediately noticed that the skin on my nose felt softer—baby soft, if I do say so myself. When I peered into the mirror, the skin on my nose definitely looked cleaner—it was slightly pink, but seemed much brighter than it had when I started. As for blackheads, there didn’t seem to be significant decrease, though I did feel like there were fewer than when I started. I will be utilizing this DIY again in the near future—after all, when life gives you lemons, make a DIY blackhead buster. Right?
Have you tried any beauty DIYs from Pinterest? Tell us about your experiences below! Also, let us know which ones you want us to test next.