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How do you add broccoli, mustard and onions to your beauty routine?

In recent months, natural ingredients have become the stars of the bathroom cabinet, leading to unusual cosmetics with previously unknown powers.

While the kitchen and bathroom were once two very different spaces in our homes, this no longer seems to be the case.

The foods we’re used to seeing on our plates now find their way into our beauty kits and take a variety of forms, from oils to skincare creams to shampoos, serums, and facial cleansers.

That’s nothing new, you might say. The cosmetics industry has long tapped into our kitchen cabinets to reap the benefits of natural ingredients.

Honey, olive oil, sugar, eggs and lemon have always been considered beauty companions.

But the return of these age-old remedies and recipes – an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the beauty industry – has sparked new fads based on more unusual ingredients.

Let’s take a look at some of the latest contenders.

The nourishing power of broccoli

While it may not be a hit with some kids — or their parents — broccoli is packed with health benefits.

But what interests us here are the countless cosmetic virtues that are still little known to many.

Once dry and sensitive skin gives this vegetable a whirl, they are sure to be lifelong converts as broccoli oil has especially moisturizing and nourishing properties both for skin and hair.

Dry, damaged or even dull hair will appreciate broccoli’s ability to make it shinier and silkier.

Originating in Italy, this Brassica can also naturally tame frizz and help facilitate detangling. As such, it is an ideal partner for shampoos and/or conditioners.

The vegetable can be found in this form at Unbottled – a brand known for responsible solid cosmetics – which combines broccoli, argan and green clay to promise shinier hair.

The Compagnie des Sens opts for an organic virgin olive oil, while Freshly Cosmetics opts for a face mask made from charcoal, seaweed, clay and broccoli enzymes.

A bowl of cooked green broccoli. Image: iStock

Mustard gives the hair a boost

It unclogs your nose, brightens up our plates and helps… to promote hair growth.

The hair benefits of mustard are still all too unknown, yet this natural ingredient stimulates hair growth and makes it stronger and more resistant.

If hair masks with mustard (seeds or powder) have long been recommended – ouch, it stings – there are now vegetable oils, or even shampoos, that do the job perfectly, allowing you to take advantage of the same properties without the inconvenience.

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But mustard seeds also have benefits for the skin. Not only do they provide glowing skin – the perfect last-minute boost for an unexpected getaway – but they are also an ally for mature skin, thanks to their firming properties and circulatory action.

The brands WAAM Cosmetics, My Mira and MyCosmetik all offer mustard oil for hair and skin.

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Spicy Mustard. Image: iStock

The purifying properties of onion

Another ingredient that is not always popular in the kitchen – whether for its taste or its ability to make the person chopping it cry.

But here too onions can work wonders in cosmetics and gradually find their way into our bathrooms.

The onion, especially the red onion, is mainly offered in the form of oil and is increasingly attracting attention from the cosmetics industry.

Starting this year, we could see creams, masks and serums formulated with extracts.

If red onions are the beauty industry’s most coveted variety, it’s because they appear to be the richest variety in sulfur compounds.

These are beneficial for the hair and promote regrowth. But onion can also be an excellent ally for problem skin, thanks to its purifying properties, which help fight acne and reduce scars.

Still relatively rare on the market, natural onion oil is offered by certain retailers and specialty brands, as well as the WAAM Cosmetics brand, which clearly has a penchant for unusual natural ingredients.

Chopped raw onion. Image: iStock

But how far can this phenomenon go?

It’s hard to say, as consumers are now very fond of natural cosmetics and have relegated long-winded formulas to the back of their beauty kits. And as we know, the richness of nature is virtually infinite.

In fact, a French brand called Perlucine now even offers a whole range of cosmetics – for face, body and hair – with white oyster shell powder.

They may not be crunchy, but they are no less indulgent!

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