Many conventional beauty products contain hidden (or not so hidden) harmful ingredients and many are also super-expensive.
I make the majority of our beauty and personal care products now to help avoid chemicals but we’ve also saved money doing this and many of the ingredients you already have in your own kitchen.
If you aren’t already, consider making these products instead of buying them:
I’ll admit… I didn’t think homemade deodorant could possibly work. I’d tried natural versions and they weren’t effective so I didn’t have high hopes.
To my surprise, this recipe works incredibly well and is very inexpensive and simple to make.
With just coconut oil, baking soda and optional arrowroot and shea butter, you can make a deodorant that works for your body type.
There are a lot of chemicals in makeup and a lot of women put that on their faces every. single. day. Changing your diet will help improve your skin so makeup isn’t as needed, but it is also possible to make natural makeup with ingredients you have in your kitchen that are non toxic and even edible!
There are a lot of recipes for homemade lotion online and you can definitely find one that works for you. Personally, I prefer lotions or lotion bars that don’t have liquid since they last indefinitely and are incredibly moisturizing.
With simple ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and beeswax, you can make endless variations on homemade lotion products. Here are a few of my favorites:
4. Sea Salt Hair Spray
I have fine, thin hair that is difficult to do much with. I loved the way my hair always felt at the beach with more texture and volume, and this simple spray was my solution to getting the beach look at home.
It isn’t a hair spray in that it holds a hairstyle in place (this natural recipe works for that) but when spritzed and scrunched in to hair, it gives great volume and texture and makes hair feel much thicker.
This sea salt spray is also completely natural and incredibly inexpensive to make. Here is the recipe.
5. Dry Shampoo
Back to the fine hair problem…. fine hair also shows oil more quickly than coarse or thick hair. If I don’t want to shampoo my hair every day (which isn’t good for it), I had to find a solution to tone down any oily-ness.
This simple dry shampoo works better than store bought (in my opinion) and doesn’t have the aerosol or chemicals. It is a powder instead of a spray, and I find it is best applied with a make-up brush to the roots. Have dark hair? There is a solution for dark hair dry shampoo so it doesn’t look like you are wearing a grey wig! 🙂
6. Body Scrubs
Body scrubs like salt and sugar scrubs can cost $20 or more in stores, which is crazy when you can make them for less than a dollar! These make great gifts and leave skin incredibly soft.
There are endless variations for body scrubs but these are my two favorites:
7. Face Wash/Cleansing
Face cleansing and moisturizing products are some of the most expensive products on the market and this is one area where natural alternatives are not just comparable, they are better!
Switching to the natural Oil Cleansing Method my skin has completely changed for the better. No more acne, no more dry skin and the softest skin I’ve ever had. The basic concept is to use oil to remove impurities instead of harsh soaps. This avoids stripping the natural oils in the face and leaves skin much more nourished.
What are your favorite homemade beauty products? Share below!