7 DIY Beauty Products

7 DIY Beauty Products

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 diy beauty products instead of buying them:

1. Deodorant

homemade deodorant bar recipeI’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.

Here are two recipes to try for smooth deodorants, and you can also make Deodorant Bars with the same ingredients.

2. Makeup

homemade makeup recipes naturalThere 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!

Here are the recipes for homemade makeup that I use.

3. Lotion

how to make homemade lotion bars recipeThere 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:

Homemade Lotion Bars
Simple Lotion Recipe
DIY Sunscreen Lotion Bars
Pain Relief Lotion Bars
Perfect Silk Lotion Bars
Bug Off Lotion Bars
Bronzing Lotion Bars

4. Sea Salt Hair Spray

DIY Beach Waves Sea Salt Spray Recipe-Cheap and works greatI 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

how to make natural dry shampoo for light or dark hairBack 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! 🙂

Here is the recipe.

6. Body Scrubs

Soothing Magnesium Foot Scrub Recipe - so relaxing and leaves skin silkyBody 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:

DIY Sugar Scrub
Homemade Magnesium Body Scrub

7. Face Wash/Cleansing

Oil Cleansing- the most effective way to naturally cleanse and nourish skinFace 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.

Here is  the oil cleansing method and how to incorporate it in to a natural skin care routine.

What are your favorite homemade beauty products? Share below!

Many conventional beauty products contain harmful chemicals, but these DIY beauty products work just as well and are healthy for your skin!

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  1. I already have ditched my face and body moisturizers and use coconut oil. I’d like to make my own lotions but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I’d also like to make my own face wash, shampoo and conditioner. 

  2. I need to replace my chemical-laden deoderant with a natural alternative.

  3. I will FINALLY ditch my mascara!!

  4. I am ditching everything!!!  I am still looking for a D.O that works that does not irritate my skin, and a shampoo that works for dry fine hair.

    • Find a recipe with no corn starch or baking soda, which can irritate the skin.  Try replacing the baking soda with arrowroot in homemade deodorant recipes, or swiping some vegetable glycerin under your arms before applying your current deodorant as a skin protectant.  🙂

  5. I have made sugar scrub and body oils as gifts this month!  I also just made lip balm and a natural first aid antiseptic! 

  6. I’m planning on trying out your homemade lotion recipe as a first step, then adding the rest of your natural beauty “recipes”! 

  7. Cleanser and moisturizer

  8. I would love to ditch lotion! I have already ditched face lotion. I also want to use natural soaps instead of body wash/ hand soap

  9. I’m getting rid of mosquito spray,deodorant, & lotion bars.  I’m trying my hand at anti-itch bars as well.  I already make homemade iced tea, homemade bread, homemade laundry detergent….and probably a few more things that I don’t remember because it’s a normal thing now :).  Thanks for doing such a neat give-away!

  10. Honestly, I need to replace everything! Starting with face lotion and shampoo would be a good place though. 

  11. I’d like to make sunscreen, lotion, and hair detangler for my girls.

  12. I have ditched regular toothpaste and mouthwash. I am using the remineralizing tooth powder and orawellness brushing blend. Love it. My teeth have never been better.

    • I use coconut oil for my face as moisturizer. And I use apple cider vinegar as toner. I have done away with regular cleansers and lotions.

  13. I’ve been such a huge supporter of the natural beauty movement ever since reading “No More Dirty Looks”. Great read by the way! My favorite natural substitutes are coconut oil for a makeup remover and almond oil as my all over body moisturizer!

    For the challenge I am going to ditch my last remaining dirty product… my shampoo! I plan on giving a few natural recipes another try 🙂

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  15. For starters I want to ditch the bug spray and sun screen for something natural. I don’t use it much myself but my husband does and if out for more than 30 minutes the kids do too. I don’t like for them to wear it and would rather not. I will move on from there and change things out a little at the time.

  16. Thanks to you site I have already ditches shampoo,conditioners and store bought toothpaste. Next will be lotions. I have been waiting to make quite a few things but haven’t been able to find beeswax locally so I will be making an order from mountain rose soon. Thank you so much for your site.

  17. Toothpaste and deoderant

  18. I want to ditch toothpaste and deodorant.

  19. Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and sunscreen are all gone!

  20. I ditched my traditional lotion with lotion bars. I also plan to make natural shampoo and bug repellant bars.

  21. I am making the baby wipes- I just got the products in from Mountain Rose.  I am also making Shampoo. 

  22. I’m ditching everything.  I use your lotion bars, deodorant stick, body lotion, and toothpaste, plus another recipe I found for shampoo.  I’d like to make a lighter-weight lotion for face and body as well as a homemade hair conditioner.

  23. I use your recipes for deoderant bars  (and I add probiotics)

  24. Going to take the plunge and get rid of shampoo and toothpaste! Ready for it!

  25. I use our tooth powder, deodorant, and only coconut oil on my body/shea butter on my face.  Oh, and baking soda for my hair/acv as conditioner and quinoa when my scalp gets a bit crazy.

  26. I am ditching soaps, lotion, bug sprays and store bought baby products

  27. There are a lot of items I’d make.  Lip balm, lotion, body scrubs, soap,  and most certainly deodorant.

  28. I need to ditch (or find kinder alternatives to) my makeup — mascara, eyeliner, etc. Also, my hair styling products. I have short hair and need something with hold. I already use vegan products, but would love to use all-natural products if my head didn’t look like a mop.

    The rest of my regime (body, face and shampoo) I’ve already switched to natural alternatives.

  29. I’ve ditched deodorant and facial moisturizer. I make my deodorant using Wellness Mama recipes (it’s the best…no odor!) and I use coconut oil for facial moisturizer. I want to do a homemade shampoo and lotion recipe, just need to buy some ingredients. As a facial cleanser, I use the oil method and I use Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap foe the body. I want to ditch all chemical laden cleansers…working on it!)

  30. I now wash my face with coconut and castor oil and am in love with it! I also have made my own shampoo and lotions!

  31. I was diagnosed with chronic Lyme Disease 4 yrs. ago and is my skin ever dry!  I would for sure use this on my body, replacing what I use now.  I try to use organic lotions, but the one I have been using just doesn’t seem to help and it’s expensive.  I love your site!!

  32. I’d like to replace my chemical filled deodorant with a more natural one

  33. Deodorant and toothpaste

  34. I have ditched mainstream soaps, using only natural locally made and I also use NO LOTION! Just coconut oil and I do the oil cleansing method at night to remove my make up with castor oil!

  35. I’ve already replaced shampoo with castile soap or just a APV rinse, face wash with oatmeal and thyme infused witch hazel,  soap with castile soap, lotion with coconut oil and toothpaste with baking soda and castile soap. I haven’t found a deodorant that works really well. I use baking soda and sometimes nothing, but on really hot days I need something stronger! 

  36. this summer I have made chap stick, lotion and bug spray…so fun and smells great too!

  37. probably won’t ditch anything else, i’ve already ditched toothpaste, soap, shampoo and most lotions made commercially and have started selling my own soap!  what’s left?  i’ll look into laundry detergent.

  38. I’ve just began switching over to making all mine and my 4 kids own products. So far I’ve made our own toothpaste, sunblock, laundry det, and shampoo. Next up is lotion and soap. I love it!

  39. I’m just starting to make my own body care products.  So far I made lotion and deodorant, but would love to start making my own soaps and shampoos and other hair care as well as tooth care.

  40. I’d like to get rid of my conventional shampoo!!! Would love to try your recipe 🙂

  41. I’m hoping to ditch sunscreen and try the sunscreen bars and to ditch toothpaste in favor of a homemade one.

  42. I am ditching everything, but I am most excited to try the shampoo!

  43. I have gotten rid of shaving cream, soap, shampoo, and deodorant. I don’t wear make up. I have been making my own stuff except for every once un a while with shampoo from TJ’s. I will give that up again. I use coconut for everything, so that is great

  44. I have ditched all of my store bought beauty products. It’s nice to be able to make my own and know where all the ingredients are coming from. The only thing that I still buy is colored lip balm, any natural suggestions on possible replacements for that one thing?

  45. Deodorant…for sure!

  46. i am ditching toxic facial moisturizers. i have been making my own with your basic recipe and adding rose hip seed oil. i LOVE it!

  47. I use your shampoo recipe for my hair, and natural soap for the family!

  48. I’ve replaced my deodrant,facial wash,toner,and scrub and more with natural products! 🙂

  49. Ditching the sunscreen and skincare products! I’ve already made the dry shampoo and both my sister and I are using it! 🙂

  50. Hoping to FINALLY find a satisfactory natural deodorant. Hopefully the homemade option is it!

  51. I’ve already ditch my deoderant next will be lotion!

  52. Just found your site, havent tried anything yet. Im counting down the days untill i can.

  53. I have light hair and I have tried various shapoos but all with chemicals that were not helping my hair grow. Now I have shifted to Dr. Bronners Shampoo which is chemical free and I am loving it.

  54. I would like to ditch my face lotion and also my body lotion.  I have been trying and trying to make your recipes recently, but time keeps slipping away.  Hope I win~no excuse then!

  55. So far I have replaced our toothpaste with the remineralizing recipe, thrown out my make up, all of our body wash, bubble bath, deodorant,  shampoo and conditioner and replaced them for homemade, all natural versions. This all happened in about a weeks time, my husband and kids are very supportive thank God! Oh yes and I’ve made awesome bug spray!! Thank you for all of your awesome, easy to follow recipes and for the information on why these alternatives are so important to ourselves and our families health!

  56. I gave up most commercial beauty products long ago. Last to go were shampoo & conditioner, but even those were the “better” organic products. I’ve been no’pooing for a few months with success, but I am interested in trying your shampoo recipe for my kids.

    My biggest issue with beauty products is with my 15 year old. She knows antiperspirant is bad, and perfumed, junky lotion. But she is 15, and being sweaty is a mortal sin when you’re in high school. Sigh…. I don’t buy her these things, but they always seem to find a way in to her room.

  57. Looking to try the deordorant recipe for hubby’s sensitive skin. I also would love to try the sunscreen for my son’s fair skin! Thank you for the opportunity!

  58. We gave up our deodorant for a homemade version!

  59. I plan to ditch everything and make it all myself!!

  60. I’ve given up regular lotion ages ago for coconut oil, I’ve made my own face powder with arrowroot and cinnamon, I’ve made your hard lotion bars and love them. I gave them out at christmas presents. I use coconut oil and baking soda to brush my teeth.  If I can’t pronounce it I don’t want to use it.

  61. I’m ditching commercial sunscreen. All the posts about protecting your skin from the inside out are so helpful and enlightening. In fact, I’ve learned all kinds of amazing things from reading this blog. Thank you!

  62. Once you start the change, you never want to go back. I’d like to change bath and shower products. I had switched a lot of stuff over to Lush and then noticed one day that a lot of their products have parabens in them. What a bummer to spend that kind of money to be getting the same toxins that I can buy for alot less! Thanks for the giveaway!

  63. I have replaced my deoderant for natural and given up shampoo and conditioner. I also have been using coconut oil for, well, just about everything. Oh yeah, and toothpaste… switched to tooth powder and OraWellness.

  64. I’ve already replaced lotion w/coconut oil and anti-persperant with a deodorant crystal. I want to switch out my shampoo and conditioner for something better. I also want to find a better toothpaste and make up!

  65. I’m ditching my shampoos and conditioners first! And then lotions….. working my way to everything!

  66. I use natural lotion, shampoo and conditioner (I tried out your shampoo recipe but it didn’t work well with my thick hair). The one thing I have not been able to replace is deodorant. I would love to try out that recipe as well as your lotion bar recipe! This is a great giveaway!

  67. I have ditched store-bought deodorant, lotion and toothpaste and couldn’t be happier! Adding more things to our household list every week!

  68. I’ve switched a lot of products already (deodorant, lotion bars, bug off bars to name a few).  Next on my list is shaving cream, sunscreen, and toothpaste!

  69. I’d like to ditch my chemical-y deodorant.

  70. I’ve ditches eye and face serum, facial and body moisturizer. I also make deodorant, and makeup remover. I guess I’ve ditched everything but the make-up:):)

  71. I will be replacing my daily moisturizer face wash and facial SPF moisturizer. Body soap and deodorant would be great to replace as well, because there are so many chemicals and extra fragrances added to those. I would love to make my own candles and lotion that I use during my yoga classes. This is usually a light lotion with lavender and other aromatherapy smells added. Thanks
    ! I love mountain rose herbs:)

  72. I want to make my own shower supplies and moisturizers!

  73. I’d love to ditch my shampoos and facial cleansers. I fight with oily skin/hair and none of these super products have ever worked for me, so why not go natural? It can either help or I get the same results with less chemicals. Seems win-win to me. 🙂

  74. I have ditched sooo much in the last 2 months it’s really amazing. After following your blog, pins and facebook. I started with laundry detergent and fabric softeners.  Paper towels. Bleach was a Hard one to rid my home of. Then those nasty cleaning products. Body washes for myself 2 kids and my husband, who isn’t exactly on the band wagon but loves the money saving element. Baby wipes and diapers. I have made hand and body salve, non petroleum jelly, bathes with essential oils, glass cleaner, surface cleaner room freasheners… I started using the “oil cleansing method” and then makeup. Since I have stopped with the “no so beautiful” beauty products and skin looks much younger and healthier! I was a skeptic and Now I love my new Healthier life style. The changes are wonderful. This week I have potty trained my stubborn 2 year old son and started enjoying the energy benefits of Chia. I have adapted ACV into my and my husband’s diet, who suffers from countless sinus infects and has has 3 sinus surgeries. I’m learning how to add these things into my children’s diet as well. My mom is following me on this awesome journey as well. I have told many of my friends(some of which think I’m crazy).
    The only problem has been trying to expense alot of the “nautral” and “organic” items needed to fully change. I try to budget for one to two new items a week, but all in all our health and my sprit and so happy! Thanks Wellness Mama you are a Health Goddess and I’m truely blessed to have found you!!!!!!!

  75. I would love to try making my own shampoo.

  76. Thanks to your blog I have switched to making sun screen, shampoo and diaper rash cream. I really want to make lotions!

  77. I’m ditching my MK scrub and eye makeup remover. And buying more coconut oil(I ran out!) and organic apple cider vinegar. I’ll make a sugar scrub and use the vinegar as a tonor. I already make my own toothpaste, face cream(organic aloe vera gel with lavender oil.) and deo. 

  78. I make my own deodorant, sugar scrub, moisturizer and face cleanser.

  79. I’m going to replace bug repellent with a better  alternative…

  80. i havent ditched any beauty products yet because of lack of money to buy whats needed. we have though started using olive oil and tea tree oil in our hair. i have switch to home made cleaners about wo years ago or more 🙂 i am so excited to make my own stuff!!! i have all kind of of stuff pinned on pinterest  for when i can afford to do all this ill remember where i found the recipe  

  81. I have ditched body lotion for coconut oil and still plan to make lotion bars. I plan on trying the coconut milk shampoo(my youngest dumped the last batch to skate around the shower floor with =) again. I tried for 4 months to use only natural facial products which resulted in terribly painful breakouts. Just signed up for your meal plans and going to try changing my diet and hoping that I can eventually go back to natural cleansers for my face.

  82. I started making my own tooth paste! So excited to be using all clean products now!

  83. Coconut oil! I love how it works for a lotion on my skin, and great for curly hair! It’s even a mild sunscreen, my favorite natural product so far! I’d love to learn more about natural makeup.

  84. Pretty much switched to homemade for everything: toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, etc
    Also, I subscribed via email but with a different email address then what RC says… (soonblt at juno dot com) – Brittany Thomas

  85. I would love to replace my shampoo, conditioner, and anti perspirant with more natural options!

  86. Starting on my own beauty products was my first step in going green and it has been delightful! What have I ditched? Most importantly: facial moisturizers, makeup remover, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, all commercial hair products, and deodorant (haven’t been too smell so far!). I’ve got a long long road ahead of me.

  87. I just bought natural deodorant and toothpaste yesterday actually at a health food store.  And I know it’s not a beauty product but I also bought Dr Bronners soaps to complete the ingredients I already got to make laundry soap!  I love your blog, thank you so much!  I have learned so much and feel so much better!!!!

  88. I ditched store bought deodorant almost 2 years ago when I got pregnant. This last week, I made my very own (using your recipe), and I LOVE it!  It works and smells better than the store bought ones and it’s chemical free! I also want to ditch the makeup I wear, because my baby has started coming in and sucking on my makeup brushes. I don’t like to think he’s eating a bunch of chemicals, let alone breathing in the ones on my face (and hair) when I’m holding him.

  89. I need to ditch my shampoo!

  90. I’ve already ditched shampoo, and next is deodorant!

  91. I’ve ditched most things over the past year- I now make my own cold-process soap, lip balms, lotions, deodorants, toothpastes and perfumes. I also no longer use shampoo (baking soda/ACV combination), and I gave up makeup quite a while ago.  Now I’m experimenting with various recipes from this site 🙂

  92. Trying to get rid of the chemical stuff and start making my own. I wash my face with honey/water and use natural deodorant. Thanks for all these recipes, can’t wait to try them!

  93. I am now using home-made deodorant and body lotions.  I want to make my own shampoo and conditioners.

  94. I’m going to try the hair color ideas and I hope to make my own lotion and soap.  You have so many great ideas!

  95. I’d love to find a natural alternative for the products I use for my naturally curly hair – frizz & curl control!

  96. Soaps/bodywash and lotion

  97. Lotion will be one product. As it absorbs straight in the blood stream

  98. I replace baby talc powder and regular baby oil!

  99. I’m going to ditch deodorant and shampoo! 

  100. ditching my tooth paste

  101. I am working on changing all my beauty products…have done deodorant, lotion, shampoo & conditioner so far. 

  102. I am ditching chemical-laden lip balms for good!

  103. I already ditched toothpaste, and lotion & deodorant are next on my list!

  104. I want to continue using natural deo and learn how to make natural toothpaste and lotions. Love this site!

  105. I am so happy I found this site! I am inspired by the natural lotions, soaps, and dental hygiene products!!

  106. i need to ditch body washes that have all of those chemicals in them and whatnot :/ i’m already signed up for your email list!

  107. The main thing I have left to ditch is regular shampoo. I’ve ditched everything else. 

  108. I am ditching all my Mary Kay products. Moisturizer and face wash.

  109. Looking for a face wash.

  110. I’m ditching chemical deodorant for natural deodorant bars!  I am also working on bronzer, mascara, and blush!

  111. I’m ditching lotion, toothpaste and deodorant

  112. Have ditched most products though still collecting ingredients to make my own. Lotions, Sunscreen, Deoderant, Sugar scrub, Bath salts.

  113. I will be ditching sunblock and my face lotions with sunblock.   I will also be ditching deoderent 

  114. I have decided to replace ALL of it!! I am mortified to learn more about how I have been poisoning myself and my children. I just found your site and I am super excited to try all of the recipes. I am hosting a ‘spa day’ for all my mom friends and we are going to get together and make a bunch of your recipes to divide up and try…all while sipping margaritas!! 🙂

    • Awesome I feel the same way I feel almost guilty all those years I have poisened my kids and didn’t knew I wish I would have found out sooner.

  115. Deodorant! I want to make my own!

  116. Going to try the natural eye shadow! Yum chocolate on my face 🙂

  117. Just made lip balm, salve, lotion bars and soap! I even opened my own organic beauty products business — Ellison’s Organics.

  118. I am ditching toothpaste and sunscreen!  I would love to win this awesome giveaway!

  119. Lotion is on the top of my list!

  120. I will make my own sunscreen! 

  121. Top on my list to drop is that nasty conventional deoderant.  I’m having such a hard time!  But your recipe with probiotics might be just the thing…

  122. I’ve recently ditched all  lotion and am only using coconut oil for my skin.  I’m slowly working my way through my beauty products and completely getting rid of the bad ones.  Trying to find some sort of natural deodorant that  works.

  123. I going to ditch my chemical hair color!

  124. I am going to replace shampoo, lotion, toothpaste and makeup (I wear so little anyway).  Can’t wait to try to see if some of my skin issues disappear.

  125. Just made your lotion bars, love them. Bug off bars are next! 🙂

  126. I just ditched my toner for homemade, deoderant for homemade, toothpaste for homemade, lotion with coconut oil, and said bye-bye to shampoo – you’ve inspired me! I’m on a roll and ready for another challenge! Make-up!!!!

  127. Would love to ditch my sunscreen! 

  128. Getting rid of deodorant

  129. I have gotten rid of my shampoo and D.O!

  130. I have already ditched all my beauty products and replaced them with all homenade items. Including Wellness Mama’s toothpowder, mineral make up out of cinnamon and cocoa powder works just fine for me. Made your lotion bars, shaving cream and shampoo and so on everything toxin is gone.

  131. I am a lotion junkie and want to start making my own lotion. I am very excited about the recipes on this site!

  132. Like those before I have ditched everything for natural alternatives.

  133. I don’t use a lot of beauty treatments, but I’ve been replacing coconut oil for moisturizer/lotion.

  134. I would like to make my own face wash and face lotion. As well as replace all my make up. I would also really like to make my own foundation. I know by making all theses changes that I will be able to save a lot of money which is an extra bonus on top of living a more healthy and natural lifestyle.

  135. Made the switch to chemical free deodorant.  Am trying to get my 16 yr. old daughter to ditch the sunscreen she applies.

  136. I have made my own deodorant and sugar scrub so far. Next things I hope to tackle are shampoo and toothpaste.

  137. I already go no ‘poo with baking soda and apple cider vinegar.  Next, I need to switch out my deodorant and makeup.

  138. I’ve already ditched everything other than my make-up! It’s next on my DIY list!

  139. I have ditched all face products for coconut oil! I’ll mix in some baking soda for a little extra cleansing power when washing, rinse, then pat on fresh, pure coconut oil for final moisture. For a monthly hair cleanse, I like to rub baking soda through my roots, rinse well, and then pour some apple cider vinegar over my head. The BS cleanses all the gunk out of my hair and the vinegar moisturizes. Talk about lasting body!

    I have also been using Aztec Green Clay for face masks (have one on right now, actually!) and my skin looks better than ever before. Not only does my skin look and feel better, it’s so much easier on the bank account when you only purchase a few products and use for many different applications (baking soda, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, etc).

  140. Lotion!!! It’s the one thing I use every single day, so it needs to be as natural as possible. 

  141. I am ditching Shampoo and Deodorant first .

  142. I love your lotion bar recipe!  I made a double batch last week when my niece was visiting.  They are lovely!

  143. I’ve been using a homemade lotion that I made ages ago. I’m planning on ditching my regular shampoo and conditioner – I’ll have to check out your DIY Dry shampoo recipe too! And one of these days I will make my own deodorant!

  144. I’m ditching everything: make-up, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, laundry detergent, cleaning products, lotions, perfumes, nail polish….  I’ve made my own versions of most of these and I never wore nail polish anyway.  Now I need to find a natural matte red lipstick and I’ll be all set 🙂

  145. I’m making lotion bars and ditching toxic sunscreens. Once my natural deodorant runs out I’m going to use the old container to try your natural kind! I’m also hoping to try some of your natural makeup recipes! Thanks for all your work and suggestions!!!

  146. I  have been a fan of your blog for awhile.  I use baking soda and water to wash my hair and apple cider vinegar to condition it.  This summer I have also made your sunblock.  This has replaced all of the sunblocks/sunscreens in our house.  I actually think the homemade version works better. 

  147. I used therapeautic soap for my body and face, extra virgin coconut oil as moisturizer and homemade toothpaste from baking soda and grapefruit seed extract. I do make my own shampoo but cannot seem to get it right, I tried your recipe but my hair turned out super greasy and tangled :/ I’m still on the hunt for a good shampoo, I found a more natural shampoo, the name escapes me but I’m always looking for natural alternatives 🙂

  148. I have started buying all natural makeup, and I plan on trying your recipes for shampoo, deodorant, and sunscreen bars.

  149. I’ve already ditched conventional lotion, toothpaste, and deodorant, and I don’t use many more products than that.  I still do buy my shampoo (the no-shampoo method did not work for me), so I might be trying to replace that soon. 

  150. Sunscreen!  Just like the SAD (standard American diet), I thought I had been doing the right thing all these years.  I made a batch of your sunscreen bars and can’t wait for some sun here in the Pacific Northwest to give it a try.

  151. I have already ditched laundry detergent, bodywash, shave soap, toner, deodorant, mouthwash and detangler. i plan on trying my hand at toothpaste and lip balm next. loving this!

  152. I think I’m finally ready to ditch the last of my makeup! Can’t wait to try activated charcoal for mascara

  153. Ridding myself of old lotions and toothpaste…. love the new stuff, ideas and recipes!

  154. I’d love to try your bug off bar recipe.  I always have issues with mosquitos and hate using the chemical stuff!

  155. I have replaced all moisturizers with Coconut Oil and have just recently made my own deodorant…feels pretty good.

  156. How bout ditchin’ the BO with a clean deo! Gotta love DIY “wellness mamas” who try to clean up their acts and live longer, healthier more beautiful lives!
    I would also like to create some clean baby products for a friend who’s due in September and who thinks the cleanest ones she will get come from Burt’s Bees and Baby Ganics. But I’m ’bout to help her realize that there are clean products you can buy and there are clean products you can make that help you know the source and thus, trust the results will be fabulously baby-friendly!

  157. I already make and love my homemade deodorant, I am making my goal to make some shampoo, or try going shampoo-less and  a bodylotion.

  158. I aleady use all natural deodorant – I’ve been using it for years and it works BETTER than any of the traditional chemical-laden deodorants.  I’ve been seaching for a natural conditioner that will work on my hair.  I’ve tried several different recipes and products at natural grocers, but no luck to date.  Need to find something that works on dry, krinkled hair.

  159. So far I have switched to coconut oil for moisturizing and I use the Oil Cleansing Method instead of face wash (which has worked wonders by the way!!!!!). Next I would really like to make the lotion and sunscreen bars. We have really cut back on our sunscreen use and fortunately no burning yet! Though I would really like to have some homemade sunscreen on hand for days where we are outside for the full day—especially for the kiddos.

  160. Shampoo & makeup!!

  161. I would love to try the lotion recipe.

  162. made a getting started shopping list of things to buy for lotion bars, deodorant bars, and baby products for the little guy coming in Sept.  can’t wait to get started!

  163. I’d love to make my own lotion, and I’m a subscriber!

  164. I’ve ditched just about everything! We’re using your lotion bars, deodorant bars, shampoo, and tooth powder, which we all love! I even mixed up a lotion bar with some tea tree oil and arrowroot for my hubby’s athlete’s foot – works way better than Tinactin! The change in my diet has improved my skin so much that I haven’t even been wearing any makeup except a little mascara on my blonde lashes – the final bit of chemical product that I still need to find a replacement for.

  165. I could stand to find a DO that doesn’t irritate, too.  My natural one, I love, but I can only use a few days at a time!

  166. I ditched toothpaste and face wash already. Next I’m trying deodorant. Once I have all the ingredients I’m going to try some of your lotion bars.

  167. I quit using deodorants and I also now use Dr. Bronner’s for soap and shampoo in the shower. I don’t wear makeup very much, so that’s my next big thing.

  168. I would love to try the lotion bars, and also the deoderant bars since I’ve tried so many natural deoderants and none have worked! Excited about this giveaway!

  169. I joined your email list and also became a facebook fan 🙂 I don’t have Twitter though, so can’t enter that way…

  170. I wash my hair with baking soda and do a quick rinse with ACV!

  171. I ditched my lotion for shea butter

  172. I need to replace my antiperspirant/deodorant and my body soap/body wash. We have already replaced our diaperwipes and love Wellnessmama’s recipe. I would like to find a DIY natural diaper cream. 

  173. My goal is to switch to natural toothpaste/powder and natural eye treatments (eye make-up remover and under-eye moisturizer.

    Eventually I want to pitch it all, but those are the top 3.

  174. I am looking for a natural powder and am currently making the transition from lotion to just using coconut oil.

  175. I have been chemical free for a while (thanks in part to your wonderful deodorant and remineralizing toothpaste recipes!), so now I’m focusing my efforts on getting my boyfriend to ditch his chemical-filled sunscreen and deodorant. 

  176. I just bought the ingredients for body butter, deodorant, and also for hair conditioner!  Excited to give it a try!  I am also still looking for a laundry detergent recipe to try.

  177. Im replacing shampoo soap toothpaste deoderant, everything!

  178. I am planning to dump my cleanser and moisturizer this next week (as soon as I can get the oil I want!) and lip salves and hand lotions for homemade natural versions, and I am going to try making my own mineral foundation.  One of my friends did this and says it took 10 years off her face.  I’m dying to try it now!

  179. I am going to ditch deodorant, and lotion for me and my family, and make healthier options using your recipes

  180. I don’t think I use much, but what I do, I try to find simple natural ones: soap, shampoo, lip balm, moisturizer. I live in Japan and it’s hard to find these (reasonably priced) so I have to try to stock up at Whole Foods when I go back to California but I’d really love to make my own!!

  181. I need to replace my lotion and my husband’s shaving cream.

  182. I really want to try the lotion bars, especially the baby lotion since I have a 22 month old and a 15 month old.  I will also start using the coconut oil as a makeup remover, what a good idea!  Thanks,
    I love your site!

  183. I am using up all the products I have then going as natural as possible.  I have found that I am becoming  sensitive to certain products.

  184. hey wellness mama 🙂 i used to be a super product junkie and have ditched ALL my beauty products!! I have found natural alternatives for everything i need and you have inspired me to get on it and start making my own!! i want to share my excitement with my girlfriends and family by making them home made natural beauty products using your recipes!!

  185. I only use organic, botanic face and body products.

  186. I am on your email list

  187. I need to need to get rid of my face lotion and find a better alternative!

  188. I am ditching my deodorant and  lotions. I’m also making my own toothpaste.
    I make my own laundry detergent and household cleaners.

  189. Honestly, most of my beauty products are already natural, so I will simply be refining them 🙂 I’d like to make my own lotion bars rather than purchasing them, start experimenting with an ACV rinse for my hair, and look for more natural mascara and lipstick. Just found out I’m pregnant (woo hoo!!!) so I have even more incentive to find nontoxic makeup.

  190. The only thing still left to replace is my shampoo and conditioner, but my hair hasn’t responded well to my natural alternatives I’ve tried. As I come across something new, I usually will give it a shot.

  191. I would like to replace all of my beauty supplies.  My husband was diagnosed with cancer last year and we we are trying to go natural and organic as much as we can.  I just wish we had done this when we first got married.

  192. I would love to ditch my chemical based body lotion and hair conditioner.

  193. I would like to try not using natural or even no shampoo 

  194. oops I meant try using natural 

  195. I want to start making all my own personal care products for myself and as gifts for others. I think this will be help me create a healthier lifestyle as well reduce my ecological footprint and save money.

  196. Ditching the highly chemical deodorants and make up! Finally!

  197. I have been using homemade deodorant and remineralizing toothpaste for a couple months and I love them! I recently made lotion bars, which I like, but want to try a creme/liquid homemade lotion, too. And I am planning to make lip balm and solid perfume soon!!

  198. I want to make skin lotions and face creams.  I already make my own deodorant with coconut oil, baking soda, tapioca starch, vitamin E oil, lavender oil, and tea tree oil and I love it, but I want to try more homemade products.

  199. I’m getting rid of conventional lotion.

  200. i really want to change to a more natural cream and deo

  201. I already signed up for the email list, and enjoy receiving it.
    All the best, Sharon

  202. i switched to shampoo bars and now looking for more eco conditioner

  203. I am going to ditch my deodorant, toothpaste and lotion for starters! My first step to freedom from toxins! 

  204. i ditched toothpaste for peroxide.

  205. I use all organic cleaning and beauty products.  I also use all natural shampoo for my 18 dogs.  I am making my own laundry soap.  I LOVE Mountain Rose Herbs.  Love the WellnessMama tips and recipes.  I will try to help my hubby ditch his shaving creme.  I already had him ditch the Head and Shoulders, that really didn’t work well any way.  His skin looks great!

  206. i need to replace my hair waves spray…will try making yours and we’ll see how it works!

  207. My husband has been begging me to make deoderant!

  208. I use coconut oil on my entire body, including face; baking soda every 2-3 days for my hair (yes, you’ll miss the sudsing!); baking soda/coconut oil/tea tree oil for my teeth and coconut oil/baking soda for d.o. 

  209. I’ve ditched moisturizer and  foundation. I am in the process of ditching shampoos and cleanser.  I’d really like to get myself together enough to make the deodorant lotion bars. 

  210. As a recent newbie to your site, I’m eager to start with any of these recipes, though I think homemade, natural lotion or shampoo intrigues me most!

  211. I ditched sahmpoo/conditioner and now use a mix of caster/olive oil for face cleansing. Looking forward to making sunscreen & body wash.

  212. I have already ditched my facial toner, toothpaste, exfoliants, and moisturizers, thanks in large part to the recipes I’ve found on this site.  I’m excited to try out the deodorant and hair conditioner recipes and microdermabrasion tips as well!

  213. I’ve already ditched moisturizer for coconut oil,and though I haven’t started making my own deodorant yet,I’m using Pit Putty which is all natural.(and the new orange vanilla smells delicious!) I’ve been a little too scared to take the leap to homemade shampoo and conditioner, though I try to get more natural products. Make-up is where I have the biggest problem though! The few more natural products I’ve found usually cost a lot more!:/

  214. I already went natural. All I use on my face is olive oil or coconut oil. When i had skin cancer on my nose removed,which took of most of the tip, I used something called miracle salve, which is made up of coconut oil,plantain leaf, comfrey root, calendula flowers, olive oil, beeswax,propolis, lavendar and rosemary essencial oils. When the doctor saw my nose he was quite amazed, and said”it’s a miracle.” I am 51 and my skin has never looked better.

  215. I’m already using coconut oil for everything from make up removal to moisturizer. I want to start making my own lotions next.

  216. I can’t wait to try the recipe for the natural lotion bars. I made the sugar scrub as a Christmas gift for my Mom, sister and step sisters!

  217. Hey there Wellness Mama. 24 weeks ago I discovered that my body will be slowly expanding due to I’m pregnant. I have been trying to find natural alternitives of lotions to prevent strech marks so I don’t harm my body or my first child. I have been mixing together Coconut oil, Shea butter, and Lavender essential oil. I”m massaging it into my belly and breasts once a day and found that my skin doen’t just smell great but is increadibly soft.

    When she or he arrives I will be using your lotion bar recipe with Calendula and Chamomile to sooth its delicate skin.

  218. I’ve been using the toothpaste recipe from this site for about 9 months and I love it.  I recently tried another brand of coconut oil based toothpaste, but I only used it twice and threw it away.  I also use my Norwex cloths to remove eye makeup…so easy!!!  Wash my face with honey.  I’ve made my own deodorant, but gave it all up at the beginning of the summer due to irritation and haven’t been using deodorant at all.  Maybe I should try it with arrowroot?  I’d really like to make my own lotions, sunscreen and makeup…that will be next!

  219. I’ve found natural and “clean” or mostly clean products for all my beauty and personal products except for mascara. I just can’t seem to find one that’s compatible with my oily skin the same way that unclean versions are.

  220. I make my own oil-blend cleanser, argan oil moisturizer, deodorant, and hard lotion!

  221. I am still working on a conditioner that doesn’t irritate my skin, but the main thing I am ditching is Alcohol, I am allergic.  Thanks.

  222. I had to ditch my beauty products and shampoo after finding out I am having reactions to almost all of them…no wonder I was so miserable.  I have been learning how to create products with natural alternatives and the recipes I have found here….still haven’t found a good shampoo alternative for myself yet, but otherwise…..I love using Almond and Coconut oils, these work on my skin well for moisture.  I need to try making soap still.  

  223. I’d like to try the toothpaste, shampoo and scrubs. Guess I need to go shopping this weekend.

  224. im signed up. im ditching deodorant and toothpaste

  225. Wow, where to start…we are natural human beings living in nature. Why use chemicals when there are so many natural options available? Thanks to Wellness Mama, you have guided us in the right direction by offering guidance and support. I wish to replace all m beauty products with natural options!

  226. I am already making facial cleanser, sunscreen, toothpaste and lotion. Would like to also do deoderant and maybe a few other items.

  227. I use coconut oil to take off my makeup including waterproof mascara then was with gentle non chemical foaming face was then slather on coconut oil before bed. 

  228. Hello Wellness Mama! I love your products and ideas for organic lotions, toothpastes, deodorants and the like. I have made your lotion before and it was absolutely incredible and many of my family members and friends have tried it and would like me to make them some as well. I always tell them I got it from your website of course 🙂 As I am trying to open up my own online shop though, I was actually hoping to use some of your ideas for the homemade products. Am I allowed to do that or do you have any policies concerning these things? If I was allowed to sell them, I would love to give you credit for the ideas or do you have any thoughts concerning that? If I were to sell those products, I am not sure if you would like to take a percentage of the earnings or if you have preset ideas or rules about that. Thank you for the phenomenal recipes! I look forward to hearing back from you 🙂


    • Hi Anastasia, I always encourage others to experiment and find their own variations of the recipes for use in homemade products and I always appreciate credit if a recipe is used as inspiration.

      • Wellness Mama, Thank you so much for your feedback! I will be experimenting with different variations and ideas–and I will be sure to give you credit for the inspiration and amazing recipes you came up with! Thank you again for your response.

  229. hi katie,

    can this DIY lotion be used for a face cream? I can’t seem to find a face cream recipe. I want to make one for really dry face skin out of shea butter, aloe vera, beeswax, jojoba rosehip and argan oil. I’m worried that this wont sink into the face though. Any ideas? thanks 🙂