7 Ingredients – 20+ DIY Natural Beauty Recipes

How to make all of your own DIY beauty products with seven natural ingredients

Cosmetics and beauty products are a major source of chemical exposure for most people. An average beauty product contains dozens of harmful chemicals, many which have not even been tested for safety in humans. Fortunately, there are natural alternatives every beauty product, and most work better than the chemical laden alternative.

Since I make most of our own personal care and beauty products, I keep a lot of the ingredients on hand. Buying in bulk and making your own beauty and personal care products this we can save a lot of money in a year!

Natural ingredients cost more up front but save us money in the long run because they are so versatile and can be used in multiple recipes and because not as much is needed for natural products. I order these products once or twice a year at most and we have smooth, healthy skin all year!

Natural Beauty Ingredients

  • For a quick and natural facial, give yourself a honey mask. Take a warm shower, or hold your face over a bowl of steaming water to open pores. Rub warm honey on face and sit for 20-30 minutes, Rinse with warm water and splash with cool water to close pores. Honey also works great as a gentle face wash that can be used every day.
  • Instantly clarify and remove oils from your hair by mixing 1 part white vinegar with 5 parts distilled water and pouring over hair after conditioning. Add 5-10 drops of favorite essential oil to make a fresh smell. I recommend lavender, lemon, orange, or peppermint. Depending on your hair type, you may also benefit from detoxing your hair with healing clays and using a natural shampoo.
  • For an intensive hair conditioner, blend avocado and coconut milk or cream in a blender and apply to dry hair. Leave on up to 30 minutes and rinse.
  • For oily hair, massage baking soda into hair, shampoo as normal and rinse. This can be drying for some people and irritating to the scalp. If you want a gentler option, also try DIY dry shampoo for dark or light hair.

Ingredients for Natural Beauty Recipes

These seven products are my natural beauty staples… (There’s a list of recipes I use them in below!) If you’re just starting out with DIY beauty products, these are great to have on hand and you can make many, many recipes with just these ingredients!

1. Coconut Oil

I order Gold Label Coconut Oil in five gallon buckets from Tropical Traditions. This is by far my favorite coconut oil and I can tell a difference in taste and quality. We save a lot by buying in bulk, and since we use it to cook, in recipes and as a skin lotion by itself, it never goes to waste! (It also comes in smaller quantities!)

We will only use Unrefined, organic coconut oil in cooking, but a cheaper expeller pressed oil could be used in skin recipes to save money (though by ordering in bulk, we still get the good stuff for cheaper than the expeller pressed in the long run!).

For those sensitive to coconut, grass fed organic beef tallow can also be used and it is great for the skin, though you will need to add essential oils to cover the mild scent. We get our tallow in five gallon buckets here.

2. Shea Butter

Our most used natural beauty ingredient after coconut oil. Organic unrefined shea butter has a naturally nutty, earthy smell (very mild)  and is incredibly nourishing for the skin! I’ve heard many cases of children seeing improvement from eczema from using shea butter or a mix of it and coconut oil.

It has natural antibacterial properties and is great for preventing stretch marks, for wound healing, and as an anti-aging treatment for skin. It naturally has an SPF of about 5 and can be used as a daily sunscreen. I use shea butter in my lotion, lotion bars, deodorant, face cream, baby lotion, diaper cream and many other recipes!

3. Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is another “butter” and a great addition to natural beauty recipes. It is also an ingredient in organic homemade chocolate (recipe soon!). It imparts a delicate chocolate scent, and I love it mixed with mint or citrus in lotion bars, lotion or face cream. It can be used interchangeably with Shea Butter, though I find that my favorite recipes include Shea butter, Cocoa Butter, and Coconut Oil.

 4. Beeswax

Beeswax is a great natural thickening agent, and high quality versions have a gently honey sent. (Note: I’ve heard from several readers that brands ordered from other sources had a very strong and off-putting odor and I can only vouch for this brand.) I use beeswax in lotions, lotion bars, baby care recipes, lip balm, foot cream, etc. Only a little is usually needed to thicken recipes, and a pound lasts us for at least six months.

5. Liquid Carrier Oil

Recipes like smoother lotions, baby oil, salves, and after-shave balms often need to be thinner than coconut oil and the butters will allow. In these cases, I use a liquid carrier oil. Most often, I use olive oil, almond oil, or apricot kernel oil (my favorite). Apricot Kernel has the most gentle scent and almond oil is also relatively unscented. Olive oil is typically the least expensive if you don’t mind the olive scent in your recipes or if you plan to cover it up with essential oils.

6. Arrowroot Powder

I keep Arrowroot on hand for thickening sauces when cooking and it also gets added to a lot of natural recipes like deodorant, baby powder, diaper cream, dry shampoo, etc. It works much like cornstarch but isn’t GMO like many corn products. I also use it in my homemade makeup recipes. I’ve only used this brand, and others have reported that brands from elsewhere are often not as finely ground and don’t work as well in skin recipes.

7. Essential Oils

Not technically needed, but essential oils give great natural scents to DIY beauty recipes and can also be very mood lifting. I get mine here in 8 ounce or larger quantities and they last literally years. Our favorites are mint, lavender, lemon, orange, and sandalwood.

Other Helpful Ingredients

Some other helpful ingredients that can be added to the above recipes are:

  • Dried herbs: especially chamomile and calendula for skin recipes
  • Zinc oxide: for diaper cream and sunscreens
  • Sugar: Not to eat but great for sugar scrubs!
  • Baking Soda: For deodorant
  • Salt: For DIY hair spray or skin exfoliating
  • Other essential oils
  • Coconut Milk: for homemade shampoo
  • Liquid Castille Soap: for cleaning/washing and for homemade baby wipes.

Basic Recipes

Here are some of my favorite basic beauty recipes:

Make Your Own Natural Deodorant With This Simple Recipe
Homemade Shaving Soap Recipes
Luxurious Sugar Scrub Recipe
Homemade Lotion Bars
Deodorant Bars
DIY Sunscreen Bars
Bug-Off Lotion Bars
Herbal Hair Color Recipes
Seven Natural Baby Care Recipes
DIY Beach Waves Hair Texture Spray
DIY Dry Shampoo for Dark or Light Hair
Natural Skin Care Recipes
Homemade Make-up Recipes
Feminine Hygiene Solutions
Natural Homemade Substitutes for Conventional Beauty Products
Seven Natural Remedies you Already Have at Home
Seven Natural Beauty Tricks From Your Kitchen
How to Make Natural Shampoo
Natural Homemade Baby Wipes-Easy to Make

Do you make your Beauty products? What recipes would you like to try? Share below!

Natural beauty recipes and ingredient list so that you can make your own toiletry products from deodorant to lotion to shampoo!

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  1. Great post! My site is all about DIY beauty treatments like the one you’ve written. I recently did a post listing my favorite DIY resources, and I am definitely adding this post the list. Thx for sharing!

    • Love it! Nourish Organic has a great raw shea butter that I use, it’s cheap and works great 🙂

  2. still looking for a body soap recipe.  

    • len, pree beauty at the top and look at the list.

  3. I love making lip balms and lotions.  This list is great.  For the longest time I resisted making my own because every recipe I came across had at least 6 ingredients I didn’t already own.  I have all of these now, and then some, but it was nice to be able to build them slowly.

  4. Do you recommend using only organic essential oils?

    • For the most part, though some are from plants that are not likely to be sprayed anyway…

  5. I tried using oil as a moisturiser but felt it was to much to do everyday what other things can u moisturise your face with?

  6. do you have an after shave recipe? my husband is interested in trying it and I haven’t been able to find one that I like. thanks! love your other recipes!

  7. Is there a difference when you say you buy “gold label coconut oil” and “organic, unrefined coconut oil?” Or are these both referring to the gold label? Also, I have heard that refined coconut oil (though not refined with chemical solvents) is better for cooking because it has a higher smoke point and no taste. What are your thoughts? I am so confused on what kind to get, and why one brand is better than the other.

    • From everything I’ve seen, the gold label (which is the same as organic and unrefined) is the best choice because it is not heated in processing so it has the highest level of nutrients. It has a decently high smoke point as well and is great for stir frys, cooking eggs in, etc or for anything cold. I’ve used it for high temp cooking like frying too, but I actually prefer grassfed beef tallow for this, as it has a higher smoke point and less of a tropical taste 🙂

      • Hi Katie! Sorry, but the gold label coconut oil from Tropical Traditions IS HEATED…and studies show that heating the oil during production allows for a higher content of antioxidants. Please verify these findings…thanks much, I love your work…:)

  8. Do you have a recipe for Laundry Detergent?

    • I found a couple on a blog called “My Merry Messy Life” > has alot of other DIY Naturals as well!

    • Try soap nuts. I’ve been using them for years and they are a great all natural product.

  9. I absolutely love your blog! My husband and I have been transitioning to a “greener” life throughout the last few years…we have been vegetarians for years, I have rid the house of most plastics, I make my own detergents and cleaners, etc. But, your blog has given me inspiration to start making some more products! I am going to try your shampoo recipe this week….I only wash my hair every 5-7 days or so…..currently I use Dr. Bronner’s soaps for shampoo and his citrus rinse for conditioner and it’s terrible. My hair is halfway down my back and the soaps leave it dry and tangly. However, I know that even with your shampoo recipe, I will need some sort of conditioner…do you have recipe suggestions? I really don’t want something that you have to leave on for an hour or sleep with overnight….I am not a “spend my time on beauty” kind of person….I want to be able to apply it in the shower or right after and either rinse off or leave in. Does straight coconut oil work for a rinse off? Any suggestions would be helpful! Loving your blog!

    • A wonderful natural conditioner is vinegar. It leaves hair silky smooth. Some people are bothered by the smell, but I love it, and anyway it fades very quickly. My favourite is cider vinegar.

  10. Hi, and congratulations on your new bubba. Love your work on here, it is inspiring. I am a mum of 5 also, and had a undiagnosed breech baby for number 4, with a 3 day labour and medical intervention not much help really, as my midwife was unaware until he was about to be born.

    I am trained as a beautician, but retired from that industry some years ago, feeling it was a younger persons trade, and have since been told that a lot of people prefer someone a little older anyway. I have been working as an educator, running a child care service, working 5 days a week. Love working with children, but am a bit worn out, often my day begins at 7.30am and ends at 6pm, with little time for my own family!

    I have been offered a position in my friends shop, 3-4 days a week, catering for ladies clothing, accessories and lovely home wares, and we are considering doing some beauty services.
    I like your natural alternatives so much, and after giving myself a full facial, cleansing, sugar exfoliation, microdermabrasion, face mask and facial moisturising, all with natural ingredients made by me, and inspired by you, I am so pleased with the results, that I am thinking of seeing if the lovely lady that owns the store, would consider me using them, instead of traditional products, she is in favour of a healthy lifestyle.

    I have added my own twists to several of your basic recipes, and am over the moon with the results.

    Thank you for your wonderful ideas, and resources, and all the work you to to provide us with this kind of information, and may you and your family be happy and healthy,
    Kind regards,

  11. Truly these ingredients are very good for the skin and hair. Even OxyGlow recommends to use only organic products for skin. They have an array of natural products. They are good and nature rich.

  12. I am in love with your website. Amazing 🙂

  13. i love this post…i been wanting to make more natural beauty products. I have been making bath salts and I love the way they smell, and how relaxing they are.

  14. Great tips useful for health and beauty. Keep it up..

  15. Just made the foot scrub for my husband. He actually asked for me to make it! He isn’t into the idea of DIY or natural anything so this is a huge step 😀

  16. i really don’t get this

  17. I just placed an order with Mountain Rose to try making my first homemade face lotion! I’m so excited! I hope it works!

  18. Hi,

    First of all, I would just like to say that I was absolutely inspired by your blog, and am now in the process of detoxifying my home. I have already made and LOVE your deodorant and toner recipes, as well as some cleaners for my bathroom.
    The only skin products I have not switched over yet are my facial cleanser and my hair products (just shampoo and conditioner).
    I tried your shampoo recipe (I used organic canned coconut milk), as well as a recipe for conditioner that I found online (coconut milk, honey, and vitamin E). The first time I used both the shampoo and conditioner, it didn’t work well on my hair. I don’t know if I did something wrong, but it made my hair look like it had wax in it, and it felt thick and greasy.
    I figured it might just be the conditioner, so I tried with just the shampoo, and had the same results, just less severe.
    I was wondering if you’ve experienced anything like this, or if you had any tips for me.
    Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge! It feels good to cleanse my home of the toxins :]

    • Hair is definitely the trickiest thing to find a perfect solution for since it is so individual but I’d keep experimenting until you find one that works for your hair..

      • That’s a relief. I was worried I wasn’t washing my hair right or something :]
        What are the best substitutes for coconut milk? I’ve already tried almond oil with bad results. I’m considering olive oil as well.

        • I’ve been told that if you’ve been using regular hair care products for a period of time. . . there is a lot of build up on ur hair. When u initially switch to natural products, the build up “gums” up ur hair. Try baking soda to clear the build-up.

  19. I am enthralled by all the chemicals I can get rid of by using your wonderful “recipes” I am interested in how you got attached to microfiber, do you happen to know here I can get organic natural ones because microfiber is “naturally” polyester

  20. I have been using the oil cleansing facial cleansing for a couple of months. There is so much information out there it is a little confusing for a beginner. I find I can’t use castor oil because my mature abnormally dry, peeling, cracking skin does not respond well, causing what seems like hives. I discovered just using coconut, avocado, grapeseed oils does not cleanse well alone. Any suggestions? Your site has inspired me to go “natural” and I’m slowly adding to my collection of essential oil/herbs. Many thanks for such an informative site

    • Hi. I know this is an old post but for anyone asking the same question (I know I did), coconut oil is good for oily skin and olive and argan oils are good for dry skin. I nearly threw the oil cleansing method out the window, I was so frustrated with the drying effects of the oils I was trying (mostly coconut). I switched to olive oil and now swear by the method. Another thing to consider: I was sure I had oily skin because of my acne – turns out my skin (and hair) is dryer than the Sahara desert and my body was trying to make up by producing more and more oily sebum – even more when I attepmted to dry that acne off (like most dermatological creams do). Since I have been moisturising my skin with olive oil, the results have been amazing. The same rule applies to hair – greasy at the top, witchy broom from the middle down – the whole lot needs serious moisturiser and maybe an acv rinse (mixed with conditioner to hide the smell). Thanks Wellness Mama for your hard work.

  21. Everything is very open and very clear explanation of issues. was truly information. Your website is very useful. Thanks for sharing.

  22. I love Shea Butter! It’s one of my favourites. I usually just spread some onto my face, hands and feet in the morning and I’m good to go. I use an all natural skin cream at night that actually has most of these ingredients in them as I look at the jar and your post here, so that actually makes me feel really good about that product! I find so many “natural” creams these days have parabens and other not so natural ingredients, so it’s nice when something really is all natural.

  23. You’re a freakin’ genius! The information that you share is simple yet incredibly informative at the same time. Thanks so much! You rock!

  24. Loving your blog, not just because it’s somewhat cost effective but because it eliminate all the chemical we use in our everyday product. Now i see somewhere in the comment about using vinegar as a conditioner for your hair. Is it just the vinegar are do you add something to the vinegar to condition your hair?

  25. How would I make this thinner so I could use it in a pump??

  26. Regarding the lotion recipe, sorry for not posting on that thread.

  27. I’m trying to change over to making what I can rather than buying all those awful chemicals! I’ve just about got what I need to make lip balm as I thought it would be an easy start. My question is about Magnesium. I’m Canadian and found a site here that I love that sells MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE. I saw that you recommend using magnesium in a home made deodorant recipe (I hope I can find it again). The description says to dilute this with water to replace lost magnesium in the body after excersizing, etc. I just want to make sure it’s ok to use this for home made deodorant.

    Looking forward to hearing from you. (I know how busy you are, I appreciate any help you can provide.



    • Yes, Magnesium Chloride is good! It actually absorbs easier than magnesium sulfate (AKA Epsom Salt)

  28. Can you recommend an affordable source for jars, foaming pump and spray bottles, etc that do not require bulk or minimum purchases?

    • Amazon carries some of them. Personally, I like searching at the local salvage stores and thrift shops to find old jars and bottles that can be reused.

  29. If I were to sell my home made products, would you suggest to vacuum seal the canned product?

  30. Hello, I’d like to know if I have to use Beeswax Pastilles or can I just use solid beeswax. I have a bee keeper that lives in the area, and he has 20lb pound blocks for sale.

  31. Would you know anywhere to buy the butters that’ll ship to Australia, I can’t seem to find anything anywhere! I love the website you linked to and have sent them an email. I want to get started on my DIY journey!

  32. Hi, what is the difference between unrefined and naturally refined when it comes to shea, cocoa, mango, and other butters? Which would you say is better for making lotions and chap stick kind of things? Thanks!

  33. Do you have a recipe for a body lotion that is thin enough for a pump?

  34. Hi! I make my own calendula salve & soap.
    It’s great for any complexion types, & we also used for a first aid replacement in our home. For a small amount of calendula salve I use approximately 1 -2 oz. of dried organic calendula petals to 6-8 oz of virgin olive oil. Infuse in crock pot on low for 3-4 hrs. Drain oil from petals, add approximately 2 Tbsp. of
    pesteles beeswax & melt completely. Add about 1/8 tsp of vitamin E as a preservative, stirring well. Pour into clean, sanitized 1 or 2 oz plastic jars or tins. Let cool & cover with lids.
    Use on face & neck as a moisturizer, use on cuts & scratches, skin irritations, or use on baby’s bottom to prevent diaper rash. I’ve made this all-purpose salve for 20+ years & have never had a complaint yet. My chiropractor even uses both the salve & the soap when he gets poison ivy, & I had a customer who used it if she got scratched by her cats & my daughter used it on her foot to heal a cut that another antibacterial salve w/pain killers wouldn’t heal. The list goes on & on. Google medicinal uses for calendula salve. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
    Enjoy! 🙂

  35. Wow man I am searching this type of information, thanks for sharing with us.

  36. Shea butter has antibacterial properties? Does that mean I could use it as an acne treatment?

    • I’ve seen some accounts of people who had great results with their acne but haven’t personally tried it just for that…

  37. I recently saw a Wellness Mama Beauty Recipe book for sale and I purchased it,…………. although I cannot remember WHERE I found it. I THOUGHT it was on your website but I have tried to find it on your website and I don’t see it….which makes me very worried. I wonder if I have been duped!! Do you actually have a BEAUTY recipe book?

    • I did! It was available as a limited time offer, which is why you don’t see it anymore. Don’t worry, it was me 🙂

  38. I will want to try I tryed the coconut oil and it made me felt real good what I found out vinegar works and sesame seed oil on the skin

  39. Coconut oil is so useful! We use it in so many products…and for cooking, too 🙂

  40. I’m looking for a magnesium oil shampoo recipe and can’t find it. I don’t feel I’m getting my scalp completely covered just spraying my head and want to make a shampoo. My hair is so dry constantly and falls out just because I don’t wash it often enough. It’s hard to get a shower with 5 children in the house and my boys have a talent for getting into everything when I’m occupied. So if you have any suggestions for how much magnesium oil I need to add to shampoo it would be awesome! Thanks so much for all your blogs.

  41. Hi Katie, my name is Candita Mamet, publisher of healthy living magazine Massachusetts. I absolutely love your information here in your blog. I am hoping that you’ll give me permission to share it with our readers. What is the best way to reach you. Thank you for consideration. Candita

    • I don’t allow my content to be reposted on other publications…

  42. Very nice beauty tips. Thank you so much.

  43. Very nice article. I will follow this tips. Thank you so much.

  44. Hi, I just wanted to say thank you so much for all of your beauty tips! I am trying to focus on a paleo diet and have started making my own beauty products. Your recipes have been really great help with this transition…so thank you for all that you are doing and I look forward to reading more!!

  45. I followed your link to essetial oils as I have been researching them myself! I plan on having a girls night in and making some of these all natural beauty products:) I wanted to let you know that young living essential oils seem to be the best quality and some are able to be ingested(I was thinking about this for the lip chap)!

  46. I absolutely love your blog!

    I only use organic product for skin. Coconut oil is first in my list.

  47. Will you make a fresh edition of your book? I need one