Many conventional beauty products contain hidden (or not so hidden) harmful ingredients and many are also super expensive. I started making DIY beauty products at home years ago for these reasons, and now… I’m addicted!
But the extra work/time/money you say? It doesn’t take as much time as you’d think, and it certainly costs much less. Many of the ingredients you probably already have in your own kitchen, and you can make most of these products at a fraction of the cost of store-bought.
Plus, it’s just really fun! Pick a recipe, stock up on the ingredients, and make it as a rainy day project with the kids.
Best DIY Beauty Products + Recipes for Beginners
While I’m thankful there are more companies today making safer beauty products, the price tag that comes with them isn’t easy to swallow. I have a few natural store-bought beauty products I can’t do without now that I’ve found them (this one for example), but it helps to save money on other products by making them myself at home.
If the thought of making your own makeup or lotion is overwhelming, just start the way I did… one recipe at a time. The 7 recipes below are really quite simple and quick to make. In fact, if you have just 7 common DIY beauty ingredients in your cupboard, you can make over 20 DIY beauty products!
If you aren’t already, consider making these DIY beauty 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. Still, if you want to avoid applying aluminum and other additives linked to cancer to your armpits (not to mention blocking the natural function of sweating), switching to a natural deodorant is an important health step to take.
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.
Sensitive to baking soda or tried this before and got a rash? Try applying a simple magnesium oil spray as a deodorant… it works!
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!
Here are the recipes for homemade makeup that I use. They include foundation, bronzer/blush, eye liner and eye shadow, and even mascara!
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:
- 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
As you can see, once you learn to make them there are so many uses for lotion bars! These make great thoughtful gifts as well.
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 into 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 oiliness.
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! 🙂
If you have arrowroot or cornstarch around, you can make this recipe! Here are the steps to make it.
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:
Once you master those, experiment with some fun variations and scents like Vanilla Latte Sugar Scrub or these adorable Sugar Scrub Cubes.
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.
Here is the oil cleansing method and how to incorporate it in to a natural skin care routine.
Learn more about why you want to use sustainable ingredients in this podcast interview with Emily Blain on What’s Wrong With Your Personal Care Products and Creating Sustainable and Ethical Ones.
What are your favorite homemade beauty products? Share below!
Discussion (243 Comments)
I am making the baby wipes- I just got the products in from Mountain Rose. I am also making Shampoo.
I want to ditch toothpaste and deodorant.
Leslie Ann Penfold
Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and sunscreen are all gone!
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.
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.
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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 🙂
I’d like to make sunscreen, lotion, and hair detangler for my girls.
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.