7 Simple DIY Beauty Products to Make at Home

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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:

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. 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!

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. They include foundation, bronzer/blush, eye liner and eye shadow, and even mascara!

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:

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

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 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

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 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

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:

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

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.

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!

7 DIY Beauty Products

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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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


243 responses to “7 Simple DIY Beauty Products to Make at Home”

  1. Emily Avatar

    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.

  2. Amanda Avatar

    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!

  3. Aldrete Avatar

    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.

  4. Lisa Avatar

    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!

  5. Sara Avatar

    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!

  6. Palak Avatar

    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.

  7. Jozlyn Baima Avatar
    Jozlyn Baima

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

  8. Sarah Skinner Avatar
    Sarah Skinner

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

  9. RacheL H. Avatar
    RacheL H.

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

  10. Wimberly Leah Avatar
    Wimberly Leah

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

  11. Jacquelynn Gilbert Avatar
    Jacquelynn Gilbert

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

  12. Caitlin Gallagher Avatar
    Caitlin Gallagher

    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!

  13. Deidrean Sanders Barrett Avatar
    Deidrean Sanders Barrett

    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?

  14. Cecilia Powers Avatar
    Cecilia Powers

    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

  15. steph Avatar

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

  16. Anita Avatar

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

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