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. Coee Avatar

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

  2. Ison Avatar

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

  3. Linda Avatar

    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!

  4. Donna M Avatar
    Donna M

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

  5. Jim Avatar

    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!

  6. Julie Virgin Avatar
    Julie Virgin

    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 🙂

  7. Allison Johnson Avatar
    Allison Johnson

    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.

  8. Abish Avatar

    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!!!!

  9. Ashton Scott Avatar
    Ashton Scott

    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.

  10. Amanda d Avatar
    Amanda d

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

  11. Brittany Avatar

    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

  12. Bea Avatar

    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.

  13. Jaime Avatar

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

  14. Jenn Avatar

    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.

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