Want to learn how you make your own homemade beauty products? Here are 10 to get you started.
Many conventional beauty products come in non-recyclable packaging – the majority of which goes straight to landfill. Plus many products are packed full of chemicals that can be harsh on both your skin and the environment.
If you’re looking to lead a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle, making your own homemade beauty products is a fantastic step to take. You can customise each product to suit your skin, whilst reducing all that unnecessary plastic packaging.
If you’re looking to start making your own cosmetics, then I’ve found this great guide to making not just one, but ten different recipes. Here you’ll find recipes for DIY beauty products – from deodorant to toothpaste and even eyeliner and shaving cream. There’s something for almost every beauty need.
I’m probably most intrigued by the homemade eyeliner recipe. I don’t really wear much makeup but eyeliner is probably the one product I couldn’t live without. I’ve always used shop-bought eyeliner but I’m really keen to give this recipe a go!
Homemade Beauty Products to Make Today
Check out this guide to homemade natural beauty products, for some great ideas. To make things as accessible as possible, the full-text instructions can be found under this infographic, so keep scrolling for those:
Source: Health Perch
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- Acne Treatment
- Hair Mask
- Hand Scrub
- Lip Balm
- Shaving Cream
- Body Butter
- Melt 1/8 cup of coconut oil
- Add in 1 – 5 drops of tea tree oil
- Mix to blend
- Use an eyedropper to fill into lip balm tubes
- Store tubes in the fridge
- Add 5 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 6 tablespoons of arrowroot powder, 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay, and 5 to 10 drops of your favourite essential oils. I personally would avoid citrus-based essential oils if you have sensitive skin.
- Mix all the ingredients together and store in a small jar.
- Mix 2 teaspoons of coconut oil, 4 teaspoons of aloe vera gel, and 1 – 2 capsules of activated charcoal for black eyeliner or cocoa powder for brown eyeliner.
- Store this homemade beauty product in an airtight container.
- In a bowl, mix 1 – 2 teaspoons of coconut oil, 2 teaspoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of honey, and one large egg.
- Massage the mixture into dry hair.
- Let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes.
- Wash out the hair mask with shampoo and conditioner.
- Mix together 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of honey in a bowl.
- In another bowl, blend 1/4 cup of sea salt, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, until crumbly
- Pour the salt mixture over the honey mixture, and stir to smooth.
- Store in a glass container,
- To make this homemade beauty product, heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of beeswax, and 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a double boiler, or a glass bowl over a hot pot of water on low heat until melted.
- Pour into storage containers.
- Let cool before using.
- Combine 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, 4 tablespoons of shea butter, and 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil in a double boiler, or a glass bowl over a hot pot of water on low heat until melted.
- Add 10 – 12 drops of your favourite essential oils (avoid citrus if you have sensitive skin), and stir to combine.
- Transfer the bowl to the fridge, and let the mix harden.
- Once hardened, remove the bowl from the fridge, and whip with a mixer until it takes on the consistency of frosting/icing.
- Store in an airtight container for up to a month.
- Heat 1/2 cup of coconut oil, 1/2 cup of shea butter and 5 tablespoons of beeswax in a double boiler, or a glass bowl over a hot pot of water on low heat until melted.
- Remove from the heat, and add in 2 tablespoons of zinc oxide, 1/2 teaspoon of vitamin E oil and 3/4 of a teaspoon of essential oils (avoiding citrus-based oils).
- Pour into a silicone mould.
- Allow to cool for 30 minutes in the fridge.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of warm coconut oil, 6 tablespoons of baking soda, 10 drops of mint essential oil, and 1/2 teaspoon of fine sea salt. Keep mixing until the mixture resembles a creamy paste.
- Store in a glass jar.
- Place 1 cup of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil, and a few drops of your favourite essential oil, in a mixing bowl.
- Mix on high speed with a wire whisk for 6 – 7 minutes.
- Store in a sealed glass jar at room temperature.
Of all the homemade beauty products, the only things I’m not sure I’m brave enough to try are the homemade sunscreen and toothpaste recipes. If you’re equally as reticent as I am here’s a guide to eco-friendly sunscreen and a guide to sustainable toothpaste. If you have made or tried homemade sunscreen or toothpaste before then I’d be very interested to know if they are effective or not!
A Note on Shelf Life of Homemade Beauty Products
As you are making homemade beauty products with natural ingredients, you may wonder what the shelf life of your homemade concoctions may be. My top tip is to look at the expiry dates of the products you are using. The shelf life will be when the ingredient with the shortest expiry date expires.
Where to Buy Coconut Oil
You might have noticed all of the homemade beauty products listed above are made with coconut oil. If you’re wondering where to pick some up, then the cheapest source for organic coconut oil that I can find at the moment is at Ethical Superstore. It’s currently £3.75 for a 210 ml jar.
Are you planning on making any of the homemade beauty products? If so then let me know how you get on in the comments below – I’d love to know!
And if you liked this you might also like this post on unexpected uses for coconut oil and this post on homemade hair mask recipes. If you’re into crochet you can even make your own reusable makeup remover pads!
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