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10 Homemade Beauty Products To Make Today

homemade beauty products with coconut oil
homemade beauty products with coconut oil

Want to learn how you make your own homemade beauty products? Read on!

Ever on the quest for some good and effective homemade beauty products, I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot with this handy chart.  Showing not just one, but ten different recipes. Here you’ll find recipes for DIY beauty products, all made with coconut oil.  From deodorant to toothpaste and even eyeliner and shaving cream, there’s something for everyone.

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.

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Homemade Acne Treatment

  • 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 fridge

Homemade Deodorant

  • 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 would add that I would avoid citrus based essential oils if you have sensitive skin.
  • Mix all the ingredients together and store in a small jar.

Homemade Eyeliner

  • 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.

Homemade Hair Mask

  • 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.

Homemade Hand Scrub

  • 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 lemon juice, until crumbly.
  • Pour the salt mixture over the honey mixture, and stir to smooth.
  • Store in a glass container,

Homemade Lip Balm

  • 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.

Homemade Shaving Cream

  • 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.
  • Oncer 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.

Homemade Sunscreen

  • Heat 1/2 cup of coconut oil, 1/2 cup of shea butte 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.

Homemade Toothpaste

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of warm coconut oil, 6 tablepoons 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.

Homemade Body Butter

  • 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 fluoride-free 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 For Making Beauty Products

You might have noticed all of the homemade beauty products listed above are made with coconut oil.  The cheapest source for organic extra virgin coconut oil that I can find at the moment is at Ethical Superstore*.  It’s currently £7.99 for a large 400ml 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, or by sharing the results on social media.  I’m on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!  I’d love to see how you get on!

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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Organic Beauty Products I’m Loving Right Now

The organic beauty products I’m loving right now.

Today though I thought I’d pop in with a few organic beauty products that I’m really loving right now, that I think you will too! Some of the products are old favourites and some are new to me, but all work so well!

Moisturiser

green people vita min fix organic beauty products review

Green People’s Vita Min Fix Cream* (£21 and free delivery) is hands down the best day moisturiser I’ve found.  One small application leaves my skin beautifully soft and moisturised without feeling heavy, oily, or sticky. It also makes a lovely base for make-up.  

I’ve been using this cream since the start of April and couldn’t be happier. I had some red dry skin patches on my cheeks which cleared up within a week of using the cream, and skin is noticeably much softer. The Vita Min Fix cream also has the advantage that it’s 89% organic and vegan friendly.  Double word score!

To be honest, £21 is a bit higher than I like to pay for moisturiser. However, I’m still using the bottle I purchased in April, and it’s still going strong.  There’s at least another month’s worth of moisturiser still in the pump. It does therefore feel pretty good value for money, especially with the difference it makes to my skin.

Hair Care

urtekram shampoo

Since April I’ve also started using the Urtekram range of organic and vegan hair care products.  I’ve only recently come across the Danish brand, Urtekram, but I’ve really been enjoying their organic beauty products.  So much so that the whole family has been using them.  

I’ve been enjoying the Rose Shampoo and Rose Vegan Conditioner. My partner has enjoyed the Nettle Shampoo. And I’ve been using the Children’s Shampoo on my daughter! The Urtekram range leaves our hair soft and non-greasy and beautifully smelling and gets a big thumbs up in our house!

I’ve been picking bottles up locally at Real Foods in Edinburgh, where it’s around £5 a bottle. However, they are also available online from Real Foods (free shipping on orders over £29) and a few other sites on the internet.  

Admittedly the percentage of organic ingredients is quite low – around 14% organic. However, the ingredients are all-natural (in plain English too, which is always appreciated!) with no nasties.  In the case of the Rose Shampoo, it is made of water, vegetable oil products, corn sugar soap, aloe vera, glycerine, rose flower extract, rose geranium oil, salt, polysaccharide, citric acid, perfume (plant extract), vitamin E, and that’s it.  

Sunscreen

organic sunscreen

So far Summer hasn’t been very forthcoming in our corner of Scotland (come on sun!). However, I have been carrying Green People’s SPF 15 organic sunscreen* (£16 and free delivery) around in my handbag for the odd occasion when the sun has had his hat on.  82% of its ingredients are certified organic. What’s more, it’s great on sensitive skin – including my daughter’s young skin.  Although a note to vegans – it’s not vegan friendly, as it contains beeswax.

Is sunscreen considered a beauty product? I’m not sure, but I reapply regularly (every hour) and it’s offered us fantastic skin protection.  Green People sent me a bottle of this last year to try out and I enjoyed it so much I repurchased it locally in early spring when it ran out!  

I’m not worried about it being SPF 15, in fact, SPF 50 has its problems. If anything it makes me more aware of the need to reapply regularly.  With SPF 50 I get quite complacent. I put it on once in the morning and I am fooled into thinking I’m protected all day.  The truth is even with SPF 50 you need to be topping up your sunscreen regularly.

If you’re looking for more sunscreen options, then do check out my eco-friendly sunscreen guide.

I’m quite low maintenance when it comes to beauty products, so these are my top organic beauty products for now!  Do you have any organic products that you swear by?  Do share in the comments below!

ps: here’s a peek into my natural skincare routine and my favourite organic body lotions.

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