By now, most of us have been eating a healthy diet with fresh and organic produce. But what about our skin? Our skin is the largest organ in the body and the stuff we put on it is easily absorbed into our body. Shouldn’t we start using homemade beauty products and recipes for it too? Majority of the store brought creams and lotions are packed with toxic ingredients the names of which we cannot even pronounce. These toxins enter our body and cause damage in the form of acne breakouts and adverse effects. By making DIY homemade beauty products, you can make a huge difference in your skin.
Benefits of making DIY homemade beauty products
- They are easy to make. You can make them in large batches and use them for days/weeks/months.
- Most are also inexpensive. Majority of the diy homemade beauty recipes are made using common kitchen ingredients which are inexpensive to source. The difference they make in your health and wellness is worth the efforts.
- You can even make diy homemade beauty products to sell or gift them during the Holidays or for birthdays etc.
- Homemade beauty recipes for the skin are proven to give you a glowing skin given the number of beauty bloggers and celebrities who swear by them.
Here are 15 easy DIY homemade beauty products and recipes for every day use.
1. DIY homemade makeup remover cleanser
This cleanser contains Olive oil that unclogs pores and leaves your skin clean without stripping it off its moisture. The rose water cleanses, hydrates and tones the skin.
- ½ c distilled water
- ¼ c rose water
- 1 tsp Castile soap
- Extra virgin olive oil- 1 tbsp
Mix all ingredients and store it in an empty soap bottle. To use, wash the face with warm water, take a few drops of the mixture on the palms and work up some lather on the face. Massage well for a few seconds, then rinse off.
2. DIY acne toner
Use this zit zapper remedy after cleansing your skin. It contains tea tree essential oil which is known for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Zap zits overnight with this wonderful homemade recipe!
- ¾ c distilled water
- ¼ c organic Apple cider vinegar
- 10 drops of Tea tree essential oil
Mix all ingredients and store in a spray bottle. Apply daily on the face after cleansing.
3. DIY homemade face scrub
This is a super simple homemade recipe which helps exfoliate the skin gently unlike the store-brought products which are abrasive and harm the skin. It contains crushed or powdered almonds and organic local honey.
- 2 tbsp powdered almonds
- 1 tbsp honey
Mix the ingredients and leave on the face for 5 minutes. Rub in well before rinsing the face clean.
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4. DIY homemade lip balms
We have discussed many lip balm recipes here.Here is another simple lip healing lip balm recipe with coconut oil.
- 1 tbsp beeswax
- ¼ tsp organic Honey
- 1 tbsp each organic Coconut oil and Vitamin E oil
- 7 drops of essential oil of your choice
Place a small glass bowl in hot water taking care that the water will not get inside the bowl. Melt the grated beeswax in the bowl by stirring continuously. Once melted, remove the beeswax from heat and add coconut oil and honey using a milk frother. The frother will help the honey dissolve well. Add vitamin E and essential oils. Mix well. Cool it a bit before pouring it into the lip balm containers.
5. DIY homemade face masks
We have discussed many homemade face mask recipes here. Here is a simple acne face mask for glowing, blemish free complexion.
- 1 tbsp each powdered oats, avocado pulp and mashed banana pulp.
- Little water
Mix all ingredients and apply to face and neck. Leave it on for 15 minutes before washing off with cold water.
6. DIY homemade Coconut oil hand cream
Many homemade beauty products and recipes contain coconut oil, so versatile this superfood is. This wonderful hand cream recipe sets easily as it contains coconut oil. The lemon acts as astringent to remove blemishes and sun damage on the hands. Lavender leaves your hands smelling great and feeling soft.
- 5 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 ½ tbsp almond oil
- 10 drops each lemon and lavender essential oils
In a double broiler (or use a saucepan within a saucepan), melt the coconut oil Stir briskly and add almond oil to mix well. Using a dropper, add the essential oils. Mix well and pour into small glass bottles with lids. Use at night for soft, smooth hands. This is a wonderful homemade beauty gift for friends and loved ones.
7. Easy DIY foot scrub
This is a warming foot scrub ideal for use in harsh winters. It leaves your feet soft and nourished.
- ¼ c each brown sugar and almond oil
- 6 drops orange essential oil
- 2 drops ginger essential oil
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper powder
Mix the sugar and oil well in a plastic bowl. Add the essential oils and cayenne pepper powder. Mix well. To use, sit comfortable on a stool near the bath tub. Cover the tub with an old cloth or newspaper to reduce mess of the sugar and oils. Take a handful of the scrub and apply it all over the feet. Massage well into the heels and arches. Scrub between the toes, bunions and all rough areas. Repeat with the other foot. Wash off with warm water. You can even cover up your feet with socks and leave on overnight. Rinse the tub well after you are done!
8. DIY homemade hair mask for hair growth
You need fenugreek seeds for this recipe. It stops hair fall, promotes hair growth and nourishes the hair.
- 50 grams fenugreek seeds (available in Indian store)
- Fresh Aloe vera gel
Soak the seeds in Aloe gel for 2-3 days until they sprout. Grind to a fine paste and apply to roots and scalp. Wash off with warm water. Use a herbal shampoo. You might need to comb out the crushed seeds. Store this hair mask in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
9. Easy egg shampoo recipe
We have discussed many easy to make homemade shampoo recipes here. Below is another easy DIY homemade shampoo recipe which conditions and cleans the hair.
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp each lemon juice and apple cider vinegar
Mix all ingredients and blend them well. Use as you would like a regular shampoo. Rinse off well. Do not store leftovers.
10. Easy DIY homemade protein rich conditioner
- 1 egg white
- 3-4 tbsp plain yogurt
Mix the ingredients and apply to washed hair (or dry hair).Let it soak in for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
11. DIY homemade under eye gel
We have discussed many eye cream recipes here. Here is another simple one with cucumber and Aloe vera gel. It brightens the under eye area and reduces puffiness. For best results, store this eye cream in the refrigerator before use.
- 1 large cucumber
- Aloe vera extract
Grate the cucumber and strain the juice. Use a little amount of the pulp into the juice. Add the fresh aloe vera gel or extract. Mix well. Store in sterilized glass bottles. After washing the face, pat it dry and apply the eye gel using a clean cotton-wool.
12. DIY homemade deodorant
Homemade deodorants contain fewer toxins than store brought ones. Here is an easy recipe:
- Spray bottle
- Equal parts distilled water and white vinegar
- Essential oils of your choice (patchouli, lavender work best)- 10 drops
Mix all the ingredients. Spray in armpit region after bathing.
13. Cellulite fighting body scrub
The coffee grounds in the recipe fight cellulite and reduce fat storage.
- 2 cups ground coffee
- ½ cup sugar or sea salt
- 2-3 tbsp massage oil
Combine all ingredients. Take a hot shower and use the scrub all over the opened skin pores. Rub it well in areas with cellulite. You can also use dry body brushing to eliminate cellulite and dry, dead skin.
14. DIY energizing massage oil
- 6 drops each of grapefruit and palmarosa oils
- 4 drops thyme oils
- 15 ml sunflower oil
Mix all the oils well. Use for self massage or partner massage when you need more energy.
15. DIY homemade bath salts
Use these energizing bath salts for a luxurious spa like experience at home.
- 2 cups Epsom salts
- Baking soda-2 tbsp
- 5 drops Rosewood essential oil
- 2 drops each Cedarwood and Chamomile essential oils
Mix all ingredients well. Store them in a jar with a tight fitting lid. This is a great DIY homemade beauty product for gifting as well.