Worried about what’s in your store-bought beauty products? Want to save money? You can have fun and save money with DIY beauty treatments like deodorant, face masks, exfoliants, and more. Usually, you’ll already have most of the ingredients you need right in your kitchen.
For this deodorant, you’ll need:
- 3 Tbsp unrefined coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp arrowroot powder or cornstarch
- 2 Tbsp baking soda
- Your favorite essential oils (try a mix of lavender, grapefruit, and/or rosemary, or experiment with your faves)
Mix everything together in a glass container and store it somewhere cool but close enough to your shower to make getting to it easy in the mornings. Use your fingers to apply a bit under your arms. A little goes a long way.
Here’s a great secret: you don’t need to buy or make a separate exfoliater! Simply add baking soda to your body wash while it’s on your washcloth and voilà! You’ll want to keep your baking soda in a waterproof container, of course, and you can play around with amounts to find the best consistency for your skin. A good starting point is about a teaspoon of baking soda for every tablespoon of body wash (just eyeball the amounts; it’s about half as much baking soda as body wash). Don’t forget to moisturize when you get out of the shower!
To moisturize and brighten your skin, mash 1/4 of a ripe banana in a bowl, then mix it with 1/8 cup plain yogurt and 1/2 teaspoon of honey. Once everything’s well mixed, apply the mask to your face and relax for about 20 minutes. You can remove it with a damp cloth. A couple of tips. First, be aware that you’ll need to make this mask up fresh each time or it will spoil. Also, you’ll want to make a tiny batch a day or two in advance so you can do a skin test to check for skin sensitivity.
Do the dry shampoo scents on the market leave you feeling kind of sick when you spray them on your roots? Choose your own scent by mixing a few drops of your favorite essential oil with a few teaspoons of arrowroot powder or cornstarch. Store it in a non-plastic container (essential oils don’t always do well in plastic) and use an old makeup brush to dust your hair when your roots are looking a little oily. If your hair is dark, consider adding cocoa powder to the mix to avoid the telltale grayish cast dark hair can get after an overzealous (or not) application of a traditional dry shampoo. But remember that cocoa is poisonous to dogs, so keep Fido and FiFi away from the jar – and your hair!
Lip scrub is one of the easiest DIY creations to make. Simply mix a teaspoon of brown sugar with just enough olive oil or honey to hold the sugar together in a scrub-like consistency. Apply a little to your lips, use your finger to move it around in a circular motion and remove dead skin, then let it sit for 30 to 60 seconds. Once you’re finished, rinse, wipe with a washcloth, and apply your favorite lip balm.
These really come in handy during the colder months because they’re both quick and incredibly moisturizing. To make your own, you’ll need equal parts of the following. The amounts don’t have to measured perfectly, but try to get them close.
- Grated beeswax (you can buy beeswax in bulk online and
use a cheese grater to grate it yourself)
- Oil (coconut, olive, almond, etc.)
- Shea butter or cocoa butter
Melt the beeswax in a double boiler, add the oil, and then the shea or cocoa butter. You can add a few drops of the essential oils of your choice or leave it plain. Pour the mixture into silicone molds and let cool overnight. Pop them out and keep them in individual containers in a cool place. Tip: Make smaller batches, experiment with fragrances, and keep them in small containers (like an old lip balm tin) to use as solid perfumes. Bonus tip: stored in a pretty jar, these make great gifts!
The next time you feel like experimenting, or find yourself with a little unexpected “me time,” try some of these recipes. It’s fun, easy, and affordable – and you are worth it!