There are so many reasons to start making DIY products at home. They can save you money, simplify your routine, limit your exposure to unnecessary chemicals, and cut down on plastic and waste in general. Some of these are beauty products while others are more about hygiene. Even if you just try 1 or 2 of these, you could see some great results. Check out our list of the top 5 home made cosmetics guides / recipes.
Home Made Cosmetics – Makeup
I have yet to put together my own makeup, but part of that is because I hardly ever wear it! If I wore it regularly, I would definitely try some of the simple makeup recipes for bronzer, foundation, eye shadow, and blush. Part of the reason I avoid makeup is because my skin is very sensitive. Some of these natural recipes could be helpful for people like me. Here are some concealer recipes to get you started. This could be a huge money saver considering how expensive makeup can be. If you don’t like how some of it turns out, you can modify it or try a different recipe to get something you like.
Home Made Cosmetics – Deodorant
This is one that I haven’t tried because I finally found a natural deodorant that I like, but I’m interested in how well the different recipes work. First off, natural deodorant is much better for you than antiperspirants that hold in your sweat and use chemicals that can harm your body. Most homemade deodorants share some similar ingredients, but you can specify it to your liking. If you want to know more about the benefits of making your own deodorant, and you want to find a great recipe, check this one out! Most of them rub on, but this particular recipe is either sprayed or rolled on as a liquid.
Home Made Cosmetics – Toothpaste
Are you trying to cut down on your plastic waste and save money? Homemade toothpaste can help. In my opinion, this is one of the easiest products to make at home when you haven’t tried something like this before. I make my toothpaste using only 3 ingredients though there are many different combinations out there; you can see the simple recipe I use in the picture above.
Don’t worry, my dentist still tells me that I’m taking great care of my teeth. Homemade toothpaste is very inexpensive and can cut down on waste and unnecessary chemicals. All you have to do is mix the ingredients and use a popsicle stick or your finger to apply the toothpaste to your brush. It is much less foamy and bubbly, but my teeth and mouth still end up feeling nice and clean after I brush!
Lotion is a must-have for any place that is dry or virtually anywhere during the winter. There are some pretty great recipes for lotion bars and liquid lotion out there. You can save money while knowing everything that is in your lotion. You also have the flexibility to add any extra ingredients that you want to achieve specific results. This lotion bar recipe is very similar to the one I use. I have started to use old deodorant containers so that I can rub it on my legs and arms which is more convenient than just using the bars as hand lotion. Warning: if you do this, be ready for some stares as you rub what looks like deodorant on your legs after showering in the gym’s locker room.
Did you know that some chapstick brands are made to make your lips more dry so that you will need to buy and use more of it? Avoid this issue by making your own chapstick! Luckily, most homemade chapstick recipes aren’t too complicated. You will need a few key ingredients, but you can customize it to your preferences. For example, I add an ingredient with SPF and use different essential oils like fruity ones in summer and scents like peppermint in the winter. Here is a great homemade chapstick recipe that will keep you from the seemingly unavoidable chapped, cracked lips that tend to come with winter and dry climates.
You may have noticed that many of these recipes or others you may have found call for some strange ingredients that cost a fair amount. However, buying these ingredients in bulk and using them for several batches can still save a lot of money while giving you the confidence that the products you use are natural and safe.