Most conventional cosmetics and skincare products are laden with toxic synthetic fragrances, endocrine disruptors, and nasty carcinogens. The average woman uses about 12 personal care products a day, and is exposed to 168 different toxic chemicals from these products. There are approximately 13,000 chemicals used in the cosmetics industry, and only 10% of them have been evaluated by the FDA.
Exposure to these toxic products can cause long term detrimental health problems – for both you and the environment! The good news is that recently, as more attention is being drawn towards this issue – more people are ditching their toxic cosmetics and personal care products for cleaner alternatives.
One of the best ways to ensure that you are using 100% natural and organic skincare products is of course to make your own! Not only will you reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals, but you will also reduce plastic waste, and hopefully enjoy the process of crafting these beautiful DIY skincare products.
Natural & Organic Skincare – DIY Recipe Roundup
Here are 7 of my go-to recipes for easy (and luxurious!) natural skincare products that you can easily make at home!
Don’t see what you’re looking for on this list? Send me a request in the comment section, and let me know what you’re looking to DIY! I would be so happy to hear from you.
This has got to be the easiest DIY body butter ever! If your in a crunch for time but need a thoughtful gift, try this recipe. All you’ll need are 2 simple ingredients, plus pure essential oils!
This blend replaces other facial moisturizers for me, and I also use it to clean my face. To do this: wet your face with a warm cloth, then massage the oil into your skin. Rinse with a cloth, and after your skin is dry, apply it again as a moisturizer! The oils will remove your makeup just as well as a store bought makeup remover.
Hibiscus is a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), which help to exfoliate the skin and reduce clogged pores. While chemical forms of AHAs are very damaging to the skin, the natural form of AHAs found in hibiscus flowers provide health benefits, without the harsh side effects. AHAs also help to moisturize and firm the appearance of your skin.
Try making these moisturizing & relaxing bath bombs with lavender essential oil.
The essential oils in this recipe are great for muscle and joint pain. The ingredients for this recipe are minimal, and they don’t take long to make. After the massage bars cool, they stay solid until you warm them up in your hands. You could even use this as a hand/ body lotion.
Honey is hygroscopic – meaning it readily absorbs moisture from the air and retains moisture. Of course, honey is also well known for it’s antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. This makes it a perfect choice for acne prone skin. It is gentle on all skin types, and works as both a cleanser and exfoliator when applied as a mask.
Raw honey contains powerful antioxidants that can help repair damaged tissue and heal wounds and scars. It is therefore a great choice for reducing inflammation and soothing eczema as well. Try this raw honey face mask to reduce redness and hydrate your skin:
Witch hazel is a shrub that is native to North America and Asia. The leaves and bark of witch hazel are used to make an astringent liquid cure-all. Due to its antioxidant and astringent properties, witch hazel is great for reducing swelling, infections, insect bites, blisters, and poison ivey. It also fights off bacteria in the pores of your skin, helping to prevent skin cancer, ageing, and promote healthy cell regeneration. Try making this simple DIY facial toner with witch hazel and essential oils:
Apple cider vinegar is good for your hair because it removes built up product, makes your hair shinier and stronger, and helps with dandruff. It also promotes healthy, thick hair growth. Coconut milk softens and conditions your hair, without weighing it down. Try making this simple DIY shampoo and conditioner:
Do you have a suggestion for a recipe you’d like to see on this list? Comment below and let me know what you’re looking to make, and I’ll see if I have a recipe for you!