Making your own Beauty Products
By now, most of us know why Clean Beauty is worth it and what a healthy daily routine looks like (download our daily routine guide here). That does not mean, however, that transitioning to clean beauty feels easy to do. If you are used to buying products without reading the labels or understanding the long list of ingredients, you might feel quite overwhelmed and unsure what you should buy. Did you ever think of making your own? Making your own natural beauty products is one of the easiest – and most fun – ways to take your first steps in the world of Clean Beauty.
Why would you?
We are not going to lie, we know it sounds like a lot of work to make your own products. However, it really isn’t! A lot of ingredients you see on the labels of store-bought products are redundant and you absolutely won’t need them making your own. If you pick environment-friendly ingredients, your own beauty products will be as clean as they could be. Bonus points: mixing your own concoctions will make you feel like a scientist, a witch, or both.
easy to make beauty
Some products are hard to make. We don’t know how to make a liquid foundation that is both lightweight but covers blemishes perfectly at the same time, while using products that are easily obtained.
Foundation calls for different kinds of clay, oils, wax, zinc oxide powder and a natural-colored powder that matches your skin tone. Sounds like a lot of work!
We do know how to make a nice skin cleanser, body butter and scrub that are healthy for your body and the earth! Even toothpaste and mascara can be easily made.
Where to start and what to buy?
Good news: you won’t have to buy cabinets full of ingredients. When it comes to making your own products, less is often more. There are hundreds of recipes out there, but there are a few products that are often needed and are very versatile in their use. Having those is a big plus for your home brewery.
The use of natural oils for skin and hair has been around for centuries. An article, published in the Journal of Experimental Botany, suggested civilizations in ancient Egypt already used natural oils for skin and hair care. A good carrier oil is a must, especially if you plan on adding essential oils to your product.
Carrier oil, also known as base oil or vegetable oil, is used to dilute essential oils and absolutes before they are applied to the skin in massage and aromatherapy. They are so named because they carry the essential oil onto the skin. It will be the base of many of the products you make yourself, so you want to pick an oil that is right for you. These are some good oils worth considering investing in:
For centuries people in the tropics have used coconut oil in their beauty regimen. Coconut oil has been shown to have antimicrobial properties, which is largely due to its high lauric acid content. It’s very hydrating and good for both your hair and skin and includes vitamins E and K.
Sneak a spoon of it into your food too while you’re at it! It can be used by itself but will also make a great base for a hydrating scrub or body butter. Coconut oil will be solid and creamy when at room temperature and can be liquified by heating it up. It will make any product you make smell like coconut. What’s not to love?
Fair warning: if you have oily skin and are acne prone: coconut oil can cause breakouts. To be sure, only use it when making products for the body and not the face.
Due to its natural anti-inflammatory properties, jojoba oil is great for the skin, treating mild acne and small wounds. Its oils have been extracted from jojoba seeds and used medicinally by Native American tribes for centuries. It absorbs well and is therefore great to use in hair and body products, either by itself or combined with other ingredients to make your own product just a little more special. Because it absorbs so well, you won’t have to worry about slithering through the house covered in oil all day while leaving greasy marks on anything you touch.
Packed with vitamins A, D and K, olive oil is a good all-round oil to use as a base for many natural products. With its heavy consistency, it is a great choice for a hair mask, an all-body application and even your face. Note that it doesn’t absorb easily, so you may want to slather it onto your skin on your days off and not when you are about to leave the house.
Most of us have oils in our kitchen cabinet, such as olive oil and sunflower oil. While these oils can be great to use in skin care, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can use the same bottles you use for cooking. The oils you cook with often have a high smoke point, which is exactly what we need in the kitchen. But in order to refine it, they may take out some of the chemicals that have beneficial properties for your skin and hair.
For that reason, unrefined and organic oils are the best choice while making your own natural beauty products.
Whether you like the properties they carry for your skin or you just like the smell of them; essential oils play a big role in making your own natural beauty products. Carrier oils dilute the concentrated essential oils so they can be applied to the skin without side effects, so make sure you are careful to not apply essential oils directly to the skin. Because they are so potent, one or two drops are usually enough. For facial use, one or two drops of essential oil in 30 ml of carrier oil is advised. Here are some of our favourite oils…
Who doesn’t love to use something lavender scented before bedtime? Lavender oil is known for its relaxing, calming properties which makes it perfect for scrubs and body lotions.
It’s also found to be antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, which makes it great to use on acne prone skin.
tea tree oil
The smell of tea tree oil is something you either love or hate. Personally, we wouldn’t use it on parts of our body that don’t need the benefits of tea tree oil because the smell can be overwhelming and even a bit unpleasant.
Due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil may help treat acne. It may also reduce the oiliness of your skin.
Tea tree oil is great to mix with a carrier oil and apply to your face at night for a simple yet effective moisturizer.
Did you know that you can make your own toothpaste? It’s as easy as mixing coconut oil and baking soda. Because most of us are used to the artificial sweeteners they often use in toothpaste, the saltiness of the baking soda might put you off.
To combat that, a drop of peppermint oil in your toothpaste mixture will work wonders. Make sure you get an oil that is food-safe so you can safely combat that morning breath and give a fresh kickstart to your day.
It’s also perfect to mix with cornstarch and baking soda to make your own, natural deodorant.
Loved for its many uses, most people have baking soda in their kitchens. Besides being useful for cooking and cleaning, it’s also safe to use while making your own products.
Mixed with cornstarch and an essential oil of your own choice, it makes great deodorant.
Mix some baking soda with coconut oil and you have your own, whitening toothpaste that won’t harm your teeth’s enamel.
Vitamin e oil
Although originally extracted from wheat germ oil, most natural vitamin E supplements are now derived from vegetable oils, usually soybean oil. This is an easy to obtain oil you will love for its many uses while making your own natural products.
Vitamin E oil can promote wound healing, improve the outcome of scars and stretch marks and is generally good for the skin. Therefore, it can be used as a carrier oil. What makes this oil special compared to the other carrier oils mentioned above is the fact that it’s a fat-soluble antioxidant that will help prolong the shelf life of other oils when exposed to oxygen.
A couple drops of vitamin E oil will make sure the oil mixture you made will have a longer shelf life.
Making your own natural beauty products can be very rewarding.
You know exactly what’s in your skincare and where the ingredients originate from. And….no worrying about it not fitting in the Clean Beauty regimen you are trying to establish! It can also be way cheaper to take care of your skin and hair as most ingredients aren’t expensive and easy to obtain.
Good for your wallet, good for you and good for the environment!
Your Source for Clean Beauty
What are AHAs and BHAs Exfoliating away dead skin cells has long been...
First, let's decipher if your skin is dry or dehydrated Truth is, you could be...
Do Your Own experiment Getting a radiant complexion means understanding your...
Fatma, born in the Netherlands and currently living in Beirut, is a mother of three.
After studying law and working in the corporate field for years, she knew that her passion was elsewhere. Her dream was to own a clinic for non-invasive beauty treatments, which led her to become a certified beauty therapist.
For years she was the co-owner of a beauty clinic in Beirut – Lebanon, and is co-founder of YIVINA where she is also the Director of Content Development.