Join our mailing list to find out more ways to make and save money with little time and effort.

Save Money

8 DIY Beauty Recipes For Frugal Pampering

8 DIY Beauty Recipes For Frugal Pampering
Amy Baum Feb 15, 2017
Want to Earn Some Extra Money?


If you’ve ever perused Pinterest, you know that DIY beauty recipes are all the rage. They can certainly seem intimidating at first, and it may seem easier to just buy pre-made products.

While I definitely understand that, there are so many benefits to indulging in do-it-yourself pampering. It’s fun, it’s simpler than it looks, and best of all it’s incredibly affordable.

A coffee scrub can cost anywhere from $20 to $60 per jar; you can make your own for a fraction of that cost. A jar of charcoal face mask from Sephora can cost around $38; the ingredients to make your own for years is around $20.

With DIY beauty recipes, you’re literally spending mere pennies every time you indulge in a luxury treatment. Below you’ll find eight tried and true do-it-yourself beauty recipes. See which ones catch your eye and give them a shot.

DIY Hair Care Recipes

1. Coconut Oil And Egg Yolk Hair Mask

What Does This DIY Beauty Recipe Do?

Coconut oil is a fatty oil that can deeply nourish dry and brittle hair. Egg yolks contain protein and fat that can also help treat damaged, dehydrated hair.

What Ingredients Are Needed?

Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is my go-to brand of coconut oil. If you intend to use coconut oil regularly, I suggest buying the 29-ounce option ($0.69 per ounce) versus the 15-ounce option ($0.78 per ounce). You’ll also need one egg yolk, but you can use the entire egg if you wish.

How Do You Use This Recipe?
  • You can use anywhere between one teaspoon or one tablespoon of coconut oil. The amount you’ll use simply depends on the length and thickness of your hair.
  • Melt the coconut oil over low heat or in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.
  • Combine the oil with an egg yolk in a bowl and whisk it thoroughly.
  • Apply the mixture to your hair and completely saturate it. Cover your hair with a disposable shower cap.
  • Leave the mixture on for as long as possible. I tend to leave coconut oil based masks on for several hours or overnight. If you wear it overnight, put a towel on your pillow to prevent staining.
  • Rinse the mixture out thoroughly with warm water. Use a gentle sulfate-free shampoo to remove any buildup.
  • Condition and style as normal, and you’re good to go!

You can use this treatment as often as you’d like. I treat my bleached hair with plain coconut oil at least once per week.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

What Does This DIY Beauty Recipe Do?

Apple cider vinegar effectively removes residues of all sorts from your hair. It can remove excess oil, product buildup, dirt, and more. It can also help close your hair’s cuticle. This makes your hair look shinier and healthier overall.

What Ingredients Are Needed?

Just some good old apple cider vinegar! Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar is my preferred brand of ACV, and it’s a pretty affordable option. You can buy it in smaller quantities, but the price per ounce is over three times higher if you do.

How Do You Use This Recipe?
  • Combine a few (2-5) tablespoons apple cider vinegar with about two cups of cool water. When I tried this recipe, I used four tablespoons because I have oily hair. If you have dry hair, try starting with two or three tablespoons.
  • Apply the mixture to your dry hair while in the tub or shower. I just used a liquid measuring cup and began by pouring the mixture at my roots. However, many people recommend using a cheap plastic spray bottle for even application.
  • Let the mixture sit in your hair for about 1-3 minutes. Again, the length of time will depend on your hair’s needs.
  • Rinse your hair thoroughly with cool or lukewarm water.

Once your hair is dry, it shouldn’t smell like vinegar. I was skeptical when I read that, but I was pleased to discover my hair smelled totally normal afterward. Some people have suggested using a few drops of essential oil to mask the vinegar smell. While I haven’t tried that, you may want to if the initial smell of the vinegar bothers you.

3. Coffee Or Tea Hair Rinse

What Does This DIY Beauty Recipe Do?

Brewed coffee and tea reportedly have many benefits for hair. The caffeine in them is said to rejuvenate hair and add a bit of natural curl and bounce. Others have reported that tea rinses leave their hair feeling stronger and they experience less breakage. Some reports say that tea may help reduce shedding, and others say the same about coffee.

What Ingredients Are Needed?

There’s absolutely no need to use expensive tea or coffee for this. When I first ventured into making DIY beauty products, I used Peet’s Ground Coffee for my recipes. It’s only about $8 for a 12-ounce bag. You can get Lipton Black Tea Bags and Lipton Green Tea Bags on Amazon for super cheap, too.

How Do You Use This Recipe?
  • Brew 2-4 eight-ounce cups of coffee, black tea, or green tea. For medium length hair, I found that two cups is the perfect amount.
  • Let the tea or coffee cool before use. This is crucial; check the temperature to make sure it’s lukewarm and not hot.
  • Pour the brew through your dry hair in the shower. As I mentioned in the apple cider vinegar recipe, you can also use a spray bottle for even application.
  • Let the mixture set in your hair for 5-10 minutes. I personally just went through my normal showering routine while allowing the mixture to set.
  • Rinse your hair thoroughly, condition it, and rinse again. Shampooing is optional, but I just followed up with my favorite sulfate-free conditioner.

If you have blonde hair, I suggest using weakly brewed coffee/tea or green tea. In haircare forums, some women mention that they use this mixture to touch up their dark dyed hair.

I tested this out when my hair was black, so I noticed no color changes. However, my hair smelled amazing afterward and was more bouncy/wavy than normal. I like this simple DIY beauty recipe.

DIY Face Mask Recipes

4. Bentonite Clay And Charcoal Face Mask

What Does This DIY Beauty Recipe Do?

Bentonite clay has many different benefits when it comes to skincare. It can help clear up acne, reduce excess oil, remove buildup in pores, reduce facial swelling, and more.

Activated charcoal deep cleans your skin by removing dirt from pores, absorbing oil, treating acne, and more. When you combine these two ingredients together, you’ve got an ideal recipe for oily or acne prone skin.

What Ingredients Are Needed?

I perused some local health stores for these ingredients, but ultimately I ended up ordering online. For this heavenly recipe, I use Molivera Organics Bentonite Clay for Detoxifying and Rejuvenating Skin and Hair and Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal Capsules. All you need besides this is a bit of warm water.

How Do You Use This Recipe?
  • Scoop ½ to one teaspoon of bentonite clay into a plastic container.
  • Open 1-2 capsules of activated charcoal and pour into clay powder.
  • Add 1-2 teaspoons of warm water to the powder (double the amount of water by the amount of clay used).
  • Stir using a plastic or wooden spoon, chopstick, or similar tool. The mixture will be thick and paste-like.
  • Apply the mask your skin for about 10-15 minutes. I use an inexpensive foundation brush to evenly apply the mixture.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove the mask. I usually rinse the mask off in the shower or use damp paper towels to remove excess clay.

How often you use this recipe will depend on your skin’s needs. I usually use this mask twice per week. Bentonite clay may cause a slight tingling or tightening sensation, so start out by using it once per week for only 10 minutes.

I always recommend doing a patch test – applying a DIY product to a small area of skin for a few minutes – before using it all over.

5. Oatmeal And Honey Face Mask

What Does This DIY Beauty Recipe Do?

Honey is a common ingredient in DIY face mask recipes because it’s very beneficial for skin. Honey has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, so it can help clear up acne and blemishes. It’s also a natural moisturizer, so it nourishes dry skin. Oatmeal is also moisturizing, gentle, and contains amino acids that are good for your skin.

What Ingredients Are Needed?

Any kind of non-instant oatmeal works perfectly. Many people prefer using raw honey for recipes like this, and it’s pretty affordable via Amazon. You can also use regular honey if you’d prefer. Make sure that you use pure honey; the label will simply say honey with no other added ingredients.

How Do You Use This Recipe?
  • Prepare one cup of plain oatmeal according to the directions. If you want the mask to be more paste-like, you can grind the dry oats in a blender before cooking them. I prefer doing this, but it’s optional.
  • Add a few tablespoons of honey to the oatmeal and let it cool. I don’t typically use precise measurements when I use this mask, but two tablespoons of honey are plenty.
  • Once the mixture cools, apply it to clean skin and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Relaxing in the bath or laying down with a towel under your head is best. This mask can be a bit messy.
  • Rinse the mask off thoroughly with warm water, and follow up with a gentle face wash. You can use whatever you’ve got on hand, but this is my go-to gentle, deep cleaning face wash.

Since this mask is so gentle, you can use it as often as you’d like! I especially enjoy it during the winter when my skin needs a bit of extra nourishment. This recipe is so versatile and suitable for all skin types. And it’s incredibly frugal!

DIY Moisturizer Recipes

6. Coconut Oil And Lavender Soothing Balm

What Does This DIY Beauty Recipe Do?

I use this balm to reduce stress and anxiety. Lavender is known for producing a sense of calmness. I use coconut oil as a carrier oil; carrier oils dilute essential oils so you can safely apply them to your skin.

Sunflower oil is another popular carrier oil for DIY beauty projects, but it is not solid like coconut oil. Both of these oils also act as all-natural moisturizers.

What Ingredients Are Needed?

You’ll need some lavender essential oil and coconut oil. My favorite brand of lavender essential oil is Healing Solutions French Lavender 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil. You can also use a lavender oil blend that contains other oils like chamomile.

How Do You Make This Recipe?

This recipe offers a lot of flexibility; you can make a big batch or small amount at once. For a small batch:

  • Scoop one tablespoon of coconut oil into a glass jar. Small glass jars are best because some essential oils can dissolve plastic. I’ve found that sterilized baby food jars work wonderfully for this recipe.
  • Add a few drops of lavender essential oil or a lavender oil blend. The amount you add in depends on how strong you want the balm to be. I use 5-10 drops of oil.
  • Stir the mixture using a cotton swab or toothpick.
  • Apply to inner wrists, behind earlobes, and points of tension.

Coconut oil turns from a solid into a liquid at 76 degrees. To keep your balm in a solid state, store it in a cool place. For an added soothing effect, store it in the refrigerator to keep it nice and cool.

7. Shea Butter and Essential Oil Lotion

What Does This DIY Beauty Recipe Do?

This DIY body lotion is simple and effective. Shea butter is a great natural moisturizer. It’s found in many expensive “body butters” and lotions that retail for $10 or more. The essential oil(s) used in this recipe make it naturally fragrant, and many of the oils I’ve recommend have a very gentle, soothing scent.

What Ingredients Are Needed?

I suggest buying unrefined organic shea butter to make all-natural lotion. You can add any essential oil that you’d like to your homemade lotion. A few picks that I really enjoy are peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, and rosemary oil. I find that those oils are very soothing. When I did some researching, I noticed that sweet orange oil and lemongrass oil are also popular picks. You can use whatever you’d like!

How Do You Use This Recipe?
  • Scoop eight ounces of shea butter into a glass jar. If you find that the raw shea butter is too thick or hard, you can begin by heating it in a saucepan over a very low heat.
  • Add about 5-10 drops of the essential oils you’ve chosen. You can mix and match the oils to create a blend that you personally enjoy.
  • Stir the mixture thoroughly, and let it cool if you heated it.
  • Use as a daily body moisturizer or to treat particularly dry spots like elbows, feet, and so on.

As you can see, this is one of the easiest DIY beauty recipes on this list. It requires very little effort, and you get to create your own custom, high-quality product. It doesn’t get much better than that!

DIY Body Scrub Recipes

8. Sea Salt, Coconut Oil, And Lavender Body Scrub

What Does This DIY Beauty Recipe Do?

Sea salt makes an excellent natural skin exfoliant, and it’s found in many expensive pre-made body scrubs. Coconut oil nourishes your skin as you slough away dead skin cells. Lavender oil is used for its soothing properties; it’s a popular ingredient in men’s aftershave lotions and balms.

What Ingredients Are Needed?

You can get a 30-ounce bag of sea salt for under $10. You’ll also need coconut oil or a moisturizer of your choice; avocado oil and cocoa butter both work well, too. Lavender essential oil is my go-to, but you can use whichever ones you’d like.

How Do You Use This Recipe?
  • Combine ½ cup coconut oil with ¼ to ½ cup sea salt. The amount of sea salt you add depends on how coarse you’d like the scrub to be. I usually use ½ cup of each.
  • Add in 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil and mix well.
  • Store the DIY body scrub in a glass container or jar. Store it in a cool, dry place and simply grab it whenever you’d like to use your body scrub.

Coconut oil tends to leave residue in my bath tub. Use caution to avoid slipping, and thoroughly rinse your tub with hot water after you’re done. I simply get out of the shower, turn the temperature up, and leave it running to rinse away any excess residue from the floor of the tub.

Luxury Beauty Treatments At Home: The Ultimate Frugal Experience

It’s pretty easy to see that you don’t need to spend $30 on a body scrub or face mask. If you use these recipes featuring affordable household ingredients, you can get the same results. Making your own beauty products takes a bit of trial and error, but I think that’s part of the fun! You’ll learn what works best for you, what’s not so great, and you may even come up with some recipes of your own!

If you want to learn more about saving cash while feeling beautiful, we’ve got you covered at Frugal For Less. Check out the posts ‘9 Money Saving Tips For Beauty And Fashion Lovers’ and ‘Top 20 Best Drugstore Foundations Under $20’. You’ll quickly discover that you can look and feel your absolute best without overspending.

Amy Baum


Comment (1)

Leave a Reply