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DIY beauty products are a great way to save money on cosmetics. You can easily make your own recipe easily and quickly at a fraction of the cost. Here are 25 DIY beauty products that we’ve put together that only need a few ingredients.
1. Avocado and Coconut Deep Conditioner
If your hair is dry or chemically damaged, this nourishing mask can help restore moisture, strength, and shine. Avocado is rich in protein and fatty acids, and these both deeply nourish hair. You’ll need to use liquid coconut oil known as fractionated coconut oil. This adds moisture and softens hair.
Blend one pitted and peeled avocado with 1-2 tablespoons of fractionated coconut oil in a blender. Apply the mixture to dry hair and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Use this recipe once or twice each week to boost your hair’s health.
2. Coffee and Sunflower Oil Body Scrub
Coffee scrubs have become very popular over the last few years. When used in a scrub, coffee grounds slough off dead cells, tone and firm skin, promote circulation, and more. Unfortunately, coffee scrubs aren’t very cheap. The goods news is you can make your own using coffee grounds and a non-comedogenic oil. Sunflower oil is a good pick because it’s affordable and doesn’t clog pores.
Mix equal parts coffee grounds and sunflower oil. If you want an awesome fragrance, a few drops of vanilla essential oil goes perfectly with coffee grounds. Stir until the ingredients are combined into a scrub, and store it in an airtight container. You can use this scrub on your face as well as your body since it’s non-comedogenic.
3. Beeswax and Lemon Lip Balm
Lip balm is a must-have beauty item for many, so why not make your own custom blend at home? This recipe is actually a combination of several recipes I’ve tried and liked. Beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil are the moisturizing agents in the balm. Lemon essential oil rejuvenates skin and gives the lip balm a light, refreshing scent.
For this recipe, you’ll need three tablespoons of beeswax pellets, two tablespoons of shea butter, four tablespoons of coconut oil, and 3-4 drops of lemon essential oil. In a small glass bowl or glass measuring cup, melt the beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil. Melt each ingredient for 30 seconds and stir well after adding in each additional ingredient. Stir in the lemon essential oil, and pour the mixture into lip balm jars.
4. Cornstarch and Baking Soda Dry Shampoo
If you don’t feel like shampooing your hair daily, dry shampoo is a life saver. You can make your own using two simple ingredients you likely have in your pantry. Cornstarch is the oil absorbing ingredient that gives your hair that fresh look. Baking soda deodorizes your hair so that it smells as clean as it looks.
For this recipe, you’ll use four parts cornstarch and one part baking soda. The exact amount you use will depend on the container you store it in. For a small container, mix four tablespoons of cornstarch with one tablespoon of baking soda. Mix the ingredients thoroughly. If you have brown or black hair, you can mix in 1-2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. For ease of use, store the dry shampoo in a salt shaker.
5. Sea Salt Spray For Wavy Hairstyles
Sea salt spray is a popular hair styling product used to create natural, beachy waves. There are tons of recipes online, but all of them have the same base ingredients – hot water, sea salt, Epsom salt, coconut oil, and aloe vera gel. The sea salt adds texture and waviness to your hair. Epsom salt is used for volume and conditions. Coconut oil also conditions and helps the spray coat your hair. Aloe vera gel conditions and helps hold waves in your hair.
Pour one cup of hot (not boiling) water into a glass bowl. Stir in one tablespoon sea salt and one teaspoon Epsom salt until completely dissolved. Stir in one tablespoon of coconut oil until it’s fully melted. Lastly, mix in one tablespoon of aloe vera gel. Use a small funnel to pour the spray into a glass spray bottle. If you want a scented spray, add about five drops of your preferred essential oil.
6. Beeswax and Essential Oil Solid Perfume
Solid perfumes are easy to apply and convenient to carry around. Making your own custom scent with using all natural ingredients is very easy. You simply need beeswax pellets, essential oils, a carrier oil, and a container to store your perfume in. The beeswax will form the solid perfume, and the carrier oil is used to help dilute the essential oils. This prevents them from irritating your skin.
This recipe is for a two-ounce solid perfume bar. Combine two tablespoons of a carrier oil (coconut or sweet almond are great choices) with 1.5 tablespoons beeswax pellets in a small, oven safe metal tin like this one. Place the tin on a baking sheet, and heat the two ingredients in the oven at 200 degrees for 3-5 minutes or until melted. Remove from the oven and add 30-40 drops of your favorite essential oils. Mix the oils in with a toothpick or bobby pin; work quickly before the beeswax solidifies. Place the lid on the tin, and you’re all set!
7. Banana and Honey Face Mask
This two ingredient face mask is perfect if you want to moisturize and brighten your skin. Bananas are rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and potassium. The vitamins moisturize, help fight wrinkles, lighten dark spots, smooth out skin, and more. The potassium hydrates your skin. Honey naturally kills bacteria, which can help prevent breakouts. It also moisturizes skin without adding excess oil to it.
Mash one ripe banana in a bowl with a fork or hand masher. Do this until it resembles a smooth paste without lumps. Add one tablespoon of honey and stir. Wash your face, dry thoroughly, and apply the mask. Let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse it off using warm water. This mask is gentle enough to use several times per week for bright, radiant skin.
8. Pink Himalayan Salt Facial Toner
Pink Himalayan salt is an excellent natural ingredient for toning skin, and this is true for numerous reasons. According to NaturalLivingIdeas.com, this salt is rich in minerals, draws out toxins, and balances pH levels. Salt is also a natural astringent, so it gently cleanses your skin. The only other ingredient you need is filtered water, though some recipes suggest using organic apple cider vinegar.
You’ll need a glass spray bottle to mix and store the toner in. Start by pouring ½ cup of warm, distilled water into the bottle (or organic apple cider vinegar). Add in two teaspoons of pink Himalayan salt. Screw the top of the bottle on tightly and shake until the salt is fully dissolved. After washing your face, spray a cotton ball with the toner. Apply it to your face and follow up with a moisturizer. You can use this gentle toner every day to keep your skin clean naturally.
9. Essential Oil Plumping Lip Gloss
Plumping lip gloss gives you a full pout using ingredients that lightly stimulate blood flow in your lips. This is also what causes that tingling sensation when you apply it. You can make your own plumping lip gloss using a few simple ingredients. First, you’ll need either cinnamon essential oil or peppermint essential oil to use as a plumping agent. The ingredients you use for gloss are up to you. Some great choices include pure petroleum jelly, beeswax pellets, cocoa butter, and Carmex. You’ll also need a carrier oil like coconut oil to dilute the essential oil.
Start by melting one tablespoon of your gloss ingredient with one tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil. You can easily do this in the microwave using a glass bowl or glass measuring cup. If you’re using Vaseline or Carmex, you can skip the melting process. Stir in about 5-10 drops of peppermint or cinnamon essential oil; you can also opt to use both oils. The amount you use will impact the plumping effects. Pour the mixture into a small lip gloss jar or tin, and you’ve got yourself a natural lip plumping gloss!
10. Baking Soda and Lemon Juice Nail Whitener
If you’ve got yellow nails or nails stained by nail polish, you can whiten them using this two-ingredient recipe. Lemon juice is an all-natural bleaching agent that lightens your nails. Baking soda is another whitening agent found in many DIY beauty recipes.
There aren’t exact measurements for this recipe. Pour a few tablespoons of lemon juice or the juice from ½ of a lemon into a small bowl. Add in baking soda in small amounts until you have a gritty paste. Dip your nails in the mixture and let them sit for about five minutes. If you have stubborn stains, try letting your nails sit in the mixture for about ten minutes. Rinse thoroughly when you’re done and repeat the process a few times a week or until you notice results.
11. Aspirin and Honey Acne Face Mask
Aspirin face masks are a popular treatment for acne prone skin. This is because aspirin contains acetylsalicylic acid, which is very similar to salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is found in many over-the-counter acne and blackhead treatments. Aspirin is also an anti-inflammatory drug, so it can reduce the swelling of pimples. Honey has antibacterial properties that help clear up blemishes and clean out pores.
Start out by putting five uncoated aspirin pills in a small container; you can use up to 7-8 pills. You can also crush coated aspirin with a pill grinder or mortar and pestle. Add in very small amounts of water at a time and mix until you have a paste-like mixture. Stir in 1-2 teaspoons of honey; raw organic honey will offer the most benefits. Apply to clean, dry skin and let sit for 5 to 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. You’ll have glowing, clean skin, and you may notice an immediate reduction in blackheads.
12. Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil Shaving Cream
If you want a buttery smooth shaving cream that smells wonderful, making your own at home is the way to go. This recipe uses moisturizing ingredients like cocoa butter, coconut oil, and aloe vera gel to soothe skin. Castille soap and baking soda are used to help the substance lather up nicely. Vitamin E oil is used to help preserve the shaving cream.
Start by melting ¼ cup coconut oil and three tablespoons of cocoa butter. You can do this in the microwave in 30-second intervals or use a double boiler. Remove from heat. Add ¼ cup aloe vera gel, two teaspoons of baking soda, ¼ cup liquid castile soap, and two teaspoons of Vitamin E oil. Whisk thoroughly for 2-4 minutes until a creamy, light cream forms. Store in a jar. During the cooling process, check to make sure the ingredients don’t separate. If they do, shake the jar firmly to re-mix them.
13. Green Tea and Coconut Oil Deep Conditioner
Green tea is a staple in numerous beauty products, and it’s easy to see why. For this recipe, green tea is used because it’s rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and polyphenols. These properties of green tea soften hair, increase shine, and may contribute to hair growth. The fatty acids in coconut oil moisturize and nourish hair naturally.
Steep two green tea bags or two tablespoons of loose leaf green tea in eight ounces of hot water. Let the tea cool until it’s comfortably warm, then remove the tea bags or strain the tea leaves. Add in two tablespoons of coconut oil and mix well. Massage the liquid mixture into dry hair and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Rinse well and shampoo and condition if needed.
14. Hydrating Aloe Vera Face Mask
Aloe vera is a very versatile skincare ingredient. MindBodyGreen.com says that aloe moisturizes skin, treats acne, fights signs of aging, and more. To get maximum benefits, I suggest using natural, organic aloe vera gel with no added ingredients. This mask also uses honey. As noted in other recipes, honey has excellent antibacterial properties and is rich in antioxidants.
This recipe doesn’t have strict measurements. Start by putting about one tablespoon of honey into a small container. Mix in small amounts of aloe vera gel until a creamy paste-like mixture has formed. Apply the mixture to clean, dry skin and leave it on for about 15-20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cold water. This mask is gentle enough to use whenever you’d like.
15. Yogurt and Honey Hair Mask
If you have dry, weak, or frizzy hair, this mask is a good match for you. Plain yogurt is very rich in fat and protein. The protein nourishes dry and weak hair to help make it stronger. The fat in yogurt naturally moisturizes hair to help reduce frizz. Yogurt is also rich in lactic acid; this can make your hair smooth and less frizzy. Honey is a humectant, so it helps retain and preserve moisture in hair. The dozens of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in honey further boost hair health.
For this mask, you should use plain full-fat yogurt. The amount of yogurt and honey you use depends on your hair’s length and thickness. Just use a ratio of two parts yogurt to one part honey. Mix the ingredients together thoroughly. Apply the mask to dry hair and work it into the scalp, too. Leave the mask on for about 15-20 minutes. Wash it out using a gentle shampoo. You can use this mask 1-2 times per week to restore your hair’s health.
16. Charcoal and Coconut Oil Teeth Whitener
Charcoal toothpaste and polishes are incredibly popular for teeth whitening. You can make your own activated charcoal teeth whitener very easily. Activated charcoal is often used as a treatment for poisoning because it’s extremely absorbent. Because of this, it effectively absorbs plaque, stains from tea and coffee, and other impurities from your teeth. Coconut is very rich in lauric acid; lauric acid has antimicrobial properties that help remove bacteria and plaque from teeth.
Start out by putting one tablespoon of coconut oil into a small container. Then empty out 1-2 activated charcoal capsules into the container and mix the two ingredients together. Dip a new, unused toothbrush into the mixture and brush the mixture gently onto your teeth for about three minutes. Rinse well; you will likely need to rinse several times to remove all of the charcoal. You can use this recipe several times per week until you achieve the desired results.
17. Jojoba Oil Moisturizing Hand and Body Cream
This homemade hand and body cream is very rich, non-greasy, and full of natural moisturizers. It contains jojoba oil, coconut oil, and Vitamin E oil to pamper and nourish your skin. Beeswax is used as a natural base for the lotion along with shea butter. If you prefer scented lotion, you can add in whatever essential oils you prefer.
In a double boiler, combine ½ cup jojoba oil, ¼ cup coconut oil, ¼ cup beeswax, and two tablespoons shea butter. Stir occasionally while all of the ingredients melt. Once they’re melted, add in one teaspoon of Vitamin E oil and 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oils. Stir well and pour into a small glass cosmetic jar or tin.
18. Natural Zinc Oxide Acne Spot Treatment
If you want an effective homemade spot treatment for acne, this recipe is for you. The primary ingredient is zinc oxide powder. Zinc has natural astringent properties and promotes healing of the skin. This recipe also contains aloe vera gel, which has antibacterial properties that can help treat acne and blackheads. Lastly, the recipe uses lavender essential oil; this essential oil helps clear up acne and improves the skin’s overall complexion.
There are no strict measurements for this recipe, but make sure to use natural cosmetic grade zinc oxide powder. In a small glass container, combine one tablespoon of aloe vera gel with zinc oxide powder. Add small amounts of the powder and stir until a paste-like substance is formed. Add about five drops of lavender essential oil. Apply to pimples using a small cotton swab, and leave the spot treatment on overnight. Store any leftover treatment paste in the refrigerator.
19. Castile Soap and Chamomile Face Wash
This natural face wash recipe is ideal for individuals with sensitive skin or acne. Castile soap is one of the most gentle cleansers available. Chamomile tea has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to treat acne and thoroughly cleanse skin. Tea tree oil and lavender essential oil both help treat acne, too.
Add one cup of castile soap into a bowl. Brew four ounces of chamomile tea; use two teabags or two tablespoons of tea leaves. Let the tea cool and remove tea bags or strain out tea leaves. Add a few drops of tea tree oil and a few drops of lavender oil – about 10 drops total. Mix all ingredients thoroughly and pour into a face wash bottle. Use 1-2 times daily.
20. Rosehip Oil Under Eye Ointment
This simple ointment is designed to reduce dark spots, fight signs of aging, and deeply moisturize the skin. Rosehip oil is very rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids. It improves the elasticity of skin while diminishing dark spots, wrinkles, and other imperfections. Vitamin E is also used in this under eye ointment. It is also full of nutrients and antioxidants, and it’s a staple in most anti-wrinkle products.
To make this under eye ointment, simply combine equal parts rosehip oil and Vitamin E oil. For easy application, store the mixture in a glass roll-on bottle. Apply the ointment before bed each night and rinse off any residue on the morning. For added benefits and a relaxing scent, add 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil.
21. Essential Oil Body Spray
Creating your own signature scent is a total breeze with essential oils and a few other basic ingredients. You’ll need distilled water and alcohol to act as the base of the spray. Some DIYers recommend using vodka, as it has a pretty neutral smell compared to rubbing alcohol. Vegetable glycerin is used to help the scent stay intact in the bottle and when you spray it. Lastly, you’ll use a blend of essential oils or one oil if you prefer.
In a small liquid measuring cup, combine 10 tablespoons of alcohol, ½ tablespoon of vegetable glycerin, four tablespoons of distilled water, and anywhere between ½ to 2 ½ teaspoons of essential oil. Mix well and pour into an amber glass perfume bottle. This recipe makes about eight ounces of body spray.
22. Peppermint and Epsom Salt Foot Scrub
This homemade foot scrub exfoliates away dead skin cells, moisturizes feet, and leaves them feeling refreshed. Epsom salt sloughs away the rough skin cells that build up on your feet. Coconut oil is used to help moisturize them. Peppermint essential oil serves many purposes. It has antimicrobial properties, relieves discomfort, calms skin inflammation, and has a very refreshing scent to it.
Start out by melting ½ cup of coconut oil in a glass bowl or measuring cup. Stir in 1-2 cups of Epsom salt. Use two cups if you want a coarser scrub and one cup if you want more of a moisturizer with exfoliating properties. Lastly, stir in 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil. Store the scrub in a glass jar. I’ve found that glass jars with labels work well for scrubs and other DIY beauty products.
23. Coconut Milk Shampoo For Dry Hair
This homemade shampoo recipe is gentle, sulfate-free, and ideal for dry hair. Coconut milk benefits dry hair in many ways. It’s rich in fatty acids, vitamins, and lauric acid, all of which deeply nourish hair. Castile soap works as the base for this shampoo. As mentioned in other recipes, this soap is incredibly gentle. It often contains organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil, and organic palm kernel seed oil. Lastly, a small amount of sweet almond oil is added to further moisturize and strengthen hair.
Pour ¼ cup coconut milk, ⅓ cup castile soap, and ½ teaspoon of sweet almond oil into a clean, empty shampoo bottle. You can also add 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oils. Put the lid on the bottle and shake well. You’ll also need to shake the bottle prior to each use to ensure all ingredients are blended together.
24. Jojoba And Vitamin E Oil Makeup Remover
This two ingredient makeup remover is gentle but powerful. Despite being oil based, this recipe uses oils with a low comedogenic rating. This means it won’t clog your pores. Additionally, jojoba oil and Vitamin E oil are both soothing and nourishing for your skin. You can add a small amount of lavender essential oil for a mild but pleasant scent, too.
Pour four tablespoons of jojoba oil and ¼ teaspoon of Vitamin E oil into an amber glass dropper bottle. Add 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil if desired. Put the lid on the jar and shake well. To use, simply put a few drops of the makeup remover on a cotton ball or pad. Wipe off makeup and follow up with your normal skincare routine.
25. Lavender Essential Oil Leave In Conditioning Spray
This leave in conditioning spray is designed to give hair an added boost of moisture. Lavender essential oil benefits hair in several ways. It promotes hair growth, helps heal dry hair, and gives it a naturally clean and pleasant scent. Coconut milk and jojoba oil are the other main ingredients in this recipe. All of them have excellent moisturizing properties, and coconut milk helps heal dryness thanks to fatty acids, proteins, and vitamins.
In a glass amber spray bottle, combine ½ cup of coconut milk, two teaspoons of jojoba oil, and five drops of lavender essential oil. Place the lid on the bottle and shake well. This leave-in conditioning spray is ideal to use before bed or if you let your hair dry naturally during the day.
These 25 DIY beauty products are all really easy to make and usually only include a few ingredients. See a recipe that’s not on the list and should be? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy frugaling!