Super Easy DIY Natural Cosmetics

Super Easy DIY Cosmetics

Our relationship to beauty products says so much about ourselves: do we spend a fortune on tubes smaller than our pinkies that promise to erase any proof that we once smiled? Have we been buying the same stuff, month in, month out, since age fifteen? Do we follow the (totally unbiased) magazine reviews and share in the enthusiasm for this or that new molecule? Do we lose sleep over sulphates, chlorides, glycerines, and nano-particles ?

Do we go full granola and… make our own?

If you’re in the latter camp, but feel intimidated by the long lists of exotic ingredients you would have to special order and then store in some cabinet until they rot or stale, this post is for you!

I’ve put together this list of quick recipes for homemade all-natural cosmetics, selecting ones that are very easy to follow. You can often make them your own by swapping ingredients for ones that will work best for your skin type, and the best thing is, they mostly use ingredients you already have at home!

No excuse not to give them a go, and any of these would make a lovely homemade gift this holiday season.

Homemade Face Scrubs for Every Skin Type

This recipe is a mix-and-match formula for face scrubs. So, no matter what your skin needs this recipe will accommodate. I tried the kiwi scrub, although my mix turned out to be more a face mask than a scrub, I really loved how my skin felt afterwards. Next time I will add more sugar.

Guide to Face Scrubs

Easy Three-Step Oatmeal Facial Mask

This recipe has only 3 ingredients, and most of them will already sit in your pantry waiting to be used for the relaxing facial treatment you deserve.

Oatmeal Face Mask

Simple Homemade Moisturizer

One of the easiest ways to put together a homemade moisturizing cream for your face. The recipe only asks for coconut oil and two essential oils which are commonly used in other DIY cosmetic recipes and to fight colds, so it’s worth buying them. I would simply advise against applying this moisturizer around your eyes, to avoid any contact with the essential oils.

Simple Homemade Moisturizer

Homemade Natural Deodorant Recipe

This is one of my own recipes, and I am sure you’ll love the simplicity of it: only 3 ingredients, which you would normally use for cooking! If you like this recipe, have a look at my Travel-Friendly Deodorant recipe as well.

Homemade Natural Deodorant

“Kiss Me” Sugar Lip Scrub

I’ve tried this scrub several times, and I am a fan! It’s so simple and easy to make, and stores well in the fridge so you don’t have to make it fresh every time. You can easily swap the almond oil for coconut or olive oil if you don’t have almond oil at home; both worked just as well for me.

Sugar and Honey Lip Scrub

Sage and Blackberry Sugar Scrub

A body scrub that will leave you with super soft legs, which is worth the trouble even in winter! It looks great and smells amazing. This would be yet another thing you can do with fresh sage, which I love to use in my cooking.

Sage and Blackberry Body Scrub

Rosemary and Peppermint Foot Scrub

Feet are often a body part we neglect, especially during the colder months when we feel nobody sees them anyway. So I made it my mission to find an easy and super nice-smelling foot scrub for us, so we start paying our beloved feet the attention they deserve year-round, and thank ourselves when sandal season rolls back around, and we’re all, “I woke up like this.”

Rosemary and Peppermint Foot Scrub

Coconut Oil and Honey Hair Mask

I can’t think of an easier way to condition your hair and moisturize it than this two-ingredient hair mask.

Coconut and Honey Hair Mask

Homemade Cinnamon Mouthwash

When I talked of natural cosmetics, you didn’t think “mouthwash” did you? And yet you can indeed make your own all-natural mouthwash at home: apparently, the fresh cinnamon in this recipe works even better than mint to make your breath fresh.

Homemade Cinnamon Mouthwash

Olive Oil Makeup Remover

If you wear waterproof mascara, it’s likely that you wake up with black smudges under your eyes, no matter what eye makeup remover you use. Do you want to try this solution, using olive oil?

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Ingredients Used

❑ Sugar
❑ Honey
❑ Cinnamon
❑ Whole Rolled Oats
❑ Sea Salt
❑ Olive Oil
❑ Baking Soda
❑ Starch
❑ Peppermint oil
❑ Lavender Essential Oil
❑ Vitamin E Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
❑ Coconut Oil
❑ Sage Leaves
❑ Blackberries
❑ Lemon
❑ Kiwi
❑ Eggs
❑ Rosemary

Join the conversation!

Do you use natural cosmetics at home? Do you ever make your own? Want to share your favorites?

  • Annabel Smyth

    I’ve made my own soaps and scrubs for years now, although I haven’t made scrubs recently. I also have a coconut oil ointment I made up, although I didn’t put any Vit E oil in there…. Must try it as a moisturiser.

    • What’s your recipe for the ointment, and how do you use it?

      • Annabel Smyth

        I just melted about 2 tbs or so of coconut oil and added about 10 drops of lavender oil, and stirred. First one I did was tea-tree oil. I’m using it on sore skin, although possibly calendula oil would be more appropriate. But lavender and tea-tree are more easily available (as is peppermint – I once made some peppermint lip balm which was beeswax and olive oil and a few drops of peppermint oil, coloured red with alkanet root. Lasted for years!).

  • Francie

    Hi Clotilde. I just wanted to let you know that, inspired by this post, my teenage daughter and I went to our local health food market, invested in some essential oils, then went home, made lip scrub, face scrub, foot scrub, and, (from another website) lotion. Following that we had a mini spa day, and smelled really awesome…so thank you for a lovely afternoon.

    • You have no idea how happy this makes me!
      You sound like an ah-mazing mother. :)

      • Francie

        Thank you, that’s very kind! And btw, so do you.

        • Thank you! I never knew what a compliment it was until I became a mother. 😁

  • rachelsloan79

    I’ve never tried making my own before, but I’ll definitely be trying the hair mask – my hair does not enjoy winter weather AT ALL and this looks as if it might keep it happy for the next few months!

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