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Are you someone who loves to DIY? Maybe it’s a passion of yours or maybe you have to be out of necessity? I’m a little of both. I love the empowering feeling I get when I can make something myself and no longer have to buy it at the store. However, because of my chemical sensitivities, I have to make my own natural skin care products so I know what goes on my skin. Here are four amazing, easy to make, natural skin care product recipes that you will love!
DIY Natural Skin Care Products
The best part of our natural skin care product recipes is that they can be used for all skin types, free from synthetic chemicals (my favorite part) and artificial fragrances.
As with any recipe, you may want to adjust or tweak the ingredients to customize them to your skin type. I have dry skin so I like a nice, thick lotion. My daughter has oily skin so she likes a thin lotion. You can easily adjust the ingredients including the essential oils I recommend so suit your needs. Experiment a little, that’s part of the fun!
4 Natural Skin Care Product Recipes
The four natural products included are exfoliator, facial cleanser, moisturizer, and shaving cream. Of course, all of these recipes can be multi-purpose. For instance, you can name the exfoliator a foot scrub, or a body scrub. The moisturizer can double as a body butter. The natural ingredients are universal in their use. I like using all natural and organic ingredients. The ingredients don’t have to be certified organic if you can trust the source, however, certified organic is often best.
I used the exfoliator yesterday and I really enjoyed the feel and results. You can alter this recipe to make small batches or double the recipe for larger batches. I use jelly jars to store my products in because I can get my fingers to the bottom of the jar. This means I don’t waste any.
- 1/2 cup organic coconut oil in its solid form
- 1/4 cup organic sugar
- 1/4 cup sea salt
- 10 drops vanilla essential oil (or whatever scent you prefer or NO scent at all
- Put the coconut oil in your mixing bowl and whip it well for about 4 minutes.
- Then add the sugar and salt and whip it for another 4- 5 minutes.
- Finally, add the essential oil and whip for another couple of minutes.
- It’s ready to be placed in a clean storage jar with a lid in and enjoyed.
It is amazing how a little goes a long way. A small dab covered my face and neck.
How To Use The Exfoliator
This exfoliator recipe can be used as a face mask as well as an exfoliator.
- Put it on your face and neck using circular motions, let it sit. While I let it sit, I shaved my legs with the shaving cream I had made (recipe below).
- After a few minutes, wet a washcloth with water as hot as you can stand to ring out of the rag.
- Place the rag on your face and let it sit while it cools off.
- Rinse the rag and repeat.
- After the rag has cooled a second time, use it to remove any remaining scrub.
It smelled like cookies because of the vanilla oil in it. It was hard not to take a bite of it! As a body scrub, this works amazingly!
I’m blonde haired and fair skinned which means sensitive skin. I had been ordering an organic facial cleanser but didn’t feel like the makeup and dirt were completely removed. I found a few basic DIY recipes online and after combining pieces and parts of them, I decided to make my own.
I’m pleased with the results. It drew out dirt and oils which had been in the pores for a while so the first few days my skin looked a little “rough.” Nothing bad, just dry in some areas, red in another, a couple of small blemishes popped up. I was expecting this so I continued using the cleanser (recipe below). When all of the old build-up was removed, my face cleared up. My husband and I can tell the difference in my skin. It’s clearer, has a healthier glow, and isn’t as dry.
- 2 oz castor oil
- 6 oz coconut oil in its solid form
- 6-10 drops of essential oil (spearmint or peppermint if you want a tingly feel, lavender for a calming smell, rosemary, and eucalyptus for an earthy smell – my favorite)
- Add both oils, castor oil and coconut oil, in a small sauce on your stove.
- Heat on low heat just until the coconut oil is melted, stirring constantly.
- Once the coconut oil is melted remove from heat, and let cool
- Add the essential oil(s) when the oil starts to get cloudy (starts to turn into a solid again).
- Stir until all the oils are well-blended.
- Pour your facial cleaners into a clean jar or container with a lid.
- Place the jar in the frig for an hour or so until it’s solidified.
- Now it’s ready for use.
How To Use The Facial Cleanser
- Massage the cleanser onto your face and neck using circular motions.
- Wet a washcloth with water as hot as you can stand to ring out of the rag.
- Place the rag over your face and let it sit while it cools off.
- Rinse the rag and repeat.
- After the rag has cooled a second time, rinse it and use it to remove any remaining cleanser.
NOTE: So you won’t be surprised, these products will liquefy when you put them on your skin because coconut oil liquifies at 75 degrees F. If you keep your bathroom above 74 degrees, they may “melt.” I keep a heater going in the bathroom during winter. This is how I discovered my products were “melting.” I put them in my bedroom which is always cool because we don’t heat it.
If yours do liquefy, shake them well and set them in a cool place to re-solidify and they’ll work fine.
It makes a great moisturizer for your feet. I put some on before I put on socks or at bedtime and then put on socks to protect my sheets. It helps keep my feet soft throughout the winter and summer. I hate to have dry cracked heels!
- 4 oz of Mango Butter (you could use Shea butter or any “butter” you like, except the eating kind)
- 4 oz of Coconut Oil
- 10 drops of Lavender Oil, rose oil, any essential oil you prefer
- First, combine the butter and coconut oil with your mixer on high speed.
- Then blend in the essential oil.
- Refrigerate the mixture in the mixing bowl for an hour.
- After the hour, blend them again for 10 minutes. I know this seems excessive but trust me, if you cut the time the product is not as good. The emulsifying process is very important.
I keep it in two jelly jars for storage because they are shallow enough for me to be able to reach all the moisturizer as the jar gets lower. It’s unbelievable how long this will last. It takes a little getting used to because of the difference in texture and consistency, but it’s WELL worth it. My skin is tighter and more generally healthy, my wrinkles are also fewer.
How To Use The Natural Moisturizer
Simply apply as you would any other moisturizer, it just won’t take as much. You can use this moisturizer as an eye cream, face lotion, body lotion, anywhere on your skin that needs a moisturizer.
Remember, these will liquefy when you apply them so be sure to rub them in well. This happens because coconut oil liquifies at 75 degrees F.
Shaving Cream, Foot Salve Or whatever you want it to be
- 1/3 cup Mango Butter
- 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup Almond Oil (I think I will cut this in 1/2 next time and try that)
- 10 drops of Rosemary Oil
- 5 drops of Eucalyptus Oil (or any oil you like the smell of. Peppermint would leave a tingly feel.)
Shaving Cream Directions
- Add the Mango Butter and Coconut Oil into a saucepan over low heat.
- Heat until the oils are just melted, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat and pour the melted oils into a heat safe bowl.
- I put them in my mixer bowl.
- Add the almond oil and essential oils and mix well.
- Put the bowl in the refrigeration for an hour or so, until they resolidify, ya know, get firm again.
- When the oils are firm, mix them on high speed until they are light and fluffy which may take 6-8 mins or longer.
- Pour your shaving cream into clean jars or storage container, I use jelly jars.
I have to remind you, just like the other items I shared with you, this shaving cream will melt above 74 degrees. So keep them out of the sun and out of a heated bathroom. I keep mine on my dresser when it’s cold enough to have run the heater in the bathroom, otherwise, I keep them in the medicine cabinet.
I’ll be excited to hear how they turn out for you. Do you have a favorite DIY beauty product to share with us? We’d all love to know your recipe.
If you are a fan of DIY products, like I am, check out some of our other recipes. We always use natural ingredients and herbs in our recipes.