18 Homemade Beauty & Personal Care Products

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Have you been wanting to make your own Homemade Beauty Products, but haven’t known where to start? This list of DIY Beauty Products is just what you need. Save money, be more sustainable, and reduce your exposure to chemicals.

18 Natural Personal Care Products

Have your read the labels on store-bought personal care products lately?

I’m super concerned about ingredients in the food that my family eats, but when you start really looking at personal care products, the words on those labels can be even more disconcerting.

The list of “chemical nasties” that concern  me, but some of the big guns are quite disconcerting.

Just think–do you really want to be slathering, rinsing, shampooing, moisturizing, and brushing with the following:

– BHA and BHT (chemicals that have been linked to cancer and are banned in Europe)
– plasticizers (see my post on Alcohol-Free Hairspray for more info)
– artificial fragrances (these have given me a headache for as long as I can remember)
– triclosan (used in antibacterial soaps and deodorants).  It’s a suspected endocrine-disrupter and may result in bacteria being resistant to antibiotics

And there are so many more to be concerned about.

Toxins are all around us.  I’ve talked about this before many times.

I started a series on Could You Have Heavy Metal Toxicity and Not Know It? and I brought up how I think toxins play a huge role in gut health in my series on Candida, Gut Health, and My Sugar-Free Lifestyle.

I know that many people think that “a little bit here and there” is not a big deal, but I think that all of us are exposed to way much more in the way of toxic chemicals than we know.

That’s why I’ve been working to gradually detox our diet, our home care, and our personal care products. And at the same time, we are saving a bunch of money (which is always a good thing).

Today, I’ve pulled together some great personal care recipes from my blog and from other blogger friends.

There’s some real genius here.  I am sure that these ideas will get you motivated to get you started on the “homemade and truly clean) personal care bandwagon.

Regardless, I hope you can find a new idea or two to add to your repertoire.

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18 Homemade Beauty and Personal Care Products

Alcohol-Free Hair Spray

Homemade Hairspray / DIY Hairspray

Homemade Shea Butter Lotion

This DIY Shea Butter Lotion is so easy to make and non-greasy too!

homemade lotion in glass jar with shea butter and coconut oil in white bowls and eucalyptus leaves on table.

Homemade Essential Oil Body Spray

An easy refreshing spray you can use as a body mist or several other ways too.

homemade body spray

Homemade Chest Rub (like “Vapo-Rub”)

We’ve found this works well for cold and sinus issues.

homemade vapor rub in jar on black table with essential oil bottles in background with title saying homemade chest rub.

Jojoba Oil Face Wash

Using oil to clean your skin might sound completely counter-intuitive, but it really works. This is one of the first “DIY” recipes I ever attempted. Enjoy the simplicity.

jojoba oil cleanser with rose water spray, cotton round, and muslin cloth

Homemade Tooth Powder

tooth powder and bamboo toothbrush with text overlay

Non-Petroleum Jelly

non-petroleum jelly

I used to use petroleum jelly (and similar products) until I started finding out that they were made from gasoline. Blech.  This is a much better alternative.

Homemade Body Wash

This is one of my latest DIY creations. I love it and actually enjoy being in the shower now :-).

body wash in small glass bottle with orange slices, lemon and lime around it

Solid Bug Repellant

I’ve never used a solid repellant. Sounds like something to try for sure.

Eye Makeup Remover

homemade eye makeup remover with jar of cotton balls and tweezers

Nourishing Hand and Body Cream

This is kind of a cross between a hard lotion bar and a liquid lotion. In the winter it’s pretty solid (if your home is chilly like mine) but it’s very smooth come spring. And very nourishing.

homemade hand cream in glass jar with essential oil bottle

Homemade Lip Balm

These lip balms are lovely with added natural colors!

Coconut Milk Shampoo and Body Wash

I haven’t found a DIY shampoo that I have been thrilled with for myself–guess what I hope to do in the near future?

Hand and Body Scrub

This Nourishing Sugar Scrub is great for making your skin silky smooth. It's super simple, and frugal, and you can add your own fragrant essential oils as you like. Makes a great easy-to-make gift!

Homemade Belly Butter

Whether you are pregnant or just suffering from dry skin, this might be just the thing you need.

Nourishing Lip Scrub

homemade lip scrub in small glass jar next to honey dripping off small wooden stirring stick

Easiest Homemade Deodorant

I’m working on another formula that will work on super sensitive skin. But you won’t believe how easy this is.

materials used in making homemade deodorant

Homemade Toothpaste with Clay and Coconut Oil

I actually am working on a toothpaste recipe using baking soda (which the author of Red and Honey would NOT like–read her post to find out why), but it’s not perfected yet. Here’s a good place to start if you are looking for a paste you can make yourself.

Healthy Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

homemade apple cider vinegar hair rinse in a glass bottle with lavender

Immune Boosting Salve

Salves are something that I have been meaning to learn more about and make. In fact, I just bought a huge amount of calendula partially for that purpose. I’m excited to branch out into something new…

You could easily adjust this recipe for a variety of fabulous uses!

So, how about you? Are you ready to try your hand at some of these ideas?

I sure am.  Even if you can’t do everything at once, every little bit of toxins you remove from your home is a plus.

Do you already make your own personal care products? If so, what?

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  1. Thanks so much for impacting us with your knowledge and time you spend to do research we appreciate.

  2. You’re looking for a DIY shampoo? Here you go:
    1T baking soda : 1C water
    Mix and pour into spray bottle.

    Wet hair, spray on enough to cover your hair (4 or 5 pumps), work through, rinse and repeat.
    I’ve begun using it as my face wash, too. My skin is clear and the Rosea has diminished.

    For conditioner:
    I use 1T vinegar : 1C water.
    Just a few sprays and rinse through. (It’s also my face astringent!)

    Cost – minimal!

    I have very fine, thin, poker straight hair. This combo has changed my hair from limp lifeless fluff to fun to style hair.
    (Fyi – it takes your hair a few days to acclimate and stop producing the natural oils it’s made for
    years because of commercial shampoo’s stripping properties. Hang in there – this will work!)

    1. Thanks! I would try this but I have heard so much from blogger friends who said this (or something very similar) harmed their hair so I wonder how long you have been using it. I am using a very nice natural shampoo now but am trying a new brand soon. Thanks!

  3. Awesome….. I just purchased all the things for the citrus body scrub at a natural food store and I can’t wait to try it. Is it safe on babies? Im changing everything to natural and would love to know if I can use it on an infant.

    1. I don’t see why an infant would need a scrub to remove dead skin – do you have a reason for wanting to do it? Is there a skin issue going on? I think it would be too harsh.

      1. Im sorry I meant the citrus body wash. I made the scrub for myself and loved it. And I made the citrus wash with lime and lemon instead. I was just wondering if it will be safe use on my baby or would I have to take somethings out.

        1. I don’t see any issues. Some are concerned about sun sensitivity of the oils but Mr. Dean said you need more of it to be an issue.

  4. Do you have a suggestion as a replacement for “flushable” wipes? Is see there are a few products out there to add to toilet paper. I’m guessing they’re made of products accessible to most of us. Any ideas?

    1. Hmmm…would paper towels clog the toilet? I’m reading that some folks do that but I am not sure it’s a great idea.

  5. You’ve laid out a great list of simple ways to go green. Heads up on trying them, specially the cough remedy.

  6. Thanks so much for including my deodorant in this post. I marked this post so I can come back and try some of these. What a great list! 🙂

  7. I found you on Pennywise Platter Thursdays! So glad you shared these wonderful tips/recipes. I have made my own products for a while now and there is always room for change, I’ll be trying some of your recipes 🙂

    I would like to add here that I make deodorant using coconut oil (*2 T.), baking soda (*1 T.), tea tree (I like it) (*1/8 tsp.), and bees wax or palm shorting (*2 tsp.) as a solidifier and while the mixture is liquid I pour it into old deodorant tubes, and voila – feels like the old days 🙂
    *The measurements are approximation, I never really measure.

    Thanks for this!

  8. Love this! But you forgot about our feet!

    Here is my favorite homemade foot scrub:
    Combine ½ cup of Hawaiian sea salt (or any sea salt will do), Teaspoon of honey, and 3 Tablespoons of coconut oil. Massage onto your feet. Massage hands as well. Yummmm.

  9. Great list of reciped for healthy “toiletries”! I am no poo, make my own toothpaste, etc! Please consider sharing your windchimes with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! Hope to see you there!

  10. Thank you so much for including my hand sanitizer recipe! This is such an awesome list I had to pin so I can revisit these recipes!

  11. Brilliant list and one I have now saved to evernote so I can come back to it and try them out. Glad I found you on the Frugal Days Sustainable Ways blog hop this week. Let me know if you would ever like to guest-blog for Mumtopia. Thanks for the inspiration.