Top 10 Necessary DIY Ingredients
The world of homemade or DIY products can seem a bit overwhelming when you’re first starting out. It sure as hell was for me (read about my journey here!).! For starters, not only did I not know what half the ingredients were in the recipes, I was at a complete loss as to where to find them!
Since homemade products are slowly becoming more mainstream, many of the necessary ingredients are a bit easier to find.
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However, when you’re just setting up the last thing you want to do is drop a bunch of money on ingredients you might not need. Not only did I do this, I literally bought everything that I had ever heard of. Meaning, if I recognized the word, I bought it. So now, I have things like “burdock root” and “castor oil” and I have no idea what i was intending to make! Don’t waste your money this way.
Instead, here is a list of the top ten ingredients I use the most. These are the ingredients that are used most frequently in either beauty and house hold products so purchasing them will at least allow you to make multiple things.
Most of the items can now be found in your local health food store. Or obviously ordered online.
Is used in both lotions and lip chaps as it’s super hydrating, smells amazing and can actually be eaten! Grab some here.
Used in lotions and some lip chaps this butter helps retention and elasticity in the skin and can help reduce scars. Grab some here.
Used in lots of household cleaners, detergents and some baby soap. This soap is extremely mild on skin but works fantastically in recipes. Grab some here.
This should just be a staple in the house regardless. I buy it by the galleon because we use so much of it. Grab some here.
This works as a thickener/binder in lotions and lip chaps. You will most likely have to order it online and my suggestion is to get pellets or small cubes. Chopping it is horrible. Grab some here.
I use this the most for baby wipes and sprays but it also comes in handy for any type of burn. Grab some here.
From cleaners to laundry stains and laundry ball spray vinegar pretty much solves life problems. Grab some here.
There are a ton of uses for witch hazel but I use it mostly to hold smell in air fresheners or bug sprays. It does have soothing properties as well. Grab some here.
This oils you chose are mostly based on preference. I use oils for both smell as well as some healing properties. They don’t cure all, but they do provide a boost for certain things. If you’re overwhelmed by which ones to purchase, I’d start with: peppermint, lavender, orange/citrus, tea tree and lemon grass. Those can get you pretty far.
Don’t forget to pin this necessary list of ingredients!
Looking for DIY ideas? Check out this Citrus Bliss Lip Chap & these Homemade Sugar Scrubs!