Natural Ingredients For DIY Beauty Products
The world of homemade or DIY natural ingredients can seem a bit overwhelming when you're first starting out. It is sure as hell was for me! 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!
Making your own homemade body butter with beeswax, DIY scrubs & homemade lip chap recipes is not only fun but also better on your overall health as well. And since homemade products are slowly becoming more mainstream, many of the necessary DIY ingredients are a bit easier to find.
However, when you're just setting up the last thing you want to do is drop a bunch of money on items 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 I have no idea what I was intending to make! Don't waste your money this way.
The truth is, there's really only a few things you truly need to get started when it comes to making your own products. Almost all variations use the same or interchangeable ingredients so it's worth just buying the basics when getting started.
Here is a list of the top ten DIY ingredients I use the most. These are the ingredients that are used most frequently in either beauty and household products so purchasing them will allow you to make multiple things.
Most of the natural ingredients can now be found in your local health food store (some grocery stores now even have them!) and obviously you can always order them online.
One thing I should make note of is that, like most things for your health, you should aim to choose quality DIY ingredients. If you can, purchase things raw versus pre-made (like butters) and get them from a reputable source.
Below are my favorite ingredients with a few explanations as to why and here is where you can find out more about the brands I use and where I buy my DIY ingredients.
It is used in both lotions and lip chaps as it's super hydrating smells amazing and can actually be eaten (I use it my almond butter cups!)! My all-time favorite lip chap is cocoa butter based and I would inhale the stuff every day if I could 😛
Used in DIY lotion recipe and homemade body butter (like this orange grapefruit!) and some lip chaps this butter helps retention and elasticity in the skin and can help reduce scars.
There are so many oils to chose from (olive, apricot, jojoba, avocado) but to start with go for almond. Almond oil works in just about every recipe and it's extremely hydrating.
Dr. Bronners Castille Soap
Used in lots of household cleaners, detergents and baby necessities (like diaper wipe spray). This soap is extremely mild on skin but works fantastically in recipes.
This should just be a staple in the house regardless. I buy it by the galleon because we use so much of it. I feel like it works for everything but especially in homemade beauty products!
This works as a thickener/binder in body butter with beeswax 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 (said from experience!)
Beeswax pellets work really well in lotions and lip chaps but they also smell amazing when melted so you can also make your own candles if you're ambitious.
I use this the most for baby wipes but it also comes in handy for any skin inflammation (mixed with some lavender) as well as burns.
From cleaners to laundry stains and laundry ball spray vinegar pretty much solves life problems.
There are a ton of uses for witch hazel but I use it mostly to hold the smell in air fresheners or bug sprays. It does have soothing properties as well and many people even use it as a facial toner!
These oils you chose are mostly based on preference. I use oils for both smell as well as some healing properties. They don't a 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 lemongrass. Those can get you pretty far.
Don't forget to pin these necessary natural ingredients for DIY recipes!
When it comes to ingredients for homemade products (both spa/beauty as well as household and practical) there's a lot to chose from. You can definitely get adventurous and spend some big bucks. But if you're just getting started, stick to the basics and purchase products with multiple uses.