It is so empowering, easy, and inexpensive to create your own beauty products, using natural ingredients you probably already have in the house. It is also a great way to focus on shifting away from the toxic chemicals currently present in so many beauty items. You will know exactly what you’re putting on your body because you made it yourself.
DIY beauty products are also a great idea now that we find ourselves at home, with extra time to spare, and oftentimes bored. Why not take this forced stay-at-home moment and get something super positive out of it?! Use this as an opportunity to focus on your health, try something new, and utilize household ingredients at a time when grocery store shelves everywhere are bare or empty. To get you started, we rounded up 30 fabulous natural beauty DIY recipes for homemade masks, creams, scrubs, and more.
Zero Waste Herbal Soak
In addition to going natural with our beauty products wherever possible, we also are all about reducing our waste and protecting the environment. This DIY by Anita Vandyke helps us achieve both, by creating a zero waste herbal bath soak using tea leaves.
“Add a cup of tea leaves with some Epsom salts (both of which can be bought in bulk) and add it to a DIY bath bag. I made this one from some upcycled lace curtains. Add it to your bath for a relaxing night in.
The bath bag saves you from cleaning up the tea leaves in your bath later and you can also compost the leaves when you’re done!”
Coffee Face and Body Polish
Coffee is more than just a beverage to perk you up before and during work. You can also use the grounds to protect and rejuvenate your skin. Just try out this antioxidant-rich, anti-aging DIY coffee mask from Sneha Sen of Five Feet Five Blog.
“For this DIY you will need:
Rosewater for mixing
Make these ingredients in a bowl to form a thin paste. Apply it to your entire face and body before taking a shower. Leave it for around 15 minutes and then rinse it well in circular massaging motions. Removes dead skin and increases blood circulation. Improves the overall texture of the skin.”
Moisturizer for Dry AF Skin
It’s still winter and cold in several parts of the country. This means dry skin. Vegan Beauty Review kindly shared its fabulous, hydrated moisturizer DIY, containing sweet almond oil, shea butter, and essential oils (should you want to include any), to solve this issue.
“DIY 2-Ingredient Moisturizer
1/4 cup raw shea butter
4 tsp sweet almond oil
essential oils (optional)
Shea butter is rich in vitamins A, E & F as well as essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production. It also has natural SPF 6.
Sweet almond oil is rich in Vitamin E & D, oleic and linoleic acids, and minerals such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium. It’s noncomedogenic (won’t clog pores), non-greasy, and mega moisturizing.
Simply melt your shea butter in microwave or double boiler, stir in your oil, and pour mixture into a glass jar (I used an old baby food jar to keep things eco).
For more DIY beauty tips and recipes, check out my new book, The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty: bit.ly/DIYVeganBeauty”
Orange Vanilla Scrub
A good exfoliating scrub will slough off dead skin cells, revealing fresh and soft skin underneath. There’s no need to head to the drugstore or big box store to grab a good option–you can make one yourself! Terry-Lin Sheppard has a yummy-sounding orange vanilla scrub that is made with natural ingredients.
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 – 3/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup epsom salts
1/2 cup bicarbonate of soda
20 drops of essential oil
Jar with tight fitting lid
For added colour:
Chamomile tea bag, 1/4 cup Himalayan salt, dried lavender or whatever you like. You could also add 1 tsp of vitamin E oil for extra dry skin.
In a large bowl combine all ingredients until evenly incorporated. Some good combinations:
Lemongrass + Lavender
Peppermint + Lime (I love)
Peppermint + Grapefruit
Lemon + Lime
Orange + 1tsp vanilla extract (I love)”
DIY Avocado Masks
These DIY masks by No Stretch Skin Care are effective and include a fruit we all love to stockpile in our homes–avocado. You are advised to use these twice a week based on what your skin needs, and there is an avocado mask for several skin issues including acne, dry skin, and oily skin.
DIY Homemade Wax
With cities and towns everywhere recommending that you stay home as much as possible, you probably won’t be able to run to the esthetician to get waxed. Luckily, there’s a homemade, natural wax to get you through this and any other trying time. Shared by Ema Naturale Skin Care, this wax is made up of just sugar, lemon juice, water, and honey.
“You can store this wax for 2-3 months!
. ❤You will need:
1 cup of sugar.
1/4 cup lemon juice.
1/4 cup water.
1/4 cup honey.
Mix all the ingredients well in a nonstick vessel. Heat the mixture at a medium flame till the mixture turns dark golden. .
😍 TEST: Take a small bowl of water and pour 1 tbsp of this mixture in it. If it settles down and forms a ball, it’s done.
Now, when the mixture is lukewarm, apply the wax to your hands or legs in the direction of the hair. Now with a card/chart paper press and rub the wax for 10 secs and pull it in the opposite direction of the hair. Wash your hands with water.”
DIY Eye Cream
As we age, it’s imperative to take care of the delicate skin around the eyes. This area is prone to wrinkles, so it’s smart to tend to it sooner rather than later. Dose of BEAUTY shared this DIY eye cream you can make with Vitamin E cream, rosehip oil, and vegetable glycerin.
* a scoop of Vitamin E cream
* 5 drops of Rosehip oil
* 1 teaspoon of Vegetable Glycerin
P.s. Yes, I’m using a hair pin to mix it all up”
Egg White and Granulated Sugar Mask
This mask is super easy to make and only takes two ingredients to create. You put together one egg white, and one tablespoon of granulated sugar, and mix the two in a metal or ceramic bowl. Apply to the face and leave for 15 minutes. Before washing off, rub into skin to get the exfoliating benefits of the sugar. The egg white will instantly help your skin feel tighter and will shrink your pores!
DIY Makeup Remover and Moisturizer
We love products that have more than one function. It cuts down on time, bathroom/vanity space, and cost. Sustainable Products shared a DIY recipe for a makeup remover that can also be used as a moisturizer and it’s made with sweet almond oil, witch hazel, and nourishing vitamin E oil.
• 3 tbsp witch hazel
• 2 tbsp sweet almond oil
• 1 tbsp vitamin E oil
Simply combine all ingredients together and store in your desired bottle away from any heated area.
Depending on your skin type- the almond oil could be substituted for any other oil (however almond oil has been known to be a god sent for a really dry and sensitive skin). Using vitamin E oil in this recipe also helps with preserving the shelf life of this product as well not to mention its anti-aging properties! 🙏🏻
To use: I like to massage this on my face (like you would with lotion) and simply use a reusable facial round to remove any unwanted makeup. Yes, it will remove everything including both eyeliner and mascara!”
Banana Botox Mask
The Banana Botox Mask is something that many saw on Dr. Oz’s TV show. Touted as a natural alternative to the needle, it contains banana, which has beneficial things like Vitamin C, iron, and potassium; moisturizing honey, and exfoliating yogurt. You can check out more info on this easy to make mask right here.
DIY Natural Deodorant
One of the products that people shift from commercial and full of chemicals to a more natural option is deodorant. You want your underarms to be clean, fresh, and dry, without anything extra. Luckily, shelves are now being stocked with several healthier options, and you can also always make your own deodorant. This recipe by The Sustainable Collective features only four ingredients.
– 1 tbsp baking soda
– 4 tbsp arrowroot flour
– 2 tbsp unrefined coconut oil
– Essential oils (therapeutic or food grade)
1. Combine first two ingredients and mix well.
2. Add melted coconut oil (cleanest way to do this is to immerse solidified coconut oil, still in jar, in a bowl of hot water)
3. Stir to form a paste
4. Add essential oils
5. Pour in glass or tin container
Note- ona warm day- the consistency of your deodorant might become runny from the coconut oil. If that happens, just pop it in the fridge for 10 minutes or so.
Avocado Face Mask
You may already be making DIY hair masks with nourishing avocado, so why not try out this easy DIY avocado face mask by Kadeeja Sel Khan of Emerald Beauty?
Avocado: 1 piece
Honey: 1 tablespoon
Egg white: 1
Yogurt plain 2 tablespoon
This is the first homemade face mask from my 7-day challenge. This face mask felt super refreshing & brightened up my face. I have super sensitive skin as you guys know so I was a little worried before trying it, but it was smooth, soft & I had no skin reaction. MESSY THOUGH! The ingredients I’ve added are Acne skin-friendly.
HOW I MADE IT: I cut the Avocado in half and carved as much out. I then grabbed some plain Yogurt & put 2 tablespoons of it in the mixer. I then added 1 Egg white & finished off with one tablespoon of pure honey.
APPLYING IT: I applied it with a clean foundation brush or even a face mask brush. It does drip A LOT as it’s very runny! But I kept a towel on my lap for any fallouts. I kept the mask on for 15 minutes until it felt hard & solid.
REMOVING IT: I then removed the mask with a damp towel just to see the difference, then rinsed off with warm water. My skin felt so bright & fresh!
This face mask works well with acne-prone skin because it’s rich in vitamins and helps to remove access oil. It’s soothing and also helps fight off bacteria while unclogging pores.
DIY Arthritis Ointment
Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints, which causes stiffness and pain. There is a natural DIY ointment by Tanya Coats OT that you can make yourself to help treat it, which soothes with myrrh, ginger, and frankincense, and coconut oil (as a carrier oil).
20–30 drops pure frankincense essential oil⠀
10 drops pure ginger essential oil⠀
20–30 drops myrrh essential oil⠀
30g unrefined coconut oil⠀
Mix all ingredients into a bowl until well blended.⠀
Place into a glass jar with a lid for continued use.⠀
Massage the ointment in the areas where you feel pain. Use twice daily.”
DIY Lotion Bars
You may have noticed that products such as shampoo and lotion are being offered in the form of a bar. This helps reduce unnecessary packaging that is overloading the planet, and also reduces clutter in the shower. Good Intent shows you how to make your own lotion bar with hydrating ingredients like cocoa butter and shea butter.
– 2 parts beeswax (or sub candelilla wax for a vegan alternative)
– 1 part cocoa butter
– 1 part shea butter
– 1 part coconut oil
– 2 parts almond oil (or other liquid oil)
– 3 drops vitamin E oil
1. Combine grated beeswax, grated cocoa butter, shea butter, and coconut oil in a glass cup or bowl.
2. Fill a pot with 1 – 2″ water and add the bowl.
3. Heat until melted.
4. Remove from heat and add liquid oil and vitamin E.
5. Stir to combine.
6. Pour into mold (a silicone ice cube tray or muffin pan will work great).
7. Let cool overnight, or freeze for one hour.
8. Remove from the mold and enjoy!
Head to our website for more. Link in profile.”
DIY Chocolate Goop Mask
This super easy face mask only requires cocoa powder and yogurt. But it has a bunch of benefits. It is cooling, healing to the skin, anti-aging and gives the skin a great glow, reduces pigmentation, boosts collagen production, and protects against UV damage.
DIY Hydrating Face Mask
Hydration is a major factor in having beautiful skin. You want that glow, so why not try this hydrating mask? All you need is half an avocado, 1/4 cup of honey, and 1/2 cup of plain yogurt. Mix together, apply, leave on for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse. Your skin will be exfoliated by the yogurt, and super moisturized by the honey and avocado.
Floral Vinegar and Facial Toner
Another cool natural DIY beauty product that does double duty is Mountain Rise Herb’s recipe for a floral vinegar and floral vinegar toner. You can add it to your hair rinse, face wash, or bath, as well as creating it to use as a facial toner.
🌹Floral Vinegar Recipe🌹
3/4 cup raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup dried organic lavender
1/2 cup dried organic rose petals
1) Combine all ingredients in a lidded glass.
2) Shake to incorporate and store in a cool dry place for 2 weeks.
3) After vinegar has infused, strain out lavender and rose petals and discard.
4) Store in a glass jar in a cool dark place.
🌹Floral Vinegar Toner🌹
1/4 cup floral vinegar
1/2 cup distilled water
1 Tbsp. manuka honey (optional)
1) Whisk together floral vinegar and honey in a small bowl.
2) Transfer to a jar and top with distilled water.
3) Store in a cool dry place and shake before use.”
Mellow Mix Essential Oil Roller Blend
We all need to feel mellow, especially with all the craziness of 2020. @oily_inspirations shared a much-needed Mellow Mix of essential oils meant to make you feel chill, like lavender, patchouli, and valor.
Seaweed & Cucumber Face Mask DIY
Soap Queen has a ton of DIY beauty tutorials, from bath bombs to soapmaking, to face masks. One cool mask is their moisturizing seaweed and cucumber one. Here are the ingredients; you can learn the entire process right here.
Seaweed and Cucumber Face Mask Label Template
Four 8 oz. Bail Jars
21.4 oz. Distilled Water
1 oz. Cucumber Seed Oil
1.3 oz. Avocado Oil
1 oz. Polawax Emulsifying Wax
0.8 oz. BTMS-50 Conditioning Emsulifier
5 oz. Kaolin Clay
2 oz. Sea Clay
0.4 oz. Spirulina Powder
3 mL Ginger Essential Oil
0.5 oz. Seaweed Extract
0.2 oz. Optiphen
DIY Shaving Cream
If you run out of shaving cream, or just want to make a natural DIY version, Shauna Waddell’s recipe has you covered. You can make your own shaving cream using just coconut oil, shea butter, aloe vera gel, and essential oils.
“DIY Shaving Cream:
1/2 cup organic coconut oil
1/2 cup organic Shea butter
1/4 cup organic aloe Vera Gel
20-30 drops essential oils of choice
(I chose 10 drops Rosemary, 5 drops Peppermint and 5 drops Lavender. It has a clean and fresh scent).
1. Heat coconut oil, Shea butter and aloe over medium heat until melted.
2. Once melted, remove from heat and add your essential oils. Stir.
3. Place in refrigerator to cool. You want it to solidify a little, but it should still be soft. I made this mistake and left it in too long. It made Step 4 a little difficult.
4. Place mixture in a bowl and, using a hand mixer, whip for 2-3 minutes until it foams a little. (I ended up using my nutribullet for this step).
5. Transfer to a glass jar and store at room temperature.
Aloe Vera Face Cream
Aloe vera is so soothing to the skin, so it makes sense as a main ingredient in a natural face cream. Waste Free Planet shared this DIY recipe which combines cosmetic aloe vera gel with lightweight oils like sweet almond, calendula, or lavender.
“What will you need?
-cosmetic aloe vera gel
-1 or 2 lightweight oils of your choice (sweet almond oil and calendula oil) -an essential oil of your choice. I used lavender!
You can easily get all these things packaged in glass. Yes, unpackaged would be better but you can reuse the jar/bottles.”
Aloe Vera Moisturizer
Another quick and easy thing you can make with aloe vera is this DIY aloe vera moisturizer. All you need is an aloe vera plant, and before you know it, with this recipe by Easy Eco Tips, you’ll have aloe vera moisturizer cubes that will “help treat sun burns, acne, and calm itchiness.”
“Just cut a leaf of your aloe vera plant and soak it overnight in a bowl with water. The water will turn red. It shows that aloin and iodin are extracted, which could be irritating for the skin.
The next day, peel the skin and remove the pulp out from the leaf.
Use a blender and mix the pulp.
At this point, you can use it as face gel, or body gel.
Our additional tip is to freeze it into a ice cube tray. This will allow you keep it for longer, and use only a small cube every day.
Enjoy, and leave us comments to tell us if you loved this natural skincare recipe it like we did 😉”
Princess Meghan Markle DIY Face Mask
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— TianDe Kent Sylwia Czernichowska (@KentSylwia) September 3, 2019
Of course, you want a flawless complexion like Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Well, Maria from Lunagloww did some online research and found Meghan’s secret turmeric and coconut oil face mask, recreating it so that everyone else can get in on its benefits. These include providing a great glow, treating acne, moisturizing skin, and treating hyperpigmentation.
DIY Natural Hand Sanitizer
2020 is the year of hand sanitizer. It is best to use it when out and about, and touching germy things like door handles, shopping cart handles, and anything else the public touches. Did you know that it’s super easy to make your own hand sanitizer using mostly natural ingredients? Just check out this post from @oilsandpoise that will show you how.
Rose Clay Face Mask
Another rad DIY face mask from the people over at Soap Queen is their rose clay mask. It has “gentle oil-absorbing properties,” contains Vitamin A and C, and soothing chamomile. Here are the ingredients; you can learn the entire process right here.
Four Short 8 oz. Bail Jars
Rose Clay Face Mask Template – Free PDF
21.4 oz. Distilled Water
1 oz. Rose Clay
3.5 oz. Kaolin Clay
1 oz. Rosehip Seed Oil
1.3 oz. Avocado Oil
0.8 oz. BTMS-50 Conditioning Emulsifier
1 oz. Polawax Emulsifying Wax
0.5 oz. Chamomile Extract
0.2 oz. Optiphen (preservative)
1 mL Rose Absolute
DIY Lip Balm
We go through so much lip balm on the regular. It’s a hydrating go-to we keep stocked in our bags and at home. Which makes it a perfect weekend project for making at home yourself. Sasha Hallak shared this DIY recipe on Instagram that includes such lip-friendly soothers like coconut oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter.
DIY Blueberry Exfoliating Mask
Blueberries are chock full of antioxidants, which help fight off free radicals and keep the skin looking younger. That’s why we were excited to learn more about this DIY blueberry exfoliating mask by Alyssa & Carla. Below are the ingredients and you can learn the entire process here.
1/4 cup blueberries
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon high-quality (organic if you can find it) olive or coconut oil
1 tablespoon sugar (since this is for your face, don’t use anything too coarse)
Toss all those ingredients into a small food processor and blend until combined.
Why stop at DIY lotion and lip balm?! Why not make your own soap? This “eco-friendly and zero-waste soap” recipe was shared by Easy Eco Tips, and breaks down the process in seven easy-to-follow steps.
“1)For beginners it is better to start with pre-made soap base that you can buy online. (You can also choose to make the soap base but the process involves manipulating lye, which can be dangerous for your skin.)
2) Cut the pre-made soap base into little cubes, and melt them into the microwave or the hob.
3) Once melted, pour some essential oils for the smell. Use between 0.3 oz and 0.8 oz per pound of soap, depending on how strong you want the smell. Lavender is a classic, but you can choose whichever you prefer.
4) (Optional) Add some natural colorants. You can also use ingredients like cinnamon, cocoa powder, carrots, spinach that will give natural colors to the soap.
5) Mix well, and pour into a mould. You can use a cake mould and then cut the soap, or use single moulds like the ones for muffins. You can also get special soap moulds online.
6) (Optional) Add some flowers to make your soap look pretty.
7) Let it rest for 48h.
DIY Lotion Stick
What will hydrate your skin and not leak in your bag? A lotion stick! Waste Free Planet shared how to make your own lotion stick with shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax (or candelilla wax), essential oil, and a stick container (you can use a deodorant stick).
“• Shea butter 57 grams
• Coconut oil 57 grams
• Beeswax or Candelilla wax 29 grams
• 20-30 drops Essential oil of Choice
• Stick container (I’ve re-purposed a deodorant stick)
1. In a saucepan, melt together the shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax on low heat.
2. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before adding oils. Once cooled add in your oils of choice and transfer to stick.
3. Allow to set for a few hours, (i prefer to leave overnight just to be sure)”
Antioxidant-Rich Pomegranate Face Mask
Pomegranate is another fruit that is full of antioxidants, which are beneficial if you want to fight the signs of aging. Facial Clay Masks has a ton of great mask DIY recipes, including this antioxidant-rich pomegranate one. Below are the ingredients and you can learn the full process here:
You will need:
½ tsp of pomegranate juice (info on how to get that fresh in the steps below)
1 tsp Kaolin Clay
½ tsp of aloe vera juice*
5 drops of pomegranate seed oil**