DIY Beauty Product Recipes that Will Make You and Your Wallet Feel Good

Shannon Quinn - June 29, 2022

Are you interested in cutting back on harmful chemicals that you put on your face through beauty product and makeup? It’s easy to make your own beauty products using basic products like essential oil and items you can find from the grocery store. Check out the following recipes on how to make facial products, makeup, scrubs, oils, and so much more.

Lemon and rosemary gardener’s hand scrub. Credit: Premeditated Leftovers

40. Lemon and Rosemary Gardener’s Hand Scrub

This recipe is called “gardener’s hand scrub” for all the people who love to garden, but end up with dirt stained hands. It’s made with: 1 cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, zest of 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 2 sprigs of rosemary. Mix all of those ingredients together, and you end up with a scrub that should sit next to your kitchen sink. Whenever you have exceptionally dirty, greasy hands, this scrub will do the trick.  (via Premeditated Leftovers)

Vanilla rose petal bath salts. Credit: Simply Designing

39. Vanilla Rose Petal Bath Salts

If you’re looking to make a DIY bath salt to give as a Mother’s Day or Birthday gift, this recipe is the best out there. Vanilla rose petal bath salt smells amazing, and it’s the perfect addition to your bath routine. All you need to create this is 1 cup epsom salts, petals from 1 rose, and 2-4 drops vanilla fragrance oil. Mix it all together in a food processor, and voila- you’ve got the bath salts that you need. (via Simply Designing)

Sea salt spray. Credit: Gimme Some Oven

38. Sea Salt Spray

Sea salt spray helps to give texture and volume to your hair. However, it can be really expensive, especially if you buy it from your local salon. Luckily, you can make a DIY version with only a few ingredients. Here’s what you need: 1 cup warm water (for spraying), 1 tablespoon sea salt (for texturizing), 1-2 teaspoons of argan oil or avocado oil (for moisturizing), and 4-5 drops of essential oil (for smelling yummy.) Mix the ingredients together until the salt is completely dissolved. Pour the ingredients into a spray bottle, and voila- you have your own bottle of sea salt spray for a fraction of what it would cost at the store. (via Gimme Some Oven)

Cracked heel cream. Credit: Fun Happy Home

37. Cracked Heel Cream

Do you suffer from dry, cracked feet? Then you’d benefit from this heel cream recipe. All you need is ¾ cup coconut oil, ½ cup shea butter, 15 drops of lavender essential oils, 15 drops of tea tree essential oils, and a glass jar with a lid. Mix all of those ingredients together, and you have a cream that will fix your cracked heels right up. Once you’ve used this a few times, you no longer have to feel afraid to wear your flip flops this summer. (via Fun Happy Home)

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36. Deodorant With Himalayan Salt

If you’re afraid to use deodorant with cancer-causing ingredients like aluminum, you may be someone who spends a lot of money on all-natural deodorants. But did you know that you can make your own with just a few ingredients? All you need is 3 oz distilled water, 2 tsp fine Himalayan pink salt, 1 oz witch hazel, 1 tsp baking soda, 10 drops essential oil of choice, small funnel or Pyrex measuring cup, 4 oz amber glass spray bottle. First, heat the water until it’s very warm. Dissolve the salt and baking soda into the water. Then, add your witch hazel and drops of essential oil. All of this can be poured into a glass spray bottle, and used as spray-on deodorant. (via Beauty Munsta)

Herbal hair rinses. Credit: Pronounce Skincare

35. Herbal Hair Rinses

Have you ever tried the “no poo” method? As in- never using shampoo on your hair? If you’re trying to give up chemicals on your scalp, you may want to go for an herbal hair rinse. There are different recipes for different colored hair, so here’s what the blondes out there need to use: 2 parts chamomile, 1 part calendula, 1 part yarrow and 1 part lemon juice. There is also a vinegar hair rinse that you can try, as well. (via Pronounce Skincare)

Bubble bath. Credit: Happy Home Happy Heart

34. Bubble Bath

Looking for an all-natural bubble bath for your kids? Here’s a recipe you can use to suds up your next bathtime; unscented castile soap, natural body wash, vegetable glycerin, and essential oils. Simply add all of these ingredients together, and you’ll get a mixture that suds up, cleans the body, and smells great, too.  (via Happy Home Happy Heart)

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33. Homemade Shower Gel

Some of you out there may be concerned with using shower gel that has sulfates in it. So here’s a recipe for a DIY shower gel that you can make at home: Combine distilled water or hydrosol, Coco glucose (Plantapon SF), Lactic acid and preservative. You can also add essential oils for scent, and food coloring if you want to tint the shower gel. Buying more than one bottle like you see in the photo above gives you the option to make a variety of different scents depending on the type of essential oil you have on hand. These would make great gifts to give your family and friends around the holidays.(via Country Hill Cottage)

DIY sunscreen. Credit: Pronounce Skincare

32. Sunscreen

In case you didn’t know, chemical sunscreens can mess with your body’s natural hormones. If you want to make a DIY sunscreen, you’ll need: a double-boiler, a kitchen scale, a face mask to stop you for breathing in the zinc oxide, containers, 90g coconut oil, 65g carrier oil, 28.5g beeswax, 27.5g shea butter, 40g zinc oxide – I strongly suggest non-nano, uncoated zinc oxide, and 1/2t vitamin E. For full instructions on how to make this, check out Pronounce Skincare.

(via Pronounce Skincare)

Night cream. Credit: Pronounce Skincare

31. Night Cream

Night cream helps to prevent wrinkles and keep your skin soft and supple for a long time. Here’s what you need to make your own: a glass jar, 41 grams or 3 Tbs sweet almond oil, 13 grams or 1 Tbs rosehip seed oil or evening primrose oil, 5 grams or ½ Tbs cocoa butter wafers, 5 grams or ½ Tbs beeswax pellets, ¼ tsp vitamin E Oil, 25 drops lemon essential oil, 12 drops geranium essential oil, 5 drops carrot seed essential Oil, and ¼ cup water or floral hydrosol.

(via Pronounce Skincare)

Teeth whitening. Credit: One Crazy Mom

30. Teeth Whitening

There are a lot of expensive teeth whitening kits out there, as well as special brands of toothpaste that will promise to lighten several shades over time. But in reality, you can make a simple DIY recipe to lighten your teeth at home. All you need is 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, peppermint essential oil, and a small storage container. Mix the ingredients together, and keep it in your bathroom cabinet every time you want to brush your teeth.  (via One Crazy Mom)

Shower steamers. Credit: Fitasa Mama Bear

29. Shower Steamers

Never heard of a shower steamer? These are a product that scents the steam during your shower so you can have a daily aromatherapy session in your bathroom. Here’s what you need to make them: baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, essential oils of choice, water, almond oil, mica powder, spray bottle with water, and silicone molds. For full instructions on how to make these, check out the Fitasa Mama Bear blog.  (via Fitasa Mama Bear)

Leave-in-conditioner. Credit: Mommy Potamus

28. Leave-in-Conditioner

If you want your hair to feel extra soft, try using a leave-in-conditioner. Here’s what you need to make your own: ¼ cup distilled water, 1 tbsp full fat coconut milk, and 2 – 10 drops of essential oil (optional). You also need a fork and whisk, 2 oz spray bottle, ice cube tray, and a blender. Check out the Mommy Potamus blog for the full breakdown on how to make this DIY leave-in-conditioning spray. (via Mommy Potamus)

Herbal shampoo. Credit: Love Love Thing

27. Herbal Shampoo

If you’re curious to try the no-poo method of washing your hair, consider this hair tea or herbal shampoo. You’ll need 1 tablespoon powdered shikakai, 1 tablespoon powdered reetha, 3/4 tablespoon powdered amla, 1/2 tablespoon neem powder, 1/4 tablespoon ground cinnamon, a fresh sprig of rosemary, a few drops essential oils of your choice, and about 3 cups water to reconstitute and cool off. The equipment you need is a medium sized pot, a mesh strainer, a clean washcloth, tea towel, or even cheesecloth for straining further, and a 32 ounce container. For full instructions on how to make this, check out the Love Love Thing blog.  (via Love Love Thing)

Avocado butter shampoo bars beauty product. Credit: The Nerdy Farm Wife

26. Avocado Butter Shampoo Bars

If you shop at Lush, you’ve already seen shampoo bars. They lather really well, and last a lot longer than shampoo in the bottle. In order to make them, you’ll need 10 oz (283 g) water, 4.25 oz (120 g) sodium hydroxide (lye), 8 oz (227 g) coconut oil, 3 oz (85 g) avocado butter, 3 oz (85 g) shea butter, 4 oz (113 g), castor oil, 8 oz (227 g) olive oil, 5 oz (142 g) rice bran oil, and 2 tbsp (30 ml) lemongrass essential oil. The instructions on how to get these ingredients to turn into solid bars can be found at the blog called The Nerdy Farm Wife. (via The Nerdy Farm Wife)

Solid perfume beauty product. Credit: Confessions of an Overworked Mom

25. Solid Perfume

Solid perfume isn’t as popular nowadays as it was in the past, but it’s still a really useful thing to have. You can make a DIY version of any scent you like. What you need to get started is: organic beeswax pastilles, essential oils or your favorite designer perfume, wonder oil or another carrier oil, and a little container with a lid to hold your perfume. The instructions on how to make this are on the blog called Confessions of an Overworked Mom. (via Confessions of an Overworked Mom)

Lavender goat’s milk soap. Credit: Condo Blues

24. Lavender Goat’s Milk Soap 

A great gift to give and receive is homemade soap. And lavender scent is calming and helps you sleep, which makes it a popular choice when it comes to soap-making. All you need to make this is 4 cubes (each cube equals 1 ounce), goat milk soap base, lavender essential oil, dried lavender flowers, knife, soap mold, glass measuring cup, a fork, a microwave oven or stove and double boiler full of water, and a small spray bottle full of rubbing alcohol. For the full instructions on how to make this, check out Condo Blues. (via Condo Blues)

Whipped body butter. Credit: Today’s Creative Life

23. Whipped Body Butter

Body butter is great for moisturizing yourself. Typically, it’s a lot thicker and richer than your traditional lotion. In order to make it, you need 1 cup raw cocoa butter, 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup almond oil, an electric hand mixer, and a double boiler. For the full instructions on how to make this, check out Today’s Creative Life. (via Today’s Creative Life)

Vanilla sugar lip polish. Credit: Bitz N Giggles

22. Vanilla Sugar Lip Polish

If you have dry, peeling lips, you may want to try a lip scrub or polish. The ingredients you need are: 1/4 cup white granulated sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, vitamin E capsule, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon honey, and 2 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil. Combine all of these ingredients together, and put it in a container to save for repeated use. This could be great for yourself, or to give as a gift to someone you love. (via Bitz N Giggles)

Credit: The Herbal Spoon

21. Honey Face Wash

Looking for a new face wash to help your skin glow?  Try this honey face wash. You need 1/3 cup raw honey, 2 tsp evening primrose oil OR rosehip seed oil, 1 tsp jojoba oil, 2 TBSP distilled water or hydrosol, 10 drops each cedarwood, tea tree, lavender and geranium essential oils. There are different recipes for different skin types as well. Check them all out on The Herbal Spoon. (via The Herbal Spoon)

Homemade banana face mask. Credit: Freebie Finding Mom

20. Homemade Banana Face Mask

Face masks help to hydrate and heal your skin. They stay on for about an hour before you wash them off, but they work like a charm. In order to make this DIY banana face mask, you need: 2 tsp. coconut oil, 1 egg white, ½ banana, Cinnamon (optional), Honey (optional), Avocado (optional), and a 4 oz. mason jar. Combine the ingredients together, and slather it all over your face. It’s easy to make, but make sure to use it quickly, since the ingredients will go bad if you hold onto it for too long. (via Freebie Finding Mom)

Pore strips. Credit: Natural Living Ideas

19. Pore Strips

Many of you out there have probably purchased those nose pore strips before. But did you know that you can make your own? All you need is 1 packet of gelatin (one 1 tablespoon), 1 tablespoon of milk, 1 sheet of toilet paper, 2-3 drops tea tree oil, flat makeup brush, and a small microwave proof bowl. For full step-by-step instructions on how to make this, check out Natural Living Ideas. (via Natural Living Ideas)

Makeup remover. Credit: Empowered Sustenance

18. Makeup Remover

At the end of the day, you want to remove a full face of makeup. But sometimes, it can dry or strip your skin if the product is too strong. This DIY makeup remover only has two ingredients: vitamin e oil and jojoba oil. Combine those two together, and you’ve got an oil-based makeup remover. Just remember to wash your face afterwards.  (via Empowered Sustenance)

Non-toxic eye liner. Credit: The Coconut Mama:

17. Non-Toxic Eye Liner

If you’re like me, you’ve experimented with different liquid eyeliners over the years. This one is non-toxic, and only uses 3 ingredients:  coconut oil, aloe vera and activated charcoal. That’s all you need! Mix these three ingredients together, and use a brush to apply the eye liner to your eyes. We’re not sure how long it lasts, but you can find out more from the blog called The Coconut Mama. (via The Coconut Mama)

Organic foundation. Credit: Pronounce Skincare

16. Organic Foundation

We wear foundation on our skin every day, and yet so few of us stop to check the ingredients list. In reality, we’re putting on so many chemicals that sit on our pores all day long. Here is a DIY foundation recipe that’s organic and toxin-free. What you need to get started is a double-boiler, kitchen scale, whisk, container for finished product, 1.5oz almond oil,  1oz shea butter, .5oz cocoa butter,.5oz beeswax, 1/8t vitamin E, .5oz zinc oxide, cacao powder, and cinnamon. For the full instructions on how to make this, check out Pronounce Skincare. (via Pronounce Skincare)

Cream blush and lip tint. Credit: Mommy Potamus

15. Cream Blush and Lip Tint

A lot of companies out there sell multi-use sticks that combine blush and lip tint together into the same product. But did you know that you can make your own? The ingredients you need to make this lip tint and bush are: rose mica powder, cacao powder, kaolin clay, and shea butter. For the full instructions on how to make it, check out the Mommy Potamus blog.  (via Mommy Potamus)

Homemade bronzer. Credit: Thank Your Body

14. Homemade Bronzer

Looking for a sun kissed skin tone just in time for summer? Here’s how to make your own bronzer: 1 Tbs. cinnamon powder, 1 tsp cocoa powder, 1 tsp nutmeg powder, 2 tsp arrowroot powder , and 15 drops of lavender or rosemary essential oil. For full instructions on how to make this, check out the Thank Your Body blog.  (via Thank Your Body)

Vitamin C serum beauty product. Credit: Primally Inspired

13. Vitamin C Serum

If you’re into skincare, you may have already purchased vitamin C serum. It helps to heal your skin, and it keeps it healthy for a long time. The only issue is that it can be expensive, especially fro high-end brands. Here’s the ingredients you need to make it on your own: 1 teaspoon vitamin C powder, 1 teaspoon distilled water, 1 teaspoon glycerin (optional), ⅛ teaspoon vitamin E (optional), and a small amber or dark glass bottle. For full instructions on how to make it, check out the Primally Inspired blog. (via Primally Inspired)

Homemade mascara beauty product. Credit: Real Food RN

12. Homemade Mascara

Finding the perfect mascara is tricky. Sometimes it clumps, or bleeds, or flakes off into your eyes. So if you’re getting toxic bits in your eyes, that can’t be good! Here’s what you need to make a DIY all-natural mascara: 1 tsp coconut oil, 1 tsp shea butter, 1 1/2 tsp beeswax, 2 tsp jojoba oil, 2 capsules activated charcoal, and 2 drops vitamin E oil. For the full instructions on how to make this, check out the Real Food RN blog. (via Real Food RN)

Homemade foundation powder beauty product. Credit: Thank Your Body

11. Homemade Foundation Powder

Here is yet another recipe for making a powder based foundation: arrowroot powder, cocoa powder, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, jojoba, olive, or almond oil. With so few ingredients, you can feel confident knowing that your skin isn’t getting clogged with harmful chemicals. For full instructions on how to make this, check out the Thank Your Body blog. (via Thank Your Body)

Coffee eye cream beauty product. Credit: Soap Deli News

10. Coffee Eye Cream

Eye cream helps to alleviate wrinkles around the eyes, and it can give you a bit of pep in the morning before you apply your makeup. The ingredients you need to make coffee eye cream are: .5 oz. coffee infused oil, .25 oz. jojoba oil, .25 oz. rosehip seed oil, .75 oz. shea butter, .75 oz. cocoa butter, 1/2 mL (about 10 drops) lavender essential oil, 3 drops chamomile essential oil and 5 drops vitamin E oil. For the full instructions on how to make this, check out the Soap Deli News blog. (via Soap Deli News)

Scented bath salts beauty product. Credit: DIY Inspired

9. Scented Bath Salts

Everyone loves to relax in the bathtub, and you can make your own bath salts very easily. You need the following ingredients: glass test tubes, epsom salt, coarse sea salt, essential oils and dropper, glass measuring cup, spoon, food coloring, funnel, and labels (optional). For the full instructions on how to make this, check out the DIY Inspired blog. (via DIY Inspired)

Facial oil moisturizer beauty product. Credit: Don’t Mess Mama

8. Facial Oil Moisturizer 

Have dry skin? Try out this all-natural facial oil moisturizer. You need the following ingredients: 2 oz glass dropper bottle, 2 oz argan oil, 15 drops frankincense essential oil, and 10 drops lavender essential oil, For the full instructions on how to make this, check out the Don’t Mess With Mama blog. (via Don’t Mess With Mama)

Coconut lime sugar scrub beauty product. Credit: The Idea Room

7. Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

If you need to scrub away dry skin, try using sugar scrub. You need the following ingredients: coconut oil, granulated white sugar, essential lime oil, and shredded coconut. For the full instructions on how to make this, check out The Idea Room blog. (via The Idea Room)

Mascara beauty product. Credit: Thank Your Body

6. Mascara

Here is yet another great mascara recipe for you to try. You need the following ingredients: 2 tsp coconut oil, 4 tsp aloe vera gel, 1/2  – 1 tsp bees wax pellet, 1 – 2 capsules of activated charcoal (for black) or cocoa powder (for brown), and a clean mascara container. For the full instructions on how to make this, check out the Thank Your Body blog. (via Thank Your Body)

Exfoliating coffee and sugar scrub beauty product. Credit: Creative Green Living

5. Exfoliating Coffee and Sugar Scrub

Coffee is a great exfoliator, and so is sugar. Combine the two together, and you’ve got an amazing DIY scrub on your hands. You need the following ingredients: 1/4 cup coconut oil, 10 drops cinnamon essential oil blend, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 cup coconut sugar, and 1/2 cup finely ground coffee. For the full instructions on how to make this, check out the Creative Green Living blog. (via Creative Green Living)

Exfoliating face cream beauty product. Credit: Don’t Mess With Mama

4. Exfoliating Facial Scrub

Here is yet another type of exfoliating scrub, this time for your face. You need the following ingredients: 1/2 cup baking soda, 8 drops frankincense, and 8 drops lavender. For the full instructions on how to make this, check out the Don’t Mess With Mama blog.(via Don’t Mess With Mama)

Cleaning wipes to erase the beauty products from your face. Credit: Happy Money Saver

3. Cleaning Wipes

At the end of the day, you may need to wipe off all of the makeup and other things that you’re trying out on your face. But if you want to save the environment, it’s best not to use disposable wipes. You need the following ingredients: 2 cups distilled water, 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil or fractionated coconut oil, 5 drops melaleuca essential oil, 5 drops grapefruit essential oil, optional: Few drops of vitamin e or aloe, and an old, clean t shirt or towel. For the full instructions on how to make this, check out the Happy Money Saver blog.

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DIY beauty products like all natural eye shadow. Credit: Thank Your Body

2. All Natural Eye Shadow

Love to experiment with eyeshadow colors? Try going all-natural with these different shades of DIY eyeshadows. You need the following ingredients: arrowroot powder, shea butter, cocoa powder, nutmeg, dried beet powder, turmeric, and allspice. For the full instructions on how to make this, check out the Thank Your Body blog. (via Thank Your Body)

Apple cider vinegar is a great beauty product. Credit: Mommy Potamus

1. Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

Apple Cider Vinegar is great for you both inside and out. You need the following ingredients: In order to make this, you only need three ingredients: raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, distilled water or hydrosol, and witch hazel extract. For the full instructions on how to make this, check out the Mommy Potamus blog. (via Mommy Potamus)