DIY beauty products can usually be made with basic ingredients you already have around the house like baking soda, coconut oil and honey. It might seem scary at first to use homemade products (I still worry that DIY deodorant could fail me at any time), but your body has a way of readjusting itself to more natural treatments and after a brief transitional period, you’ll often find them just as effective, if not more so. Saving money is always good, too! Here are 15 recipes to stop buying and start making.
You’ll really regret ever spending money on dry shampoo when you realize how easy it is to make your own. Check it out:
Tea tree oil is anti-microbial and anti-bacterial, making it the perfect addition to a DIY dandruff treatment.
Triclosan is the active ingredient in most commercial antibacterial products, and it’s been linked with weakened immune systems, bacterial resistance, hormone disruptions and allergies (even the FDA isn’t crazy about it). But you can get the same benefits with this homemade foaming hand soap, which includes naturally antibacterial essential oils and moisturizing coconut oil.
Antiperspirants contain aluminum, while toothpastes are loaded with synthetic (and sometimes harmful) ingredients that upset your mouth’s natural balance and can even cause breakouts around your mouth. Coconut oil to the rescue yet again—this time in the form of homemade deodorant and toothpaste. Note: DIY deodorant won’t stop you from sweating like an antiperspirant, but it will keep you from being smelly.
Lots of ingredients in face washes can strip your skin of its natural oils, causing it to overcompensate and thus, break out. A homemade honey face wash is great for any skin type: it fights acne while locking in much-needed moisture.
Turmeric is a proven acne-fighter, and a Greek yogurt mask can get your skin’s natural bacteria in balance. Tomatoes, tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar are all effective acne remedies, too.