I’ve always had quite sensitive skin. Harsh chemicals and fragrances irritate, my skin can become very dry and I can get break outs of eczema on my hands. Because of this, I try to make sure the products I put on my body are natural, but I don’t always know what ingredients are going on in the things I buy. I still want to smell nice, I still want soft skin and I don’t really want to have to worry about some weird chemicals hanging out in the stuff I buy at the shops.
So I thought I’d have a go at making my own products at home using natural and organic ingredients and I couldn’t believe quite how simple it all was. You’re basically mixing up a few things, melting others in a bain marie, adding essential oils for fragrance and you’re good to go. If you can make a simple recipe, you can make your own beauty products, I promise.
Now because these contain some natural ingredients (especially due to the almond oil content), they are best stored in the fridge, although you’ll still get a couple of months use out of them before you would need to throw them away – and believe me, you’ll definitely use them up before you have to do that!
I made three different products – a salt scrub, a body butter and a bunch of lip balms. It was all so surprisingly easy and I had such fun making them. Not only that, but my house smelled absolutely AMAZING! I couldn’t wait to use it, and smell that good myself.
here's what you'll need...
For the Rosemary and Lemongrass Natural Salt Scrub:
- 300g (1 cup) Himalayan pink coarse salt
- 150ml (1/2 cup) almond oil
- 9 drops rosemary essential oil
- 7 drops lemongrass essential oil
- Chopped fresh rosemary
For the Rosemary, Peppermint and Lavender Body Butter:
- 50g (1/2 cup) raw shea butter
- 35g (1/4 cup) coconut oil
- 75ml (1/4 cup) almond oil
- 6 drops rosemary essential oil
- 4 drops peppermint essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
For the Peppermint and Vanilla Lip Balm (Makes around 6 15ml tins):
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 ½ tbsp almond oil
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp Beeswax pastilles/beads (or Carnauba wax for Vegans)
- ¼ tsp Lipstick or ½ tsp Bronzer or ¼ beetroot powder to tint
- 3 drops peppermint essential oil
- 4 drops vanilla essential oil
here's how it's done...
Rosemary and Lemongrass Natural Salt Scrub
We’ll start with the body scrub. Let me tell you: this is so ridiculously easy that you’ll never buy another store-bought scrub again. This is a salt scrub which is a little coarser than a sugar scrub so you want to just use it on your body (not your face), but it’s great for exfoliating dead skin, leaving you with gloriously soft, glowing skin that smells absolutely divine. Because I use a fake tan (I try to stay away from burning myself to a crisp in the sun!), this is great for getting rid of any patchy areas or removing it completely when you are ready to start afresh with your tanning.
The main ingredients in this particular scrub are salt, of course, and sweet almond oil. I used a Himalayan Pink Coarse salt really for aesthetics more than anything else (I mean, it’s PINK!) but you can use a kosher salt or any larger grained salt for this. Hey, you could even try table salt at a pinch, it will just give you a much finer scrub.
I chose to use almond oil as it’s an emollient and will smooth and soften your skin. It’s packed full of Vitamin E which will heal as well as protect. It doesn’t last quite as long as some other oils but it’s so beneficial for your skin that it’s worth its shorter lifespan. Just remember to pop it in the fridge when you aren’t using it to keep it fresh for longer. You can use other kinds of oils as well – coconut oil, jojoba oil and olive oil all work well too. Just don’t use any kind of mineral oil (like baby oil) which tend to clog the pores and can lead to breakouts.
I wanted a really fresh clean smell and so I used rosemary and lemongrass essential oils, which I think works equally well for males or females. Obviously, you can use whatever essential oils take your fancy. I also chopped up some fresh rosemary to add further texture and colour but this is, of course, up to you.
Here’s how it’s done…
Combine all ingredients and stir. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
When in the tub or shower, simply take a handful in your palms and apply in a circular motion to your body paying special attention to areas like the heels, knees and elbows. Take care not to scrub too hard in delicate areas like the neck, chest and stomach. When you’re finished, simply rinse off. Your body will smell great and be nicely moisturised.
Rosemary, Peppermint and Lavender Body Butter
The next product I created was Body Butter. Now Body Butter is essentially a combination of 75% solid oils and 25% liquid oils. I used unrefined organic raw shea butter and pure coconut oil as my solids and almond oil for my liquid.
Shea Butter is naturally rich in a number of vitamins like Vitamin A, E, F and K and it works to balance and normalise the skin while keeping it clear and healthy. It’s very hydrating, so is particularly good after sunburn as it will cool and soothe sun-damage skin. If you’re pregnant, this body butter can naturally prevent stretch marks. Even better, it’s good for keeping your skin looking youthful and glowing by preventing premature wrinkles and facial lines!
Coconut oil is another wonder product, easily absorbed and has anti-oxidant properties which protect the skin from free-radicals. This means skin is stronger and healthier. It also has a very mild, slightly nutty scent which is reminiscent of sunny holidays. Nothing like a feel good summer scent to get you going in the morning or to pamper yourself before bed.
I used a combination of rosemary, peppermint and lavender essential oils to give my body butter a fresh scent. Peppermint is pretty strong so you want to use it sparingly but the lavender calms the zestiness down just a bit, leaving you smelling simply gorgeous.
Now, when you apply this, it melts almost immediately on your hands which may seem a bit unusual. Don’t be alarmed by this, it really doesn’t go on greasy or leave an oily film. It will absorb quickly so that you’re just left with soft glowing skin.
Here’s how it’s done…
Melt shea butter and coconut oil in glass bowl over a pot of simmering water until fully liquidised.
Remove from heat and leave to cool for 30 minutes. Once cool, add almond oil and essential oils and stir until well mixed.
Place bowl in freezer for approximately 20-30 minutes until mixture just starts to solidify. After mixture has solidified (it should look like the image below), remove from freezer and whip until soft peaks start to form.
Once whipped, transfer into airtight jar and store in the fridge.
Peppermint and Vanilla Lip Balm
Finally, I made my own lip balms. Using a combination of coconut oil, olive oil and almond oil along with beeswax, essential oils and a couple of items to tint them, I ended up creating 6 little pots of wonderful glossy lip balm that keep my lips nice and moisturised. I find during the day, I’m constantly reapplying my lippy because my lips dry out so quickly but since making these, I rarely have to reapply it. It keeps lips soft and moisturised with just a hint of glossy shine.
The beeswax is necessary to give the balm structure – without it, especially in the summer heat, you might find it becomes an oily mess on the bottom of your bag or pocket and we definitely don’t want that! If you are a vegan, you can substitute the beeswax for Carnauba wax, which works just as well to keep it all solidified.
The beeswax takes a little longer than the shea butter and coconut oil to melt down and it does leave a waxy residue on your bowls once it cools. I found returning my used bowl and spoons to the bain marie to melt any remaining residue and then wiping them with kitchen roll when everything was still melted prevented everything from becoming really difficult to clean afterwards. Just please remember to use oven gloves to handle everything – you don’t want to burn yourself, as everything will be very hot!
I used peppermint and vanilla essential oils for these. You don’t want to be tasting it on your lips all day but a few drops gives it a lovely scent and really, the sky’s the limit in terms of what you might choose to use yourself.
You can use a beetroot powder for your tint as well. I used what I had, a golden bronzing powder and a dark lipstick that I never really wore, to tint mine but there are other things you can use to tint it as well (powder blush works too!). I did find that it doesn’t add a lot of colour, just a bit of a sheen in comparison to the untinted version so if you want a stronger look, use more than is noted in the recipe below.
I purchased some small lipbalm tins which made them look quite professional, too! I’m already considering making more as gifts in the future.
Here’s how it’s done…
Melt the coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil and beeswax in a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water until fully liquidised. The pastilles will take a little longer to melt but be patient, they will liquidise eventually!
Turn off the burner but leaving your bowl in the hot water, add your essential oils and mix well.
If you are not going to tint your lip balm, carefully pour into your tins.
If you are going to tint them, you need to move quickly as it hardens very fast!
Divide up your mixture depending on how many different tints you’d like. Use bronzing powder, lipstick or beetroot powder and mix until fully dissolved, then pour into tins.
If it starts to solidify during the mixing process, scrape the mixture back into the bowl, and return to the bain marie until it liquefies again. Pour into tins.
Do not cover until liquid is completely cool, which will take around 1 hour.
That’s it! Three different beauty products that are easy to make and easy to personalise to your own tastes.
Have you ever made your own beauty products? Would you consider trying this for yourself? What would you add to your own? Do let us know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!
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