DIY Roundup: Homemade Health & Beauty Products
by Lauren Steinhardt on 14 June, 2015
Being human is hard work. Gotta keep that chassis oiled up and the engine running smoothly. Of course, there are a million people selling you a million products that you NEED RIGHT NOW to look/smell/feel the way you should. But sometimes, simplicity is the best approach. In this post, we’ll be exploring some alternative solutions that avoid the unnecessary chemicals and packaging of store-bought products.
Fans of natural health and wellness probably already know about the many health and beauty applications of coconut oil. You might have it in your pantry for its delicious flavor and healthful nutrition profile, but it’s also a fabulous conditioner for hair and skin. The only thing is, the occasional greasiness and sometimes-solid/sometimes-liquid texture can make it tricky to apply.
We like these lotion bars made with just coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax. The beeswax stabilizes the coconut oil into solid form, minimizing mess and allowing for easy application. This recipe with only two ingredients is even simpler. You can also add the essential oil of your choosing to either recipe for a heavenly scented experience.
Let’s talk about pits! You’ve got ‘em for a reason. Perspiration is a natural and important part of your metabolic cycle. Blocking your perspiration impedes your body’s ability to break down and release waste and metabolic byproducts, especially from the many lymph nodes in the underarm area.
When you buy deodorant at the drugstore, it’s usually labelled as Deodorant and Antiperspirant. The deodorant element keeps nasty bacteria at bay to stop your lovely natural person-scent from veering off into BO territory, but the antiperspirant ingredient is a harsh aluminum salt that closes up your sweat glands.
Using a deodorant without antiperspirant keeps you feeling fresh while allowing your body to do its thing. It’s easy to make your own with widely available ingredients, plus you can add the scent of your choosing. I like lavender, but you can experiment to find the scent that works best with your body. Try cedar or sandalwood for earthy tones, sweet florals like geranium, or fresh herbals like rosemary and sage.
If you don’t have time to make your own, I will personally vouch for this stuff from Meow Meow Tweet. Love it! (and not only because it has a snake playing basketball on the label)
It’s best practice to keep your lips in tip-top shape in case any, ahem, opportunities arise. But you can keep those kissers soft and supple without relying on the Burt’s Bees pusher man. Just look at all the tubes of inexpensive, custom-flavored lip balm you can make with just a few simple ingredients! With some cute custom labels, these would make great holiday gifts or party favors too.
This cool tutorial shows you how to turn your used up lipstick into fresh tinted lip gloss. Note that the recipe includes petroleum jelly, which creates lasting gloss because it doesn’t absorb into the skin very well. If you want to avoid petroleum products, it could be swapped out for shea butter, mango butter, or coconut oil, but be forewarned that your gloss may not be as glossy.
We know that it can be hard to find the time to DIY your own lip balm, or that sometimes it hardly seems worth hunting down all the ingredients for just one tube. Might we humbly suggest teaming up with friends to throw a DIY health and beauty shindig? It would be easy and fun to pool resources and make large batches of lip balm, deodorant, and lotion that everyone gets to share.