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Published on March 11th, 2009 | by Becky Striepe

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DIY: Make Your Own Beauty Supplies

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Not only are home made beauty supplies less expensive, they’re better for you and for the planet.

Conventional beauty products often contain harmful additives to increase lather or give the product a creamy texture. Ingredients like Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS), for example, are in pretty much every skin- and hair-care product. SLS is a known mutagen and skin irritant and is even a suspected carcinogen! Even many natural products even contain some of the more toxic beauty industry chemicals. You can keep harsh chemicals off of your skin and out of the environment by making beauty supplies at home!

  • Instead of buying plastic razors or toxic hair removers, you might give sugaring a try! Sugaring is an inexpensive way to remove unwanted hair that isn’t as painful as wax removal.
  • You can exfoliate and moisturize with this home made sugar scrub. This recipe is fun because it’s really flexible! You can experiment with different base oils and essential oils for all sorts of great-smelling outcomes! Check out the comments for a really festive alternative that you might want to crib for the holidays.
  • Pioneer Thinking has a great, simple shampoo recipe. I gave this one a whirl and found it really easy to adapt. The only ingredient you don’t want to mess with is the veggie glycerin. You can use different teas for different results, like a peppermint tea to make it more invigorating. Instead of the pure soap flakes,
    I grabbed all those useless, tiny soap ends that had accumulated in our shower, tossed them in the blender, and those worked perfectly! You can also add essential oil, like tea tree or sandalwood, to this mix. Not only does it work great as a shampoo, I’ve been using it as a face and body wash. Since it doesn’t have chemicals to make it frothy, you will need to use more of it than the conventional shampoo. It’s so much cheaper than store bought, though, that you still win in the end!
  • It’s really easy to make your own perfume! Just mix around 40 drops of your favorite essential oil in a 2 ounce spray bottle full of rubbing alcohol. To turn this into a deodorant recipe, use oils that have antiseptic qualities, like tea tree or sage.

Do you make any of your own bath and body products? Tell us all about it in the comments!

Image credits:
How to Wash Your Hair – Creative Commons photo by Gregg O’Connell
Poolside Salon – Creative Commons photo by meaduva


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Hi there! I'm Becky Striepe, a green crafter and vegan foodie living in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband and two cats. My mission is to make eco-friendly crafts and vegan food accessible to anyone who wants to give them a go. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



6 Responses to DIY: Make Your Own Beauty Supplies

  1. Condo Blues says:

    I made peppermint salt scrub for Christmas presents. My mom loved hers and she’s hard to please!

  2. Salt scrub sounds delightful! Was the recipe similar to sugar scrub, but with large grain salt and peppermint essential oil?

  3. Katie says:

    Great post! I may have to try the shampoo recipe, if I can figure out how to adapt Dr Bronners liquid soap for the soap flakes.

    I make different creams, balms and lotions, along with tinctures and herb oils. There are some great books out there.

  4. Katie – I bet that would work alright. Maybe just reducing the water to make up for the extra liquid from the Doc Bronners. Doctor Bronner also has bar soap, I think, if you want to try cutting a sliver off of a bar and using my high-tech “throw it in the blender” method!

  5. Jill says:

    I found a great recipe for making your own sugaring goop. I found that it works as well as the stuff I’ve bought, and it’s super easy and you know what’s in it. The recipe can be found here: http://www.spaindex.com/HomeSpa/Sugaring.htm

  6. Thanks for the sugaring recipe, Jill!

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