Why make DIY Beauty products?

DIY beauty products are becoming very popular these days and it’s easy to see why.

For example my mother, aunts and other long-term beauty product addicts i know are all expressing increased skin sensitivity and drier hair after years of using different, increasingly elaborate lotions and creams.

Some natural beauty products you can buy are wonders: creating miraculous improvements on skin and hair. But with Greenwashing rife, are the products you are buying really what they say they are when they claim to be natural and organic?

Much of the time simpler is better along with good quality sleep, nutritious food and fresh air.

For an experiment, how about testing out a mix of olive oil and sugar in place of your usual body exfoliator and see if there’s a difference? Let us know how you get on in the comments below.


Our hair and skin can eventually revolt against chemicals


The hazard of Microbeads

Microbeads, a common exfoliator and also found in toothpaste have been in the Health News a lot lately and subject to criticism for some time, and recently there has been some movement towards banning them completely.


These tiny plastic particles are an environmental hazard as they do not degrade but instead go down our drains and into the oceans. So always try and use toothpaste that is microbead free.

Not only that, this plastic is full of chemicals and is swallowed by fish, birds and other animals. Find out more at Greenpeace.


Microbeads in Toothpaste


According to the EPA, ‘out of the 10,500 chemical ingredients used in personal care products, just a miserly 11% have been assessed for health and safety’.

Hair products, especially hair dyes, commonly contain many chemicals such as lead and formaldehyde that can be toxic if our bodies are overexposed to them. Detailed information about these chemicals can be found on the EPA website.

Aside from removing artificiality from your beauty routine, making your own homemade beauty products is just plain and simple FUN!

If you want to take it further, you can even customise the glass bottles to keep your creations in by decorating your own labels or buying pretty custom sticky labels on somewhere like Etsy.


How to make homemade beauty products


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With all recipes it is best to test with a little first, to check your skin and hair do not react badly to the ingredients.

NOTE: Certain ingredients like vinegar or essential oils like tea tree should only be used when diluted because of their strength.

Here are some recipes to get you started. These recipes are enough for 1-2 uses, depending on how large an area you are covering.

Once you have tried them out for yourself, you can adapt measurements to your liking.



Buying the ingredients

We sell a lot of the ingredients for the DIY Beauty Recipes covered below in our Natural and Organic Marketplace so make sure you take a quick browse for some amazing deals!

We did not include yoghurts, lemon, sugar, mayo or cornstarch in the pre populated cart as we thought these would be better bought fresh from your local supermarket.

So theres nothing stopping you from making your own natural soaps or hair wash now! You will not regret doing it, i promise.

Make sure to take advantage of our cracking OFFER  Buy 1 Essential oil and get a second oil for just 99p….



11 simple recipes for DIY natural beauty products

1. Hair oil recipe: 

This hair oil will make your hair smell amazing, but if it isn’t to your taste, you can play around with different combinations of essential oils.


You have probably heard the hype around coconut oil in the last year, and if you haven’t tried it out for yourself, there are many reasons to do so.

It is a great moisturiser for chapped lips and hair, and I like to use it in flapjacks too: replacing the butter with coconut oil and sugar for mashed banana and chopped dates.


2. Honey olive lip balm:


Honey for homemade Beauty products


Honey and olive oil is a quick lip balm, which can be made from ingredients you probably can find round the house; try mixing a teaspoon of each. The only problem with this one is that it is tempting to lick it straight off your lips once you’ve put it on!



3. Apple Cider Vinegar Toner recipe: 

The fragrance of lavender is incredibly relaxing and can help you get to sleep and apple cider vinegar has antibacterial effects.


4. Exhilarating Shower Bomb

Shower bomb
Picture – Pop Sugar

Quite simply, makes you’re shower smell amazing! For this unique idea by Sarah Lipoff from Pop Sugar you’ll need…


5. Spot cream: 

Another easy recipe and one of our fave DIY Beauty Products is a mix of coconut oil and tea tree essential oil, again mix a teaspoon of each and apply.


6. Rosewater moisturiser:


Add Rose Water to olive oil or coconut oil for a simple and effective moisturiser.

Rose Water can also be used alone as a toner and acts as a natural perfume. If you want to try making your own rosewater: soak rose petals in a small amount of hot water for 30-40 minutes and then filter out the petals.


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7. Spot steam:

Add a teaspoon each of Tea tree essential oil and fresh lemon juice to a basin of boiling water and hold your face above it (not in it) with a towel over the back of your head to keep the steam in.


8. Yogurt face mask: 

Yogurt soothes the stomach, and the face! Yogurt has lactic acid to smooth skin and anti-bacterial properties which can help repair acne. Add honey and a few drops of tea tree oil to add extra spot healing effects.

Why not add some fresh strawberries to the mix to create a wonderful Strawberry face mask?

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DIY Beauty Products are a much more eco friendly option


9. Avocado face and hair mask:

Mix the above 3 ingredients until you have a nice even consistency and then apply to face softly rubbing it in and leave for 30 minutes.

For the Hair mask apply to scalp and hair, brush through and leave for 30 minutes. Wrap in a warm damp towel and repeat every two to three weeks.

After a while you should really start to see a big improvement in the natural condition of your hair and skin.


10. Coconut and Rose Body Scrub

This fantastic recipe comes courtesy of The Beauty Department and the end result is a excellent body scrub with an incredible smell!  You’ll need…


11. Hair serum:

Warm the coconut oil slightly if necessary to help to mix it with the castor oil. Then you can keep the mixture in the fridge or a cool place.

  • 3oz coconut oil
  • 1oz castor oil


And if you enjoyed these DIY beauty products recipes & love the idea of diy beauty products you may also really enjoy reading our article on ‘Why Detox? 7 ways to give your body a natural detox’ and grabbing our FREE download ‘8 Fantastic Detox Bath Recipes’.


How Journaling could be great for your well-being

Journal writing can conjure up images of angst-ridden teenagers hiding secret diaries under their pillows because they had no Facebook to spill their thoughts but there is much more to journaling than that including being beneficial for your well-being.

Does it feel like your mind jumps from one thing to another or your thoughts are swirling around instead of leading you to the conclusion you need? Maybe you open your mouth and find it difficult to express yourself?

Clearer writing in a lot of ways meant clearer thinking


Why Journaling?

For a long time, I found it difficult to express myself through words. There is definitely nothing wrong with being quiet, in fact, it’s especially annoying to me when I see children or even teenagers being overly criticised about this: there is no one set way to be or to learn.

But finding it difficult to express ourselves can be extremely imprisoning and leave us feeling unfulfilled, unhappy and lost.

That is why I am a strong believer in journalling being especially good for Teenagers!


Looking closer and finding beauty in the everyday

If you can remember the first time you got a camera, you will probably remember taking pictures of everything in sight. Every object, tree and cloud went from being unregistered and unassuming to a possible subject within the lens of your viewfinder.


Writing and describing how you feel and the world around you, with a thesaurus handy, has the same effect:

It magnifies the wonder in the seemingly mundane.

Writing was, and still is, a way for me to put my mind into the outside world: there is something comforting in seeing the intangibility of thought transformed by ink and paper in front of your eyes.

Showing it to others was even more amazing: that they could read these thoughts and not be afraid, but, in fact, even be interested.

I wrote more and more, and started essay writing for my degree, where we were taught how to sharpen and develop our writing. This process definitely had a drastic impact on my thoughts: it seemed clearer writing in a lot of ways meant clearer thinking.


But what does research say?

Though writing may not help everyone, research into the subject shows solid reasons for giving it a try. Dr. James Pennebaker, who has written a book on the subject, believes mental health, physical health and general well being can be improved through expressively writing about the trauma or upsets in our lives.

Interestingly, Pennebaker has noted that use of words that denote a processing of the situation such as ‘understand’ or ‘realize’ mean greater benefits for the writer. Matthew D. Lieberman, UCLA associate professor of psychology, stated on the subject:

“In the same way you hit the brake when you’re driving when you see a yellow light, when you put feelings into words, you seem to be hitting the brakes on your emotional responses.”.

This relates to putting our thoughts into words in both speech and writing.

However, because speaking about certain feelings or situations can take a lot of courage, writing acts as a good stepping stone.


How to Make it Happen: Putting Pen to Paper

We’ve listed 8 ways to help you begin Journaling below…


1. Practice writing freely to encourage emotional openness

A productive but simple exercise is writing whatever comes to mind without stopping. Spelling, punctuation and sense can be put to the side in order to carry on writing.


2. Describe your thoughts and feelings to reveal them more deeply

Describe what you are thinking, what you can see and how you feel without forming the thoughts fully before putting them down. If you are sitting staring at a blank sheet of paper, it is easy for your thoughts to become stilted and stuck.

There are days when this is a breeze and others where I feel like i’m moving against a strong wind to get forward.


3. Defeat the fear of being wrong, by continuing to write regardless

The only rule to this kind of writing is to ignore self-conscious voices in your head that tell you what you are doing is stupid. Write in a private space and rip up your writing after, if that’s what it takes to be honest and open. No one learns to swim well by standing at the edge of a swimming pool, so jump in.



4. Look back on your writing to view your own thoughts objectively

Leaving the writing for a while and coming back with a fresh and objective view will help you to sift through it. Like a sculpture created from a rock, you will be able to see the refining process as each page of your journal is turned.


5. Use linking words to make sure your thoughts are moving forward

Instead of repeating the same thing in different words, once you have made a point follow it with: ‘because’, ‘on the other hand’, ‘this makes me understand’/ ‘realize’… or something similar.


6. Question yourself to figure out what you really mean

Everyone tells themselves stories about why they do what they do, even if they are not necessarily logical. Although it can make us uncomfortable at first, it is important to question and clarify our own intentions to ourselves; it is easier to do this when they are written down.


7. Feel more positive about average days

If you feel you have had a bad day, write down all the reasons…

  • Why was it was bad?
  • How you feel about the reasons you have given and what you did in each situation?
  • What was good about the day? (even if it is a small thing)

Significantly, reading over what we have written allows us to see what could have been done differently or worked on and to see that perhaps the day was not all as terrible as built up in our minds.

Purging and recognizing your emotions can make you feel a whole lot clearer and calmer.


8. Don’t turn it into a boring task

If sometimes you just want to write about something silly, tell a joke or write a love letter to a delicious lunch, then go ahead. Or if you don’t feel like journaling at all for a while, just keep the journal close by and go with how you feel and most of all…

Have fun with your journaling!


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Also make sure you grab our FREE guide full of Inspiration Prompts to help get the creative process started.

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