Not only are homemade beauty supplies less expensive, they’re better for you and for the planet. Try these DIY beauty recipes!
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 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 DIY beauty supplies at home!
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Pioneer Thinking has a great, simple shampoo recipe. The post lists several variations on castile soap shampoos. All you really need is castile soap and whatever oils you choose. Castile soap is super inexpensive and a little goes a long way. Experiment and see which combos work best for you.
4. 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? Share your DIY beauty tips in the comments!
[This article originally ran on Crafting a Green World + is republished here with permission]