For those of you who have recently entered into the DIY beauty game, we applaud your decision to be free of chemical beauty products. With this step in a healthier skin care direction comes the need for some essential ingredients. The last thing you want is to have to seek out an ingredient when you are ready to make a recipe.
A lot of health food stores carry many ingredients that you will find in this article; some can also be ordered online. The difficulty of the DIY beauty product you decide to make will determine how easy or difficult it is to find the ingredients. Some may only require coconut oil, an essential oil, and a spice or two, while other recipes may call for a long list of ingredients. Take note of the following essentials for your DIY beauty needs.
Not everyone has a local beekeeper to talk to about the location of the finest beeswax in the land. If you do have that info, call us. It is best to get organic beeswax that comes in small pellets, as opposed to a giant block, because it is easier to melt and measure the pellets.
Essential oils are absolutely necessary, if not the most important ingredients in DIY beauty products. Always opt for high-quality, therapeutic-grade essential oils because you are putting them on your body. Many essential oils help to relieve stress, promote better sleep, reduce inflammation, and reduce acne scarring. Rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, and lavender essential oils are great ones to start with.
Virgin Coconut Oil
Virgin coconut oil is the best variety to buy because it is free of bleach, deodorizers, and it is unrefined. It usually tops the list in many DIY beauty recipes. From soaps to salves, and creams to conditioners, virgin coconut oil helps to moisturize and hydrate the skin, and can even help to reduce cellulite.
Keep Epsom salt in your DIY beauty arsenal for cleansing detox baths! Because Epsom salt can help you naturally exfoliate, it helps to deep clean your pores, working to clear your face of oils and bacteria. The antimicrobial content of sulfate helps Epsom salt naturally fight off acne bacteria.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
While we endorse having this for culinary uses, olive oil easily finds it’s way into many DIY beauty products. It has beneficial properties for healthier hair and it is a great natural moisturizer. All olive oils are not created equal, so make sure to buy organic extra virgin olive oil.
Bentonite clay has many uses. You can add it to a bath to help extract toxins from the body, or incorporate it into a facial mask. Bentonite clay is beneficial for those who have clogged pores, oily skin, or acne, but it can also be used to calm dermatitis or other skin infections.
You’ll need mason jars of all sizes for your DIY beauty products. Not only are they extremely affordable, but they are also available everywhere. You’ll need them for salves, scrubs, or lotions, whereas metal tins may be more useful for balms or deodorants. You can also purchase dropper bottles for face serums or hair treatments.