Do you know how good it feels to use a beauty product you created yourself?
Then try it!
Then listen to that: you know exactly what your product is made up of and you can personalize it so so easy with a characteristic mixture of essential oils or a special colour and everyone will ask you what this delicious-smelling, fancy-looking product is, promise!
N°1 ingredient most of the time: Coconut oil
Praised for its multiple uses and divine features, coconut oil serves as a moisturizer for every part of your body from hair to feet back up to make up remover and back down to shaving cream… I told you, it is some kind of holy ingredient.
Partner coconut oil up with shea butter and your body/hand/feet/face cream is already good to go. Of course, now the fun part begins: mixing in scent and other healthy ingredients.
BUT, big BUT… you have to take care what kind of ingredient you use. There is a refined and unrefined bottle/jar of nearly every ingredient. Always choose the unrefined one, because it contains all of the good features you chose your ingredient for. Some natural ingredients come along with a specific smell not everyone loves. After is has been refined, the scent is gone – but with it some other characteristics. You can check if your shea butter is unrefinded when it has a very characteristic scent and looks yellow, not white.
If you want to prepare a salve or solid balm, you should add some bees- (or plant-based) wax to your mixture. You heat the mixture up and it becomes solid after it cooled down.
Now to the additional ingredients that are always a bonus in your product but not necessary.
Sweet almond oil as well as jojoba oil are very nice to your skin and make it appear soft and hydrated.
Witch hazel distillate can be used to clear up the skin on your face and to wash hair bothered with dandruff.
Avocado oil is as good as an avocado itself but doesn’t make such a mess compared to when you mash an avocado and cover your hair with it 😉 What’s special about avocado oil is that it has a spf of like 6-10 so you want it in your face moisturizer or in a lip product for extra sun protection.
Alpha-bisabolol is extracted from the chamomile and has calming and nourishing features. I always add this ingredient to my lip balms, it feels great and heals chapped lips.
Now you reached the point where you should think of the scent your product is going to have. My first essential oils were lavender (calming, for a good sleep), peppermint (refreshing, good for concentration) and orange (I needed to have at least one citrus scent because it just reminds me of summer and is my favourite in general!). But there is an overwhelming range of scents and features you can choose from.
As always, educate yourself about the different stages of processing of your ingredient. Look for oils that are 100% pure and are called essential oils, not scented oils or whatever else.
Also always fun to do: mixing up the end product (depending on what you are preparing). Because you can see how a white, fluffy balm is shaped from the cooled-down, liquidy mixture within a few minutes! And it looks so good you want to eat it…
What I plan next: using those dried chamomile blossoms for a face steam or a salve for irritated, sun-damaged skin.
By the way, most of the ingredients I showed you are either from UK-based Naissance, a local market or from trusted brands like Farfalla and Primavera.
Unfortunately many products shown here are packaged in plastic, that’s what I want to avoid in future products and that’s what I’d love you to keep in mind when deciding which product to buy. Best case: you have a no-packaging bulk store around the corner. Second best scenario: you choose the brand that has sustainability in mind and tries to reduce it footprint.
If you have any further questions about the process of DIYing or the products – feel free to use the comment section 🙂