Why buy expensive moisturisers, scrubs and balms when you can make homemade cosmetics yourself at a lower cost and using natural, non chemical ingredients? Most commercial cosmetic products are built around a key natural ingredient, such as porridge, oil or sugar, with chemicals and preservatives added to extend the shelf life or give it an appealing smell.
Check out the fabulous homemade cosmetics tutorials that we’ve compiled to help you beat the end-of-winter blues. We’ve also got a great range of cosmetic jars, bottles and applicators for you to store them in!
Homemade Face Scrubs
Peach Facial Scrub
Peaches are a natural source of alpha hydroxy acid, which acts as a mild exfoliant to remove dead skin cells and reveal the fresher skin underneath that is more hydrated and becomes visibly firmer over time.
Ingredients: ripe peaches, coconut, almond or olive oil, organic honey and brown sugar. Find the full recipe at Live About.
Acne Face Scrub
Aspirin is an unlikely medicine for acne, as it contains salicylic acid. Salicylic acid drys out excess oil and dead skin cells which makes it easier for you to scrub and exfoliate. It is a prime ingredient in wart and verruca removal serums for this very reason! Using products that contain small amounts of salicylic acid helps to clear up acne and prevent new spots and blemishes from appearing! Combining crushed up aspirin tablets with honey and witch hazel will make your face feel refreshed and squeaky clean.
Ingredients: uncoated aspirin tablets, witch hazel and honey. Find the full recipe at Fitness Magazine.
Shea Butter, Beeswax & Coconut Oil Lotion
This nourishing lotion is great as you only need to use small amounts of it at a time to moisturise your skin. Make sure to use unrefined shea butter and coconut oil!
Ingredients: almond oil (or jojoba oil), coconut oil, beeswax, vitamin E oil (optional), shea butter (or coconut butter) and vanilla extract. Find the full recipe at Wellness Mama.
Raw honey is naturally anti-bacterial, so is a great (but also sticky!) way to de-clog your pores and prevent new spots from forming. Mix 1 part honey with 4 parts water until it forms a smooth paste. Apply the thin paste to your skin until it drys, then gently wash it off with warm water.
Ingredients: honey and water!
Oatmeal Skin Cream
Porridge (or oatmeal as our American cousins call it) is a well known soother for irritated skin and is a common ingredient in many products designed for eczema patients. Mix it with rich coconut oil and you’ve got yourself a winner!
Ingredients: porridge oats, coconut oil, rosemary oil and olive oil. Find the full recipe at The Thrifty Couple.
Homemade Lip Balms
Imitation Burt’s Bees Lip Balm
The minty, fresh feeling of applying Burt’s Bees lip balm as so satisfying, but is easy to make at home! If you want to fully recreate the same look as the brand with your homemade cosmetics, then we have a fantastic White Lip Balm Tube With Twist Up Base that is only 22p!
Ingredients: beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter and peppermint essential oil. Find the full recipe at Wellness Mama.
Lime Lip Balm
If you prefer your lip balms to be more fruity, then look no further than this lime lip balm. The use of coconut oil in conjunction with the lime flavouring makes this lip balm taste a little like a mojito cocktail!
Ingredients: coconut oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, almond oil and lime essential oil. Find the full tutorial at Simply Stacie.