Homemade beauty products can be super simple—especially since so many remedies and recipes contain the same soothing ingredients. Load up on a few essential ingredients and you’ll be prepared to whip up virtually any soap, lotion, hair treatment or skin remedy. Here are the must-have ingredients to stock your beauty pantry:
1. Coconut oil
It’s no secret we love this one. This all-purpose ingredient can be used for shaving cream, moisturizers and conditioners in addition to cooking and smoothies. Make sure to by virgin, unrefined varieties.
Not only do they make DIY beauty concoctions smell great, they’re great for your skin. Try geranium for dry skin, clary sage to treat puffiness, and ylang ylang for acne-prone skin.
ACV is another all-purpose beauty and household ingredient, full of potassium, pectin, malic acid, calcium, enzymes, proteins and good bacteria. Apple cider vinegar is antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiseptic, and it helps balance pH, thus it’s been noted as a remedy for acne, dandruff and other skin and hair issues. You’ll want to look for raw, unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar to ensure you get all the benefits.
Beeswax forms a nice protective layer over the skin while still allowing it to breathe, meaning it’s great for healing minor irritations. It also helps give DIY products a nice texture. Vegans can use carnauba wax instead.
5. Shea Butter
Vitamins A and E are big benefit of shea butter, making it perfect for super-moisturizing lotions and body butters.
Raw honey is a panacea for any skin type—not only does it lock in moisture, but it does so while regulating the skin’s natural moisture and without clogging pores. Use it on dry, sensitive or acne-prone skin. If you buy local, organic honey, taking a spoonful a day leading up to allergy season can help combat seasonal allergies.
7. Baking soda
Baking soda basically absorbs anything it comes in contact with—which is why it does such a great job making your fridge smell fresh. That applies to beauty uses, too: placed on the skin, it will help (gently) absorb oil and gunk from your pores, and it can help get the grease out of your hair as well.
8. Witch hazel
This gentle miracle ingredient fights inflammation and regulates oil production, so it’s the perfect choice for anyone with oily or sensitive skin, or for treating acne, cuts and scrapes. Use it on its own as a toner, or mix it with other ingredients.
A tried-and-true remedy for sunburns, aloe vera is also great for moisturizing and soothing irritation, acne and bug bites.
Smearing clay all over your face is not a new beauty secret, but did you know cosmetic clays can also be used as a mineral-rich bug-bite and eczema treatment, as well as an exfoliant and moisturizer?
Ready to start making? Here are 15 DIY beauty products to get you going.