A Beginner’s Guide To DIY Cosmetics

If you’re new to the world of DIY cosmetics, don’t worry. It’s much easier than you might think and it’s a lovely way to treat your skin while looking after the environment. Create cruelty-free cosmetics right from your kitchen!

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– 1 cup of coconut oil

– 4 tablespoons of baking soda

Melt the coconut oil using a double-boiler, and slowly mix in the baking soda. You’re after a paste, so stir regularly to avoid any unwanted lumps. You can leave this in the fridge to set. I’d suggest using an old glass jar to store it in – you can easily dip in your toothbrush, and it’s an easy way to reduce packaging. The baking soda helps to really clean the enamel of your teeth, so will get rid of any leftover food or bacteria. Feel free to add some essential oil drops to the mixture as it cools – I love clove-flavored dental products!


– 1 cup of coconut oil

– 4 tablespoons of baking soda

– 3 tablespoons of arrowroot powder

Melt the oil down and gradually add in the dry ingredients. You want it to feel thick, not watery, so you can play around with the ratios if you need to. Store the mixture in the fridge, again in an old jar, and allow it to set. You can either apply this with your hands or, weirdly, with the back of a wooden spoon! This is a lovely way of leaving out all the nasty chemicals that store-bought deodorants have in them. You can add essential oils, too. Lemon gives a nice zesty scent, while rose is more calming.


– 1 cup of soap flakes, or liquid castille soap

– 1 cup of water

Heat the water over a double-boiler and stir the liquid/ flakes in ‘til they melt. You can either use this as a liquid or keep it in the fridge as a package-free shampoo bar. It really is that easy. You can make bigger batches if you need, just stick to this ratio. This shampoo recipe is super easy and misses out all of the parabens, carcinogens, and chemicals that are often found in store-bought shampoo. Feel free to make it more exciting – add essential oils or jojoba, argan and tea tree oil to get to work on your scalp. Chamomile tea is a perfect addition for anyone with a dry, irritated scalp. Add almond oil if your hair is looking dull.


– 1 cup of water

– 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

Another two-ingredient wonder for anyone on a budget. Mix together and pour into an old (clean!) flip-cap bottle or store in the fridge as a bar. I love this one for its simplicity and the fact that it really works. ACV is great for nourishing hair, so don’t be put off by the fact that you normally add it to salads! If you’re happy to be going natural but miss the fragrances of store products, add some essential oils. Anything floral works really well, or you can add fresh mint to the mix. I like adding fresh herbs to DIY shampoo and conditioner bars – sure, you’re the only one seeing them, but it’s still nice to have little sprigs of lavender or rose petals while you lather up.

Make-up Remover

– Coconut oil

I use this for absolutely everything! Make sure you’re buying raw, unrefined and organic coconut oil. It may feel a little pricey, but you will get so much from just one jar that it is well worth it. I melt the oil (it’s a solid at room temperature) between my hands and sweep across my face. Don’t rub your skin or eyes, as this will damage it and may make your lashes fall out. Rinse the oil off with water, and your makeup will come off, too. This is a lovely way to get rid of your foundation and mascara – make-up wipes and mixes often contain alcohol, which massively dries out your skin. Treat your skin to some nourishment.

Explore and Create

See, it’s super easy! Coconut oil is an essential in my house, for many things. It works as a makeup remover, moisturizer and hair mask, as well as a natural lash-lengthener. You can easily make your own toner by following the same recipe as the conditioner, just keep it as a liquid and not a bar.

Invent your own recipes or simply make these your own by adding in Vitamin E, activated charcoal capsules, and various essential oils. The idea is to keep everything natural, so avoid anything with lots of packaging and opt for organic ingredients only. Your skin, body, and hair will benefit so much from these natural recipes, and they’re all vegan and eco-friendly, too. Enjoy keeping it natural.


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Katie Uniacke

Katie is a wellness expert who spends most of her time trying out new plant-based recipes, trail running, travelling and…

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