Making your own natural beauty products is more affordable than buying the retail equivalents, since many homemade recipes call for the same ingredients. Add these 11 essential items to your shopping list, and you will be stocked up and ready to start making your own eco-friendly products. You will spend approximately R700-R1000 initially, but you will have enough ingredients to make everything you need for a few months.
TIP: Buy virgin, unrefined coconut oil.
Approximate cost: R60-100 for one litre.
TIP: Buy raw, unrefined and unheated honey that’s straight out of the bee hive. Raw honey is usually a thick & cloudy paste, not a clear syrup texture. Although some raw honey brands do have a clear syrup texture. Just make sure that it clearly says “raw” honey on the label, and even better – unheated and unprocessed.
Approximate cost: R100 for 500g.
Approximate cost: Range from R20-R150 for 11ml depending on oil & quality.
TIP: If you make your own natural bar of soap (here’s the recipe), you can make natural liquid soap by adding water. Read the full instructions to make liquid soap here.
Approximate cost: R55 for one litre.
5. Bees wax
6. Vitamin E oil
TIP: Vitamin E is not only great for skin, but it’s also a natural preservative which will help extend the shelf life of your products. You can find Brunel Vitamin E oil at Dischem – it’s the most affordable but it is diluted with liquid paraffin. Alternatively, I recommend buying vitamin E oil capsules (in the vitamin & supplement aisle of any pharmacy) and pop the capsules to use in your products.
Approximate cost: R40 for 50ml.
TIP: Buy raw, unrefined shea butter. It’s not white and creamy, but rather solid like coconut oil and has a more natural off-white colour.
Approximate cost: R155 for 250ml.
TIP: Make sure there are no added ingredients (vitamin e is okay), because many other products say “aloe vera gel” on the label, but contain other additives that aren’t natural. Read the ingredients before buying. I buy Bettaway aloe vera gel from Dischem or Wellness Warehouse. When they’re out of stock, then I buy the second best natural option – Natraloe gel, which is mostly aloe vera gel with a few other natural additives like rosemary essential oil and jojoba oil etc.
Approximate cost: R100 for 75ml.
TIP: Buy raw, unrefined and possibly organic ACV. If this is too expensive, then make your own raw ACV at home (here’s how).
Approximate cost: R80 for 500ml.
10. Bicarbonate of soda
TIP: You can find bicarbonate of soda at most grocery stores.
Approximate cost: R20 for 500g at the grocery store.
Approximate cost: R40 for 200g.