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-R800 initially, but you will have enough ingredients to make everything you need for a few months.
One thing to always remember about making your own natural makeup is, don’t expect too much. Don’t expect the same coverage, colours and staying power as store-bought cosmetics. In order to make your own natural makeup at home (and not in a lab), the ingredients need to be simple to find and easy to combine. Having said that, let’s all remember that natural makeup is just that – it’s natural. And that goes for the kind of coverage and colours you can expect from it too. So it’s best to keep your DIY makeup for everyday natural looks, and rather opt to buy a good brand of natural/ organic makeup products for more glamorous occasions. This is true for any homemade makeup, including my powder blush, cream blush and tinted lip balm recipes.
Body odour. It’s a tough subject, I know. But let’s just jump right in and all admit that we all stink from time to time. As such, we need a good preventative – some more than others. There are various natural ways to tackle this:
- Salt bars. Not crystal deodorants, but real salt bars. Read why I don’t recommend crystal deodorants here).
- Oil cleansing – applying certain essential oils to regulate and prevent bad odour.
- Regularly apply body spray. Here’s my natural body spray recipe.
- Make your own natural antiperspirant.
This blog post deals with the latter – making your own antiperspirant. I will also discuss oil cleansing briefly.
Homemade makeup may sound a little daunting, but I promise it’s actually simpler than you think! The biggest plus about homemade makeup is that the ingredients provide nourishment for your skin, rather than clogging it up with toxins. Plus, you get to customise the colours, textures and fragrances of your makeup! First stop? Blush. This is one of the easiest makeup recipes, and therefore the best place to start.