Easy (On Your Wallet) DIY Beauty Products

I’m pretty low maintenance, especially when it comes to the products I use in the shower. I balk at buying something that runs me over 5-7 dollars — 20 dollar exfoliation creams? No thanks! I decided to look up some cheap and easy home recipes, and ended up stumbling into some pretty fantastic articles.

Homemade Shampoos

Courtesy of SavvyHomemade.com

This recipe from Savvy Homemade is very easy to follow, and only requires 3 ingredients! Baby shampoo, water, and whatever herbs you end up choosing from the provided list. I’ve used a natural shampoo before, and although they don’t last as long, they smell amazing and work great.

Liquid Hand Soap

Courtesy of Jillee

I’ll admit; this recipe from One Good Thing By Jillee is basically cheating, it’s so easy.  All it requires is water, some glycerin (found at any pharmacy), and the bar soap of your choice.  The writer recommends that you use those fancy little resort or hotel soaps, and if you’re like me, you’ve amassed a healthy collection of them.  If not, then any bar soap works for this.  When all is said and done, if you follow the recipe, you will have roughly a gallon of hand soap for very little money spent.  You can hang onto it yourself, or pass it out as a gift for friends.  Christmas is just around the corner, after all!

Face Wash

Courtesy of My Cakies

I found two different links I wanted to use to suggest face wash recipes, so… I’m using both!  Merry early Christmas!  The first (shown above) is from My Cakies, and calls for baking soda, oatmeal, a little bit of honey, and dried lavender.  Lavender is a great herb; it smells wonderful and has the added affect of its soothing aromatherapy qualities.  The second link actually has multiple options for creating your own different face washes, and is found at Ehow.com.

Exfoliating Scrub

Courtesy of Rachel Dreskin

Every now and again, I want to pamper myself.  Spa treatments are expensive, but with recipes like the one I found at She Knows, I can save a lot of money and achieve roughly the same effect.  Roughly, ha ha.  See what I did there?  Anyway, these recipes range from very basic (using baking soda), to a little more unusual (using ground coffee mixed with water or olive oil).  The coffee exfoliation would be a wonderful way to wake up in the morning.

Lip Balm

Courtesy of Kristen M

This recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs will take you roughly 10-15 minutes to create, and you’ll end up with a lot of lip balm.  These would make great stocking stuffers!  There are a few recipes listed here, but every one of them requires a short list of ingredients; essential oils, a butter (coconut, sunflower, or shea), and beeswax (or carnauba wax).  This website is very straightforward and has its own links to various resources, which should make the search for what you need very easy.  Considering how expensive lip balms can be, I very much look forward to trying out this recipe myself!


  • Reply November 26, 2012


    This article is WONDERFUL! Perfect for the gift giving season, I can’t wait to try a few of these recipes out!

  • Reply November 28, 2012


    As a soapmaker, I find diluting store bought soaps by adding more water makes the resulting liquid slimy with not much bubbles. Why not support some of the soapmakers here on ArtFire and buy their handmade liquid soap instead? I’m sure they would be happy to make a custom soap or a herbal blend just for you.

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