Make Your Own Natural Personal Care Products with 5 Easy Recipes

essential oilsThe personal care market is flooded with harmful chemicals and misleading statements. With the lack of regulatory oversight in the US personal care and cosmetic market, you can never be too careful when using unnatural products.

So, if you feel like avoiding all concern of harmful ingredients or spending your hard earned doe on natural products, try making your own. I have compiled a list of some of my favorite natural homemade recipes, and now you can be in total control over what you’re putting on your body. Have fun, try them out, and let us know what you think.

1. Toothpaste

When buying toothpaste you may want to avoid fluoride or sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and other ingredients. The majority of traditional brands contain these, and the ones that don’t often carry a higher price tag. The other and cheaper option is to make your own toothpaste.

Here are instructions for making your own toothpaste

Mix together:

  • 2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons of Baking Soda
  • 5 drops Peppermint Essential oil
  • 5 drops Spearmint Essential Oil
  • a pinch of Stevia powder

2. Perfume

Fragrances, perfumes, colognes, you name it; they all contain chemicals. Not all chemicals are bad, but what is disturbing is that the Environmental Working Group found that 66% of the chemicals in fragrances are not even tested for safety.

So, instead of wondering if the fragrances you use are toxic or harmful, why not make your own with scented essential oils?

It’s easy. You just need a few simple supplies:

  • A 2 oz. spray bottle. You can clean and reuse one that’s already in the cabinet, or buy a travel size one from any drugstore.
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Your favorite essential oil, such as Egyptian musk or a rosemary and lavender blend. Perfume oils usually come in floral, woodsy, earthy, spicy, Oriental and citrus. Mix and match and try to find one that works best for you.

Put 40-60 drops of oil into your spray bottle, top off with the alcohol and give it a good shake to combine.

3. Deodorant

Deodorants are a hot topic these days. There are major concerns of the link between aluminum in deodorants and Alzheimer’s, as well as the threat of Parabens causing cancer. The research has shown conflicting results, but just the idea of such risks is frightening.

Store bought natural deodorants do exist that are both safe and effective, but some come with a hefty price tag. The prices range from $4 to $23. So, if you want to avoid purchasing any at all, and would like to try making your own natural deodorant, then here is a recipe that you can try.

Mix together:

  • 3 Tablespoons shea butter
  • 3 Tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa butter
  • 2 vitamin E oil gel caps (puncture and squeeze out the oil)
  • Essential Oil (I used ylang yang and orange)

Melt all the ingredients (except the oils) and stir well. Then add the oils and stir again. Pour the mixture into a ¼ pint jar and place in the refrigerator until it hardens.

The deodorant goes on white-ish and gets clear-ish later. It does not prevent sweating, but does a great job of eliminating any bad odor, and adds a nice, fresh smell.

4. Facial Scrub

Often the most popular facial scrubs are quite costly and full of chemicals. That is why making a natural scrub is great. You eliminate the toxic chemicals and save some money.

There are many different types of facial scrubs, and different skin types tend to require different facial scrubs. That is way I have listed some of my favorite, easy-to-make recipes.

Basic Baking Soda Scrub
Perfect for everyday use.

  • 2 to 3 Tbsp. Baking soda
  • Small amount of water
  • Mix the ingredients into a paste.
  • Using a circular motion, apply to face and gently scrub.

Rose Almond Face Scrub
To brighten and soften skin.

  • 1 tsp rosewater
  • 1/2 tsp almond flour or finely ground almonds.
  • Mix into paste and apply.

Oatmeal Scrub

A stimulating, thoroughly cleansing 3-in-1 scrub!
Smooths, tones, and hydrates.

  • 1 Tbsp. ground oatmeal (use steel cut oats, not instant)
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. yogurt
  • Combine and apply.

Optional: let your scrub double as a mask. Let it sit a few minutes before scrubbing and rinsing.

For more natural homemade facial scrub recipes and the source of the ones above check out this article by Sassy Bella.

5. Shampoo

Here is a great natural shampoo recipe that you can make at home. It not only cleans your hair, but also contains nutrients and many more benefits, like helping prevent premature baldness and flaky scalp conditions.

First collect the following items:

4 oz of castile soap with any scent is that available – plain, peppermint, eucalyptus.

½ oz of rosemary – stimulates the hair follicles and helps to prevent premature baldness

½ oz of sage – has antioxidants and keeps things from spoiling and is antibacterial

½ oz of nettles – acts as a blood purifier, blood stimulator, contains a large source of nutrients for hair growth

½ of lavender – controls the production of sebaceous gland oil and reduces itchy and flaky scalp conditions

2000 mg of MSM – provides organic sulfur to your scalp, which improves the health and strength of your hair. It also helps to drive herbal nutrient into the skin and follicles where they can do the most good.

One empty 8 oz plastic bottle or any other empty shampoo or soap bottle.

Mix the herbs in a mason jar, which has a lid. Boil 2 cups of distilled water. Add 3 heaping tablespoons of the mixed herbs into the boiling water. Pull the boiling water and herbs off the stove. Let the herb mixture sit for 30 – 40 minutes. Put the 2000mg of MSM into the herb mixture after 30 minutes of cooling. After 40 minutes and the MSM is melted, strain the herbal mixture into a bowl.

Pour 2 to 2 1/2 oz of strained herbal tea into the 8 oz plastic bottle. Now, pour the 4 oz of castile soap into the 8 oz plastic bottle. Cap the bottle and shake to mix the ingredients.

The shampoo is now finished and ready for use. Use this as a base for all of the shampoos you make. You can add different herbs as you learn what these herbs do and how they help your hair. You can vary the ingredients according to your taste. But now you have a shampoo that has no additives that can harm you.

The source of the natural shampoo recipe is Pioneer Thinking.

If you have any of your own natural personal care or cosmetic recipes we would love for you to share them with us and our readers.

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8 Responses for “Make Your Own Natural Personal Care Products with 5 Easy Recipes”

  1. Awesome Article! I strongly believe in Natural products and home remedies, because they are safe and effective.

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    Very good article, I also recommend natural products. Because it does not harm our body. And also provide targeted nutrition to our body.targeted nutrition helps us in maintaining good health.

  6. Diana says:

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  8. Israel says:

    Stumbled upon this while searching for something else….
    Great article, overall, with 4 of the 5 categories providing useful recipes and info. I have to comment on the “Perfume” section, though, as it is pretty much 100% inaccurate:

    -NEVER use rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol as a solvent for natural perfumes- it does not interact well with essential oils and brings an “off” characteristic to their aroma, as well as lending its own distinct odor to the final blend. Natural perfume should only use ethanol (drinking) alcohol -though perfumers’ (SD) alcohol must be used if it is to be sold- when an alcohol base is desired. For homemade blends, alcohol can be tricky for the inexperienced, as essential oil blends typically require around 4 -6 weeks to “rest” in an alcohol solution before they settle into their final (true) fragrance. Home DIY’ers may be falsely discouraged because what may ultimately be an exquisite blend will smell nothing like the finished product when it is initially mixed. Unscented oil bases, such as jojoba or fractionated coconut oils, are much more user friendly- though they are more subtle since they dont evaporate as quickly as alcohol based perfumes, they only require around 4 days to rest before they are ready for use. The slower evaporation rate means they generally linger on the skin for longer than an alcohol based product.

    -If you are using “Egyptian Musk” oil, then guess what- yep, you’re using synthetic chemicals and defeating half the purpose of DIY. To be 100% clear: “fragrance oils” and “perfume oils” are NOT the same as “essential oils”. Any and all products labeled as either “fragrance” or “perfume” oils are at least partially composed of synthetic, chemically derived fragrances. There is no such thing as “Egyptian Musk” essential oil- Any and all varieties of true essential oils will be of a specific plant origin; reputable, quality sources will always identify the source material genus&species, and should include the method of extraction (steam distillation, solvent extraction, etc) and the country of origin. All of these things make a HUGE difference in the characteristics one can expect from a given oil.

    – The number of drops of a given essential oil varies widely due to differences in specific gravity, but an average of 30 drops per 1mL is a good estimate for approximate concentrations. So, if 60 drops is 2mL, this equates to 3.3% concentration in 60 total ml (2 oz) of product. I’m sorry, but that is going to be a pretty weak “perfume”…really, it gets you more of a light fragrance spray appropriate for misting over the entire body or sprayed as a room fragrance. Eu de Toilettes typically average around 10% aromatic compounds (in this case, essential oils), while Eu de Parfums average around 15%, and true Perfumes usually average 20%, but may contain as much as 40% aromatic compounds. So, really, the quantity of essential oils that should be used for a given amount of solvent (carrier) depends entirely on how the product is intended to be used….

    The other 4 topics’ recipes are spot on, but the info on making your own perfume actually made me cringe enough to take the time to formulate a response of this length!

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