I’ve had so much fun making my own skin care and cleaning products lately. Does that make me a big dork? Maybe. But I don’t care! It’s fun to be a kitchen alchemist, and to save money on these items. Not to mention my biggest motivation: healthier, safer products on my skin and in my home.
Here are a few examples of some simple homemade skin care products.
I had used oil based cleansers before a time or two and found they were really effective at removing makeup, but it was reading Simple Mom’s 52 Bites ebook (where she provides recipes) that motivated me to make my own Oil Cleanser. Oh my goodness it was easy.
I love the way this cleanser makes my skin look and feel. You might imagine it leaving a greasy residue, but it doesn’t at all. I washes away cleanly and just leaves your face feeling really clean, not tight. It’s awesome at removing makeup. (How many times do you “wash” your face and find bits of mascara left behind, or foundation still on your nose?) I don’t even need a moisturizer after using it. I use my Oil only once a day, in the evening. I find that in the mornings I simply need to splash my face with warm water.
Recipes vary, but mine is simply one part castor oil (for cleansing) and one part olive oil (for moisturizing).
Baking Soda Deodorant
This one is the simplest of all. Years ago after experimenting with various “natural” brands of deodorant, my Dad told me he had begun using just baking soda, straight up, as a deodorant. He never stinks, and he works very hard outdoors for a living. So I knew it probably worked well, but for some reason never tried it.
I’m so glad I decided to take the plunge. All I do is apply a little baking soda to my underarms after bathing. They’re still damp so the baking soda immediately “sinks” in and doesn’t leave a white residue. It works extremely well, in fact better than the Tom’s of Maine I used for years. The best part? The painful shaving bumps I suffered from for years disappeared. I always assumed that they were caused by shaving… but it turns out they were caused by applying deodorant after shaving! What a nice side effect!
Sugar and Salt Scrubs
I made a big batch of Brown Sugar Vanilla Body Scrub (recipe here) to give away as gifts for my mom and sister, but I had to make some for myself! It leaves my skin feeling so soft and moisturized. One day my dad called me up and asked me if it would work to soften his hands and I said of course! He stole my mom’s supply.
I also made a Lemon Kitchen Hand Scrub (recipe here) for freshening up my hands after cooking. (To remove onion smells and to soften them.) My husband used some and found it removed paint from his hands beautifully so I made him a jar of his very own too.
What kind of simple ingredients do you mix together to create skin care products?