natural bodycare and home products you can make yourself, by Hanna Baror-Padilla

This post was written by Hanna Baror-Padilla and originally appeared on the Sotela Blog.
diy skincare recipes

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In Hanna's words:

...here are all the DIY beauty and home recipes I use daily, which I’ve found on Pinterest or other blogs. And get this: every recipe has 5 ingredients or less! Everyone is different so these may not work perfectly for you, but give it a shot before you decide it isn’t for you.

I’ve become even more zero waste with my beauty routine since this post because I mostly make everything myself. Instead of buying packaged beauty products every couple months, I buy packaged bulk items, which last a couple years.

FACE LOTION

(Recipe adapted from Wellness Mama)

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 3-4 tablespoon shea butter
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil

Directions:

If you go to Wellness Mama’s blog, you can see how she makes the face lotion. Each batch of lotion lasts about 6 months and I haven’t had any problems! Talk about budget friendly and minimal.

TOOTHPASTE

(Recipe by Trash is for Tossers)

Ingredients:
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 25-30 drops organic food grade peppermint essential oil

Directions:

You can watch Lauren of Trash is for Tossers make toothpaste! If you feel like it is too much oil, you can add more baking soda, which is what I did. Either way works for those pearly whites!

DEODORANT


Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 20-40 drops lavender essential oil

Optional: Lauren of Trash is for Tossers adds 1/4 cup of shea butter. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m going to for my next batch because sometimes my armpits get sensitive.

Directions:
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a double broiler and stir until melted. I use a large jar and place it in a pot of boiling water.
  2. Once all of the ingredients are melted together, I mix one final time and add 20 drops of lavender. You can use any oil you like!
  3. To apply, simply scoop some out with your finger and rub on your armpits.

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BONUS:


I made my own Lavender Body Spray after getting inspired by Hanna's recipes. Instructions are below (adapted from this website). 
diy lavender body spray

BODY SPRAY


Ingredients:
  • 5 tbsp rubbing alcohol (90% or higher)
  • 1/4 tbsp essential oil
  • 2 tbsp distilled water
  • 1/4 tbsp jojoba oil

Directions:
  1. In a glass measuring cup, mix alcohol and essential oil. Add distilled water and jojoba oil slowly. You may adjust each as necessary. 
  2. Pour into dark (preferably glass) container. 
  3. Let sit for a few days for ingredients to meld. Shake thoroughly before use.

What are your favorite DIY recipes for home and body care?



3 comments

  1. I have to weigh in on this! I've been making my own skin care for years and we will be launching our own line soon. Please, please, please, if you're using water in a product, use a preservative. At the very least, keep the product in the fridge and make VERY small batches. Nasty germs can grow that you don't always see. Same for the anhydrous (water-free) oil products: make super small batches to avoid growth of bacteria and contamination. Most of us are not going to make sure we wash and dry our hands really well before we scoop out a bit of deodorant or face lotion, and the antibacterial properties of any essential oil or carrier oil are just not strong enough to give you peace of mind.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation. What type of preservative do you recommend? There's only one recipe in this batch that uses water and I would think that the high concentration of alcohol would act as a preservative in that, but I have seen lots of body spray recipes that use mostly water. I sort of intuitively shied away from those.

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  2. 3 Studies SHOW Why Coconut Oil Kills Fat.

    The meaning of this is that you actually kill fat by consuming Coconut Fats (including coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 researches from big medicinal magazines are sure to turn the traditional nutrition world around!

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