I often get questions about how I look after my skin and hair while avoiding the nasty chemicals found in lots of off-the-shelf products. When I started writing a post to answer all the questions on the topic I realised I had so much info to share with you that I’ll be making this post the first in a 3 part series on natural skin care, hair care, and home cleaning products. We’ll be sparkling clean natural beauties by the end of it!
When I first started looking into toxin-free products, I was amazed how many of my favourite makeup and skincare brands were off limits (here is a list of ingredients to avoid). It may seem like a big change to overhaul your products to healthier natural options (and it is) but I find that taking a more natural approach is actually far simpler, cheaper, and more fun because I get to whip up my own creations like a loopy potion brewing witch, yay!
The great thing is, with a few staple ingredients, you can pretty much make any product yourself, from deodorant to body wash to laundry liquid. At the end of this post you’ll find a list of those staple ingredients and links to where you can stock up on great quality and value-for-money ingredients. One word of warning; you’ll get hooked on making your own natural creations, I certainly have – even my dog now has natural shampoo (and walked around with a greasy coat while I was perfecting the recipe, oops – thanks Alfie!).
Here’s the run down of my DIY natural skincare routine:
I wash my face in the morning and evening and I either just use warm water or a very small dash of castile soap when I’m washing off makeup. When I feel like I need a super nourishing, squeaky clean cleanse I use Castile soap then I massage rosehip or sweet almond oil into my face and cover it with a hot towel for about five minutes before wiping off. This is known as the Oil Cleasing Method and it’s definitely worth looking into if you have problem skin.
After washing my face in the morning, I spritz it with a lightly moisturising and invigorating facial spray that I make myself. It takes 5 minutes to whip up and it lasts for ages and it makes me feel fresh and awake to start my day. I also use it when I need pepping up in the afternoon and before and after workouts to cool and refresh. Here’s the recipe:
Invigorating Facial Spritz
1 cup distilled water
5ml organic rosehip oil
2 tsp vegetable glycerin
20 drops Frankincense Essential oil
20 drops Peppermint Essential oil
// Treatment oil
I use this at night after cleansing and it is AMAZING. It has given me gorgeous glowing skin that I haven’t had since I went off the pill and started breaking out. If there is one thing from this post you get all excited about and run off to make right this minute, make it this treatment oil. I just add the essential oils straight into the rosehip oil bottle so it takes 5 seconds to make so no excuses there! Use about a a third of a dropper full or a small dollop each time and it will last for aaages. While Frankincense is a bit on the pricey side, I can’t stress enough how worth it it is (it’s basically a super-powered healing oil, see!). And because it’s so potent you only need a little bit so a small bottle goes a long way. Melaleuca essential oil is an amazing antibacterial which is perfect if you’re prone to break outs. Here’s my recipe:
Healing Treatment Oil
30ml Organic Rosehip Oil
30 drops Frankinsense Essential Oil
15 Drops Melaleuca essential oil
Deodorant can seem like a weird thing to DIY but choosing a natural deo is so important – deodorant is one of the most toxic self-care products out there, and when we rub all those nasties on our absorbent armpits right on top of our lymph nodes, there are some serious health risks.
I tried a range of store-bought natural deodorants before I tried making my own and I was never 100% happy with them. This DIY one works like magic – I feel fresh all day (I'm also looking forward to giving this one a try). And it’s so simple that you probably already have the ingredients in your pantry!
I add a few drops of peppermint essential oil for the cooling effect but you can use any oil that takes your fancy – citrus oils like grapefruit and lemon are also lovely and fresh.
// Body Wash
A body wash and light moisturiser all on one – this leaves my skin super silky smooth. It also doubles as a hand wash and cleanser – just make sure you give it a good shake before use to mix the ingredients.
Silky Skin Body Wash:
2 cups castile soap
1 cup coconut oil
Essential oils to fragrance
// Body Oil
Coconut oil is my favourite moisturiser – I can be a little greasy so I usually use fractionated coconut oil as a body moisturiser because it soaks into the skin really nicely. Fractionated coconut oil has had one of the fatty chains removed so it also stays liquid at any temperature – perfect for easy application. It’s also relatively fragrance free so you can add your favourite scents without clashing with the coconut smell. Making and wearing your own body oil will make you feel like a goddess and it’s a great way to practice self love.
I like to scent my body wash and body oil using essential oils – it’s a great way to create a signature scent for yourself and you wont need to use perfume (which usually has some pretty toxic ingredients). You can also add them to a bath or a diffuser or mix them with fractionated coconut oil in a little glass roller bottle to make a beautiful natural perfume that you can pop in your handbag.
Here are a few combos I love:
- Energising and invigorating // Peppermint and Grapefruit
- Relaxing and uplifting // Bergamot and Lavender
- Grounding and Calming // Spruce and Camomile
(the Balance blend from doTERRA has these and more lovely calming oils)
- Warming and comforting // Wild Orange, Clove* and Cinnamon*
- Sensual and Feminine // Ylang Ylang and Geranium
*These oils can be very strong – just use a couple of drops.
Natural Beauty and Cleaning Shopping List
To make things super easy – here’s my basic natural beauty and cleaning shopping list for you to borrow:
- Distilled or Filtered Water
- Liquid Castile Soap
- Vegetable Glycerin
- Coconut Oil / Fractionated Coconut Oil
- Bicarbonate Soda
- White and apple cider vinegar (not so much skin but these are life saves for cleaning and hair care – stay tuned and I’ll tell you how I use them soon!)
- Cornflour / Cornstarch (they are the same thing)
- Organic Rosehip Oil
- Pure Theraputic Grade Essential Oils
I buy most of the ingredients on iherb.com and I buy my fractionated coconut oil and essential oils from doTERRA - they are pure therapeutic grade oils that are free from fillers or artificial fragrance and they heavenly! They are the only oils I feel comfortable using because of their amazing quality, nothing else comes close to the results I get with these oils. You can pick them up in my online store here.
What natural products do you make? Or what are you going to try? Let me know in the comments below!