DIY Skincare Toolbox- Ingredients needed to start making your own skincare products

Let’s Get You Started Creating DIY Natural Skincare Products

Do you want to start creating our own skincare, but are unsure of where to start? I don’t blame you! It can be overwhelming. Scratch Mommy is here to help.

Skincare is a big deal. Your skin absorbs approximately 60% of what is put on it, so using skin and body care products that are full of chemicals you can’t pronounce is both scary and risky!

Have you taken a close and questioning look at the skincare ingredient lists in products you’ve recently purchased?

In many cases there are 15-20 ingredients you can’t pronounce. Even products claiming to be natural may have a lot of suspicious chemicals.

Unfortunately, you will not have to look long before you find studies indicating that many commercially produced skincare products contain carcinogens, neurotoxins, and DNA damaging chemicals.1

I love creating healthy new skincare recipes and I always keep an arsenal of natural ingredients right on hand so I have no excuses!

Building Your DIY Skincare Toolbox

1. Find Natural Recipes

Probably much like you, I started browsing blogs just like this one for DIY skincare recipes that I could make on my own at home. The first thing I made was homemade deodorant, which is great for beginners. There are only 3 ingredients in the one that I created and you probably already have all of them in your pantry. Scratch Mommy also has DIY deodorant recipes, one deodorant for regular sweaters and a deodorant for heavy sweaters.

Some other super simple recipes include: lip balm, eye makeup remover, foundation makeup, sunscreen, and sleep salve.

After making a few recipes you find online (or in books, like this e-book that we LOVE at Scratch Mommy), you can get creative and make up your own “science experiments” (that’s what my hubby calls them).

2. Source Natural Ingredients to Stock Your Pantry

Below are the ingredients that I would suggest for someone who wants to get started making DIY skincare products.

Please try to secure ingredients that are organic, raw, unrefined, GMO-free, and sustainably sourced!

Staple Carrier Oils

Review our extensive post on all things carrier oils here on Scratch Mommy!

Staple Butters

Review our extensive post on all things body butters here on Scratch Mommy!

Essential Oils

Other Essential Staples

If you are looking for 3 ingredients to start off with I would suggest:

  • Coconut oil (since it’s good for more than just skincare…heck, you can cook with it)
  • Shea butter
  • Beeswax
    You can make lots of great products with just these 3 things

3. Tools

Most the tools you need to start creating your own natural skincare items you will find right in your kitchen. You may think about eventually having some separate gear just for creating homemade items, but when you are just getting started some simple staples are all you need.

  • Glass bowls – This glass bowl set gives you 3 different sizes which are great to use as a double boiler with a variety of sizes of pots
  • Mason jars – Can also be used as a double boiler (make sure that no water enters your creations inside of the jar)
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups and wooden spoons
  • Kitchen scale – Required with recipes requiring a weight measurement, which the majority of DIY skincare recipes utilize; this kitchen scale is fantabulous
  • Storage containers – I like 4 oz mason jars and metal tins best. These 8oz tins look pretty great and here are some 4oz tins that look pretty nice, too
    • You can see other options for containers at MRH (and their prices for really cute single glass jars and single tins are actually pretty good)

With just these simple ingredients, ideas, and supplies I have been able to create a ton of different body products.

But remember, I didn’t just decide one day that I would start making my own skincare products and order everything I needed to make them all. I started slow, bought things as I could (I was a poor grad student living off of one income), and would order in bulk to save money! In the long run I saved a ton of money making my own products and had a ton of fun!

What have YOU made already and what will you make next?

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