DIY Skin Care – Not As Hard As You Might Think!
No one wants to be “that person.” You know – the one who people casually scootch away from in public places, holding their noses discretely. Regardless of whether we stink of our own accord or because we smell like a proprietor of a French whore house, we all know we need to keep up a minimally hygienic, non-overpowering regiment of skin care in order to be functional members of society. But as holistically-minded, chemical-free individuals, it is extremely hard to find natural products with ingredients we can trust (let alone pronounce)! How do we make sure we don’t overdo it on the opposite side of the spectrum? Is making it yourself the best thing to do? That, however, can be daunting – what ingredients do you need, where do you find the best quality ingredients, and which darn recipe will actually work?
These are just some of the questions we answered in our first wellness workshop. Saturday saw the coming together of several Di Vita Organic members in a DIY class focused on self-care skin products – lotion, facial/body scrubs, body wash, and bath bombs. We learned where to get quality ingredients and how easy these things are to make at home! We also learned that one of our members is an aesthetician (very helpful to have at a skin care DIY!) and that it really is quite easy to make healthy, individualized skin care products at an affordable rate that work wonders.
My one tip is to let your imagination go wild when it comes to the various scents you can use. We are all unique individuals with varying tastes – some of our members made delightful blends using a variety of citrus, while others preferred the more subtle
scent of nutmeg. The only word of caution I have is to remember that some essential oils (I’m looking at you wintergreen!) can be *very* powerful, especially in something like a facial scrub. If you can’t put the bottle up to your nose without your eyes starting to water or sting, chances are you don’t want that inside of a product that is going to be rubbed onto your face.
Enough of my jibber-jabber – let’s get you those recipes so you too can enjoy the benefits of homemade skin care products.
This is the easiest of all to make, in my opinion. You have the options of three different exfoliating ingredients:
All of these will exfoliate, with baking soda being the most mild to salt being the roughest in texture. According to our aesthetician, salt should *never* be used in a facial scrub, being reserved only those really rough areas of your body such as elbows and feet.
Mix equal parts extra virgin coconut oil and your exfoliant of choice. Spruce it up with some additions such as flower petals (lavender is one of my personal favorites). It’s that simple – why would you ever pay money for one of those chemical-filled scrubs again?!?!
2 Tbs Raw Shea Butter
1 Tbs Unrefined Coconut Oil
2 Tsp Olive or Avocado Oil
2 Tsp Beeswax
20+ drops Essential Oils (EOs) of your choice
Empty Lotion or Deodorant Tube
- Slowly melt ingredients in a double boiler (or if you are super fancy like me, in a glass or metal bowl above a regular kitchen pot!)
- When your ingredients are completely melted, remove the bowl from the heat and add your EOs
- Pour mixture into your empty lotion tube.
- Let it cool several hours or overnight before using.
3 Tbs Liquid Castile Soap (you can either use regular unscented or with EOs already added into the mix)
3 Tbs Raw Honey
2 Tbs Oil (of any kind – I prefer avocado!)
10 drops of Essentia
l Oil (you can leave this out if you have already used a Castile soap with a preferred scent)
I may have lied when I said that facial/body scrubs were the easiest thing to make. The directions for body wash are pretty hard to mess up – put all the ingredients together, mix those suckers up, and pour them into a container. This will last for several months at room temperature.
8oz Baking Soda (approximately 1 cup)
4oz Food Grade Citric Acid (approx. 1/2 cup)
4oz Sea or Espon Salt (approx. 1/2 cup)
4oz Corn Starch or Arrowroot (approx. 3/4 cup)
2 Tbs Oil of choice
2 Tsp Witch Hazel
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract or Water
30-40 drops Essential Oils and/or Powdered Herbs
Bath Bomb Mold
- Combine all dry ingredients in a box and mix them well.
- Combine the wet ingredients in a separate bowl and mix them well.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients a few drops at a time (note: if you pour all the liquid in at once, all the wet ingredients will simply fizz away and you will have hardly anything left to hold together the wet ingredients). TIP: If you have a spray bottle, this will help to gently mist the wet ingredients into the dry ones.
- At this time the mixture should hold together when squeezed. Add some more witch hazel/water if needed.
- Pack the mixture into the mold – and I do mean pack it – if there are spaces anywhere the bomb will not hold it’s shape. Thankfully it will still be a wonderful addition to any bath.
- Store your bath bombs in an airtight container and use them within 2 to 3 weeks.