Make Your Own Beauty Products

Save Money and Use Ingredients You Know and Trust

Tired of spending a fortune on shampoo, lotion and the like? Learn how to make your own beauty products, and you won't have to. Here's how:

Lip Gloss

Lip Gloss
Lip Gloss. Photo © Flickr user enersauce

It's very easy to make your own lip gloss. The base of most lip gloss is simply petroleum jelly. You can use it or vegetable shortening as your base. To it you can add flavorings such as vanilla, or essential oils such as citrus or mint. To add color, simply mix in that little bit of lipstick left in the tube, or a bit of blush. You can even add shimmer powder for some sparkle.

Lip Balm

Homemade Lip Balm
Homemade Lip Balm. Photo © Flickr user stevendepolo

You can make your own lip balm using beeswax, oil, and honey. You can add tint if you wish by using up the last bit of lipstick from a tube. Then put it into old lipstick tubes or a little Altoid container. It's great for both men and women.

Lotions and Moisturizers

Homemade Lotion
Homemade Lotion. Photo © Flickr user WePhotographer

Face Masks and Scrubs

Sugar Scrub
Sugar Scrub. Photo © Flickr user scampy

When you need to clean and clarify your skin, you could spend big bucks at the spa or store. Buy you can make similar products at home for natural beauty treatments.

Bath Salts and Bombs

Bath Bomb
Bath Bomb. Photo © Flickr user Soapy_Bubble

Bath salts and bombs or fizzies can be fun to make for gifts or to hoard for your own use.

Bubble Bath and Bath Oils

Bubble Bath
Bubble Bath. Photo © Flickr user Cyron


Loofah Soap
Loofah Soap. Photo © David Fisher

Soapmaking is a traditional craft that has made a be comeback. You don't have to be an artisan to enjoy homemade soap.

Shaving/Hair Removal Aids

Shaving Soap
Shaving Soap. Photo © David Fisher
  • Aftershave: No perfumes here, just good antiseptic and moisturizing from a simple natural ingredient.
  • Olive Oil Shaving Soap: Make your own shaving soap from scratch.


Shampoo. Photo © Flickr user romana_klee

What can you use for clean and shiny hair that doesn't have harsh chemicals and artificial scents? Try these recipes.

Hair Rinses and Conditioning Treatments

Homemade Conditioner
Homemade Conditioner. Photo © Flickr user qmnonic

Hair products can really take a toll on your pocketbook. Here are homemade and frugal solutions.

Styling Products

Hair Gel
Hair Gel. Photo © Flickr user Darwin_Bell

Don't leave all of your money at the salon. Make your own.

  • Hair Gel: Simple to make and use.
  • Hair Spray: The natural ingredient may be growing in your backyard.

Perfume and Deodorant

Homemade Perfume
Homemade Perfume. Photo © Flickr user Helena_Liu

Body Powders

Body Powder
Body Powder. Photo © Flickr user lisaclarke

Make these five herbal body powders for different qualities.

Dental Products

Toothbrush. Photo © Flickr user James_Bowe

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