Want to learn how to make skincare products at home? Today, we’ll talk about the supplies you need, where to find recipes, and how to get started.
Before we get started, I wanted to let you know that this post is part of a two-part series on DIY beauty. If you’re just looking for great DIY recipes, be sure to click here and check them out! In that post, we cover why DIYing is such a great idea, the best recipes to start with, and links to several other bloggers’ amazing recipes!
Today, we’ll be talking all about the supplies and ingredients you need, where to find them, and how to get started. I guess, technically, I should have written this post first, but I’ve recently learned that I’m not a Type A person and should stop trying to be.
So, here we are. And hopefully, since you’re here with me, you’re ready to learn how to make skincare products at home!
Let’s get started.
DIY Skincare Ingredients
First things first, let’s talk about the supplies and ingredients you’ll need for your DIY skincare recipes.
I don’t know about you, but I used to shy away from the idea of DIYing, because it seemed so expensive. Most recipes I found required a huge list of ingredients, and as I started buying, I realized I was spending more than I would if I just bought the product off the shelf!
What I didn’t realize back then, though, was that many of these skincare and beauty recipes use a lot of the same ingredients over and over.
All I had to do was build up a supply of basic DIY skincare ingredients, and I could make most recipes without spending much money.
Here are some basic DIY skincare ingredients I recommend keeping on hand:
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- Bentonite Clay
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Almond Oil
- Rosehip Oil
- Essential Oils (Check out this post to help decide which oils are best for your skin type, and shop our favorite brands here and here!)
- Coconut Oil
- Shea Butter
- Epsom Salt
- Baking Soda
- Aloe Vera Gel (You can buy it here or here, or make your own with this tutorial)
- Cacao Butter
- Witch Hazel
- Activated Charcoal
- Jars and spray bottles (I’m a big fan of re-using and recycling, so I use a lot of mason jars, but you can also find just about any size jar or container on Amazon!)
I know this list looks extensive. It’s lists like these that made me shy away from DIYing in the first place! But, when you break it down, many of these items are things already found in my kitchen.
Things like honey, baking soda, coconut oil, and almond oil are pantry staples in my house, and many homes I visit. Epsom salts are pretty popular, too! I know I always keep a huge bag, because I love using them in the bath!
As for the essential oils, my advice is always to start small. Every recipe is going to give you a different essential oil suggestion, and that can feel overwhelming. But just know that you don’t have to use the same oils recommended in a recipe (unless you’re going for a specific smell). I actually recommend starting with a couple you know work well for you, and keeping it really basic until you get the hang of it! Like I mentioned above, be sure to check out this post to find the best essential oils for your skincare.
Where to shop for DIY skincare ingredients & supplies
I’m not going to lie. I get most of my supplies for my skincare products at the grocery store or Walmart. You can find just about anything you need there, because most of these ingredients are not specialty items. They’re just regular, run of the mill items, with the exception of some of the butters and beeswax.
But, if you’d rather shop online, here are some of my favorite places to find DIY skincare and beauty supplies:
- Plant Therapy: You can find body butters, beeswax, essential oils, carrier oils, and so much more right on their website!
- Thrive Market (Get up to a $20 shopping credit if you sign up as a new member right here!)
Or, get a done-for-you kit!
Not entirely ready to stock up on all these supplies and search for recipes? I recently connected with a company that does all of this for you!
Simply Earth is an essential oil company with a mission to help others become toxin-free. One of their most popular products is their monthly DIY box! You get essential oils, recipes, and all of the ingredients you need to make them. It’s such a cool concept, and perfect for anyone just learning how to make skincare products at home!
If you want to try it yourself, grab your first kit HERE and use the code ANGIECRUISEFREE to get a $40 gift card and a bonus box with your first subscription order.
Learn How to Make Skincare Recipes at Home with These Posts from The Blog!
- Easy Bentonite Clay Face Mask Recipe
- Makeup Remover Wipes Recipe
- Simple DIY Oil Cleanser Recipe
- DIY Sugar Scrub Tutorial
- DIY Coffee Scrub Recipe
- Fountain of Youth Face Serum
How to Make Skincare Products at Home: Final Thoughts
I used to shy away from DIYing because I thought it’d be so expensive. But, it turns out that by carefully stocking supplies that can get used in many recipes at the same time, you can save money while also enjoying clean, safe skincare.