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Cheap and Easy Homemade Green Beauty Product Recipes

Updated on August 20, 2013

If you are looking for more natural alternatives to your beauty and skincare products, why not try making your own? You could start with one of these recipes that have been shared over and over again by natural health bloggers; once you've got the hang of it, you can expand on these recipes to develop the perfect hair and skincare regimen for yourself.


Homemade Deodorant (Aluminum Free)

While investigating recipes for making my own homemade deodorant, I kept coming across the following combination - the only variation being the type of essential oils people used to make it smell nice.

  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder (you can also use corn starch)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (make sure it's aluminum-free, or you are defeating the purpose)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • Optional: 1/4 cup shea butter
  • Optional: 10 drops essential oil

Over medium-low heat, melt the coconut oil and shea butter (if used). Remove from heat and whisk the dry ingredients into this liquid until smooth. Cool slightly and then whisk in your essential oils.

Pour your mixture into a container that is easy to get your fingers into, or you can also use an empty deodorant stick for hands-free application. Place your container in the fridge until the mixture becomes solid and store it in a cool place so the mixture stays firm.


Homemade Shampoo & Conditioner

Going "no-poo" has been really popular in the natural health blog-o-verse over the last few years; probably because it's incredibly easy to ditch your daily shampoo for a chemical-free alternative. And cheap, too!

The Environmental Working Group has a database that tells you how toxic your beauty products are. Do yourself a favor and type in the brand of shampoo and conditioner you use to see if the ingredients could be harming your health.

The shampoo and conditioner recipes below only have two ingredients! Funnel your mixtures into old shampoo bottles or do like I did and use the kind of squeeze bottles you find in restaurants (for ketchup and mustard). Shake the bottles before applying to your hair.

"No Poo" Natural Shampoo Alternative

  • 1 T baking soda (aluminum free)
  • 1 C distilled water

Rub the shampoo into your scalp and leave it on for a couple of minutes so the baking soda can absorb oil - keep in mind that you won't get a lather with this shampoo. Rinse and follow with the conditioner.

Natural Conditioning Rinse

  • 1 T apple cider vinegar (white vinegar works, too)
  • 1 C distilled water
  • Optional: essential oils to tame the vinegar smell

Apply conditioner to the ends of your hair. If you have itchy scalp or dandruff, also apply to the scalp and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing. The vinegar odor disappears after rinsing, so you don't have to worry about smelling like pickles all day!

When you first start using alternative shampoo and conditioner, your hair will go through a short detox period. Regular shampoo strips your hair of oil, so your hair is used to compensating by producing extra oil to replace it. It will continue producing that extra oil until you've used the new method for a few days. This just means you'll have to wash more frequently for a couple of days; no biggie. If you find your hair is still too dry or oily after the detox period, try these troubleshooting tips - you may just need to adjust the formula a bit.


Homemade Facial Cleanser

I'm about to tell you about the oil method of facial cleansing - it's another one of those things that everyone has been raving about for the last couple of years, and cleansing oil is relatively inexpensive to make yourself.

But first, let me tell you about traditional cleansers and why even prescription strength products might not be clearing up your oily, acne-ridden face. This stuff strips the oil from your skin - which might sound like a good thing, since you don't want an oily face - but all it does it make your skin freak out and produce more oil to compensate (just like your hair does). And the areas of your face that aren't prone to breakouts are being stripped of oil, too; leaving the skin in those areas dry and scaly-looking.

Oil cleansing works on all skin types, reducing oil in the areas that produce too much, and soothing the areas that get too dry.

Oil Cleansing Method Ingredients:

  • Castor Oil
  • A Cold Pressed Carrier Oil (jojoba for acne, sweet almond for oily skin, avocado or apricot kernel for dry/aging skin, extra virgin olive or sunflower seed for all skin types)
  • Optional: essential oils (tea trea oil can help with acne, but make sure you research the best options for your skin type)

Step 1: Choose your ratio

  • Oily skin: 3:1 castor to carrier oil
  • Normal skin: equal parts of both oils
  • Dry skin: 1:3 castor to carrier oil

Step 2: Massage your mixed oils onto your face (don't wash or wet it first). This will remove makeup and dissolve any oil your skin has produced. Feel free to do a few anti-aging facial massage techniques during this step (see video).

Step 3: Wet a washcloth with very warm/hot water and then hold it against your face until it cools. Then use the washcloth to remove the oil, rinsing the cloth as necessary.


Homemade Sugar Scrub

You can make a homemade body scrub using the sugar and salt straight out of your kitchen cupboard - try table salt, sea salt or Epsom salts; white sugar or brown. If you are going to add fresh herbs to your scrub, only make enough for one use. If you want to store your scrub longer term, I would recommend using only dried herbs or essential oils - fresh herbs can go rancid after a few days. It's safer to use essential oils for fragrance and they have a stronger scent, too.

Basic Body Scrub Recipe

  • 1 C sugar or salt of choice (use finer grain for face and coarser grain for body; you can also try mixing white and brown sugar together)
  • Tip: If using sugar as your base, add 2 tsp of sea salt as a preservative ingredient
  • 1/3 to 1/2 C oil of choice (I prefer coconut oil)
  • Optional: 10-20 drops of essential oils or 1/2 to 1 tsp vanilla (or other) extract

Mix well and store in airtight jars. If you'd like something a little more luxurious, try this Coffee Body Scrub by The Coconut Mama. Find more information on natural beauty here.

What are your favorite DIY beauty and skincare recipes?


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    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from the beautiful south

      I make the deodorant minus the shea butter and there is nothing possibly better. Will try some of your others. Thanks for sharing!

    • Nicole Henley profile image

      Nicole Henley 

      7 years ago from San Leandro

      Very interesting ideas for natural products. Pinned!


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