Finding effective beauty products that are plant-based and free of potentially harmful ingredients can be a challenge, especially if you’re on a budget. But just open up your pantry and chances are, you’ll find that you already have a lot of the ingredients in these 15 DIY natural beauty recipes. Here’s how to make your own eyeshadow, solid perfume, face masks, lip stain and more.
Whipped Grapefruit Mint Sugar Scrub
This invigorating grapefruit body scrub looks good enough to eat – and technically, you could, before putting in the essential oils. It’s made from coconut oil, sugar, grapefruit juice and a little bit of beet juice for that pretty pink color. Get the recipe at The Kitchen McCabe.
All Natural Solid Perfume
Making your own long-lasting custom-blended solid perfume is way easier than you might imagine – it involves a bit of beeswax, jojoba oil, the scents of your choice and a double boiler. Instructions are at the Free People blog.
Brown Sugar Lip Exfoliator
Brown sugar, honey and olive oil are all you need for silky-smooth lips – ModCloth has the recipe.
All Natural Homemade Eyeshadow
If you like a bit of color but are committed to products that are as natural as possible, shopping for makeup can be frustrating. Thank Your Body has instructions for mixing up a few subtle shades using ingredients like turmeric, cocoa powder and beet powder.
Pumpkin Coconut Almond Face Mask
Packed full of vitamins, antioxidants, alpha-hydroxy acids and anti-inflammatory benefits, this pumpkin coconut almond face mask recipe at The Kitchy Kitchen moisturizes, clarifies and exfoliates all at once.
Exfoliating Lavender Hand Soap
Turn any hand soap into a deliciously-scented, exfoliating hand treatment. She Knows has a recipe that blends white sugar and dried lavender into lavender or unscented hand soap to help remove grime and make your hands extra soft.
Beet-Based Cheek and Lip Stain
Beets are among the most potent natural stains, imparting a rosy red glow. Use this simple recipe to turn strained beet juice into a lip and cheek stain with a little bit of olive oil and honey.
Lemon Rosemary Bath Salts
Warm, relaxing baths make everything better. This recipe for lemon rosemary bath salts is really easy to mix and makes a lovely gift when poured into a glass jar secured with a ribbon.
Nourishing Avocado Face and Hair Mask
This recipe for a moisturizing avocado hair and face mask is in Finnish, but it’s really simple: simply mix 1 ripe avocado with three tablespoons of olive oil, spread it on your face or hair and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
Wild Rose Body Butter
Rose scents are a sophisticated classic. This body butter recipe adds rose petal-infused sunflower oil and a little rose clay to mango butter, sunflower oil and rosehip seed oil. Get the recipe at The Nerdy Farm Wife.
Strawberry Tooth Whitener
Did you know that strawberries are a natural way to whiten your teeth? Mash them up with a little baking soda a la Peta’s recipe and the malice acid in the berries will go to work on unsightly stains.
DIY Natural Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo will keep your hair looking lush and voluminous in between washings, but the pre-made kind can be a little pricey. Whip up some of your own with a recipe from In Sonnet’s Kitchen, which blends cocoa powder into ultra-absorbent arrowroot powder for a natural look that won’t leave your hair and scalp looking chalky.
Acne ‘Miracle Mask’
Have you ever heard of using nutmeg as a way to combat acne? It wouldn’t hurt to give it a shot. Huda Beauty has a recipe that incorporates ground nutmeg into a soothing honey and milk mask.
Honey Lemon Blackhead Remover
Just cut a lemon in half and pour a little bit of honey on it for an all-natural, inexpensive beauty treatment that reportedly eliminates blackheads and fades dark spots.
Ultra-Hydrating Coconut Bath
The Chic Site offers up a recipe for a soothing lavender milk bath that includes coconut oil, lavender buds, baking soda, milk and epsom salts.