Make your own cosmetics: Good reasons and things to know

Heather Campbell
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Make your own cosmetics at home using simple and healthy ingredients is actually easier than you think.

Make your own cosmetics: Good reasons and things to knowThere are some important facts to pay attention to and everything about do-it-yourself skincare products.

There are many skincare products on the market that can be quite expensive. Packaging and brand names all contribute to the price, yet with a few simple, everyday ingredients you can build your very own, tailor-made beauty enhancers!

Here we’ll give a practical overview of the basic ingredients you need to make your own cosmetics.

If you’re not sure how and if you should get started, read on. You’ll be surprised!

Make your own cosmetics: Introduction

Home made products are extremely effective

Commercial products are often diluted with water. When you make your own cosmetics, you are free to choose their intensity.

For dilutions, hydrolats can be used instead of water to benefit from the benefits of floral waters at the same time.

Anyone who makes homemade products are certain that their beauty products are as good as those of the stores, even the very big luxury brands.

It’s not surprising when you know that the price is based on the prestige of the brand rather than on the quality of a product!

Made to measure range

We can adapt their composition to perfectly meet the needs of our skin at any time of the year or day.

We adapt the texture to our skin type, and we add the ingredients it needs to correct its imperfections or relieve its problems.

A single homemade cosmetic can sometimes replace several commercial creams.

Home made cosmetics are fun

Making cosmetics is halfway between cooking and chemistry. We use our hands and participate fully in the composition of a beauty ritual.

You will quickly get hooked and want to make all your own products.

And after homemade beauty products and makeup, you will surely want to try homemade household products too!

Homemade beauty products are fun to make, economical and practical. And now that you know all about it, all you have to do is try!

Your own cosmetics are environmentally friendly

When you make your own cosmetics, you usually use organic products. Moreover, we use them in the right quantity, thus avoiding waste.

Since they are stored in washable and reusable containers, it also saves money on packaging and is good for the environment.

Unlike store-bought products, we won’t have to throw away dozens of cardboard boxes, tubes and plastic bottles per year.

DIY cosmetics are economical

As a general rule, homemade cosmetics are less expensive than those sold in stores even when using organic and quality ingredients.

A good way to reduce our beauty budget. And as seen above, we often use less.

Of course, you have to invest in basic equipment and ingredients, which may seem a bit expensive when you are starting out, but you will soon get a return on your investment.

In fact, making beauty products at home costs on average 3 times less than buying them in a store.

Your own products are natural

You decide, and control, everything you put in it! Homemade cosmetics do not contain parabens or petrochemicals.

You have 100% control over the ingredients used.

If your skin is reactive and you can tolerate some commercial products and others not, without really knowing why, then homemade cosmetics are for you.

Tip: You don’t always need a product to solve a problem. Exchanging your bad habits for better ones is also a natural way to better treat your skin, as explained in our other post Cellulite or orange peel skin: how to get rid of it naturally?

Things to know about making your own beauty products

Do you dream of natural beauty products, made to measure just for you?

Here are the key points to know to make your own beauty products at home.

The products do not keep for long

Homemade beauty products have a much shorter shelf life than store-bought products, since they are free of chemical preservatives.

However, this is not a problem since you can easily adjust the quantity of products you prepare to avoid throwing unused products.

We (almost) always mess up our first preps

All beginnings can be complicated, sometimes the success of a recipe depends on a few things: a degree of temperature, a little more or less of an ingredient, etc.

Through trial and error you’ll soon get the hang of it, and probably much quicker than you thought possible.

It’s perfect if you have allergies

Since you choose the ingredients of your products directly, you can easily avoid what you’re allergic to.

You can’t improvise your recipes

The ingredients used are not dangerous, but if not properly dosed or mixed randomly, they can be bad for your skin, or simply ineffective.

That’s why it’s recommended to follow the suggested recipes carefully, especially when you’re a beginner.

With the right material, it’s better

You can make do with a whisk and a bowl, but soon enough, you realize that a precision scale, syringes or measuring spoons really make life easier.

It is not complicated

You can quickly feel overwhelmed by the list of ingredients and materials to buy.

But you will find everything you need to make your own recipes on the Internet.

The basic ingredients to have to make your own cosmetics

Do you want to make your own cosmetics?

Discover the basic ingredients you need to get started in the best conditions.

Choosing the right products

Choose organic ingredients, as natural as possible.

Although they cost more to purchase, they are of higher quality and guarantee better results.

Always remember to check their composition, their origin and of course, the use for which they are recommended.

While making your own cosmetics is fun and within everyone’s reach, that doesn’t mean it’s risk-free, so you need to be vigilant!

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The perfect beginner’s kit

To get started with homemade cosmetics, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • A soft butter: shea butter is a great basic that works for most people, but avocado and mango are good alternatives.
  • A hard butter: if you’re not too sure what to buy, opt for a cocoa butter.
  • Vegetable oils adapted to your needs: shea oil is well suited to dry skin, jojoba oil is perfect for oily skin and sweet almond oil works wonders on normal skin. There are a lot of them, so don’t hesitate to try several to find the ones that suit you best.
  • A hydrolat: here again, there are many possibilities! We can mention the geranium and lavender hydrosols suitable for all skin types, the rosemary hydrosol indicated for mixed or oily skins, and the rose hydrosol advised for dry skins.
  • One or two essential oils: be careful with these ingredients, as essential oils are very strong and can be harmful when used incorrectly or not adapted to your needs. Always look at the properties of essential oils as well as the recommendations for use before buying and using one.
  • Aloe Vera gel: This ingredient is essential to make creams and gels as an emulsifier. If you hesitate, choose an emulsifying wax, it is easy to use and of good quality.
  • A preservative to keep your products longer. Grapefruit seed extract is a good base for most preparations.
  • An antioxidant, such as vitamin E: this ingredient prevents the preparations from oxidizing.

With time and experience, you will be able to complete your kit of ingredients for homemade cosmetics.

You will be amazed at the number of ingredients available on the market.

Make your own cosmetics: Conclusion

You now know the basic ingredients to have for making homemade cosmetics. The world’s your oyster!

Whether you are a fan of natural products, DIY, or simply like to take care of yourself, homemade cosmetics will seduce you.

Let yourself be tempted without hesitation and feel free to indulge and experiment.

About Heather Campbell

As a dietitian, my field of specialization is science-based nutritional advice but more importantly, it is my goal to share capturing and inspiring stories, examples and solutions which can help plus-size individuals overcome their specific difficulties. Read More