20 DIY Beauty Products to Get Pampered on Less
Coffee Body Scrub
As a morning pick-me-up, coffee may go beyond just your cup of joe. Coconut Mama created her Coffee Body Scrub recipe when she was working for a popular bath and body company and discovered that caffeine was their secret ingredient for reducing cellulite. While she doesn't guarantee it'll eliminate your imperfections, she does promise better skin with her all-natural version (it uses coconut oil, spices and lots of coffee grounds!).
Blackhead Remover Strips
Nothing is both more satisfying and disgusting than putting a pore strip over your nose and seeing the forest of blackheads when you peel it off. Since pre-made strips are expensive and can damage your skin, try making your own out of just Vaseline and plastic wrap, using this method from Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily.
Healing Skin Balm
Dry, itchy, flaky skin is one of the worst parts about winter. But with a few simple ingredients, you can make your own balm that not only soothes your skin, but will heal it too. Try this three-ingredient recipe for healing skin balm from 20 Something Allergies.
Firming Eye Cream
Which worries you more: Wrinkly, puffy eyes, or all the harsh chemicals in products designed to fix wrinkly, puffy eyes? Worry no more with this simple recipe for firming eye cream from Jenni Raincloud. She uses natural oils and vitamins to smooth and hydrate. The secret ingredient? A little caffeine kick—the same as you'd get from a cup of green tea.
With the "no-makeup" beauty trend here to stay, even girls who love a natural, clean look are wearing a little product. And for many women, eyes are the most important part—even if you wear nothing else, chances are, you put on a swipe or two of mascara to make your eyes pop. Skip all the scary eye-stinging chemicals with a collection of natural eye makeup recipes from Robin at Thank Your Body, including Eye-Friendly Mascara, Natural Eyeshadow and Natural Eyeliner. (Also check out these 6 Runway-Inspired Eye Makeup Ideas.)
Who hasn't woken up at some point to find they've sprouted an angry, red zit in the middle of the night? If you don't feel like heading out as your alter-ego Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (and who does, really?), try this homemade blemish cream recipe from Kelly at Smart School House. The coconut oil soothes upset skin and the purification blend heals acne.
Whipped Body Butter
Sometimes lotion just isn't enough. But you can soothe your dry skin and smell amazing without having to shell out big bucks for fancy body butters. Break out your blender and make your own Whipped Coconut Body Butter with this recipe from The Nourished Life.
Greek Yogurt Face Mask
Hills cutie, novelist, and fashion designer Lauren Conrad is known for her luminous skin, which she attributes to her DIY at-home Greek Yogurt Face Mask. Using just two ingredients from the grocery store, she whips up a mask that she swears reduces redness and prevents acne. Bonus: You can use the leftovers for a healthy protein-packed breakfast (like one of these Make-and-Take Mason Jar Breakfasts for Busy Mornings).
Citrus Body Wash
Sweat is great at the gym, but no one wants a post-workout smell for the rest of the day. Shower off the stink with this delightfully scented all-natural Soothing Citrus Body Wash recipe from Girl Meets Nourishment. With just four ingredients, it's easy to make and portable enough to carry in your gym bag. Bonus: Blogger Katie says it even helps heal her eczema.
If you've been shaving your legs with just soap, water, or even dry (shudder), you could be damaging your skin. Get smooth legs and prevent dry skin, micro-cuts and painful bumps with this luxurious recipe for Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream from Food For My Family. Even though it's all-natural, resist the urge to lick your legs in the shower. (As for shaving elsewhere: 6 Tricks for How to Shave Your Bikini Area.)
Exfoliating is a must-do in order to slough off all those crusty, dead skin cells—thankfully, sugar scrub is one of the cheapest and easiest beauty items to make yourself. We love this kicky Tangerine version from Healthy Green Kitchen, this simple Brown Sugar Scrub recipe from We Got Real, and this rejuvenating Lemon Body Scrub from Don't Mess With Mama. Just be careful when using these in the shower, as sugar can make your bath floor super slippery! (We may have learned that the hard way... ouch.)
Makeup Remover Pads
Ang of Juggling Act Mama decided to come up with a recipe for natural makeup remover pads as a gift for her "black eyeliner addict" sister. With cat eyes and winged liner trends still dominating, we can definitely relate to Ang's sister! You can go to bed with a happy face and a happy wallet using her simple 3-ingredient recipe.
Berry Tinted Lip Balm
Here's your scary fact for the day: Many commercial red lip tints use lead as an ingredient to help formulate the tricky color. Steer clear of the neurotoxin (yikes!) and still get the look of berry-kissed lips by using actual berries, courtesy of this tasty recipe for Berry Tinted Lip Balm from Feminiya.
Honey Lavender Bath Melts
Nothing soothes a bad day like a nice, hot bath. But add a couple of these Honey Lavender Bath Melts from Happy Money Saver and take your bath from "ahhh" to "oooooh." Lavender has relaxing properties and the honey is a natural antibiotic to help you stay mellow and healthy. (And it can help you ease anxiety! Find out these other 7 Essential Oils with Serious Health Benefits.)
We're just going to call it: Dry shampoo might be the greatest beauty invention in the last ten years. Not only does it save your scalp from too many washes, but it's a miracle for greasy bangs, limp hair, falling curls, and a host of other hair woes. Now you can make your own with these dry shampoo recipes from Yes Missy—one for dark hair and one for light.
A good lip balm is a staple of every woman's purse (no one wants dry, crusty, cracked lips!). Freshen up your mouth, hydrate your lips, avoid harsh chemicals, and save money with this recipe for Peppermint Lip Balm from Hollywood Homestead. All you need are five ingredients and a pan to melt them together in.
Beauty doesn't get more basic than clean skin, and clean skin needs a good soap. Fortunately, people have been making soap in their own kitchens for centuries. Skip the store and DIY beauty bars in a variety of different all-natural scents and flavors with this basic Aloe Vera Soap Recipe from Soap Recipes 101. Some of our other favorite varieties are French Rose Clay, Indigo Antiseptic, and Chamomile.
Honey Almond Face Scrub
A good face scrub exfoliates without drying, banishes blackheads without scratching, and prevents acne without clogging pores. To find the best combination for your skin, try making your own at home, where you can alter the ingredients and amounts to your needs. This two-ingredient Almond and Honey Face Scrub recipe from Clones N Clowns gives a gentle, nourishing wash.
Sensitive Skin Face Wash
Those of us with sensitive skin know how tricky it can be to find a face wash that our face won't hate. Thankfully, this face wash recipe from the Holistic Health Herbalist has us covered with clay, which gently cleanses, and honey, to help heal and protect. (Make sure you're not making these 10 Most Common Face Washing Mistakes.)
Miracle Night Cream
One of our fondest dreams is to go to bed and wake up with miraculously gorgeous skin. Amy, of A Blossoming Life, says she can make that dream a waking reality with her recipe for Miracle Night Cream. With oils for moisture, clay for younger skin, and aloe vera for healing, she's got all your beauty bases covered.