If you’re going to start making your own beauty products, it’s good to know the types of ingredients you might see in a recipe so you know what to expect.
Glass Storage Containers
You want to always be on the lookout for used glass storage containers that you can use to keep your handmade products fresh and ready to use.
In many cases, you’ll need to mix ingredients using either stainless steel, glass, or wood. Wood utensils are great for ensuring you don’t accidentally put plastics into your products.
Aloe Vera Gel
You can order this in bulk via Amazon and find it at stores like Hobby Lobby. This is going to be an ingredient in many skin soothing solutions. You can also use it as-is.
You probably have this already if you ever bake. But baking soda is an excellent ingredient for many beauty products too, including face masks, bath bombs, and tooth-whitening treatments.
Almond oil, olive oil, and a variety of other oils that you like based on your skin type and needs are great to have around.
You can make your own, but it’s safe to buy it too. You can get it from a variety of places, from Target to Walmart and Amazon. And here is a recipe to make your own castile soap: http://nwedible.com/how-to-make-diy-liquid-castile-soap/.
Amazingly, you can buy this at any Walmart, and it’s the biggest secret ingredient of all. It’s used for food preservation, and you can get it at the grocery store near the canning supplies.
You don’t even need to use this in a recipe to make it into a beauty product. Buy cold-pressed virgin coconut oil that is suitable for cooking to get the best ingredient.
This type of salts helps lower the build-up of lactic acid in your body when you soak in it. It helps reduce pain and inflammation. You can buy this at any store like Walmart, often near the foot products.
When you buy essential oils, it’s imperative that you find a high-quality product with a good reputation, so ensure it really is an essential oil and not the essence of essential oil.
Fresh and Dried Herbs
You can grow these in your own kitchen garden if you want to, but you can also buy in bulk at almost any ethnic store. You can use them for soap and other products.
You can order this in bulk via Amazon, or you can buy smaller amounts at Hobby Lobby. This is good for making soaps, lotions, bubble bath, hair detangler, and more. It basically softens anything you put it with, even your skin in a bath.
Oatmeal, organic tea, raw honey, salts, sugars, and eggs are all great ingredients to have on hand for beauty product making.
This is one of those natural products that your great grandma always had on hand, and it has made a comeback. Used alone it’s a tremendous mild and calming astringent for your skin.
Vitamin E Oil
You can buy a high-quality vitamin E oil in the vitamin aisle that is perfect for use on your skin. The trick is always to get the kind of oil you can eat.
Arrow Root Powder
This makes a great thickening agent for all sorts of products.
Used in recipes or on its own, rose water is the original skin-softening, redness-reducing, calming, pleasant-smelling, low allergy component of many products.
What products do you use to make your own beauty products? Is something missing from this list?