{All natural} DIY collection - Must-have ingredients for DIY beauty products [oils101]

Interested in making your own products? But unsure what you might need? Here is my quick list of things that are crucial for making high-quality products:

1.       Essential oils

The first thing I would recommend is buying a few essential oils. Even if you don’t want to make your own products just yet, simply adding a few drops of specific oils to your conventional products will already provide benefits. When buying essential oils, buy the best that you can afford, and always make sure you buy from a reputable brand and source. The oils that I would recommend for beauty-product uses are:

·         Lavender

·         Frankincense

·         Rose geranium

·         Eucalyptus

·         Rosemary

·         German chamomile

·         Tea tree

·         Lemongrass

·         Patchouli

·         Rose

·         Orange

 

2.       Carrier oils

The carrier oils you choose will depend on your skin type, as well as use.

·         Normal skin: Sweet almond, hemp, sunflower, coconut, argan, jojoba

·         Dry skin: Sweet almond, olive, geranium, avocado, apricot kernel, coconut

·         Oily skin: Jojoba, grapeseed

·         Sensitive skin: Apricot kernel, avocado, sweet almond, sesame seed

·         Combination skin: Grapeseed, Olive, Coconut

·         Aging skin: Apricot kernel, argan, rosehip, jojoba, sesame seed, carrot seed

·         Blemish prone: Grapeseed, jojoba, evening primrose

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3.       Butters

Used to moisturise, combat fine lines and wrinkles, protect and soothe. Depending on your skin type, some of the butters that are popular:

·         Avocado

·         Mango

·         Coconut

·         Shea

·         Cocoa

 

4.       Aloe vera

Soothing, disinfecting, and more, it moisturises as it heals, making aloe great for your skin. Use it straight from the leaf (simply break it open) or from a jar, just ensure the product is untainted and pure.

5.       Apple cider vinegar

A natural astringent, it can be used to minimise pores and combat oily skin. It can be used as a facial toner, hair rinse, detangler, and more.

6.       Salts and powders

Salt can be utilised to cleanse pores deeply, balance oil production and eliminate bacteria that can cause breakouts and acne. For these benefits, even table salt can be used. Even though not really a salt, Epsom salts (magnesium salts) are grouped under this category, and are wonderful for treating sore muscles and keeping skin soft and moisterised. Also included here are baking soda and activated charcoal, perfect for cleaning teeth and skin.

7.       Clays

Clay has an abundance of skin-care superpowers—from absorbing excess oil to unclogging pores to tightening skin. The benefit will depend on the type of clay, so research which clay you should use.

8.       Honey

Naturally antibacterial, full of antioxidants, extremely moisturising and soothing, honey treats, prevents blemishes, slows down aging, and gives skin a glow.  

9.       Natural preservatives

These are natural substances that you can add to your DIY products to extend their lifetime. Vitamin E oil, rosemary essential oil, and tea tree essential oil are my go-to favourites.

10.   Oats

Oats can soak up the excess oil on your skin and help treat acne. High in antioxidants, and with anti-inflammatory properties, oats can also help to treat dry skin and remove dead skin cells. The grains also contain compounds called saponins, which are natural cleansers, and thus can remove the dirt and oil that clog the pores while exfoliating the skin.

11.   Spices

By adding the following dry spices (or their essential oils) to your beauty products you can achieve glowing skin! Cinnamon for that natural flush. Fennel for irritation and redness. Cumin to prevent premature aging. Chamomile, a natural anti-inflammatory. Nutmeg, a natural antiseptic. Ginger for radiant and refreshed skin. Curcumin (Turmeric) to fight bacteria.

12.   Dairy

Dairy, in the form of milk or yoghurt, can help to fight wrinkles, exfoliate, soothe sunburn and moisturise. Make and use immediately as products containing dairy can allow bacterial growth, and that can then be transferred to your skin.

13.   Hydrosols

Hydrosols, also known as "flower waters," are distilled from fresh leaves, fruits, flowers, and other plant materials. With similar properties to essential oils, these aromatic waters are much less concentrated.

14.   Glycerin

Glycerin is a humectant, meaning that it can draw water from the air into the skin’s outer layer, moisturising the skin. It also forms a protective layer that helps prevent moisture loss. Use vegetable glycerine, as just normal glycerin is synthetic.

15.   Extracts

Botanical extracts are powerful and effective ingredients used to nourish, tone, and regenerate your skin.  Some of my favourites:

·         Arnica

·         Calendula

·         Papaya

·         Carrot seed

 

16.   Soaps

100% natural soap (castile soap) can be made from oils, with added natural ingredients providing moisturising properties, exfoliation, whitening, etc.

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Having these ingredients on hand will enable you to make a number of products!

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