Over recent years, beauty and cosmetic product trends have traveled firmly in one direction: towards DIY. Where once people would have immediately headed to the nearest store if they were in need of a new lip balm, lipstick, or body lotion or other makeup products, more and more of us are now pausing, and wondering if it’s possible to make our own instead.
Thankfully, the internet has readily supplied the answer: yes, many of the products that cost a small fortune in stores can be made at home if you have the right recipe, supplies from the likes of Elements Bath and Body, and a little spare time. If you’ve been tempted to give DIY products a try, then here’s a helpful starter guide to the ingredients that tend to feature heavily in recipes…
#1 – Shea butter
Shea butter helps to blend different products together to create a creamier texture, and also offers numerous benefits to skin health. Wherever possible, look for shea butter that is labeled as organic or natural (or both if possible).
#2 – Beeswax / candelilla wax
Beeswax is perhaps the quintessential DIY recipe ingredient; it appears in everything from lip balm to makeup recipes, so having a plentiful supply on hand will always be useful. If you’re vegan, then candelilla wax is usually the best beeswax alternative – though you will need to adjust any recipe you use to reflect the higher density of candelilla wax.
#3 – Mica powder
If you’re looking to add a splash of color to your DIY creations, look no further than mica powder. Available in a wide range of hues, you’ll be able to use mica in recipes ranging from soap to lotions to eyeshadows.
#4 – Essential oils
Offering both fragrance and therapeutic properties, essential oils are integral to your DIY supplies. There are a few that tend to crop up in multiple recipes: tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils are a great starting point, though there are countless different options available for you to try.
#5 – Carrier oils
Coconut oil is perhaps the most well-known carrier oil – and it’s definitely worth having – but there are a few other options that you may want to consider. Sweet almond oil, for example, is a great choice for softening properties, while grapeseed oil is a “lighter” oil that works well if you’re working on recipes where you do not want the skin to be noticeably oily following application. If you have acne or oil-prone skin, then avocado oil is also a worthwhile inclusion in your stash.
#6 – Containers
When making your own products, you may find online recipes that suggest you wash out old containers so that they can be reused. However, a more hygienic choice is to invest in a range of pots, tubes, spray bottles, and other containers that can be used as safe storage for your homemade products.
While you may need to look for other supplies to complete specific recipes, all of the above items can form a great supply base for your DIY beauty and cosmetics adventures!
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