Natural Makeup Guide: Create Your Own Cosmetics Kit

Natural Cosmetics

Fed up of reading ingredient lists on your cosmetics and being horrified by what you’re putting on your skin? Yep, me too! I’ve done some research and compiled a huge list of recipes and ideas for homemade, natural cosmetics. Do yourself a favor and give your toiletry bag a rehaul…

Natural Makeup Benefits

Over the last few years, I’ve made various commitments to myself in pursuit of a healthier, happier lifestyle. I’m now way more conscious of what I eat (organic, non-GMO, vegan food only!) and have changed my lifestyle to incorporate daily yoga practice and time for mindfulness.

One aspect of my life that I (somewhat-naively) overlooked for a long time is what I put on my body. The toiletries and makeup we use can rapidly undo all of the hard work that goes into buying organic, environmentally-friendly food. Just because we’re now eating more healthily, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be aware of what’s in the beauty products we’re using.

Why buy products that are often tested on animals, full of nasty chemicals and no good for our bodies when there are so many ways to make our own, much safer ones? Sure, there are some brands out there that offer vegan-friendly alternatives, but making your own cosmetics puts you in complete control of what goes into them; and what goes into your body.

Getting Started With Cosmetics

Making your own cosmetic kit can seem a little daunting, but it’s surprisingly easy and lots of fun. The best way to get started is to go through each item, one by one, and start to revamp things. Don’t get stressed out about getting to everything at once and remember to experiment and find what feels good for you!

Shampoo Bar

  • One egg
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • ½ a cup of iced black tea
  • A couple of drops of vanilla essence
  • ½ a fresh lemon – squeeze the juices in; no peel!
  • A couple of pinches of salt
  • One banana (and the peel!)
  • 1 cup of soap flakes (you can either buy them or make your own from a natural soap bar)

Put all of the ingredients in a blender and mix well. Pour into a mould or container and allow to cool and set in the fridge or freezer. Voila – a tasty shampoo bar!

You can also add a pinch or two of cinnamon powder if you want, or a few drops of any essential oil you like the smell of! Vitamin E also stimulates hair growth, so feel free to add a few drops of this as the mixture cools.

Conditioner Bar

  • 15g of cocoa butter
  • 15g of incroquat ( you can find this easily online)
  • 20g of coconut or almond oil – totally up to you on this one; I will clearly be going for coconut oil!
  • 10g of cetyl alcohol (also available online)

Use a double-boiler or make a Bain-Marie by placing a glass bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. Melt everything together and play around until you get a nice, smooth liquid. Pour into a mould to create a bar, or use an old (clean) container. You can keep this in the fridge to help the bar set if you need to, and pop it out of the mould when it’s fully solid.

To spice things up a little, add a few drops of Vitamin E to help your hair grow longer! You can also add a few drops of essential oils as the mixture cools. If you’re feeling fancy and have a mould, fill a quarter of the way with the mixture, add a few sprigs of fresh lavender or rose petals and keep layering this way until you reach the top of the mould. Super pretty and guaranteed to give instant  Instagram envy!

Dry Shampoo (because we all have lazy days)

  • ½ a cup or arrowroot
  • 2 tablespoons of rice flour or ground oatmeal

Yep, that’s literally all you need to mix together for this super easy dry shampoo. This will work to soak up any excess oils in your hair when you’re in-between washes. It also helps to see volume if you’re just after a little boost!

If you have darker hair, you can add a few pinches of cinnamon powder. Steer clear if you’re fair though as it won’t blend in as easily! You can also add a few drops of essential oil for a nicer scent, but be careful not to turn this powder into a paste. Alternatively, crush in some dried lavender for a lovely smell.

Toothpaste

  • ½ a cup of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 2 packets of stevia powder (easy to find online or in most superstores)

Melt the oil over a double-boiler, mix everything together and allow to cool. You can store this in a closed jar and dip your toothbrush in or place in a plastic bag and ‘pipe’ it into another container. Make sure you keep all containers nice and clean!

You can also add a few drops of essential oil to this mix. I like clove or cinnamon for a nice, clean feel or peppermint oil for that classic minty freshness!

Deodorant

  • 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 2 tablespoon of arrowroot powder

Melt down the oil over a double-boiler and allow to cool before mixing in the other ingredients; you should be left with a kind of paste. You can use your hands to apply or, if you’re careful, you can pour the mix into an old (clean) rollerball container.

I like my deodorant to have a nice scent so feel free to add in some essential oils! Lemon is great for a clean scent, or you can use something like rose or lavender for a softer smell.

Lip Scrub

Another really easy way to make small changes to your cosmetics case! Take two teaspoons of coconut oil and mix with a teaspoon of sugar (I prefer brown, coarser sugar but whatever you have handy will work!). Mix and gently apply to your lips. Try not to eat this (although it’s safe to do so) and scrub for a minute or so before rinsing off.

This will act as an exfoliant and get rid of dead skin. I hate when people say you’ll be left with ‘kissable lips’; I like to think that I’m left with lips that are ready to demolish a (vegan) pizza, but I guess we all have different priorities.

Makeup Remover

I like using coconut oil (https://www.sleephealthenergy.com/best-coconut-oil/) for pretty much everything involving my face and body, as you’ll probably discover! The key to any makeup removal is to be kind to your skin – just because you’re using a super natural, healthy oil doesn’t mean you have permission to scrub at your eyes.

Gently apply to your face and massage over closed eyes to help remove mascara. Rinse off to reveal beautiful, clean skin.

Toner

Make your own toner using 2 parts of water to 1 part of apple cider vinegar. Sounds a bit strange, I know, but don’t worry – you won’t be walking around smelling like a farm! This is a really lovely toner to make yourself as it’s all natural, as well as great for your skin. It works to tone the skin, reduce the appearance of pores and give you a nice, refreshing lift.

If you’re feeling fancy (or just paranoid about the smell), add in a handful of mint leaves and leave to sit for a few days before straining through a cheesecloth and sweeping across the face and neck in upward strokes.

Moisturizer

Again – coconut oil. You may want to give yourself a week or so as a trial with this, as everyone’s skin is different and yours may not like being smothered in oil. For me, using this as a makeup remover, rinsing my face, applying a toner and then covering myself in clean coconut oil again works wonders!

Gently melt the oil in your hands (it’s a solid at room temperature) and sweep across your face and neck in upward strokes. Give yourself some time for this to soak in before leaving the house or applying makeup, otherwise you’ll end up with a face like a bronzed slip ‘n’ slide!

Getting Started With Makeup

Don’t worry – I’m not about to go full OITNB on you, but kitchen spices are involved in some of these DIY makeup recipes. If you don’t know what I’m talking about (firstly, where have you been?!) do yourself a favor and google it. And then binge-watch all five seasons over the weekend and question what your entire existence means while crying into a vat of (vegan) Ben&Jerry’s.

Foundation

  • 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder

Mix the ingredients together for a powder version of this foundation. Alternatively, melt down 1.5oz of an oil of your choice – go for a raw, unrefined oil such as almond or coconut – and add half that amount of beeswax to the mix before leaving to cool and whisking in the dry ingredients. Allow to settle before applying to your skin as usual and enjoy how delicious you smell.

You can also add uncoated and non-nano zinc oxide here – go for an extra 2 tablespoons and add to the above recipe for a more professional finish. You can also add various clays for color, as well as micas, but I’ve chosen a very basic recipe that you can hopefully make cheaply and easily from your kitchen cupboards.

Bronzer

  • 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder (resist the urge to eat!), or gradually add more to get a darker tone

Mix the ingredients together and, voila! You may want to play around with how much cocoa you’re adding, depending on your natural skin tone. You can either store in an old (clean) makeup container or in a small cup or jar for ease. Apply as usual.

Blusher

  • ½ a teaspoon of arrowroot powder
  • ½ a teaspoon of cocoa powder
  • ½ a teaspoon of hibiscus powder

Mix together and there you have it! Play around with ratios and quantities depending on what shade and color you want to go for. The hibiscus powder should give a lovely pinkish hue, but play around with anything else you want to add, or increase the amount for a darker shade.

Mascara

  • 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil such as coconut or almond oil
  • ½ a teaspoon of natural beeswax
  • 4 teaspoons of Aloe Vera gel – don’t worry if you don’t have any, the oil is great on its own
  • A couple of drops of Vitamin E
  • 2 capsule of activated charcoal

Use a double-boiler to mix everything aside from the charcoal until it’s all melted and combined. Add the charcoal and mix in just before removing from the heat and allowing to cool. You should be left with a smooth, shiny black liquid. You can distill this into an old (very clean) mascara tube or a jar. Use a clean wand to apply to your lashes!

Vitamin E is great for lash growth! After taking your makeup off at the end of the day (which you should absolutely be doing), add coconut oil to your lashes to encourage growth and keep them nice and healthy.
Castor Oil can also be used as a kind of eyelash ‘mask’ – mix with coconut oil, apply to lashes and leave overnight. Check the labels on any essential oils you use to make sure they are safe to apply directly to skin, especially if you’re experimenting anywhere near your eyes!

Eyeliner

  • 4 capsules of activated charcoal
  • A few drops of spring or filtered water

This is so easy – mix these two ingredients together until you form a thin paste. Either store in a glass jar or old (clean) makeup container. Apply with a brush or smudge onto your eyelids for more of an eyeshadow effect.

If you want this to be more powdery than paste-y, you can add ½ a teaspoon of arrowroot powder to the mix, gradually.

Lipstick/ Tinted Lip Balm

  • ½ a teaspoon of arrowroot powder
  • ½ a teaspoon of cocoa powder
  • ½ a teaspoon of hibiscus powder
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Melt the coconut oil over a double-boiler and allow to cool slightly before adding in the dry ingredients and mixing thoroughly. Pour into a small glass container and allow to set – coconut oil is normally a solid at room temperature, depending on where you live, so keep in the fridge if it’s having trouble setting. This is more of a tinted lip balm, technically, but I love it anyway!

You may notice that this is almost the exact same recipe for blusher, so if you want to make up batches of blusher and then add in the melted coconut oil later, you can play around with colors more easily without wasting anything!

Lip Balm

  • 1 tablespoon of coconut or almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon of natural beeswax

Melt the oil on a low heat over a double-boiler and slowly add the wax. Mix in fully and allow to cool. It really is that easy! You can add color by following the recipe above, or experimenting with your own ideas.

Some recipes suggest adding a teaspoon of sustainably-sourced red palm oil. This is up to you but I choose not to buy palm oil at all.

Final Considerations

Well, there we have it – some really easy, natural ways to make your own cosmetics! From toothpaste to eyeliner, I’ve got you covered. Making your own toiletries and makeup isn’t as challenging as it may seem, and it can be so fun making these recipes your own by adding different essential oils, fresh flowers and herbs.

Making the decision to keep your life natural is a bit of a leap at first, but it pays off so much. By making your own cosmetics, you’re helping the environment, you’re not buying heaps of packaging and non-recyclables and you’re not putting any unnecessary chemicals on your skin or into your body. Happy days!

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