The Lazy Lass's Way to DIY
Updated: Mar 27
Making your own beauty & skin care products can be as simple or as hard as you want it to be.
Since I believe everyone should be DIY-ing, I'm interested in how to help you keep it simple.
I’m not talking about turning your spare room into a lab.
Or becoming the next Wellness Mama (check her blog though if you’ve never heard of her – she’s incredible).
I just mean…
Farting around with some base ingredients in your spare time, and trying your hand at making your own version of products you use everyday.
Even something as simple and mixing bentonite clay with some activated charcoal powder for a face mask.
And then adding a little peppermint essential oil to that mix, to turn it into toothpaste!
You don’t have to overcomplicate it.
It really can be THAT simple.
And I promise you…
Once you make one thing, you’ll get a rush of excitement at how easy and fun it is, that you’ll want to try your hand at making something else.
I suggest learning how to make coconut oil dish soap in a crock pot.
It’s 3 ingredients.
And it’s very hard to mess up.
Even if you don’t do it perfectly… soap is soap and you’ll still be able to use it.
And it's better than any store bought dish soap at cutting through grease, it's biodegradable, soft on your skin, and you can scent it however you like.
Yes, it's possible to wash off oil from your dishes using a bar of soap made strictly from oil.
Are you impressed? I certainly was.
And for next Halloween, try making your own face paint.
I just made 3 little pots for tomorrow’s Artisan market.
I used charcoal for black, turmeric for orange, and zinc for white.
It may not work as well as the store bought stuff, but that "stuff" is loaded with lead and other toxic heavy metals that absorb into your skin…
Another easy product you can make is magnesium oil.
This stuff is selling HOT right now on Amazon and at your local health-food store.
I have it for sale in my shop as well.
Because it’s magical at reducing muscle cramping, alleviating anxiety, and preventing B.O.
And it’s just magnesium flakes mixed with water in a spray bottle.
All of these basic ingredients: charcoal powder, bentonite clay, magnesium crystals, etc. can be found at your local natural food store.
One more, and my newest favorite, is a face powder [featured below].
Mix up a little cacao, cinnamon, turmeric, arrowroot, and zinc powder (add some charcoal if you have dark skin) so that you get the exact colour to match your skin tone, and dust it all over your face for an iridescent glow.
And you'll smell like chocolate!
The best part about having a little stash of these raw ingredients is that you can use them in hundreds of different DIY projects.
And they’re cheap.
Every once in a while I get an unexpected message from someone who bought one of my products sometime over the last 5 years, and they are elated to share with me that they have started making their own version.
Something happens to your confidence when you discover that you’re no longer at the mercy of big brands, nor do you have to pay a hefty price for going “all-natural”.
It can be kept simple. It can be kept cheap. It's incredibly satisfying.
And it can be a hell-of-a-lot-of FUN.
So, what DIY project is on YOUR to-do list?