3 Homemade Personal Care Products For DIY Skeptics


You know how some people just loooove DIY projects? From IKEA furniture hacks to homemade lip balm to hand-quilted blankets, some people will do it all!

I, however, am not one of those people.

Possibly, it’s because I live in a tiny NYC shoebox. Or maybe it’s because I’m just not creative in those ways. Who knows?!

99% of the time, I’d rather spend money on things that are pre-made and ready to go! That being said, I’m always open to new ideas…

In the spirit of open-mindedness, I was willing to listen to skin expert Dr. Trevor Cates’ challenge to use uncomplicated, all-natural ingredients on my face and hair…even though there’s a tiny DIY component involved!

In her book and podcast episodes, Dr. Cates encourages readers and listeners to go back to the basics when it comes to personal care.

According to Dr. Cates, just as whole, unprocessed foods are great for our health, the most basic kitchen ingredients can be excellent for skincare, haircare, and more!

At first, I was skeptical, but after using the 3 homemade skin and hair products below for years, this DIY hater is here to tell you that they’re amaaaaazing (and cheap!).

Let’s not waste any more time and get right to it!

3 DIY Skin & Hair Products You Won’t Want To Live Without!

1. Warm, Rejuvenating Honey Face Mask

How to make/use:

  • Simply warm a teaspoon of honey in the microwave (5 seconds seems to be the *sweet* spot; you don’t want it to get too hot!) and apply the warm honey evenly over your entire (clean!) face.
  • Leave on for 10-20 minutes, then rinse off.
  • Apply moisturizers or makeup afterwards.
  • Do this 1-2 times each week.

Why I LOVE it:

  • First of all, it’s cheap. I experience the same results from this mask as I’ve experienced from expensive, name-brand alternatives.
    • To get the best results, you want to be sure to use a high-quality honey. I like Bee Powered by Beekeeper’s Naturals because it’s actually organic (they take great lengths to ensure there are no pesticides within a 5-mile radius of their hives!), the company prioritizes the wellbeing of its bees, and this product is lower in sugar than most other honeys (only 5g/serving). So, when I use it in green smoothies or recipes, I can add the sweet taste of honey without the extra sugar.
  • Secondly, it’s accessible. If you’re like me, you always have honey on hand, so this mask is readily available!
  • Third, honey is both antibacterial and antimicrobial, so a honey mask is the perfect way to deep clean your pores while simultaneously giving your skin a healthy glow!
  • Finally, this mask is as natural as you can get, so there’s no chance of applying toxic chemicals to your skin.

2. Sugar/Salt + Oil Exfoliator

How to make/use:

  • Find an empty glass jar (ideally one you’ve recycled from a grocery store purchase).
  • Fill with 1/2 cup of sugar (white or brown) or salt and 1/2 cup oil. (Olive and avocado oils work great…because who still has unhealthy vegetable oils hangin’ around?!)
  • Store in shower; gently scrub skin (face, body, and especially feet) with mixture 1-2 times each week.
  • (This probably goes without saying, but rinse off before you get out of the shower!)

Why I LOVE it:

  • It’s affordable! Don’t be fooled by superfluous marketing tactics. This skin scrub works as well—if not better!—as pricey store-bought, name brand varieties.
  • It’s accessible! You know that expired sugar you’ve been meaning to get rid of? It now has a purpose!
  • It’s all-natural. Toxins, be gone!
  • Finally, it leaves your skin exfoliated, glowing, and refreshed.

3. Arrowroot Powder (+ Cocoa Powder?) Dry Shampoo

How to make/use:

  • Find an empty glass jar.
  • The next step depends on your hair color:
    • Blonde or gray hair: Add 1/2 cup arrowroot powder…and you’re done!
    • Light brown: Add 1/2 cup arrowroot powder and 2 tablespoons cocoa powder.
    • Dark brown: Play around with the ratios in the above light brown mixture. You may need to add more cocoa powder.
  • Find a large, old makeup brush. (It’s probably a good idea to clean it first using soap and water. Then, let it dry…)
  • When your hair starts to show a tinge of grease, use makeup brush to dust powder on roots. The trick is not waiting until your hair gets too greasy!
    • This DIY dry shampoo will give you some extra wear and tear out of that ‘do, more time for non-shower activities, and healthier, happier locks!
    • Shampooing every day can damage hair and cause excess sebum production; sebum is what causes the greasiness in the first place! When you do need to use shampoo, make sure it’s chemical-free. After years of searching, I found the best nontoxic shampoo for all hair types! Read about it here.
  • Brush out hair to be sure dry shampoo is evenly dispersed and unnoticeable.

Why I LOVE it:

  • Again, it’s cheap! (Are you sensing a common theme in this post…?)
  • Again, it’s accessible.
  • Again, it’s all-natural. Some of the commercial aerosol and powder alternatives contain the usual toxic suspects.
  • It truly works. Skeptical? Try it out yourself! I was doubtful at first, but this dry shampoo actually works better than most of the store-bought (expensive!) versions I’ve used in the past.
  • BONUS: If you have brown hair and use cocoa in your mixture, a sweaty gym session will leave your hair smelling a bit like chocolate…and who doesn’t want to smell like chocolate after the gym?!

Bottom line: For all you DIY lovers out there, Dr. Cates’ book Clean Skin from Within is a great resource for many, many more homemade products; the above are just the tried and true ones you won’t be able to live without!

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