DIYs can be a mixed bag. Seems to me like there are some things you should absolutely do yourself and there are others you should leave to the experts. I know I confuse a lot of you because I am known for skin care diys. Honestly, that’s what most people come to my site for. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing I like better then figuring out how to do something with little to know harmful ingredients and save loads of money in the process, but I never intended to base my blog around it. That being said, over the last couple years of making and using my recipes, I have chosen 7 products that I will never buy again. These are products that I believe are just as good as the store bought and in some cases better then store bought! So let’s dig right in!
This might be a shocker to some of you. The last year I’ve been on quite a journey, my pits and I. I went cold turkey with my Dove-baby powdered scented deodorant. I tried a few organic/natural deodorants. They would work for a few days but then I would start to react to them and instead of my regular b.o., I would emit this pungent almost sour smell. Wearing nothing was better then that. So, I wore nothing for a long time. I have read that your pits go through a detox period after using store bought deodorant. Regular deodorants clog your pores in your pits in order to keep you from sweating and stinking. Basically, nothing gets out of those pores. It can take weeks-months to de-clog those babies! Once they de-clog, I’ve heard, lots of stinkyness happens. Well, months and months passed and nothing changed. My underarms stunk. I felt bad for that pour soul next to me at the gym! Anyway, I finally made a batch of my own deodorant by pulling from several different blogs. I have been so happy with my homemade deodorant. My deodorant took care of the smell immediately and there was no reaction to it resulting in that weird smell. Now, I will say, I don’t wear deodorant every single day. I take days off because baking soda is a big ingredient and it can cause irritation. I have found that if I do get irritated, I just use a bit of coconut oil with a few essential oils like melaleuca and/or lavender. It’s healing and all 3 ingredients are natural deodorizers. Using an unnatural deodorant is such a bad habit-trust me, you don’t want to be stuffing your pores (right near your breasts) with this stuff. Give this DIY a go and expect some transition and possibly carry baby wipes to remove any stink and re-apply. It’s a small sacrifice when you find out how bad deodorant really is.
2. Lip Balm-
I’ll never buy another lip balm again. I love making balms because they are so easy and you can get creative with your ingredients not to mention they serve the lips so well. I must say, I did buy a few lip balms a few months ago. I thought I would see what all the buzz was about with EOS. Honestly, not impressed. I’ll stick to my healing balm! My lips love it! This also includes homemade vaseline. Go HERE, HERE and HERE for more lip balm recipes!
3. Lash/Brow Serum–
Seriously this works. A lot of times the lashes and brows need some detox and nourishment and once they get both, they start growing thicker and longer! These 2 simple serums could not be easier to make and when used daily can make a huge difference!
Toners are so easy to make. They are usually witch hazel based. Witch hazel comes in many different varieties-rose, lavender, cucumber, lemon etc. Add a few essential oils, maybe even some aloe vera and you’ve got an awesome spritzer for the skin that is very effective.
This is seriously my biggest seller in my Etsy shop and my most popular diy post EVER. Whether you make it in liquid or solid form, it is a great way to nourish, protect and strengthen the delicate skin around the eyes. Go HERE and HERE for the recipe and go HERE to buy it!
My husband never buys hair pomade anymore. This is a simple DIY and works great for short hair-I especially like the idea of using it on baby boys-putting the chemical laden hair pomade right over that soft spot is not a good idea!
This little roll on is just so handy to have around. Bacteria can be a real issue when it comes to zits-especially when you can’t keep your hands off them and end up spreading bacteria and end up with more blemishes! I must say, I have recently gotten a comment from someone who really experience some discomfort with this recipe. As always, do a test patch when applying straight essential oils. If stinging occurs add a bit of a carrier oil like almond or fractionated coconut oil. What I love about this little roll on is that once a blemish pops that bacteria can easily be spread to other pores. By applying the roll on at this point, you are reducing inflammation and killing the bacteria that could spread. With the added carrot seed oil, you are also helping regenerate new skin.
- Baby Powder
- Homemade Neosporin
- DIY Vapor Rub
- Stretchmark Serum
- Allergy Relief Salve
- Primer and Makeup Setting spray
- Easy Shiny Hair Rinse
There you have it, my top 5 absolute best things to DIY. Not saying that the rest you should ditch but for me personally, creams are tricky and cleansers are hard to get a good pH plus both are possible bacteria traps. The one’s I’ve listed above are easy to make and “fool-proof”. You don’t have to be a chemist to get these absolutely perfect!
What are your favorite skin care/hair care diys? SHARE!! Have I missed any?