DIY or homemade beauty isn’t new. Everyone must have tried the trick of slapping yogurt or honey on your face as a mask, I’m sure. Or of rubbing sugar and honey on your lips as a homemade lip scrub. Or even (horrors!) rubbing lemon on your skin to lighten it.
I remember as a kid, lying down with my mom, with yogurt on our faces and cucumber slices over our eyes. Another time, we used over-ripe papaya. Ah, fun times LOL!
But I don’t do it anymore, preferring to let someone else do the legwork for me. Yet, I know it is a popular hobby, or even maybe a business for some. So, I’m curious. Do you use or make your own homemade beauty products? 🙂 Or perhaps you just eat them for breakfast instead of putting them on your face LOL! 😀
I don’t make my own. I’ve had many people ask me if I do, but my answer has always been a fairly consistent No. I said it back in 2011, and I still say it 7 years later. I’d let the experts do the work. That way, if something goes wrong, I have someone to blame! LOL! 😀
But no, seriously. I don’t trust myself enough to do it right.
You see, blending skincare is a science and very much like baking. You must get the proportion of ingredients just right, on the dot, in order for the formula to work. Too much of an ingredient, and you might end up with a disaster on your hands, and maybe even on your face. It stands to reason therefore, that since I can’t even follow instructions closely enough to bake, making my own skincare is out of the question 😛 Besides, I was never very good at chemistry 😛
I have also had people tell me that since I am so much into facial oils, that I should just make my own, because it is so much cheaper than buying a bottle. Essential oils are big today, and there are websites where you can get raw material to blend your own creams, lotions, cleansers and oils. That is true, provided that you are able to get high quality ingredients, and are comfortable enough working with them and then experimenting on yourself.
Now that many people opt for natural skincare, I’ve seen the local homemade beauty industry experience a bit of a renaissance, with more than a handful of such homemade beauty products available for sale. I think it’s great if you do make your own skincare or beauty products, and it works for you. I think it’s even better if you are able to create a business out of it.
As for myself, I can safely say that hand-making my own beauty products are out of the question. Natural skincare can cause skin problems, and you must be very exact about the essential oils you use, if you’re using them. I also prefer my skincare to contain some form of active ingredients. When you get to my age, you need SOME help, and not all of it comes in the form of an injection 😛
As for whether I would use a homemade beauty product, I would. But as with everything, I am selective about what I use. Brands like May Lindstrom or Leahlani Skincare started out in someone’s kitchen too, and I use them because I find their choice of ingredients and textures interesting. If it is just your run of the mill blend of fragrant essential oils in a carrier oil base, I’m less interested, and even bored. Truth to tell, most local handmade skincare fall in this category. So, I haven’t actually tried any local handmade skincare. Rather, nothing quite pops to mind. That said, I don’t really go to the handmade products circuit or bazaars, so maybe that’s why nothing really stands out to me.
Do you use or make handmade or DIY beauty products? Do you have any you’d like to recommend?
Presented with the ingredients you see in the pictures, I can tell you of any number of people who will be able to concoct a face scrub or mask out of it. Me? I just put them all in my tummy! LOL 😀 Ok, maybe some manuka honey may find its way to my face. But that’s about the extent of my experimentation. I prefer just eating them all. Yum! 😀