Do It Yourself Beauty Products Make Great Gifts And Save Money

Homemade beauty treatments are effective and a lot less effective than store bought products.

Homemade beauty treatments are effective and a lot less effective than store bought products. Photo: Sharon | FlickrCC.

With so many different beauty products on the market now, it’s easy to get sucked up into the wind of beautiful packaging, enticing aromas, and the promises of revitalized skin (promises which may or may not be kept). Sometimes, it’s just easier—and much less expensive—to make your own beauty products. This way, you can make sure you’re getting a product you believe in and one that works with your body. Check out these ideas for do-it-yourself beauty products and see if they don’t make an improvement in your budget—and hopefully even your skin!

Lip scrubs.

I don’t know what I would do without a lip scrub. They are so easy to make and they leave your lips feeling soft and kissable—and your lipstick won’t tug on pieces of dry skin. All you need is a few basic ingredients and then you can tailor the scent or flavor any way you want.

Makeup remover wipes.

If you use store-bought makeup wipes at the end of every day, it can get kind of expensive. I like the Neutrogena ones, but I don’t love buying them. Luckily, these are pretty easy to make. Mix some coconut oil, tea tree oil, grapefruit oil (or any essential oil you prefer), and soak some washcloths or bits of an old t-shirt in the mixture and you’re on your way to a happy, clean face. Get the full recipe here.

Facial toner.

Anyone who likes to buy skincare products knows that toner can get expensive. It’s much cheaper to make your own! You’ll need a glass jar, some fresh or dried thyme, witch hazel, a coffee filter, and some kind of container to store the product. This toner can help with moisturizing skin, battling acne, and achieving even color.

Cheek and lip stains.

Lipsticks can be as costly as they are addictive (looking at you, Tom Ford). So why not use some of the produce you have in your home to make a unique lip product for a fraction of the price? Try using beets for a beautiful red tint. But if you don’t like beets (barf), you could use sweeter alternatives like berries and pomegranates.

Coffee facial scrub.

Ditch the expensive stuff and step away from Sephora! Try this coffee facial scrub instead. Coffee acts as an antioxidant while it exfoliates your skin. Plus, it smells great, and can really help improve the texture of your skin!

So get out there and start seeing what else you can make! Share some of your ideas here and start a conversation about what homemade beauty treatments work best for you.

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