I am a frugal gal. I like things that are all natural organic and contain as few ingredients as possible. I also don’t have a lot of room for extra bottles, jars, and products in my tiny house. Everything has to do double duty. To simplify things and save on storage I make my own shampoo, toothpaste, and lotion. I often hear people complain about how expensive natural, sustainable products are, and to a degree they are right. If you buy the fancy prepackaged stuff, it is. However, after a couple of years of trial and error, I have found that the most effective skin care products for me are by far the simplest.
Here are two fantastic homemade products you are just going to love.
Coconut Skin Conditioner
This replaced all of my lotions. It works the best if you apply it right out of the shower or bath, but I also apply it throughout the day.
6 ounces of unrefined virgin coconut oil
1/2 tsp of lemongrass essential oil
Scoop out 6 ounces of coconut oil into a smaller jar. Warm the coconut oil in the smaller jar to liquify. (I just set my jar in a bowl of hot water.) Add the essential oil. Screw the lid on tightly and shake. Shake every so often as the coconut sets up or put in the refrigerator until sold.
Coconut oil liquifies at 78 degrees, so depending on where you live, you may have to keep this product in the fridge. At my house, it remains a solid most of the time. However, on warmer summer days I just make sure the lid is on tight and shake it before use. If the oil is solid, scoop out the desired amount and warm between your hands before you apply. It may feel oily going on at first, but coconut oil is quickly absorbed into the skin. It won’t feel greasy after it absorbs.
I like a good scrub. This scrub is gentle enough to not irritate your skin and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and not dried out. This scrub also only uses two ingredients.
Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Peppermint Soap
There are no measurements for this as you are going to have to decide the consistency that’s right for you. I like mine to feel like a thick buttercream frosting. I start with about a 1/4 cup of baking soda and stir in the liquid soap until I get a creamy consistency.
To apply, wet your fingers and scoop out the desired amount, rub on your skin and rinse well. I use this as my face wash. Because Dr. Bronner’s is a castile soap, it doesn’t dry my skin out. Dr. Bronner’s is super concentrated so use this scrub sparingly. You can switch out the scents for any other Dr. Bronner’s soaps. I find the peppermint perks me up in the morning.