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From Kitchen to Vanity: 12 Homemade natural skin products to Nourish your skin!

From Kitchen to Vanity: 12 Homemade natural skin products to Nourish your skin!


Are you tired of spending money on expensive, chemical-laden skin care products?

Do you want to have more control over the ingredients you put on your skin?

Discover the benefits of homemade natural skin care products and how they can transform your skin care routine.

Can I Make My Own Skin Care Products?

Absolutely! Rediscover the nostalgia and joy of crafts by mixing up your new favorite skincare products, right at home!

DIY skin care solutions allow you to have complete control over every single ingredient that goes into the product, as you transform your home into a luxurious spa.

What Is The Best Natural Thing To Put On Your Skin?

The best natural ingredients for your skin are those that nourish, hydrate, and protect. Some of the most popular and effective natural ingredients for homemade natural skin care products include: 

  • Honey: A natural humectant that helps your skin retain moisture 

  • Coconut oil: Rich in fatty acids that deeply moisturize and protect the skin

  • Avocado: Packed with vitamins and antioxidants that nourish and rejuvenate the skin 

  • Aloe vera: Soothes and calms irritated skin while providing essential nutrients.

From soothing skin care masks to rejuvenating scrubs and a hydrating lip scrub, these at-home beauty skin care products will leave you looking - and feeling  - better than ever. 

Let's dive into the world of DIY beauty! 

Woman with wavy hair in white robe carefully adding essential oil drops from an amber bottle to a mixture. She's surrounded by various bottles, jars, and natural ingredients in a plant-filled space, embodying the creation of homemade natural skincare products.

The Benefits of Using Homemade Natural Skin Care Products

Homemade natural skin care products offer several advantages over store-bought alternatives:

  1. Control over ingredients: When you make your own skin care products, you can avoid harsh chemicals, synthetic fragrances, and potential irritants found in commercial products.

    However, “Even though a product is natural, you can still have difficulties with it,”
    Dr. Hong states. “Ingredients like oils and minerals are natural, which sounds great. But many people are surprised to find that they develop allergies to those types of products.”

  2. Customization: DIY skin care recipes can be tailored to suit your specific skin type and concerns. Especially oily or sensitive skin.

    A person enjoying the benefits of their homemade natural skin care routine.
  3. Cost-effective: Homemade skin care products are often more economical than store-bought options, especially when ingredients are purchased in bulk.

    Aly Lewis, a Certified Holistic Nutritionist says “After ordering supplies and ingredients, and experimenting with some recipes, I discovered that not only was it simple and fun to do, but making your own DIY skin care was way cheaper."

  1. Freshness and potency: Homemade skin care products can be made in small batches, ensuring fresh and potent ingredients.

  2. Eco-friendly: Making your own skin care products reduces packaging waste and minimizes environmental impact. 

Incorporating homemade natural skin care products into your routine offers numerous benefits for your skin, budget, and the environment. With a little experimentation, you can create personalized products that nourish your skin without harsh chemicals or synthetic ingredients.

6 Homemade Natural Skin Care Products for Your Face

1. Go Green Homemade Face Mask 

Don’t keep the seaweed for the sea! This rich and nourishing Seaweed Face Mask supports skin tone and can be customized to your skin type. It only takes 5 minutes, and this recipe makes 12 masks! 


  • 2 TBSP kelp powder

  • 2 TBSP French green clay ( kaolin or bentonite clay for dry skin types)

  • 2 tsp spirulina powder

  • Essential oil, such as Helichrysum, Frankincense, or Carrot seed (optional) 

  • Liquid of choice (aloe vera gel, hydrosol, carrier oil, yogurt, or simply H20!)

    Close-up of a smiling person wearing a bright green face mask. Their hair is wrapped in a white towel, and they appear to be lying on white bedding. The mask covers most of the face, leaving the eyes and bright smile visible, showcasing a moment of self-care with a homemade skincare treatment.


  1. Mix together kelp powder, clay, and spirulina in a small jar. 

  2. Add 1 teaspoon of the dry mix to a small bowl and add about 2 and 1/2 teaspoons of liquid. You want it to be thin enough to spread onto your skin, but not so thin that it drips off.

  3. Add 1-2 drops of essential oils, if desired.

  4. Apply an even layer to the face and leave for 15-20 minutes.

  5. Wash the mask off with warm water.

    Infographic titled 'Why Seaweed?' listing seven benefits of seaweed for skin care. Benefits include: vitamins and minerals for nourishment, natural hydration, toxin removal, collagen production boost, soothing irritation, reducing pigmentation, and treating acne. Decorative seaweed illustrations frame the text, with 'Shankara' logo at the bottom.

2. Chocolat-ey Treat Mask

This hydrating mask nourishes the skin with antioxidants and minerals, improves circulation, reduces redness, firms skin, and offers sun protection!

A joyful woman applying a chocolate face mask, smiling broadly with her eyes closed. She's holding a small bowl of the mask mixture and a wooden application tool. Wearing a white tank top, she appears to be in a kitchen setting with warm lighting. The rich, brown mask covers most of her face, emphasizing the indulgent, spa-like experience of homemade skincare.


  • 2 TBSP raw cacao powder

  • 1 TBSP yogurt

  • 1 TSP raw honey

  • ¼ banana


  1. Mash the banana with a fork, then add the rest of the ingredients.

  2. Generously apply the chocolate mixture to the face and neck.

  3. After 10-20 minutes, wash the face mask off.

3. Egg-cellent DIY Face Mask

Egg yolks are rich in nourishing healthy fats, while egg whites are primarily composed of protein and water, making them very hydrating for dry skin!


  • 1 egg white

  • ½ TSP lemon juice

  • 1 TSP raw honey

Ingredients for a homemade face mask arranged on a marble surface. The image includes whole lemons, a halved lemon, a cracked egg with its shell, a jar of honey, and a wooden honey dipper. These natural ingredients are artfully displayed, showcasing the simplicity and purity of DIY skincare recipes.


  1. Mix all of the ingredients and whisk until frothy.

  2. Use a cotton round or cotton ball to apply the mixture to the face.

  3. Leave on for about 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.

Infographic titled 'Why Egg Whites?' listing benefits of egg whites for skin care. Points include: tightens skin, reduces fine lines, helps with acne-prone skin, reduces under-eye puffiness, improves skin elasticity, absorbs excess oil, and improves skin tone. Small egg icons frame the text. Shankara logo at bottom.

4. Turmeric Glow Homemade Face Mask 

Close-up of an older woman with eyes closed, wearing a bright yellow turmeric face mask. Her hands are touching her face, and she's wearing a light-colored towel or wrap on her head.

Get your glowing skin with this deeply hydrating and nourishing face mask that blends avocado, kaolin clay, and turmeric. Kaolin clay exfoliates and detoxifies, drawing out impurities from the skin, while turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, giving the skin such a beautiful glow, that people will ask where you went on holiday! Works well for oily skin.


  • 2.675 cups distilled water 

  • 4.6 TBSP avocado oil 

  • 2 TBSP Polawax emulsifying wax

  • 1.6 TBS BTMS-50 conditioning emulsifier 

  • 12 TBS kaolin clay 

  • 1.2 tsp turmeric powder 

  • 0.4 tsp carrot seed essential oil 

  • 1 tsp carrot extract 


  1. In a heat-safe container, mix the avocado oil, BTMS-50, and Pola wax. Heat in the microwave until completely melted. 

  2. In a separate container, heat distilled water in the microwave or on the stove until it reaches 160-170°F.

  3. Pour the oil and wax mixture into the water and use a spatula to scrape all contents. Pulse with a blender until milky.

  4. Add the kaolin clay, blending until combined.

  5. Add turmeric powder and blend again until fully mixed. 

  6. Pour the mixture into jars and let cool, when it becomes a lotion-like texture.

 5. Cucumber Face Toner Recipe (Oily Skin Friendly)

Refresh your skin with this cooling toner! The Witch hazel tightens pores, reduces inflammation, and soothes irritated skin while cucumber water is highly refreshing and hydrating, cooling the skin, and reducing redness and swelling. 

Fresh cucumber slices with water droplets and ice cubes on a reflective surface.


  • 10 TBS witch hazel

  • 6 TBS cucumber water 

  • Drops of tea tree essential oil 


  1. Add witch haze and cucumber water to a spray bottle.

  2. Add tea tree essential oil then shake to combine.

  3. To use, shake thoroughly. Spray or pour the mixture onto a cotton pad and gently sweep across dry, clean skin. 

Infographic titled "Why Cucumber?" listing skin benefits of cucumber, including hydration, calming irritation, cooling effects, antioxidant protection, pore tightening, reducing inflammation, improving complexion, and promoting collagen. Cucumber icons in corners. Shankara logo at bottom.

6. Foaming Face Wash Recipe

Wash the day away with this DIY face wash with castile soap, which gently cleanses without stripping natural oils while the patchouli essential oil balances the skin, reducing wrinkles and blemishes. The sweet orange essential oil works to add brightness to the complexion.


  • 2/3 cup castile soap

  • 20 drops of patchouli essential oil

  • 45 drops of sweet orange essential oil

  • 1/3 cup cucumber hydrosol, geranium hydrosol, or distilled water

  • 2 tsp sweet almond oil


  1. In a soap dispenser or equivalent, add the essential oils, castile soap, and sweet almond oil. Mix around the bottle well combined.

  2. Add the distilled water or hydrosol.

Young Asian woman washing her face with soapy lather, eyes closed, in a bathroom with green plants in the background.

3 DIY Natural Skin Products for Your Body

1. DIY Natural Body Wash 

This body wash, which primarily consists of castile soap, cleanses the skin without stripping natural oils,  while raw honey works to moisturize and has antibacterial properties, promoting clear skin. 

a woman using a diy natural body wash made from castile soap, honey and castor oil


  • 3 TBSP castile soap (liquid castile soap works best)

  • 3 TBSP raw honey

  • 2 TBSP oil (1 TBSP each of castor oil and olive oil)

  • 10 drops of essential oil of choice (adjust to preference)


  1. Mix all ingredients in a glass liquid measuring cup. Avoid using a blender, whisk, or hand mixer to avoid bubbles.

  2. Pour the mixture into a glass container.

  3. Use in the shower as a body wash.

Infographic titled "Why Raw Honey?" listing skin benefits of raw honey, including hydration, acne treatment, antioxidant protection, soothing properties, wound healing, exfoliation, complexion improvement, and pH balancing. Honeycomb icons in corners. Shankara logo at bottom.

2. Warming Gingerbread Scrub Recipe 

This warming and yummy gingerbread scrub uses organic cane sugar to gently exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin cells for a smoother texture. Cinnamon’s antimicrobial properties can improve blood circulation, encouraging a healthy, radiant glow. Meanwhile, ginger has anti-inflammatory benefits that can even out the tone, leaving your skin supple and soft. 


  • ½ cup organic cane sugar + 2 TBSP organic cane sugar

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  •  1 tsp ginger

  • 1 TBSP molasses

  • 1 TBSP castile soap

  • 2 TBSP coconut oil

  • 2 TBSP olive oil (or avocado, sweet almond, or grapeseed oil)


  1. Combine all the ingredients and stir to mix thoroughly.

Smiling African American woman with closed eyes and natural hair wearing a tan tank top, gently rubbing her arms that are covered in an exfoliating sugar or salt body scrub, with green tropical plants visible in the background.

3. Luxe Homemade Body Butter

This luscious body butter might be better than any other! A stellar combination of deeply moisturizing and vitamin-rich shea butter and cocoa butter hydrates and helps to improve skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Coconut oil steps in with antibacterial properties that deeply nourish the skin while almond oil (or jojoba or olive oil) provides a lightweight moisture boost, rich in fatty acids and vitamins that enhance skin's softness and glow.

Luxurious homemade body butter in a glass jar.


  • ½ cup shea butter

  • ½ cup cocoa butter

  • ½ cup coconut oil

  • ½ cup almond oil (or jojoba, or olive oil)

  • 10-30 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)


  1. In a double boiler or glass bowl, combine all ingredients except for the essential oils.

  2. Heat on medium heat, stirring constantly until everything’s completely melted.

  3. Take off the heat and allow it to cool.

  4. Stir in the essential oils, if using.

  5. Place the mix in the refrigerator for an hour, or until the mixture solidifies.

  6. Use a hand mixer to whip for 10 minutes until gloriously fluffy.

  7. Put back in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to set.

  8. Store in a glass jar with a lid and apply directly to the skin! 

Infographic with illustrations of cocoa beans listing the skin benefits of cocoa butter, including hydrating, improving skin flexibility, reducing scars and stretch marks, protecting from free radicals, soothing irritation, and leaving skin soft and smooth.

What's The Best Homemade Moisturizer?

The Luxe Homemade Body Butter is an excellent choice for a deeply moisturizing and nourishing homemade moisturizer. The combination of shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and almond oil (or jojoba or olive oil) provides a rich blend of vitamins, fatty acids, and antibacterial properties that hydrate, protect, and enhance the skin's natural glow.

This versatile body butter can be used on all skin types, and the addition of essential oils can offer a relaxing aromatherapy experience.

Bonus! Homemade Natural Lip Product 

Honey Lip Scrub

This smooth lip exfoliator helps you achieve soft, healthy lips. The raw honey is a natural antibacterial and humectant, locking moisture into lips while the organic sugar gently gets rid of dead skin cells and promotes smoothness, while the jojoba oil hydrates and nourishes. Finally, peppermint essential oil stimulates blood circulation, for a natural lip plump.

Close-up portrait of an Asian woman applying lip balm or gloss to her lips, looking directly at the camera with a neutral expression. Her dark hair is pulled back and she appears to be wearing a white top.


  • 2 TBSP organic sugar

  • 1 tsp raw honey (can use agave for a vegan alternative) 

  • 1/2 tsp jojoba oil

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil


  1. Add all the ingredients to a small glass bowl.

  2. Stir with a fork until well combined.

  3. Store an airtight container

Infographic with jojoba oil illustrations outlining the benefits of jojoba oil for lips, including providing intense moisture, vitamins and minerals to keep lips soft and supple, resembling skin's natural oils, forming a protective barrier, and soothing chapped or irritated lips.

How to Make Homemade Natural Skin Care Products

Making your own natural skin care products at home is easier than you might think. With a few simple ingredients and some basic knowledge, you can create a wide range of effective and nourishing products that cater to your specific skin type and concerns. 

In this section, we'll answer some common questions about making homemade skin care products and provide tips for creating your own anti-aging remedies.

Natural ingredients commonly used in homemade skin care products.

What Skin Care Can I Make At Home?

You can make a wide variety of natural skin care products at home using natural ingredients. Some popular DIY skin care products include: 

  1. Face masks

  2. Facial toners

  3. Moisturizers

  4. Body scrubs

  5. Body butter

  6. Lip scrubs

  7. Lip balms

  8. Eye serums

  9. Facial cleansers

  10. Spot treatments

These homemade skin care products can be made using ingredients like honey, aloe vera, coconut oil, essential oils, and various fruits and vegetables. The specific ingredients you use will depend on your skin type and the desired benefits.

How Do You Make Homemade Anti-Aging Skin Care?

To make homemade natural skin care products for anti-aging, focus on ingredients that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. These nutrients help to protect the skin from free radical damage, promote collagen production, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

a middle aged woman in 40's making diy anti aging skin care.

Some effective ingredients for homemade anti-aging skin care include:

  1. Rosehip seed oil: Rich in vitamin C and essential fatty acids that help to regenerate skin cells and improve skin elasticity. 

  2. Pomegranate seed oil: Contains high levels of antioxidants that protect the skin from sun damage and premature aging. 

  3. Vitamin E oil: A powerful antioxidant that helps to moisturize the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

  4. Green tea: Contains catechins, which are antioxidants that protect the skin from free radical damage and reduce inflammation. 

  5. Avocado: Rich in vitamins A, D, and E, as well as essential fatty acids that nourish and moisturize the skin.

To make a simple homemade anti-aging serum, combine the following ingredients:

  • 1 TBSP rosehip oil

  • 1 TBSP pomegranate seed oil

  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil

  • 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

homemade anti aging serum made from rosehip oil, green tea, vitamin E oil, pomengranate seed oil and avocado

Mix the ingredients well and apply a few drops to your face and neck every night before bed. This serum will help to nourish and protect your skin, reducing the signs of aging over time.


How long do homemade skin care products last? 

The shelf life of homemade skin care products varies depending on the ingredients used and the storage conditions. Generally, products that contain water (like toners and cleansers) have a shorter shelf life than oil-based products (like serums and balms). 

Here are some general guidelines:

  • Products containing water: 1-2 weeks 

  • Products containing fresh ingredients (like fruits or vegetables): 3-4 days 

  • Oil-based products: 6-12 months

To extend the shelf life of your homemade skin care products:

  • Store them in airtight containers in a cool, dark place.

  • Add natural preservatives like vitamin E oil or rosemary extract to help prevent bacterial growth.

Can I use essential oils in my homemade skin care recipes? 

Yes, you can use essential oils in your homemade natural skin care recipes to add scent and additional benefits. However, it's important to use them safely and in the correct proportions.

essential oils

Here are some tips:

  1. Always dilute essential oils in a carrier oil (like coconut oil or jojoba oil) before applying them to your skin. 

  2. Use a concentration of 1-2% essential oils in your recipes (that's about 6-12 drops per ounce of carrier oil). 

  3. Avoid using essential oils that are known to be irritating or sensitizing, like cinnamon or clove. 

  4. If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test before using a new essential oil in your recipes.

Are homemade skin care products suitable for sensitive skin? 

Homemade natural skin care products can be suitable for sensitive skin, as long as you choose gentle, non-irritating ingredients.

Some tips for making skin care products for sensitive skin:

  1. Avoid using essential oils or fragrances that can be irritating. 

  2. Use mild, nourishing ingredients like oats, honey, and aloe vera. 

  3. Do a patch test before using a new product on your face. 

  4. If you have any known allergies or sensitivities, avoid using those ingredients in your recipes.

What are the best natural ingredients for homemade skin care products?

There are many natural ingredients that can be used to make effective and nourishing skin care products. Here are some of the best:

  • Coconut oil: Moisturizing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. 

  • Shea butter: Rich in vitamins and fatty acids, helps to moisturize and soothe the skin. 

  • Aloe vera: Hydrating, anti-inflammatory, and healing. 

  • Honey: Antibacterial, moisturizing, and gentle enough for sensitive skin. 

  • Avocado: Rich in healthy fats and vitamins that nourish and moisturize the skin. 

  • Jojoba oil: Similar to the skin's natural sebum, helps to balance oil production and moisturize.

  • Rosehip seed oil: Rich in vitamin C and essential fatty acids, helps to brighten and even out skin tone.

best natural ingredients coconut oil, shea butter, aloe vera, jojoba oil

When choosing ingredients for your homemade skin care products, look for high-quality, organic options whenever possible.

Share Your Favorite Homemade Natural Skin Care Recipes

Have you tried any of these homemade natural skin care recipes? Share your experience in the comments below! 

Do you have a favorite DIY skin care routine that we didn't mention? Let us know in the comments! 

Don't forget to share this article with your friends and family who might be interested in natural, homemade skin care solutions!

Embracing the Power of Homemade Natural Skin Products 

When you shift the focus from chemicals to natural skin care products, you’ll watch your skin thrive in radiant glory! Embracing DIY natural skin care products allows you to get creative right at home, hand-selecting the ingredients so you curate exactly what you allow onto your precious skin. 

As you dive into the expansive world of botanicals, essential oils, and nourishing ingredients, we reckon you'll become hooked!

What DIY product will you try first!?

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