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Everything But The Kitchen Sink: 20 DIY Natural Skin Care Recipes You Can Do At Home!

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Everything But The Kitchen Sink: 20 DIY Natural Skin Care Recipes You Can Do At Home!

In this article, we will discuss DIY skincare recipes, indulgence and wellness! 

Gather close, we have top-secret information for you about elevating your skincare routine…the answers to glowy, clear skin are right in your own kitchen! That’s right, for glowing skin, harness the power of 100% natural ingredients with some DIY magic.

DIY skincare and natural ingredients are believed to be most compatible with the body, while allowing for a personalized approach, catering to individual skin types.

What’s more, if you’ve never carved out the time to turn your home into a spa, we think you’ll love pampering yourself this way. There is something significant and special about intentionally carving time to make your skincare to then apply to your body. 

How Can I Make My Very Own Natural Skin Care?

If you are ready to start making your natural skin care products, follow the simple steps below. The first thing you need is to know your skin type. DIY skincare allows for customization and selecting natural, wholesome ingredients that cater to your individual skin needs.

After completing the skin quiz, browse through the 20 best natural skin care recipes below and pick the top 2 or 3 that work best for your current needs. Each of the basic recipe is hand picked by our experts and are created from easy to source ingredients like coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, green tea, cucumber juice among others.

Start with any of these skincare routines with a patch test! Even when using 100% natural skin care ingredients. Simply apply a small amount of your DIY product to a discrete area of your skin and leave it on for 24 hours to monitor for any signs of irritation or allergic reaction. Signs to look out for include redness, itching, or swelling. If no adverse reactions happen, voila! Your gorgeous product is safe for use on your skin. 

Woman with perfect skin applying DIY skincare product

100% Natural DIY Recipes for Normal Skin

3 Face-Focused Recipes 

Balancing Steam Cleanse


  • Boiling water

  • 1 drop of essential oil (lavender, bergamot, cinnamon, eucalyptus, sandalwood, rose, or jasmine)


     1. Pour boiling water into a bowl.

     2. Add a drop of your chosen essential oil.

     3. Soak a face cloth in the water and gently press it against your face to steam and cleanse.

Nourishing Face Scrub 


  • 1 teaspoon chickpea or oat flour

  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon milk (or aloe vera juice/gel)


     1. Mix chickpea/oat flour, turmeric, and milk/aloe vera to form a paste.

     2. Gently rub the mixture onto your face in circular motions to exfoliate.

     3. Rinse off with warm water.

birds eye photo graph of flour, turmeric and milk for making a nourshing face scrub for normal skin

Hydrating Face Mask 


  • ½ soft and ripe avocado OR ½ ripe banana (or a mix)

  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera

  • 1 teaspoon sesame or almond oil

  • Oat flour (as needed for desired consistency)


     1. Mash avocado/banana in a bowl.

     2. Add aloe vera and sesame/almond oil, and mix well.

     3. Gradually add oat flour until desired thickness.

     4. Apply the mask evenly to your face.

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

3 Body-Focused Recipes 

Hydrating Body Oil 


  • 100 ml Jojoba Oil

  • 20 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil

  • 10 drops of Patchouli essential oil

  • 10 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil


     1. In a 100 ml bottle of Jojoba Oil, add the specified drops of Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, and Sweet Orange essential oils.

     2. Shake the bottle well to mix the oils thoroughly.

     3. Massage the oil onto your body.

Nourishing Bath Milk 


  • 2 oz Powdered Buttermilk

  • 4 drops of Frankincense essential oil

  • 3 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil

  • 3 drops of Sandalwood essential oil


  1.  In a bowl combine Powdered Buttermilk with Frankincense, Sweet Orange, and Sandalwood essential oils.

  2. Add the Bath Milk to a warm bath before stepping in. 

Balancing Body Scrub


  •  1/2 cup organic brown sugar

  •  1/4 cup sesame oil

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

  •  5 drops of lavender essential oil

  • 5 drops of geranium essential oil


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the organic brown sugar, sesame oil, and coconut oil. 

  2. Add the drops of lavender and geranium essential oils. Mix all the ingredients until well combined.

  3. Take a small amount of the scrub and gently massage it onto damp skin using circular motions. Focus on areas prone to dryness such as elbows, knees, and heels.

  4.  Rinse off with warm water and pat dry.

Black woman with glowing skin mixing ingredients for a DIY balancing body scrub for normal skin.

100% Natural DIY Recipes for Sensitive Skin

3 Face-Focused Recipes 

Calming Yogurt and Avocado Face Mask


  • 2 tablespoons of organic yogurt

  • ¼ avocado

  • ¼ teaspoon of turmeric (optional) 


  • Mix the yogurt and avocado using a fork. 

  • When mixed well, apply it to clean skin. Let it soak into the skin for at least 30 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. 

Attractive blonde woman applying Calming Yogurt and Avocado Face Mask on skin in white robe

Cooling Cucumber Face Mask


  • 1/2 cucumber (peeled and grated)

  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt

  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel


1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly to form a smooth paste.

2.  Apply evenly to cleansed skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes.

3.  Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Soothing Rosewater Toner


  • ½  cup rosewater

  • 2 tablespoons witch hazel

  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel 


1.  Combine all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well.

2.   After cleansing, spritz onto the face and neck or apply with a cotton pad.

3.   Allow it to dry naturally.

3 Body-Focused Recipes 

Body Scrub 


  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil

  • 1 tbsp chamomile flowers

  • 3 tbsp rose petals

  • 10 drops of jasmine essential oil


  1. Mix the brown sugar and coconut oil. 

  2. Blend the chamomile and rose petals in a food processor, spice grinder, or high-powered blender until it becomes a fine powder.  

  3. Combine the powder with the brown sugar and coconut oil. Add the jasmine essential oil and stir until well combined. 

Exfoliating Oatmeal face mask or Scrub


  • 2 tablespoons finely ground oats

  • 1 tablespoon raw honey

  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt  


  1. Mix ingredients to form a thick paste.

  2. Gently massage onto damp skin in circular motions for 1-2 minutes. 

  3. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry.

Soothing Coconut and Turmeric Body Scrub:

  • ½ cup of melted coconut oil 

  • 1 cup granulated sugar or sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 5-7 drops of peppermint essential oil

Woman applying her DIY soothing coconut and turmeric body scrub to her leg


  1. In a bowl, combine the melted coconut oil with granulated sugar or sea salt.

  2. Add ground turmeric and stir well.

  3. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil.

  4. Take a small amount of the scrub and gently massage it onto damp skin in circular motions.

  5. Rinse off thoroughly with warm water and pat dry.

100% Natural DIY Recipes for Oily Skin

3 Face-Focused Recipes 

Applesauce Face Mask


  • Organic apple sauce 


  1. Apply applesauce to the skin.

  2. Leave it on for 5 minutes. 

  3. Rinse off thoroughly with warm water. 

Serene woman applying DIY applesauce face mask to her oily skin.

Cleansing face mask 


  • ½ tsp of natural honey

  • ½ tsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice 


  1. Mix the two ingredients. 

  2. Apply to the face and let it soak in.

  3. Rinse thoroughly. 

Nourishing facial



  1. Mix the ingredients. 

  2. Apply to the face and neck. 

  3. Let it soak in, do not wash it off. 

3 Body-Focused Recipes 

Body Scrub 


  • 1 cup salt

  • 2 tbsp dried sage

  • 2 tbsp dried tulsi

  • 2 tbsp dried rosemary

  • ½ cup safflower oil

  • 10 drops of lemon essential oil


  1. Blend the dried herbs into a fine powder in a mortar or food processor. 

  2. Mix the herbs, salt, and safflower oil.

  3. Mix well and add the essential oil.

  4. Take a small amount of the scrub and gently massage it onto damp skin in circular motions.

  5. Rinse off thoroughly with warm water and pat dry.

Cornmeal and Honey Body Scrub


  • 2 tbsp cornmeal 

  • 2 tbsp raw honey 


  1. Mix the ingredients until it turns into a paste-like texture. 

  2. Apply in circular motions to the face

  3. Rinse off with warm water. 

Clarifying Citrus Scrub


  • 2 tablespoons finely ground oatmeal

  • 1 tablespoon organic yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 1 teaspoon almond oil


  1. In a bowl, combine the finely ground oatmeal and turmeric powder.

  2. Mix in organic yogurt, fresh lemon juice, and almond oil, until it becomes a thick paste.

  3. Gently massage the scrub onto damp skin using circular motions.

  4. Allow the scrub to sit on your skin for an additional 5 minutes.

  5. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

Black woman standing in front of the window, soaking up the sun, smelling a fresh lemon while making a  DIY clarying citrus scrub

100% Natural DIY Lip Care 

Honey Lip Scrub


  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey

  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil 

  • 2 tablespoons of raw sugar

  • Dash of fresh lemon juice 

  • A clean toothbrush


  1. Mix coconut oil, raw honey, raw sugar, and lemon juice in a small bowl. 

  2. Place mixture onto a toothbrush and in a gentle circular motion, apply to lips.

Woman with glowing skin applying DIY honey lip scrub to her lips with a clean toothbrush

Cooling Lip Balm 


  • 1 tablespoon beeswax

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

  • 2 tablespoons shea butter

  • 7 drops of lavender essential oil

  • 7 drops peppermint essential oil


  1. Melt beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter in a pot on low-medium heat.

  2. Remove from heat once heated and add lavender and peppermint oils. Whisk well to distribute oil throughout.

  3. Pour into a container and let cool until hard.

Cookie Lip Scrub 


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

  • 1 tablespoon natural sugar

  • 2 teaspoons raw honey

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 4 drops of cinnamon essential oil


  1. Mix coconut oil, honey, and sugar in a small bowl. 

  2. Add in vanilla extract and cinnamon essential oil and mix with a fork.

  3. Apply to lips. 

Woman sitting in her robe doing her skin care routine

The DIY Experience 

Embrace the fun of DIY - and the self-care side of it, by setting time aside to mix and apply your handmade, natural products. This shouldn't feel like a chore, it should feel like a luxurious treat, just for you.  

After making your special concoction, allocate time to luxuriate in it. Once you’ve applied your DIY product, find a quiet space to recline and indulge in a peaceful meditation, book, podcast, or at least some quiet (technology-free time) while your skin absorbs the nourishment. 

Photo of 100% natural plant derived products for making DIY skin care

Is it Safe to Use DIY Skincare?

While DIY homemade skincare often has countless benefits, it's important to be mindful of the ingredients you incorporate. For example, baking soda, citrus fruits, undiluted vinegar, and some spices, can actually irritate the skin rather than nourish it.

One of the key concerns with DIY skincare is the risk of over-exfoliation, particularly with homemade scrubs. These scrubs can sometimes be too abrasive, leading to skin irritation and even damage. Simply use caution, especially when it exfoliates delicate facial skin. 

Another concern with DIY is contamination as without proper techniques, homemade products can form and cultivate harmful bacteria. When making  DIY products, it’s important to store them correctly in air-tight containers. 

Skin Deep Beauty

Wellness and beauty go skin-deep!

DIY skin care with natural ingredients is intertwined with holistic wellness, paying careful attention to everything we put into - and onto - our bodies and minds. Holistic wellness encourages self-care to encompass it all: physical, mental, and emotional needs, leading to increased health and radiance, from the inside out. 

Our skin is our largest organ and a mirror of our inner and outer wellness. It shines, we shine. 

Paint drawing of a woman with beautiful skin

Choosing skincare products wisely, and consciously choosing 100% natural and non-toxic options, can contribute to maintaining healthy skin. 

6 Positives of DIY’ing and Natural Skin Care

Taking the DIY route has extensive benefits, including: 

  1. Develop a better relationship with Mother Nature: Humans are naturally interconnected with nature, and natural ingredients for skin care, support organic harmony between humans and nature.

  2. Heals you holistically:  DIY skin care formulations are intentionally curated, incorporating herbs, oils, and other natural ingredients that have therapeutic properties that promote overall well-being. By opting for strictly clean ingredients, it’s less likely to cause harm or imbalances in the body. 

  3. Avoid nasty and harmful chemicals! Too many commercial skin care products are packed with harmful synthetic chemicals, preservatives, and fragrances which can irritate the skin and disrupt its natural balance. 

  4. Take a kinder approach to the planet: DIY skin care recipes typically call for locally sourced ingredients, promoting sustainability and reducing environmental impact. 

  5. Have a personalized approach that makes sense:  No two people have the same skin care requirements. Incorporating DIY skincare allows for tailoring the routine to specific skin types.

  6. Saves you money: Switching to making your skin care concoctions can be a budget-friendly alternative as homemade skin care can be more affordable.

Woman relaxing after applying DIY skincare

FAQ's about DIY Natural Skin Care Recipes 

Which homemade product is best for the face?

There isn't a one-size-fits-all answer as it does depend on skin types. Rich ingredients like honey, yogurt, oatmeal, and avocado are amazing d for their moisturizing and nourishing properties.

What is the best natural thing to put on your skin?

Natural oils like coconut oil, argan oil, and jojoba oil are great for hydrating and protection. Aloe vera, green tea extract, and rose water are wonderful for their soothing and antioxidant properties.

How to take care of your skin in the right way?

Start with a consistent skincare routine of cleansing, moisturizing, and applying SPF - even if the sun is hiding. Avoid harsh chemicals, and stay hydrated. Having good sleep hygiene, eating a balanced diet, and managing stress will also help your skin shine. 

Inforgraphic natural skin care inspired daily routine

How does one develop a regular skincare ritual?

Developing a skincare routine begins with a deep understanding of your skin type and concerns. If you are unsure of your skin type, try our Skin Type Discover Quiz! Then, create a daily routine for morning and night. 

Which herbs give glowing skin?

Turmeric, neem, aloe vera, and rosemary have both skin-brightening and rejuvenating properties. Incorporating these herbs can support a gloriously glowing complexion.

Woman joyfully applying a DIY face mask to her radiant skin

Are You Ready To Embrace DIY? 

We hope this article has empowered you to embrace DIY and look to your fridge - and garden - for the true secrets of unlocking radiant, glowy skin. 

By reaching for chemical-free and natural remedies that are tailored to your unique skin concerns, your health and skin health will transform.

Plus, having a steak in your skin routine through DIY promotes self-care rituals that honor the balance of mind, body, and spirit, supporting a holistic approach that is sustainable, nourishing, and empowering!

Which DIY recipe excites you the most!? 

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Marissa Del Mistro
Marissa Del Mistro writer Marissa Del Mistro is a writer and editor with diverse interests. When she's not pursuing writing, she enjoys cooking, listening to podcasts, and traveling. She lives in the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, where she loves to explore her gorgeous surroundings.