How to Make Your Own Face Wash, Dry Shampoo & Deodorant

By August 18, 2014Climbing, Featured, Recipes

Are you tired of paying for over-priced body products? Do you want something natural and chemical-free that won’t break the bank? If so, then find out how to make your own natural body products, and stop paying for the things that nature provides for free 🙂

1. Face Wash

I found this recipe back in college, and I absolutely loved it! I can’t remember where I found the recipe, but it’s definitely worth trying once. It gently exfoliates, doesn’t dry out your skin, and leaves your face feeling refreshed. Now, this recipe does contain honey, so it technically isn’t vegan, but if you have any natural vegan face wash recipes, let me know in the comments below, and I’ll post it.

Honey Exfoliating Face Wash

  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Few drops of water
  1. Stir baking soda and honey together in a small container.
  2. Add a few drops of water.
  3. Gently massage face with honey mixture and rinse thoroughly.

Note: You can also just keep some raw honey in your shower and wash your face with pure raw honey.

If you’d rather buy…

If making your own face wash sounds like a struggle, you could also try Giddy Organics Face and Body Scrub. I love this stuff and have a tub of the Cinnamon Lavender in my shower right now. The ingredients include: natural source baking soda, vegetable glycerin, raw organic apple cider vinegar, raw unfiltered buckwheat honey, organic aloe vera gel, organic guar gum, organic ceylon cinnamon, organic turmeric, organic neem, and organic lavender essential oil.

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2. Dry Shampoo

Ladies (and gents, I suppose), if you’ve ever been camping without water and wished you could just wash your hair, then dry shampoo will be your next best friend. Don’t get me wrong; I love going off-grid, smelling like campfire, and feeling like I’m tan when it’s really just dirt, but my hair is naturally oily, and my scalp gets super sensitive when it’s too oily.

I would love to just go without shampoo and let my body adjust, but I keep forgetting and putting it off. So instead, I bring dry shampoo on my camping trips. The purpose of dry shampoo is to absorb the excess oils from your scalp, so your hair doesn’t look ultra shiny and greasy. I usually just bring a small container of baby powder with me on a trip, but you could also try this really simple recipe from the Wellness Mama.

DIY Dry Shampoo for Light Hair

  • 1/4 cup corn starch or arrowroot powder
  • 5 drops essential oil (if you want it to be scented)

DIY Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair

  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch or arrowroot powder
  • 5 drops essential oil (if you want it to be scented)

Stir oil into powder, if adding any, and store in a jar or other container. Apply with an old foundation brush at the roots, or just sprinkle through roots and brush/comb your hair.

If you’d rather buy…

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Betsy of Naturally Betsy has a great and affordable ($7 for 4 oz) dry shampoo blend called Brush & Go. Her natural deodorant is the best thing on the planet, so I can only imagine how great her dry shampoo blend is. You can buy it straight from her website by clicking here. Or, you can go to the drug store and get a bottle of scented or unscented baby powder. A container with a pointed tip will make it significantly easier to apply, but you can easily pour some into your hands and massage into your scalp.

3. Deodorant

Last summer, I bought a container of natural coconut oil deodorant for my boyfriend to try. It’s mid-August now, and he’s got about 2-3 uses left, which is pretty impressive. I was about to go back to the store and buy some more when the thought occurred to me to make my own. I found a few recipes, but ultimately went with Wellness Mama‘s recipe because it was the closest to the ingredients in my beloved Naturally Betsy’s deodorant.

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DIY Deodorant

Makes 1.5 cups

  • 1/2 cup medium heat coconut oil (the heat level is important if you’re going to double boil it)
  • 1/2 cup shea butter
  • 1/2 cup beeswax (white or natural)
  • 3 Tbsp baking soda (leave this out if you have sensitive skin)
  • 1/2 cup corn starch or arrowroot powder (corn starch is cheaper and just as effective)
  • optional: ~20 drops essential oils (I used about 15 drops of a lavender/tea tree oil blend and 5 drops of sandalwood oil)
  • 1 quart-sized Mason jar with lid
  1. Combine coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax in the Mason jar and close the lid
  2. Place in a small pot with a few inches of water and bring water to a boil
  3. Boil until all ingredients are melted and remove jar from the water
  4. Add baking soda, corn starch, and essential oils and mix thoroughly
  5. Pour mixture into small, wide-mouth mason jar or other container
  6. Let container sit uncovered overnight to allow mixture to harden
  7. Enjoy!

To use: You really only need a small amount (about the size of a pea) for each underarm. Rub together between your fingers and apply to underarms. If you notice any burning, you may want to try the recipe without the baking soda. I’ve never had a reaction to it, but you might if you have sensitive skin.

Note: If beeswax sounds like a hassle, you can combine all the ingredients without the beeswax for an effective deodorant. The beeswax simply thickens it up and keeps it from melting as easily.

If you’d rather buy…

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If you don’t feel like going through the trouble of making your own deodorant, I highly recommend buying Naturally Betsy’s Be Fresh deodorant. She has definitely perfected the consistency, ingredients, and aroma. You can choose between tea tree oil and lavender as the scents, and both are very subtle and refreshing.

 

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