Guest Post by Morgan from Rogue Preparedness
I remember the first time I made lip balm. It was the first DIY product I had ever attempted and once completed, I couldn’t believe how easy it was! I absolutely loved it. I don’t buy lip balm anymore, I just make it.
Since then, I’ve been stepping out into making my own hygiene products to save money and be more self-reliant. Also, knowing exactly what’s in my products is really important to me.
Why is there so much junk in shampoos and deodorants?
I’m on a mission to live completely without store bought hygiene products.
Here are 7 homemade hygiene products that anyone can make!
1. Sugar scrub - this is the easiest homemade hygiene product that I’ve ever done and I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner! You mix equal parts sugar & coconut oil into any container and viola. Usually about 4 tbsps of each. You can make a bigger or smaller batch, depending on the size of your container. You have a sugar scrub! Use it on your face, neck, wherever! I leave the oil on my face, I don’t wash it off. It makes my skin feel so smooth!
2. Deodorant - This is again a very easy homemade recipe that I can’t believe I wasn’t doing sooner. All it takes is 6 tbsp coconut oil, 4 tbsp baking soda and 4 tbsp cornstarch. Mix it all together and place it in a container. Refrigerate for a couple hours to let it set. Apply to underarms with a tongue depressor or popsicle stick.
3. Toothpaste - Again, something so easy, why haven’t we been doing it all along? 4 tbsp coconut oil, 4 tbsp baking soda and if you want a little minty flavor, you can add in a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Mix it all together, put it in a container and use it every time you brush your teeth.
4. Lotion - There are a million and one recipes to make your own lotion. I’m going to link a couple of my favorite recipes here. I’m not affiliated with these websites, they just helped me with the recipes. Here’s a homemade face cream recipe. Here’s a homemade body cream recipe.
5. Soap - Just like with with lotion, there are a million and one recipes. Because there are so many, I’m going to leave you with a link to get you started. A tip with soap, ALL bar soap is made with lye. If you don’t want to work directly with lye, you can buy a soap base. But that soap base was made with lye. Just an FYI. The lye cooks out, so it’s not harmful once the product is complete. But, it’s just something to keep in mind when making bar soap. In most cases, you don’t have to deal with lye at all if you’re making liquid soap. Here’s a link (not affiliated with) that helped me get started: How To Make Homemade Bar Soap.
6. Face wipes - I workout often and I don’t always have time to take a full shower, so having some wipes handy is extremely helpful to simply wipe away dirt and sweat. I use these wipes on my children as well. I use them all over my body, too, not just my face. Cut a paper towel roll in half, place the roll in a container. Measure 1 cup of distilled water, then put about 1-2 tbsp of witch hazel in the water. Then put anywhere from 5-10 drops of tea tree essential oil in with the witch hazel and water mixture. Mix it all together. Pour over the paper towel roll and let it all soak in. Before use, take out the cardboard from the center and pull out the first wipe from the middle. Continue pulling the wipes from the middle and enjoy!
7. Lip balm - I love making my own lip balm and it’s SO easy! This is the only one of the above recipes that you’ll need to use a double boiler process in order to melt all of the ingredients together. This requires some sort of container, but doesn’t have to be a standard tube, you could put it in an Altoids small tin. Using a double boiler method (I fill a pot halfway with water and then place a canning jar in the water), place 3 tbsp shea butter, 3 tbsp beeswax and 3 tbsp coconut oil in the jar and melt it. Once melted fully, place the mixture in containers. This will create a lot, so you can always reduce the mixture, for example, 1 tbsp beeswax, 1 tbsp shea butter and 1 tbsp coconut oil. You could also nix the shea butter all together and just do the beeswax and coconut oil.
As you may have noticed, there are a lot of similar ingredients to each of these products. That’s a good thing! If you have to make these products often, then all you have to do is buy a few ingredients instead of many different kinds of ingredients.
I’m still working on getting the perfect shampoo recipe down, but as far as everything else goes, I make it and use it all myself. It’s extremely rewarding to know that I’ve not only made all of this myself, but I know exactly what’s in it.
Do you have any homemade hygiene recipes? Morgan is a wife, mother and preparedness advocate. She’s the founder of Rogue Preparedness where she teaches people how to be prepared through her website, YouTube, social media and local classes. She loves to spend time outdoors and learning to be more self-reliant.