If you have been following my blog for a long time, you would know that when I started I was just becoming obsessed with Skincare and Makeup! The reason I started blogging (apart from procrastinating from doing uni assignments) was because I didn’t really have many friends interested in skincare or makeup and wanted a place to talk about it. I was also obsessed with I-herb and thought people might like to see what I bought, so I did I-herb Hauls! This was over 6 years ago now! Crazy.
Today, I am less obsessed. However when I started my non toxic journey, a whole other gate opened, so many new products to discover and I found that there were SO many recipes for DIY options. Not only do you know exactly what is going in your products but its a much more affordable way of doing things. It also made me realise how unnecessary SO many of the products on the market are. Toxic ingredients and unnecessary purchasing, no thank you.
If you are wondering why I started on this journey to living a non toxic lifestyle, I wrote a whole post on it here. I also have a non-toxic instagram account where I share a lot of DIY recipes, how I live a non toxic lifestyle and information on essential oils.
The first products I desperately wanted to make when I first received my essential oils was DIY Skincare. In the Facebook groups and blogs I follow, people were raving about their DIY’s so I decided I really wanted to give it a go.
My Skin Type
I have very irritable dry skin. Occasionally I will get oily in my T Zone however 99% of my face is dry and ‘sensitive’ I put this in ” marks because skin is also very much influenced by what goes in inside of your body as well, so it’s not always to do with beauty products when your skin goes crazy.
Benefits of Oils and Essential Oils
- Argan Oil – Packed with antioxidants and healing fatty acids, very hydrating and moisturising.
- Rosehip Oil – Hydrating & moisturising, straight from the Rosehip berry. Rich in Omegas 3, 6 and 9.
- Jojoba Oil – Moisturises & repairs skin, rich in vitamins A, D & E and omegas 6 & 9.
Some people will use Liquid Coconut Oil for their serums however I would personally avoid using this. Coconut oil, although a good oil for many other things, is highly comedogenic (pore clogging properties) which can cause major break outs if your skin doesn’t like it.
- Lavender – The holy grail of all essential oils. Used for basically everything! Always the base of any skincare as it is very hydrating and soothing.
- Frankincense – Also known as the Fountain of Youth oil as it helps to defend against fine lines and wrinkles, also giving a healthy glow.
- Elemi – A great sub for frank if you don’t want to spend the $$$, it is part of the same plant family and has similar amazing benefits.
- Patchouli – Great for improving the appearance of ageing skin giving you a healthy glow
- Manuka – supports the appearance of healthy-looking skin, reduces the appearance of blemishes
- Blue Tansy – Soothing & cleansing as well as helping to reduce the appearance of blemishes. Gives you a GLOW.
- Geranium – This oil is often used in DIY perfumes because it smells amazing. It also creates healthy looking skin.
- Helichrysum – This is not one I own as it is EXPENSIVE. However if its in your budget it does wonders for youthful and radiant looking skin.
- Tea Tree – One of the most well known and used essential oils for skin as it is wonderful for reducing the appearance of blemishes.
- Cedarwood – If you can handle the smell, this oil is great for the appearance of healthy looking skin and hair with amazing cleansing properties.
- Blue Cypress – Traditionally used to moisturise dry skin
- Lemon ( or lemongrass) – Helps reduce the appearance of aging and great for skin cleansing
- Australian Ericifolia – known as ‘Lavender Tea Tree’ soothing but also antimicrobial and purifying.
- Rose – An oil I would LOVE to have in my collection however I can in no way justify the price. The reason a lot of products have rose is because of its moisturising properties creating youthful and hydrated looking skin.
DIY Face Wash / Cleanser
Everyone washes their face right and me, I have gone through every cleanser and face wash on the market, non toxic or not. That’s why the best part about DIY is that it is SO customisable depending on the oils and essential oils you add into it. I have tried a few different recipes now and what is used really makes a difference.
You will need:
- A 300ml foaming pump bottle (this is quite essential as otherwise the mixture is quite runny and squirts everywhere)
- 1/2 Cup Unscented Castile Soap ( I use this one)
- 1 tsp oil (I use Rosehip but you could use Argan or Jojoba)
- 10 – 15 Drops of Essential Oils – choose from below
- Lavender, Frankincense (or Elemi), Lemon, Patchouli, Geranium
- Oily Skin Recommendation: 5 Drops Lavender, 3 Drops Frank, 2 drops of or Wintergreen
- Dry Skin Recommendation: 5 Drops Lavender, 5 Drops Frank, 2 Drops Geranium 3 drops Manuka
Shake a little before each use to make sure everything is well combined 🙂
TIP – If you are unsure what oils will work for you, start small. Maybe only make half the amount of face wash and see how your skin reacts.
DIY Evening Face Serum
Serums and beauty oils are SO SO expensive. Whether they are non-toxic or not. They are so expensive and sometimes for good reason as they include amazing oils and essential oils which help the appearance and healthy glow of your skin (sometimes just for branding so be careful!) For this DIY I will generally buy a 30ml bottle of oil of choice (one of the the 3 above) and add all of the essential oils I like straight into that bottle. It is important to make sure that you are getting the pure oil, not one with extra added crap in it.
This serum is rich and moisturising and has amazing skin supporting benefits. It is so easy to make and lasts forever as you only need 2 or 3 drops every evening (and morning during winter if you are as dry as me!) plus maybe a few drops to your chest and neck.
It’s so easy to make and once you have all of the oils, you can make it over and over again saving money in the long run!
You will need:
- 30ml bottle of oil (Argan, Rosehip or Jojoba)
- 30 – 35 drops of Essential Oils (choose from the list above)
- My GO-TO recipe
- 10 Drops Lavender
- 10 Drops Frankincense
- 5 Drops Elemi or Manuka
- 5 Drops Blue Tansy
- 5 Drops of either Patchouli or Geranium
Shake gently to mix & apply. The glow will set in in no time 🙂
DIY Lash & Brow Growth Serum
I am the first to admit that I have the most uneventful eyelashes. They are short and straight and take a lot of curling to get anything going! My eyebrows are sparse and thin and have no oumph to them.
I’m guessing i’m not in my own boat here because there are a lot of serums on the market for growth and yes, they do work but yes, they are expensive and probably full of ingredients you don’t really want near your eyes.
This serum is EASY and much cheaper to make. The oils used in this recipe are in general great for promoting hair growth! They are used a lot in recipes I have coming up on hair DIYs.
You will need:
- Castor Oil
- Empty Mascara Tube (you can get them here)
- 10 – 15 drops Essential oils (start with less and work your way up)
- 4 Drops Cedarwood
- 3 Drops Lavender
- 3 Drops Rosemary
If you don’t have the essential oils, you can still make this using just castor oil or just that plus the lavender depending on what you have!
Brush through lashes and brows every night before bed.
A note on quality of essential oils
In all of my recipes I use Essential Oils. I get mine from Young Living as they are a company I trust to get oils from. It is SO SO SO important that you do your own research before buying essential oils as not all oils are created equally. Generally, the ones you can find in general shops, from Target, Kmart etc are not going to be any good and can do more damage than good to your skin ( A lot of imitation oils can NOT be applied to the skin and might be harmful). I am not saying you have to buy from Young Living, I am just saying you need to get high quality oils. I have written a whole blog post HERE explaining. Feel free to ask if you have any questions.
If you are interested in more information on how to get started with your non-toxic lifestyle and would like to join my oily and non toxic team, please leave a comment below!