How to Make Clean Skincare Products at Home

Hi, friends! Before we dive into our favorite clean beauty DIYs and tips, we recommend reading Elsie’s post about why clean beauty matters. Our team started implementing clean beauty and skincare products/routines a few years ago, and it’s pretty amazing how your skin can benefit from using real ingredients, cutting back on alcohol and sugar, and drinking more water. Ready to make your own products to try at home?

Homemade rose water face mist is great to use throughout the day when your skin needs a little hydration boost, and we love using it as a makeup setting spray, too. Side note: You can also make your own pillow mist!

An ultra-rich and moisturizing body butter that smells like heaven (lavender and vanilla heaven, actually).

Grapefruit and lemonade lip scrub. Gently exfoliate your lips with this amazing scrub made with coconut oil and caster sugar—and this stuff smells so good.

Looking for a budget-friendly way to get started with natural beauty? All of these products can be found at Target!

Swapping cotton rounds with DIY makeup remover wipes is a sustainable way to take off your makeup every night. By the way, this is one of our favorite cleansing oils, and here’s a less expensive option.

Add texture and moisture to your locks (and enhance waves) with Elsie’s pink salt hairspray DIY. Did we mention it’s pink?

Something we didn’t always realize was how important face oil can be for our skin. Our first thought? It will make us break out! But it actually does the opposite (a lot of products strip away natural moisture and cause your skin to product more oil). Here’s how you can make your own face oil and five ways to use it every day.

The best moisturizing shaving cream ever and a few tips for those of us with sensitive skin.

Have you ever used bentonite clay? It’s budget friendly and it has so many beneficial uses! Here are three of Emma’s favorite ways to use it.

We all know that sleep is important, but how vital is it for your skin? Very. Here are five ways to get amazing skin while you’re catching your z’s (aka, beauty sleep!).

Add a couple scoops of rosemary mint bath salts for the ultimate bath experience. Doesn’t that sound amazing right now?

We love these tips for making your lips look fuller without over-lining or injections.

Homemade body oil to use during the winter months. This recipe has a little shimmer in it, too!

We’re definitely guilty of not washing our makeup brushes (and beauty blenders) enough—how about you? This solid cleanser is so easy to make and use that it will help you get in the habit of washing them more often.

Did anyone else grow up using that infamous apricot scrub on their face? Keely talks about exfoliation in this post and how easily it can damage your skin if you aren’t using the right products or techniques.

Keep your cuticles nourished with this hydrating cuticle oil made with vitamin E, sweet almond oil, and essential oils.This is one of our favorite DIYs because we use dry shampoo allll the time and it’s hard to find a good, clean brand.Here are some ways to make your brows look fuller and bolder (but still natural).

It’s not too early to get your feet ready for sandal season. This citrus mint sea salt scrub is pure magic! And, let’s not leave out this cinnamon spice body scrub.

This makes us want to have a spa-themed craft night. Are you into it? xo, The ABM Team

P.S. If making beauty products isn’t your thing, check out our favorite clean beauty must-haves from some of our favorite brands or check out our podcast Episode #20: Our Clean Skincare + Beauty Favorites!

  • I tried making my own body scrub a little while ago but I wasn’t very successful because it seemed to ‘go off’ very quickly. Do any of these have an expiry date? I’d love to give a few of them a go, but I’m not really a religious user of any products because I’m lazy so they might be stuck on the shelf for a little while.

    Emma |

  • I’m going to have to try the face mist and mask!


  • I’m wondering what your thoughts are on suggesting “clean” beauty and “clean” living while both explicitly promoting Amazon and frequently linking to them. It’s no secret that the convenience culture Amazon perpetuates is the opposite of clean when it comes to the environment, as well as to the health of small businesses and communities. I’ve seen comments like this come up on other posts, but I’ve never seen them addressed. To suggest something is “clean” but only in certain contexts or up until a certain point feels pretty backwards and irresponsible, especially considering the platform you have.

    • Hi! We never claimed to be purists or to boycott Amazon. If you want to- that’s great for you.

      I’m a big believer that doing *some* positive actions is better than doing none. Being imperfect at something does not erase the efforts to do better. For me, sustainable changes are something I have to implement over time- which is why we’ve been swapping out one bad product/habit at a time for years now. If we waited until we were perfectly sustainable/zero waste to blog about these topics we never would have started. 🙂 We’re just real people doing our best- and learning along the way.

      • Amen sista! I am always so hesitant to share when I like a new “green product” because I know someone will jump in and tell me how many things I am doing wrong outside of that one small act. I couldn’t agree more that if we waited until we were perfect and doing all the right sustainable things, we would never be able to start. Thank you for being such a bright light and for sharing these awesome ideas! I pinned them and can’t wait to give them a shot!

      • Amen! Progress NOT perfection is what’s important. And I applaud anyone who is trying to make a change because everyone can’t care about everything all the time! I just started getting into clean beauty and I am so grateful for this post!

      • I absolutely agree that making steps is doing better than doing nothing, but is linking to small businesses and bookstores and avoiding Amazon round-up posts that big of a leap?

  • Do y’all have a DIY hair mask that you’d recommend? I’ve been trying to find a recipe that works for me because I’m trying to grow out my hair, but my ends are so damaged every time I go see my stylist she has to cut off as much as I’ve been able to grow.

  • Thanks for this post! So many great DIYs to try out! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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