My 8 Favorite Ingredients for Homemade Products

Healthy Living on a Budget Tip #8

Buy ingredients, not ready-made products… then make your own personal care products of course! Many homemade personal care products contain the same handful of ingredients. Making these products yourself is cheaper and allows you to control exactly what goes in them.

Do you make your own personal care products? If not, you should try it! It's surprisingly easy, exceptionally affordable, wonderfully natural, and makes great gifts. Seriously! My mom constantly asks me to make her more of the whipped body butter I gave her for Christmas. 

Over the past year or so I've become obsessed with the ingredients on personal care products. I would turn over product after product at the store reading the ingredient label and search google for hours trying to find the perfect lotion or sunblock or hair wax... but my searches typically left me empty handed. If I could afford it, I didn't like the ingredients. If I liked the ingredients, I couldn't afford it. So finally I turned to my favorite recipe website,, and started making my own. 

So first I want to share my favorite ingredients for these homemade products. Then, in future blog posts, I'm going to share with you exactly how I make them :) 

My 8 Favorite Ingredients for Homemade Products:

  1. Activated Charcoal - toothpaste, first aid
  2. Bentonite Clay - toothpaste, face mask
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar - facial toner, fask mask, & used internally
  4. Baking Soda - toothpaste, deoderant, & cleaning
  5. Fractionated Coconut Oil - lotions, toothpaste, general carrier oil
  6. Zinc Oxide Powder - sunblock (take a look at my "recipe" here)
  7. Beeswax - lotions, hair wax, chapstick 
  8. Essential Oils - everything, including lotions, hair wax, bug spray, toner, air freshener, to fight infections and support the body, in cooking… (ok maybe I cheated with this "ingredient" that's actually an endless number of ingredients)

I can't wait to show you the products I make!

And if you don't know what's in the products you use and the effects of those ingredients, check out the Environmental Working Group's Consumer Guides. You can type in the product you use and it will show you it's grade, how it got that score, and the harmful effects of the ingredients.


I will link to the products as we show you how I make them:


Sunblock - Zinc Oxide or Essential Oil

Bug Repellent

Dry Shampoo


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