I have recently noticed a surge in popularity of DIY beauty and body products online. I follow many blogs that post formulas for homemade cosmetics, soaps, body lotions, etc.

And I can’t get enough!

I have started experimenting in my own kitchen, coming up with some DIY body products using common kitchen items. Here are some reasons why you should hop on the DIY beauty bandwagon:

  • Saving money – Cosmetics and body products can cost an arm and a leg. The more DIY alternatives you can make at home, the more money you will save.
  • Avoiding toxic ingredients – What you put on your body is arguably as important as what you put in your body. The more I read about toxic ingredients that are used in everything from hand soap to sunscreen, the more I want to avoid them.
  • Having fun – Mixing up lotions and potions in your own home is more fun that you would imagine. I love playing scientist in my kitchen!

Ready to try it yourself? Read the information below and get started on your own DIY adventure!

DIY Lip Scrub

Copycat LUSH lip scrub recipe, from Cheap Recipe Blog

I enjoy shopping at Lush cosmetics. After looking at the list of ingredients on their Popcorn Lip Scrub, I decided to try making my own at home. This homemade version works great and actually tastes like kettle corn. Love!

Get the recipe: DIY lip scrub

Homemade Vaseline and Tinted Lip Balm

Make your own homemade Vaseline at home using all-natural products. From Cheap Recipe Blog.If you want a soothing, non-toxic balm to use on chapped hands and skin, make a batch of this homemade Vaseline. If you want a tinted balm for your lips, just add a small chunk of your favorite lipstick to the mixture.

Do you have an aloe vera plan in your house? This plant has several uses beyond just soothing burns and cuts. Use it to make your own aloe vera hair oil.

Looking for a totally free beauty treatment for the face that reduces inflammation and puffiness, and tightens pores? Try an ice facial. This treatment can be done at home and will totally refresh you!

Lemon Skin Balm

Lemon skin balm - Just 3 ingredients & smells like a lemon cookie! Repin to save.

This simple DIY skin balm smells like lemon cookies and makes your skin buttery soft. Another great gift idea!

Get the recipe: Lemon skin balm

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin spice sugar scrub recipe

True story: I recently found a sugar scrub online – similar to this – for $65. That’s sixty-five dollars. What if I told you that you could make a similar product at home for 50 cents?

Get the recipe: Pumpkin spice sugar scrub

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

DIY gingerbread sugar scrub. Make it in your kitchen and give it as a gift!

Here’s another DIY sugar scrub idea that smells like gingerbread and makes your skin super soft.

Get the recipe: Gingerbread sugar scrub

Lemon-Sugar Hand Scrub

DIY lemon-sugar hand scrub, from Cheap Recipe Blog

This sugar scrub is good enough to eat. And technically, you could eat it, since it’s full of edible ingredients that are great for your skin. But I recommend it to soften hands, feet, and other rough spots.

Get the recipe: Lemon-sugar hand scrub

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Ingredients to make your own homemade laundry detergent at home

While this isn’t technically a body product, I wanted to include it in this list anyway. This homemade laundry detergent works great, and costs – wait for it – just two cents per load!

Get the recipe: Homemade laundry detergent

39+ Money-Saving Uses For Baking Soda

Money-saving uses for baking soda. Keep your house clean and save money! Click through for ideas.

There are so many household uses for baking soda, from oven cleaner to litter box deodorizer to face wash.

Get the ideas: 39+ household uses for baking soda

5 Money-Saving Uses For Borax

5 easy ways to use Borax to save money around the house. Click through for details!

Borax has many uses around the home, from laundry enhancement to counter cleaning.

Get the ideas: Money-saving uses for Borax

Homemade, Less-Toxic Dishwasher Detergent

Homemade less-toxic dishwasher detergent, from Cheap Recipe Blog

This homemade dishwasher detergent is made with common kitchen ingredients that are less-toxic than most detergents that you buy in the store.

Get the recipe: Homemade less-toxic dishwasher detergent

Homemade Hand Soap

Homemade hand soap - costs just pennies to make!

Did you know that you can make your own homemade hand soap out of a bar of soap? While hand soap isn’t the most expensive item on your shopping list, this homemade version will undoubtedly save you money in the long-run. A big batch of homemade hand soap costs just a couple of cents to make. (Hint: Small bars of soap from hotels work great for this project!)

Read more: Homemade hand soap

Coconut Oil

There are literally hundreds of uses for coconut oil, from cooking to skin care and everything in between. Here are some ways I use coconut oil:

  • As an eye makeup remover
  • As a nightly face moisturizer
  • As a nourishing and softening hair mask
  • As a treatment for dry skin
  • Oil pulling
  • As a toothpaste, if I am out of my regular kind (mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda)

And I cook with coconut oil all the time because it is versatile and has many health benefits. If you’re new to using coconut oil for health and beauty purposes, remember that it is solid up to 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid pouring any amount of coconut oil down your drain, or it may solidify and cause plumbing problems.

Now it’s your turn! What are your favorite homemade beauty or body products? I would love to hear your ideas and try them out myself!