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DIY Beauty Basics: 5 Must-Have Ingredients for Making Your Own Products

Want to be able to whip up your own beauty products? Check out this shopping list from DIY BEAUTY that can help you get started.

DIY Beauty Shopping List:

It’s time to go shopping! Some of the ingredients in this book are common grocery items, like Greek yogurt and strawberries, and some are kitchen staples, like baking soda. But if you really want to get serious about DIY beauty, you have to get to know your waxes, butters, and oils. You will see that these ingredients appear in a lot of the recipes in this book. Changing something as simple as the ratio can take the same ingredients from a lip balm to a cleansing balm. Every ingredient in this list is used in more than one recipe. So when you buy a new ingredient for your stash, you know you will put it to good use. Here are some of the items you will need to purchase for the recipes in this book:

#1. Beeswax: There are many kinds of waxes that are suitable for cosmetic use, but beeswax is by far the most common. Beeswax creates a barrier that slows the loss of water from your skin. And that’s pretty awesome, because it keeps your skin hydrated and moisturized. You can find beeswax in bar or pellet form in online stores. It all comes down to your preference, but I find pellets easier to measure when making beauty products. Beeswax typically has a golden hue, but you can also buy naturally filtered white beeswax. This is a great choice if you want to add your own color to a product, like an eye shadow or a tinted lip balm. If you’re looking for a vegan option, there are some alternatives you can use instead. These include candelilla wax, carnauba wax, and Japan wax. Every wax has its own level of hardness, so you will have to experiment with the ratios in the recipe if you decide to swap

#2. Butters: If you’ve just started making your own beauty products, shea butter and cocoa butter will probably be your go-to choices. But don’t overlook some of the other amazing butters, like mango and avocado butter. Both avocado and mango butter feel drier on the skin than shea butter, so you can swap them in body balm recipes for a less greasy feel. You can find refined and unrefined butters. Most of the time unrefined butters are preferred for beauty products.

#3. Plant-Based Oils: For years we’ve been told that oils are bad. Who would ever think to put an oil on oily skin? Well, I would, because for me oils were the hack to a perfectly balanced, shine-free skin. Oils from nuts, seeds, or plants are an important ingredient in many natural skincare products. You might know them as carrier oils. These oils are rich in essential fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins that help your skin look and feel great. Refer to Chapter 3 for an overview of my favorite carrier oils.

#4. Cosmetic Mica: I can’t get enough of glitter. But I’m not a fan of the plastic it’s made of. Enter mica. Mica is a naturally occurring mineral found in rocks. It’s used to add color and sparkle to many things, including cosmetic products. Mica comes in many colors, from bright, bold hues to a shimmery pearl or gold. As the mica you buy for your beauty products should be approved for cosmetic use, I refer to it in the recipes in this book as cosmetic mica. Check carefully before you buy it to see if it can be used on your skin and especially on your face, for example in lip and eye products.

#5. Citric Acid: You’ll see this ingredient a lot in Chapter 6, the Bath Fun chapter. Don’t let the term acid scare you. Citric acid is a natural compound found in fruits like oranges and lemons. The citric acid powder you can buy in bulk is a very concentrated form of this natural compound. It’s often used as a natural preservative in foods, but I like it best for making bath bombs. With a 1-pound bag you can make about sixteen regular-sized bath bombs. Give it a try and order a bag online. I bet you’ll be ordering it on repeat.

For more beauty tips, pick up a copy of DIY Beauty by Ina De Clercq!

Plus, learn how to whip up a batch of “Cream Corporelle,” a body cream inspired by La Mer’s The Body Crème in the video below:


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Excerpted from DIY Beauty by Ina De Clercq. Copyright © 2019 by the author. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.


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