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homemade skin care products

What we have here is almost entirely edible.

However, nothing is meant to be eaten.

And nothing is green, chocolate, or filled with Bailey’s Irish Cream. 

What we have here are quick + easy homemade natural skin care products. 


Two things I loathe buying are cleaning products + skincare products [oh, and makeup!].  First of all, if you’re going the more natural route, they’re expensive.  Secondly, just because it’s a product sold at Whole Foods [or another natural food store] doesn’t automatically make it perfect in regards to the ingredients.  Food labels are one thing, but cleaning and body products are another.  The ingredients all sound foreign to me, and I always forget the key words to look out for.

So for the most part I try and take matters into my own hands.

Simplicity is where it’s at.


The other day I got roped into a free facial assessment at Whole Foods.  There was a big fancy machine that took a photo of your face and showed all the different layers and problem areas of your skin.  There wasalso a woman that seemed to know what she was talking about.  I knew she would be trying to sell products at the end, but I wanted to see the results of the evaluation.

It seemed legit, but I’m also pretty gullible.

Four areas where my skin was average or below [for my age] were UV spots, pores, brown spots, and red areas.  Even though I can’t physically see red areas or spotting it’s something that will become more pronounced as I age

After the assessment, she asked what my current skin care regimen was.  Ummm, barely anything.  I’ve never really had problematic skin and like to keep things pretty basic.  I use a creamy cleanser, toner [earth science], and unrefined coconut oil for moisturizing.  One thing she recommended was adding a gentle exfoliating scrub to my routine and said it would help in many different areas.

Of course the one she recommended was around $30 [MyChelle].  $30 that I would rather spend on delicious food.  However, I realize taking care of my skin is important to overall health so I went on a search for alternatives.

*please note* I am not a skincare professional.  Always use caution when adding new skincare products to your daily/weekly routine.  Consult with your dermatologist if you have questions.


I looked up gentle skin exfoliating recipe and found something extremely simple.

  • honey
  • oats
  • apple cider vinegar

The amount of honey was not specified on the website so here is the recipe I ended up using.

Oat + Honey Exfoliant

  • 1T raw honey
  • 2T ground rolled oats
  • 1/2t apple cider vinegar
  1. Grind the oats almost all the way to flour.
  2. Mix in the honey and apple cider vinegar with a fork until smooth.
  3. Wet your face, then gently apply a small amount of the scrub in circular motions.
  4. Leave on for 10-15min, rinse off with warm water, and moisturize.

*Recommended use is once a week or bi-weekly.  Is said to…help to remove dead skin, improve skin texture, and keep skin firm + hydrated.

After my first use:  My face has never felt so soft.  I was pleasantly surprised and will continue to use this about once per week.  Even the day after my skin still feels softer than normal.


other recommendations for my face: looking out for translucent zinc + titanium dioxide in sunscreen as safe alternatives to harsh chemicals, a light moisturizer [will try to make one], a gentle eye cream, and vitamin C serum with a 17% dose of L-Ascorbic Acid [improves skin texture]

I’ll keep you posted if I make any of above.  I definitely won’t be buying them anytime soon as they are quite pricey.

Next, let’s move on to coffee + skin.

I’ve read time and time again that using coffee grounds in a skin scrub helps to tighten the skin, diminish cellulite, etc.   


I finally decided to give it a go and used this simple recipe.  I’ve also started to re-incorporate dry brushing into my daily routine and spend about 3-5 minutes brushing before my shower.  Within two weeks my skin [especially legs] is noticeably tighter and smoother.

coffee grounds + sugar + oil

Could this possibly be any cheaper or easier??  It doesn’t specify but I used used coffee grounds [still wet] and it seemed to work great.

They have a list of other ingredients you can add, but I wanted to keep things as simplistic as possible.  I applied to my legs in the shower and rinsed thoroughly.  The amazing scent of coffee will definitely help wake you up in the morning!

After 1 use:  My legs felt incredibly soft.  I will most likely use this 1x/week.  I imagine it takes at least a few applications to see results.  You may want to use a drain catch so the coffee grounds don’t go down your tub drain.

Other interesting uses for coffee grounds.


Below you will find the latest version of my deodorant recipe.  I have been using this for 2.5 years and will never go back to anything that comes in a tube.  I use this all year long, even in the dead of summer and on 30+ mile bike rides. 

I added a little more vitamin E oil to this version as my skin has been fairly irritated from the dryness this winter.  I also changed up the essential oils to peppermint + sweet orange.  I recently realized I was using lavender in my deodorant, dryer sheets, and laundry detergent.  I’ve been using these for the past 6 months, which is around the time my skin became irritated.  I’m switching things up without lavender to see if that was part of the problem.

Mint Orange Deodorant

  • 6T unrefined organic coconut oil
  • 1/4c arrowroot starch
  • 1/4c baking soda
  • 4 capsules [400 IU] Vitamin E oil
  • 10 drops peppermint oil
  • 10 drops sweet orange oil
  1. Soften the coconut oil in the microwave and mix everything together until smooth.
  2. Store in a jar.
  3. Apply a small amount under each arm with your fingertips and gently rub in. [~1/8-1/4t]  Reapply throughout the day if needed.

notes: Lavender and clove essential oils are said to have natural anti-perspirant properties.  I haven’t had any issues with staining or white marks on my clothes with this deodorant, but I’m sure it can happen.  In the cooler months it can become quite hard but softens easily when applied.  If it becomes too soft in warmer months store in the refrigerator.

Next up was a concoction I found via Pinterest

Coconut Milk Shampoo

Another super easy + inexpensive 2-3 ingredient recipe.  I was out of full fat coconut milk, but had coconut cream on hand which works just as well when mixed with water.  A large container of castile soap will set you back $10-15, but it’s an amazing + versatile product that will last you a long time.  I left out the essential oil since my castile soap is peppermint scented.

After one use:  The soap was very sudsy which I love, and a little goes a long way.  I only used about 2tsp.  After drying my hair it felt noticeably thicker [even with already thick hair].  However, it was also on the heavy/greasy side.  There could have been a few problems:  I may have mixed in too much coconut cream and not enough water.  Next time I’ll use the full fat coconut milk.  I should have scrubbed it out more thoroughly.  I may need to add a touch more castile soap.  I’m not giving up on this yet!  This may work better for a conditioner to be used on the ends of my hair.


I keep all of these homemade goods in used + washed jelly jars or random mason jars I have sitting around.  I am a jar hoarder if you didn’t know.



While you’re sipping Bailey’s or baking green cupcakes, you can whip up these products.  It’s always fun to share a little something different, especially when it involves saving money!

Have a great weekend!


Reader Comments (88)

Great post! I've been wanting to try more natural skin care products and these recipes are so simple and easy. I love that I already have most of the ingredients on hand, too! The honey/oat face scrub is first on my list.

I have the same jar hoarding problem!! I'm sure it drives my husband crazy (we live in a 1br apartment with limited storage space) but seriously, they are SO handy when you make homemade dips, condiments, etc... and now I'm glad I can expand their usefulness. Can't wait to try the shampoo!

I think I started hording jars as well :-) I have a picture on my blog post of my last purchase :-) I am so making the body coffee scrub ASAP as well as the face one. I will store it in some mason jars!!
Thanks for the great post.

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEat Good 4 Life

love love love this post! can't wait to try these out :D

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

I love this! Can't wait to try the honey oat exfoliant. I was always intimidated by the thought of making my own skincare products- but you make it sound so easy :) Definitely giving some of these a try.

That is amazing! I used to use coffee grounds as a facial scrub and my face felt like a baby's butt, it was so perfect. :-D I recently started making shampoo bars and those worked out beautifully; I've never seen so much shine and silkiness in my hair before! (Although I do use a little bit of conditioner watered down and then I douse my entire head in cold water after. You don't really need to douse it but when your hair dries... ultimate perfection like a Herbal Essences ad only... you know... without the waterfalls :-D).

I also just made lip balm the other day. 100% natural, and it moisturizes my lips beautifully. Was set back a couple of bucks but it's so cost-efficient that it's worth it! My lips have never loved me more even though my wallet doesn't :)

Love this post! I've actually been waiting for my deoderant to run out [which takes FOREVER] so that I can use your recipe! I'm definately going to try out the honey/oat mixture, as well as the others. Funny story though.. maybe a year ago (?) I was researching homemade and natural skin care products for my face, and read that oatmeal is really good for your skin. One site said to make a batch of plain oatmeal and coat your face with it for about 10 minutes, then clean off. Well... after slathering it all over my face with my hands, it kept sliding off. So I just ate it. With my hands. :)

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

I love playing chemist and making homemade beauty products, but I haven't done it in a while and you've inspired me to do it again. Especially the coffee grinds because for as much as coffee costs these days I should get more out of it than my morning buzz.

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Love these! I am not a fan of buying skin care or cleaning products either and I make all of mine.

I use baking soda/glycerin/peppermint oil for a facial scrub every week or two. I also use coconut oil for a moisturizer. Mostly I just rinse with water or wash my face with coconut oil to remove make up. Super low maintenance but I LOVE the idea of coffee and sugar.

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiana @ frontyardfoodie

ah, you never cease to inspire me! and a fellow jar hoarder.. they are just so dang cute and handy :)
i can't wait to try out the oatmeal scrub, looks amazing!
i swear by your homemade deodorant. I used to use just plain baking soda mixed with water as deodorant when i first stopped using the store bought kind but it was pretty dang drying so i was pretty psyched when i found your recipe as it about saved my underarms, so thank you!!

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlou

i use a home made purifying clove mask once a week that i love! 1 tsp ground cloves. 1 tsp honey. 3-4 drops lemon juice. mix and apply to face and let sit for about 20 minutes. rinse with cool water. I found that this makes a lot for my face, but that's the general proportions. i'm going to try the oat and honey exfoliater tonight, though and see how that works! thanks!

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah E

Ah! I LOVE this!! Such a cute idea :)

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate

That's so funny I was literally just about to make the same coconut milk shampoo. Glad to know you liked it, I will use canned coconut milk.

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkatie @KatieDid

By the way, I just noticed something. I somehow just came across a post that had a coconut cream stuffed blueberry buckwheat bake in it, but then couldn't find the recipe on the recipe page, am I just missing it?! I gottttaaaa make that soon :)

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

what a great post!! i rub coconut oil on my face EVERY night and once a week put it in my hair... ( not a good idea to go out in public before rinsing!). My skin has never looked better... plus i do a little nail massage with the excess and er... shamelessly lick the spoon clean when i'm done!

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteramy @ lovetotrain

Awesome post! I think I might give that exfoliating scrub a try since I don't really do anything like that currently and it seems easy enough.

Very informative! I tried making the deodorant the first time you posted about it, but it really irritated my skin. Any advice?

Another option for a homemade scrub is ground oats and almond meal -- just process both in a blender or food processor until ground (but before they become oat-nut butter!). Mix with a small amount of water when using!

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate @ get up and flow

I'm SO going to try the oatmea + honey mask!

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz @ iheartvegetables

Hey Ashley, I went homemade on beauty products (except deoderant, I can't seem to finish mine off!) since your detoxing your life post. Just a note about the shampoo idea - I have fine hair but I have a TON so it would look to be thick- after no success with many brands from WF and our health store, I switched to straight up Dr. Bronners, and quit conditioner. It dries super fast, and has never looked better. Once every two weeks-ish I do an oil treatment (coconut/jojoba/almond blend, thinned with a bit of aloe vera) It took me six days of adjusting (I lived in a bun!) but I don't think I'll ever go back. If it's super humid outside I'll work about three drops of whatever oil is out through it when I am brushing it out after shower, but honestly it's been amazing. Plus I love that peppermint tingle, feels soooo clean!

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I love this post! I'm all about making my own skin & body care products ~ I've posted recipes for a few on my blog and will be posting more over the year as part of a project (A Year of Natural Beauty & Health). The one thing I haven't tried yet is homemade makeup. That's a real tough one to get into but maybe at some point... Love this post, yay you! :-D

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

bless you ashley - this post is just what i needed. at expo west i was searching for decent natural products that dont cost exorbitant amounts of $$$, but like you, i couldnt remember which chemicals were the bad ones and which were just names i didnt know. i have been using toms, both for my teeth and every once in a while as a face mask (sounds weird i know). i also use their deodorant, which is fine if im not exercising.

i cant wait to try some of these ideas. i googled them a while back but was so overwhelmed with the variety of info. this is simple and all stuff i have on hand!

now if only you could sort out a natural mascara...

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterelise

OH my gosh, the coffee scrub sounds so wonderful. I've got to try that! And the honey+oat scrub sounds heavenly as well. Dumb question - do you keep all this stuff in the fridge or not? The shampoo sounds like it might turn pretty quickly if left out. (BTW, I think you have the wrong link set for the coconut milk shampoo - it links to a google search for dry brushing)

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I actually want to start dry brushing. I feel like I take care of my skin, but I've heard some really amazing things about dry brushing and that's one thing I've never tried. This was a great post! Thanks Ashley!

When I clicked on the link for coconut milk, it took me to a Google page that was unrelated, as far as I could tell. Help please because I've been trying to find a good recipe for natural homemade shampoo!

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

YES to using oats as a beauty product! Here's what I do bi-weekly: grind organic oats, mix them with a bit of warm water to make a thick mixture (think pancake batter), spread mixture on my face and leave it on until it hardens, then wash off! It's honestly one of the best "face masks" I have ever used- it leaves my skin so incredibly soft!

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIrina @ ChocolaTeaTime

Thanks for all the natural cleaner/skin care recipes! I found a good blog with some good cosmetic recipes and tips if you're interested: Lots of good info!

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

Normally, I spend my weekends trying out new cooking and baking recipes. It looks like this weekend I will be making some skin care products. Thanks for the inspiration!

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWillow @ My Own Trail

Fellow jar hoarder here! My MIL actually just brought me more jars! Castille soap really is good for everything. We've replaced so many things with it. Can't wait to try the deodorant, I have all the ingredients already!

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Love the post and the ideas. It all looks so good that I'd be tempted to snack on my skincare line :)

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAverie @ Averie Cooks

Sorry about that! I fixed the link now. There were so many on that post one was bound to get messed up. ;)

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks! I fixed the link! :) I haven't stored anything in the fridge as of yet. Not sure if any of the mixtures need to be refrigerated or not. The sites didn't say anything on that.

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

gosh - can we be married?!?! Bookmarking this - because I'm definitely going to make that coffee cellulite stuff!! ;)

Oh I so love oatmeal masks although I just do it with oats, honey, and water. Also, I do synchronized swimmming so we have to put gellatin in our hair for competitions so it stays in place. Let me tell you, your hair becomes gorgeous after that and extremly smooth!

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNadiya@ Milk and Honey

Wow, that is amazing about the synchronized swimming!

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That's awesome!! I am jar obsessed. I have a thing for Crofters jelly jars as well as mason jars. :) Hope you like the deodorant!

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You're welcome! Enjoy!

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks for passing along the link!

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I really enjoy dry brushing. I for sure notice a difference in the tightness of my skin. Hope you like it!

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The expense of products kills me. I know that a lot of products last for 6mo - 1yr but I hate dropping $30 at once on one product. I tried Tom's deod and liked the smell but it didn't work for me at all. Hope you like some of these mixtures!

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Sounds like an great project! I don't know if I'll get into homemade makeup, but I was looking at buying some that other people make on Etsy. :) It was really affordable!

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks for the shampoo tip. Glad that works for you!

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Did you use the vitamin E oil? That helps a lot and I even increased it in this last batch. I've heard of people have problems with it being irritating to their skin though. It might just be one of those things that not everyone can use. If I remember correctly it was caused by the baking soda. Make sure to use a non-aluminum baking soda if you give it a go again. I have problems with irritation from time to time but it hasn't been too bad. I usually moisturize with coconut oil after my shower and then put the deod. on a little while later.

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I think I'm going to make a mix with coconut oil + shea butter for my face. Great idea to put it in your hair once a week!! I've read a few recipes for hair masks with egg, avocado, banana and a few other things but have yet to try them. I have so much fun with this stuff!

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley :) tip: Instead of making a flax egg for the bake, just add 1T of flax with the dry ingredients and about 1-2T extra milk to the mixture. I have found that to work much better than flax eggs which can sometimes come out gooey.

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That sounds great!

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

YAY to the deodorant!!

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I sometimes forget about making beauty products at home too. When I do remember, I kick myself because of how easy + cheap it is. 99% of the time I have all of the ingredients on hand too!

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahaha...smearing your skin with breakfast! Yum!

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Shampoo bars? Awesome!

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahaha, jar hoarders unite!

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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