DIY Beauty recipes for flawless skin

DIY skin care products are a great way to save money and they’re really not that hard to make. And you get the added benefit of knowing exactly what ingredients are going into those products, and therefore your body.

Today I’m sharing DIY beauty recipes to help you make your own cleanser, toner and moisturiser. They’d make great homemade gifts too!

Skin types

Before we get to the recipes themselves let’s just quickly talk about skin types.

The thing I love about making my own skin care products is that my skin loves the essential oils, and it looks and feels so much better. I found that my skin doesn’t react to anything in the blends because it’s all natural, with no scary unpronounceable chemicals. If a blend felt too strong I just added more base product reduce the strength and make it lighter.

I’m sure you know what your skin type is, but I suggest that when using these recipes for the first time you start with half the number of suggested drops of oil and then increase the strength of them as you see how your skin reacts.

  • Normal skin is supple and smooth with a healthy glow, and is usually free from blemishes. Essential oils that are suitable for normal skin are Lavender, Lemon, Geranium and Chamomile.
  • Oily skin often has enlarged pores, blemishes and a dull or shiny complexion. Lavender, Tea Tree, Chamomile and Geranium oils are all suitable for oily skin
  • Combination skin is the most common skin type and is characterised by drier cheeks, with oilier skin in the T Zone, which is the area from your chin up to your forehead and then across your forehead. Lavender, Lemon, Geranium and Chamomile oils are all suitable for combination skin.

DIY All Natural Cleanser


  • 100 ml glass bottle (Where to buy)
  • 100 drops (5 ml) Essential Oil (see below for blends)
  • 95 ml Castille Soap (Where to buy)

Blend suggestions

Normal and Oily Skin Types

  • 60 drops (3 ml) Lavender, 40 drops (2 ml) Lemon Essential Oils

Dry and Combination Skin Types

  • 60 drops (3 ml) Lavender, 40 drops (2 ml) Geranium Essential Oils


  1. Add the oils to the glass bottle.
  2. Pour in the liquid soap.
  3. Shake well to combine.
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To use:

Massage onto face, neck and decollete and wash off with warm water and cloth (or cotton wipes). You will need to wipe 2-3 times, to remove all oil and grime from skin. Rinse again, tone, pat dry and moisturize.

DIY All Natural Toner


  • 100ml glass bottle
  • 40 drops (2 ml) Lavender Essential Oil (Where to buy)
  • 5 ml Vinegar
  • 93 ml Water


  1. Add the water and vinegar to the glass bottle.
  2. Add the essential oils.
  3. Shake well to combine.

To use:

Shake the bottle well then apply to a cotton ball and gently wipe over your face.

DIY All Natural Moisturiser


  1. 100 ml glass jar (Where to buy)
  2. 100 drops (5 ml) Essential Oil blend (as below)
  3. 95 ml Shea Butter (Where to buy)

Blend suggestions

dr = drop

Normal Skin

  • 30 dr Lavender, 30 dr Geranium, 20 dr Lemon, 20 dr Chamomile

Oily Skin

  • 40 dr Geranium, 25 dr Lavender, 25 dr Tea Tree, 10 dr Chamomile

Dry Skin

  • 35 dr Lemon, 35 dr Lavender, 20 dr Geranium, 15 dr Chamomile

Combination Skin

  • 30 dr Lavender, 30 dr Lemon, 20 dr Chamomile, 20 dr Tea Tree


  1. Prepare your base cream by whisking the shea butter in your kitchen mixer for a couple of minutes until it looks like whipped cream.
  2. Add half of the shea butter to the jar.
  3. Add the essential oils.
  4. Stir with a metal spoon.
  5. Add the remaining shea butter.
  6. Stir again to combine all the ingredients.

To use:

After cleansing and toning you will need to add moisture back to your skin, even if it’s oily. Apply moisturiser as part of your daily morning and evening routine, and before applying make up.

More DIY beauty tips

For more DIY beauty tips check out our Paraffin Foot Spa and DIY Bath Bombs!

The DIY Beauty Recipes are so easy to make and would make great gifts!

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