Have you ever tried to DIY your own beauty product?

I haven’t done anything like that in a long while! I used to make up my own glycerin mixture for helping pigments adhere better to the lid, and I’ve definitely made a DIY lip scrub!

— Christine


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Kimmwc03 Avatar

In middle school I mixed nail polishes to get the right shade. I only had a couple shades (mostly light colors) and dark colors were “in” at the time.

Alison Avatar

Just this year, when the rose hips were in bloom, a friend suggested picking the flowers because she wanted to make a cake with them. So I decided to use the ones I picked by immersing them in glycerine and making a face product, which I am now applying in colder weather under face cream.

Ana Maria Avatar

I had my period in my life when I was exploring more DIY skincare / body care, purchasing cosmetic grade oils, butters, active ingredients and so on, trying to copy cosmetic recipes from websites promoting natural products… then I realized I like the part of combining ingredients, but not the results. 😆 I made some toner mists, body and face lotions, the usual clay masks (which I still actually do by mixing bentonite and active charcoal).
A little part in me wish I was a chemist. My latest tries where with making `homemade` mouthwash, but I couldn’t find a recipe that works for me. I tried to make the switch because it seemed less wasteful (the ingredients still come in plastic, but you get more mouthwash per plastic bottle).

With make-up I’ve been less keen on experimenting with DIY.

Nancy T Avatar

A few times. Nothing earthshaking or anything, though. My last “project” was just a DIY scrub made from brown sugar and coconut oil with a little Argan oil added. Use to use this on my face in the morning until my daughter informed me that this was likely causing micro-tears in my facial skin. Used up the last of this combo on my lips instead.

kjh Avatar

I used to combine dried herbs for facial steaming in lots of different formulas. But, flashback! In eight grade (circa 1962) two of my friends/classmates made soap for a school project. It smelled divine, but when they demo’d washing with it, their eyebrows fell out. Both of them. Hadn’t thought of that in decades. Absolutely hysterical, as long as you were left standing with eyebrows. Remember, this was way long before the internet was incubated, and there weren’t 5K recipes for DIY everything.

lisas1970 Avatar

The only DIY product I’ve made is setting spray. It’s so expensive and I wanted to use with my highlighter. I use rose water so it smells amazing!!

Deborah S. Avatar

I haven’t done too much and probably the only thing that I have actually done and used is lip scrubs, which I think most beauty enthusiasts have tried at some point. I do mix concoctions of various already existing products and following two “recipes” from Gothamista I have made my own facial toner mist and cushion compact. She has guidelines and product descriptions for a way to make your own mist and cushion so basically just followed her advice substituting my own products.

CeeBee Avatar

Not from scratch but I have mixed up my own foundation using ones that were too pale/too dark/not enough coverage/too much coverage/too yellow/too peach/etc

Same thing with lipsticks – melted them up together in a little silicone cup and poured blended shades into an empty palette.

Alecto Avatar

Just in the sense of mixing different color cosmetics to get unique ones (I’ve done this to lipsticks, eyeshadows, and blushes).

I do have plans to purchase various butters (Capacua, Mango, Illipe, Cocoa, etc…) and make my own solid body butter bars for moisturizing, but I want to work through all my current moisturizers first.

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