I actually never knew that making cosmetics in your own kitchen, using natural ingredients was possible, let alone fairly simple. I am not talking about formulating your own cosmetics, just about following recipes. Until about two years ago…
I went to pick up some bits and pieces from Holland and Barrett and picked up a copy of their Healthy magazine. Not sure if I intended to or if it was my destiny to buy it that day. And there I found this article that had my attention in a matter of seconds. Unfortunately the on-line version of Healthy doesn’t have that article (or maybe I just cannot find it) so I can’t share it with you. I can’t even remember what the title was (my memory can’t always be relied on). But I can remember WHO the article was about! Karen Gilbert! I have never heard of Karen before but I was quickly captivated by the images and her story. And there I also found a few of her natural cosmetics recipes. The article mentioned her book Natural Beauty. 35 step-by-step projects for homemade beauty. What did I do? I ordered the book immediately (you can get it here) and I waited.
And when it finally arrived I was in heaven. I love reading and I love cosmetics. Can you imagine what the combination of both did to me? Don’t ask me which recipe I tried out first. I have no idea. I wanted to try them out all at once but to this day I haven’t actually tried them all yet. But if you are, like me, interested in making your own cosmetics at home I definitely recommend this book. Besides the very easy to follow recipes there is also plenty of information about different types of ingredients and other resources needed when you are a beginner, like I was.
I now own more books about making natural cosmetics but this was the one that influenced me the most. One of my Pinterest boards is dedicated to DIY cosmetics. I add pins and then test them or adapt them to my needs or liking. Not all finds are great but those get deleted (!) And don’t forget about the internet as a tool to find anything you need or are interested in. A word of advice however… Do NOT make or test every recipe you find there. Do some research if you have that gut feeling that an ingredient used isn’t quite safe. I have seen all sorts. Really!
What happened to all my jars, pots and tubes of cosmetics you may ask. Well…They got replaced (not all of them, not yet, as I am still learning and don’t know how to make all cosmetics I used to use). So what you can find around my flat now are all different types of empty jars, pots and bottles waiting to be filled with my creations. Ingredients: all kinds of essential oils, tinctures, clays and powders, carrier oils and butters and whatever else I need. And of course some simple equipment like a food thermometer, a milk frother (yeah, I know lol), a separate set of spoons, jugs and labels. I even have this little, cute stamp that says “Handmade”. That’s for when I make cosmetics for my friends and as gifts.
I still cannot wait for my cosmetics to be used up. The only difference now is that I simply cannot wait to try out a new recipe. And body scrubs are still my biggest love…
P.S. This post contains an affiliate link which means I make a small commision on products bought through it. However I fully recommend this book because this is the one that inspired me to start making my own cosmetics.