For most of my adult life, I’ve battled a small but persistent case of eczema. I tried treatment after treatment to try to calm my skin – including a steroid cream that caused some nasty breakouts – but nothing worked…
… Until I started formulating my own skincare products.
As a naturally curious person, I’ve always enjoyed experimenting and creating new things. But it wasn’t until I was desperate to repair my skin that I started considering creating my own cleansing and skin care treatments. After research and some trial and error, I was able to tame my eczema for the first time in years using my own line of skincare made from natural products.
I’m guessing many of you also have skin issues that you want to treat naturally. Or, maybe you’re interested in simplifying your beauty routine. Maybe you’re even looking to start your own business selling natural skincare.
Whatever your reason, I believe there are many benefits to formulating your own products. Below are a few of the advantages I’ve experienced in my DIY skincare journey. My hope for you is that you experience some of these benefits as well.
You can personalize your skincare.
Everyone’s skin is different and has unique needs. An ingredient that works really well for my combination/sensitive skin may not be good for my friend’s acne-prone skin. That’s why it’s so wonderful to be able to use science and ecology to customize your skincare to your own unique needs, and to figure out your best treatments by experimentation.
There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to self-care and wellbeing, so enjoy the freedom you’ll have to customize your products to suit you and your lifestyle, ethics, culture, and needs.
Each time I create a product, I get an idea for how to improve it even further on the next round – maybe through adjusting an ingredient to make it creamier, trying a new scent, or incorporating an ingredient with a new benefit.
You have 100% control over the ingredients
When you make your own skincare products, you can pick where your raw materials are from, the quality, expense, and everything about their formulation.
Your skin is the largest organ in the body. Although most skincare products only penetrate the top layer of the skin known as the stratum corneum, depending on how the product is formulated, a percentage of what you put on your skin can end up in your bloodstream. Sometimes, this can be beneficial. Sometimes, it can cause unintended consequences.
In recent years, there has been more focus on where our food comes from and how it’s made. We should have the same concern and knowledge about the beauty and skincare industry — especially since many large commercial products include ingredients that pollute the earth, can contribute to skin sensitivities, or despite the price and marketing claims, just aren’t effective.
If making all your own skincare products is too much, look for small, independent brands with transparent ingredient lists. Some of the best artisanal brands will be happy to answer any questions you have about the ingredients including thier purpose and where and how they are sourced.
It allows you to live a more simple and minimalistic lifestyle
In today’s digital age with endless distractions, I’m always trying to find ways to simplify my life and to be a more mindful person. Increased mindfulness was a surprising but welcome side effect when I started creating my own DIY products. The process forces me to focus my attention when precisely measuring or mixing ingredients while paying special attention to the skin feel, aroma, and consistency of the end result.
Also, DIY formulation is becoming more approachable with the increase in availability of natural materials online, as well as access to resources, tips, and recipes from other DIY skincare formulators. Anyone who wants to can start creating their own products can start right in their kitchen so without any formal training or certification.
When you start creating your own products, you’re connected to a network of like-minded people who are ready to support you. And when I create my own skincare, I can be sure that I’m doing what’s best for me and my body — not what an advertising executive says is best for me.
You produce less waste
Climate change and pollution are huge issues in the world today, and we each must do our part to reduce the toll we take on our earth. Making your own beauty products allows you to bring less packaging into your home, and reduce the carbon emissions that are necessary to create the product for you.
You can further reduce your impact on the environment by using only locally-sourced ingredients in your products and storing products in glass containers that can be cleaned and used again and again. Using natural, healthy materials to create my skincare lets me feel connected to the earth and express gratitude for nature’s bounty while supporting ecological agriculture.
You save money
According to a survey done by SkinStore, the average American woman between 16 and 75 spends about $8 a day on skincare and beauty products. That’s almost $250 a month, or about $100,000 in a lifetime! In comparison, a simple skin cream made from natural raw materials usually only costs $7 – 12 for several months’ worth.
Natural skincare products also make thoughtful gifts. Design your own treatments with your loved one’s skincare needs in mind, and then package in something pretty, like a decorative jar or cute labeled craft bag.
The process is creative and allows you to express and empower yourself
The practice of researching, sourcing ingredients, and creating something new thing with my own hands is both calming and empowering.
In a way, I see making my own skincare products as both an art and a science. It’s like chemistry in that it’s the product of reactions between ingredients – but it’s like cooking or painting in that it allows me to express myself through the creation of something new.
Creating my own products involves experimentation, tweaks, and a few failures – but once I achieve my final product, I’m proud of what I’ve made.
Natural, homemade, small-batch skincare just works better
Sometimes, you just can’t beat nature. My own personal experiences have shown me that the products I made for myself were a better fit than any of the store-bought products I tried.
Many commercial beauty products tout the benefits of botanical ingredients like argan oil, marula oil, or green tea extract on their packaging and advertising – yet the actual amount of these ingredients in the product is minimal. When you’re able to purchase your own oils and control the amount present in your products, you can be sure that you’re getting the full benefits that nature intended.
About the author
I’m Drew, creator of Botaneri and an artisanal skincare formulator and certified aromatherapist who is here to help take the mystery out of DIY natural beauty. I started creating my own plant-based skin and body care products at home to deal with my own skin issues.
What I love most is helping people create luxurious and effective self-care products right in their own kitchens. It’s a lot easier than you think. Trust me, if I can do it, so can you.