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Homemade Cosmetics

Creating homemade cosmetics is easy and inexpensive and does not compromise quality. Beauty products made at home can contain finely ground mineral powders, salts, natural oils and food grade substances. Some of these items may on hand, lowering the initial cost of creating cosmetics at home.

Back to Basics

Homemade cosmetics use simple ingredients to produce skin and body care products, taking skincare back to basics. Non-iodized salt, Epsom salt, sea salt, baking soda, oatmeal, cornmeal and sugar are among the basic ingredients used in bath salts, exfoliating body and facial scrubs. Fresh herbs including peppermint and spearmint, marigold and rose petals, lavender and rosemary are common cosmetic additives and all of which are easily grown in flower gardens and window sill planters. Milk, yogurt and mayonnaise are also basic skin and hair cosmetic ingredients that moisturize and soften both skin and hair.

Natural Oils


Commercially prepared cosmetics contain natural oils including olive, avocado and jojoba oil, but these are not the only natural oils you can use when making homemade cosmetics. You can also use:

  • Olive oil is available in a number of purities but all contain high concentrations of Vitamin E and tocopherols, which are very beneficial to the skin and hair.

  • Nut oils including almond and walnut are almost fragrance free

  • Seed oils like sunflower, safflower and grape seed oils are especially soothing to the skin.

  • Emu, coconut, jojoba and shea oils can all be used in cosmetic recipes and each one provides a unique skin conditioning property.

These oils can be used as the base for blush and foundation and provide additional healthy benefits for the skin not always found in cosmetics.

Essential Oils

Essential oils may be added to a natural oil when creating kitchen cosmetics:

  • Rosemary, calendula or sage oils will help heal damaged tissues

  • Chamomile softens skin and helps lighten age spots

  • Lavender helps skin tissue relax

  • Citrus oils will help keep skin pores open preventing acne breakouts and blackheads from forming.

Including a drop or two of an essential oil in a foundation or blush recipe will provide additional benefits to the skin.

Creating Cosmetics

Cosmetics contain three things, color which is usually provided by mica powder, which is available in many colors, a base which is usually a creamy substance that holds the color and a binder that provides the thickening if desired. Many cosmetics can be made without the base or binder and many are commercially available as mineral powder cosmetics.

Mica powder is available in a wide assortment of colors and once you have a few shades of powder that are close to your own skin color you can begin to create foundations in a cream base, oil base or powder base as mica powder is also available as a translucent powder without any color.

Eyeshadow, blush and lip gloss can all be created using mica powder and the type of base you use will determine the texture of the cosmetic.

Sensitive Skin

Making homemade cosmetics that are sensitive skin friendly may be one of the best reason to create these products at home. By choosing the ingredients included in the recipe, non-irritating, safe cosmetics can be created.

It is also easy and inexpensive, and you can make all types of cosmetic products using regular kitchen equipment and most of the ingredients called for are already on hand.

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Selling homemade beauty products may be the best home business for moms who are looking for business opportunity to work from home. There are a few practical and cost effective ideas to market your own homemade bath, cosmetics and beauty products. Establish your small home business with limited capital outlay.

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