Creating your own self care products is a fun, enlightening experience. It allows you to craft something that is totally customized to you and your needs, without researching brands and products that may not live up to your expectations.
It's also usually more affordable, you're able to ensure the quality of each ingredient, and it's a creative outlet that you can share with others.
In today's post I want to share some resources for making your own products. There are kits that can help inspire your creativity, as well as books and blogs about ingredients, recipes, and more.
While not the end all be all of creating your own products, if you're new to DIYs, a kit can be a great start. They come with the right amount of ingredients, packaging, and instructions to help guide your creative process.
Tiny Fern offers two simple kits that let you make your own body butter and lip balms.
Oleum Vera, a Montreal based company, offers luxury kits that allow you to make multiple products. My favourite is their Organic Face Cleansing Kit, which gives you the tools to make a gentle cleansing oil, cleansing grains, and a lavender face mask.
If you have the budget for it, you can also check out the queen bee of all things DIY, S.W. Basics. Their kit is a little pricey but comes with lots of ingredients and the Skin Cleanse book, one of the most inspirational and helpful green beauty books I've ever read.
One of the problems with DIY recipes is you never know if they're going to work out, and you don't always know if the author did their research.
When I first ventured into the world of natural beauty, I tried a lot of DIY recipes, many of which actually harmed my skin. Using undiluted lemon juice as a toner? Horrible idea. But I didn't know, because I didn't know much about the skin or the acid mantle, and I trusted the author.
So when it comes to finding DIY recipes, I caution you to always do your own research. But if you don't have time, don't worry, because I've got you.
One of my favourite sources for recipes, ideas, and ingredients is the Little Green Dot. More than just a source for recipes, this has become one of my favourite resources for all things natural and simple beauty. I just love their Instagram where they share lots of recipes and ideas every day.
As I mentioned earlier, my favourite green beauty book, especially for DIYs, is the Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore. It's full of helpful, easy to understand information that gives you the tools to heal your skin. There's also lots of DIY ideas and recipes.
Another favourite is The Compassionate Chick's Guide to DIY Beauty. It's written by my one of my long time favourite beauty bloggers, Sunny Subramanian. She runs Vegan Beauty Review, one of the first vegan beauty blogs. She has lots of free DIY recipes on her blog, but this book takes it to the next level. There's over 100 different recipes for all kinds of products, all tried and tested by Sunny.
Workshops + Events.
Finally, you can always seek out workshops, courses, and events. If you live in Toronto, I know the Toronto Public Library offers courses on all kinds of topics, including herbal creations.
There's also Rowan Homespun Market, a shop that also offers courses on herbal healing, beauty, and self care. Their new schedule for 2017 should be up by the end of this month.
If you're not in Toronto, check out your local library, shops, and check out Whole Foods and other local community hubs. You can also look for online courses and workshops through social media platforms or just by doing a google search or two. If you find any in Toronto, let me know!
I hope these resources help you get started on your DIY green beauty journey!