When jumping into starting to DIY your own skincare products, it may seem overwhelming when there are a bunch of ingredients you’re unfamiliar with, and you don’t know where to get them. Over the past year that I’ve started doing this, I have my go-tos for most ingredients and where to get them. So here is my DIY skincare supplies list, and where I get them online.
Liquid Castile Soap
A key ingredient in many cleaning products (both for your body and for your home), I use this in my foaming hand soap, face wash, and sometimes in shampoo. I like to use Dr. Bronner’s or Green Beaver from well.ca, or in the US from amazon.com. (I’ve also seen it on the shelf in the natural section of Superstore.)
Note: When deciding on what type of oils to use for your skin, you may want to consider the comedogenic ratings of the oils (how likely they are to clog pores and possibly cause acne). Oils are rated on a scale of 0 to 5, where 0 = will not clog pores and 5 = high probability of clogging pores.
Sweet Almond Oil
Comedogenic rating: 2. This mild oil is great to use in essential oil roll-ons as a carrier oil, and I also use it in face moisturizer. It can be a great addition to any lotions, creams, or lip balms you make. I get it from well.ca or amazon.com. (I’ve also now seen large containers of it at Costco.)
Vitamin E Oil
Comedogenic rating: 4. I use this in my moisturizing cream and lots of people like it in lip balm or as a facial moisturizer as well. I also use it as a makeup remover. I buy it at Costco, or at well.ca or amazon.com.
A must for many lip balms, some creams, and solid deodorants, beeswax pellets have lots of uses! Harder to come by online in Canada – I have gotten beeswax from local farmers markets or neighbours who have honeybees in the summer. A select few on amazon.com do ship to Canada. Many are easily obtained from amazon.com for Americans.
A must for any bath, and handy for scrubs as well! I like to get big tubs from Costco, but of course they are available everywhere! Also at amazon.com.
What’s on your DIY skincare supply list?
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