I don’t know about you, but I love bath and body products. Unfortunately, they can also be quite expensive. Not to fret, my friends, because the web is teeming with amazing DIY products you can mix together using very basic, natural ingredients. In fact, you’ll see quite a few components of these recipes repeated throughout this list.
And the vast majority of these projects would also make wonderfully cheap (and impressive) gifts for birthdays and other holidays.
1. Copycat Bomb
Do you love those Lush bath bombs? So do I. This Butterball copycat recipe is full of skin-softening cocoa butter. The fizz comes from the baking soda and citric acid.
2. Flower Bomb
For even more luxury, make Rose, Lavender, and Oat Bombs filled with dried flower petals. If you’re having trouble finding molds, check your local craft store with the decoupage or soap making items.
3. Soap Cupcakes
Or get fancy with your bath bombs and decorate by piping on soap like frosting on a cupcake!
4. Sweet Bubble Bath
This Vanilla Honey Bubble Bath takes only five minutes to put together. It should be used immediately (there’s an egg white in the mix), but you can keep any excess in your refrigerator.
5. Bath Oil
Here’s a dual-purpose bath oil that works equally well as massage oil. Your biggest decision is what base oil to use. I’d choose coconut oil because it helps with sunburns to psoriasis.
6. Bath Melts
I had never heard of Bath Melts before researching this article. It’s a similar idea if you’re looking for a bath oil, just in solid form. The blogger who made this batch shared that it took $3 total to make a whopping 15 melts.
7. Sleepy Bath Salts
Unwind from your day with these Nighty-Night Bath Salts. Epsom salts are made of magnesium chloride, which is thought to be a sleep aid. If you don’t have the specific essential oil blend, you can use a combination of lavender, marjoram, mandarin, cedarwood, sage, etc.
8. Bubbling Salts
These Lavender Bath Salts also bubble with the addition of scented body wash. You can customize by using your favorite essential oils.
9. Detox Soak
We all need a cleanse every now and again. This Ginger Detox Soak is just what the doctor ordered, combining the detoxifying power of epsom salt, ginger, and apple cider vinegar.
10. Beard Oil
I’m making my husband this Beard Oil for Christmas — but don’t tell him! Apricot oil is the base for this mix, but vitamin E helps soften those dry beards in a flash. The rest is up to you with the essential oil mix, though I’d certainly recommend the tea tree for its antimicrobial properties.
11. Beard Balm
Whiskey and woodsmoke. Those are two rustic scents that take this beard balm to a whole new level of manly. Beyond the scents, the rest is a combination of shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and almond oil.
12. Shave Soap
This Natural Shaving Soap recipe has a base of lanolin and shea butter for extra moisturizing power.
13. Shave Cream
If you prefer a cream, try this simple shave blend made with coconut oil, shea, jojoba, and liquid castile soap. Whip using a hand or stand mixer for that creamy texture.
14. Makeup Removing Scrub
Skip the harsh face soaps at the store and whisk together this Sea Salt Scrub and Coconut Oil Makeup Removing Combo. The creator of this project packaged hers in some adorable glass containers with crisp labels.
15. Salt Soap
Here’s a three ingredient Himalayan Salt Grapefruit Soap combination that uses a goat’s milk soap base for a twist. Alternatively, you can use shea butter soap base, and both can be found at your local craft store.
16. Coffee Soap
My husband would enjoy this Rustic Cinnamon Hazelnut Coffee Soap. You mix together the soap bases to start and then fold in the cinnamon, hazelnut, and coffee grounds to give the whole thing texture.
17. Foot Scrub
Wow. Sugar Cookie Foot Scrub sounds so good, I could eat it. The ingredients all come from the kitchen (brown sugar, white sugar, olive oil, and vanilla extract), so I actually could swallow it with no repercussions.
18. Bath Paint
Here’s a great gift for those kids on your list: Bath Paint! Just mix together bubble bath, cornstarch, and food coloring.
19. Bath Crayons
Or you could make them these Bath Crayons using a bar of white soap, powdered colors, and ice cube molds. Melt, mix, and set.
20. Bubble Gum Bath
Kids need bubbles, too. This Bubble Gum Bath is made from unscented castile soap, vegetable glycerine, and some scented oil. Far fewer ingredients than in the brands you’ll find at the store.
21. Lotion Bars
You won’t see parabens, chemicals, or formaldehyde in these Chocolate Peppermint Lotion Bars! The cocoa butter gives this blend a richness that’s perfect for the winter months.
22. Lotion Cubes
I store my DIY Lotion Cubes in the fridge to keep them fresh. The mix of shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax melts on contact with your skin.
23. Slow Cooker Bar
This Slow Cooker Lotion Bar recipe uses the same ingredients as the rest, but can be made conveniently in your crock pot.
24. Tea Lotion
Your beverage-loving friends will enjoy this Wild Chamomile Lotion made with loose leaf tea. Melt together the herbs and oils in a double boiler until combined. Then strain before beating into a smooth lotion.
25. Healing Salve
Give some TLC to super dry skin with this herb-infused Healing Salve. The instructions yield quite a few jars of the stuff, and I think recycled baby food jars would make perfect, low-cost packaging.
26. Basic Lip Balm
This DIY Lip Balm takes only three ingredients to make: Coconut oil, beeswax, and essential oils.
27. Natural Flavor Balm
For a more natural experience, choose flavored oils over essential oils in the basic balm recipe.
29. Tinted Lip Balm
Or add some beet root powder to make a tinted balm for more special occasions.
This 5-Minute Homemade Deodorant will change your life. It’s made with baking soda, arrowroot powder, coconut oil, and essential oils. If you need a stronger stench-fighter, choose clove or lavender, which have high antimicrobial properties.
31. Edible Mud Mask
Well, not real mud. This Edible Mud Mask would make an awesome snack if you don’t use the whole thing on your face. It’s made with banana, Greek yogurt, cocoa powder, buttermilk, lemon juice, and honey.
I love coconut milk, so I think I’d also love this Coconut Milk Shampoo. Combine the nourishing liquid with castile soap and vitamin E, then lather, rinse, and repeat.
33. Conditioner Bar
These spill-proof conditioner bars are perfect for travel or giving as gifts. You’ll need some special ingredients, like incroquat, but you can find most easily online at a low price. Rub the bar on your hair to condition and rinse.
34. Deep Conditioner
You likely have the ingredients you’ll need for this Deep Conditioner in your kitchen. Mix banana, yogurt, avocado, coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar together for a treat your hair won’t soon forget.
35. Moisturizing Citrus Body Wash
I’ve got to be honest – winter is not my favorite. But since I’ve been making my own cleaning and beauty products, my skin is faring much better than in past winters. Bar soap can leave your skin feeling itchy and flaky after you shower. Turns out homemade body wash creates a great lather without drying out your skin.
36. Shine Spray
Cool! DIY Shine Spray is made with Argan oil and agave nectar. Spritz on hair, especially parched and damaged ends, to moisturize. I love how the blogger made her own labels for the containers.
37. Homemade Lotion With 3 Simple Ingredients
But is the solution homemade lotion??? That’s waaaay too complicated, right? Believe me, every other recipe I’ve seen is complicated, so when I found this simple recipe it seemed too good to be true.
38. Sugar Scrub
I like my scrubs to be invigorating, and that’s exactly what this Lemon-Lime Scrub is about. The sugar granules exfoliate dry flakes to reveal softer, smoother skin in their place.
39. Salt Scrub
This copycat recipe is for my favorite scrub on the market: Lush’s Ocean Salt Scrub. It feels/tastes sort of like a margarita on your face with the lime juice, salt, and vodka. Yum.
40. Shower Jelly
Another Lush-inspired DIY, this Shower Jelly is so much fun to give and get. You mix soap with gelatin (or agar-agar) and food coloring. Set in your fridge overnight until firm.
41. Scrub Bars
Or take this idea to solid form with these Sugar Scrub Bars. Mix together shredded soap, sugar, coconut oil, essential oils, and even a little food coloring for pizazz before pouring into molds.
42. Chest Rub
This Natural Vapor Rub — made by mixing together olive oil, beeswax, and essentials oils — has worked wonders for my family. It’s very similar to Vicks, and I’ve been able to make different strengths for my daughter as well as for myself and my husband.
43. Wash and Toner
Here’s a wonderful spa set — DIY Face Wash and Toner for oily skin. Once you stir together your concoction, store in a travel container that you can find at most drug or box stores.
44. Face Wipes
Use some microfiber clothes for gentle cleansing Face Wipes. You’ll soak and store them in a solution of water, coconut oil, and essential oils. To wash, pop them in a pillowcase so you don’t lose any in the shuffle.
45. Face Mist
Do you have sensitive skin? This Face Mist is for you! Combine chamomile tea, essential oil, vegetable glycerine, and water in a spritz bottle. You can make your own label for gift giving, too!
46. Soap-Free Cleanser
Here’s yet another Lush copycat recipe. This time it’s for Angels on Bare Skin, a popular soap-free cleanser. The power comes from Kaolin clay, which you can purchase easily on sites like Amazon.
47. Sore Muscle Rub
Friends and family who struggle with aches and pains will love thisHomemade Muscle Rub. It’s all natural and uses the power of eucalyptus, cinnamon, peppermint, camphor, and rosemary to massage pains away.
48. Bronzing Bars
These DIY Bronzing Bars contain natural SPF to keep your glow pretty and safe year-round. (See also: Homemade Sunblock and 6 Other Non-Toxic Skincare Recipes)
49. Shampoo Bar
Have you ever tried a shampoo in soap form? Once you do, you might never go back. Try this Tea Tree Shampoo Bar as an entry into the new way of looking at your hair care. Note: You’ll need lye for this recipe, which you can purchase at chemical stores and online. By the time you’re done with your soap, none of the chemical should remain due tosaponification.
50. Nail Polish
Yup. You can mix together your own nail polish using bases you can buy online (or cheap top coats, etc. you can find at the drug store). To create, use glitter or even eyeshadow as pigment mixed with your base. Get creative and make a custom blend your friends will love.