My All-Natural, Homemade Beauty Regimen

Making your own beauty and body care products at home is pretty easy – and fun! It ensures your body gets the best care without toxins, dyes, perfumes and other harmful ingredients. Go back to nature and save some money in the meantime!
My All-Natural Homemade Beauty Regimen

I just love having all-natural, homemade beauty products because they are much less expensive than store-bought items with the same ingredients, much healthier and I don’t have to worry about the chemicals or how it was made. Click on any of the links to see the full posts I’ve written on each item!

In the Shower

Body Wash – Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap

Similar to my other post on homemade hand washing soap, I use the same recipe for my body wash, but remove the tea tree oil (since it doesn’t need to be antibacterial). If you’ve never heard of this amazing soap, see here how it can not only be used for the body, but also for cleaning pretty much anything in the house! Dr. Bronner’s is now sold in Target and I’ve even seen in it in Publix and other grocery store chains! I buy it by the gallon, since I use so much of it, and get a great price on Amazon.

Body Scrub – Baking Soda

When I get bored of the body wash, I will make this super cheap, super easy, effective and gentle body scrub. It exfoliates and cleans without leaving my skin dry. Plus, baking soda is something you can never have too much of if you make your own cleaning products, too!

Homemade Bath Salts

These bath salts, made from Epsom and Dead Sea salts, detoxify the muscles and are the perfect way to end the day. I created a heavenly, sensual garden aroma with essential oils that adds the perfect finishing touch to these salts (where to buy high quality essential oils)!

Shampoo & Conditioner – Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar OR Baking Soda-Free Alternatives

I make my own shampoo and conditioner for literally just pennies per batch. The most amazing part is that baking soda and ACV have worked better for me than any other hair product – my hair is now the healthiest it’s ever been in my life. And I have curly, thick, hair with it’s own personality and zip code!

Shaving Cream – Coconut Oil and Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap

I have used both Dr. Bronner’s and coconut oil (Tropical Traditions is my fav) as shaving cream. Both work very well, but Dr. Bronner’s left my legs a little dry. Coconut oil works wonderfully and softens the hair to make shaving easy and razor bump free, and an added bonus is my skin is super soft afterwards.

Out of the Shower

I’m crazy about this lotion, made of pure shea butter, coconut and almond oils, and beeswax. I tend to have very dry, itchy skin and this lotion zaps the irritation. I also use it on bug bites for my kids and have been very happy with how it stops the itching. If I were to buy this lotion in the store, it would cost a ton since it is full of pure ingredients!

Homemade Deodorant

I was very skeptical to make my own deodorant, because no one wants to deal with B.O.! But I have been pleasantly surprised by how effective this recipe is, and I think the secret ingredients are the lavender and tea tree oil that effectively kill odor-causing bacteria. Plus, it’s super duper cheap to make! Plus, I don’t have to worry about the aluminum that is in anti-perspirants and has been linked to breast cancer. My husband has also been using it for the past month and is happy with it – no complaints!

Body Moisturizer – Coconut Oil

I’m crazy about using coconut oil in beauty products – it smells so good and is so moisturizing, not to mention packed with vitamins and even a little bit of sun protection (5%). I love to use it on my arms and legs and very dry spots, but find that it clogs the pores on my face.

Natural and Non-Toxic Face Cleansing with OilOil Cleansing Method for the Face

I am crazy about the oil cleansing method – it’s so easy, so pure and so moisturizing without being comedogenic. It also works as a makeup remover! What’s there not to love?

Tonic for Skin Irritation

I dilute one tablespoon apple cider vinegar in a cup of water and dip a cotton ball or a washcloth in it to and wipe on the skin. It stops any itching from bug bites, eczema or other skin irritation. It works very well, and my son even asks me to put it on his bug bites when they itch and not Cortizone. It also leaves my skin feeling soft, like I have on lotion! Read all about the amazing properties and uses for apple cider vinegar here!

Homemade Lip Balm with Clove and Orange

This is a yummy and very effective homemade lip balm – even my dad says its his favorite product! The coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax make a soothing, healing balm and essential oils add the flavor and finishing touch (where to buy high quality essential oils).

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. I have what could be considered a really silly question but I’m going to ask anyway. My skin is super sensitive and all (seriously, all) of the shampoos on the market today make my scalp break out in itchy irritating hives. Walking around scratching your head is sooooo attractive, let me tell you. To make it worse, there is apparently no hypoallergenic shampoo offered in the universe. Everything else that you conceivably imagine is hypoallergenic except shampoo and conditioner.

    I’m willing to give this an honest go – but do you think it will work for my sensitive skin?

    • Absolutely, Amy! This is PERFECT for sensitive skin because it is very gentle and totally hypoallergenic. Make sure to read my whole post on making and using it, though, because your scalp will likely have to adjust to having a gentler shampoo. Another idea is to apply coconut oil to your scalp before one or more hours before washing your hair. I’d love to hear back from you and if it works out!

    • Welp, I tried it and I can’t use it. The vinegar really aggravates my asthma and since my hair is long, the aroma is constantly around my face. I can’t do other fragrances because of my sensitive skin so I guess I’ll just revert back to using Johnson&Johnson’s Baby Shampoo. Thanks for the try though.

      • Please be careful with J&J. It contains many chemicals which are BANNED in CHINA for being carcinagenic.

      • @Amy, you might be able to use another acid besides vinegar. I’ve read of people using lemon juice or citric acid.

    • Oh man! If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Well, good for you for trying – you are still courageous! If having natural shampoo and conditioner is important to you, you can always try Burt’s Bees or Kiss My Face or other brand that doesn’t contain sodium laureth sulfate.

  2. I’ve been enjoying lurking on your blog for the past week or so and finally got my shea butter in the mail today (yay!). I’m all set to make the original body lotion recipe – for my curly hair – but I didn’t see that listed on this latest post. Are you still using that recipe in that way or have you stopped? I don’t want to invest the time and $ in making the old recipe if you’ve found something better 🙂

    Welcome home to GA, by the way! I’m in Duluth …

  3. Got to check out it’s amazing!!

  4. Love your curly hair and shampoo/conditioner substitutes.

  5. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Tiny Tip Tuesday, Sara! This post is being featured at this week’s party, so come check it out tomorrow! 🙂

  6. Wow! I just found your blog today by googling coconut oil. I absolutely love everything about it! You have so many great ideas, I am going to try every single one of them. Thank you so much for taking the time to own such an inspiring site.

  7. Lindsay says:

    So I took the plunge! Last night I made my own baking soda shampoo, the ACV conditioner, the oil for my face, the body scrub and the deodorant, along with an eye cream and hair de-frizz serum I found on other blogs. After only day 1 I’m loving it, but I have some questions. How does application work for the shampoo, conditioner and body scrub/wash. The shampoo and conditioner are so viscous that pouring it into my hands like I used to with my old brands doesn’t work, most of it ends up in the drain. The shampoo I tried pouring directly on my head and that seemed to work, but I felt like I needed to pour a lot to get my hair clean. And the conditioner, since I only want it on the ends of my hair, is also very difficult to pour onto the ends without wasting quite a bit.
    Also the body wash – do you use a net pouf or a washcloth or a loufa or just your hands to wash with? I tried a net pouf and it didn’t spread the wash very well to clean my whole body. I had to keep adding more and more to the pouf. I’m totally sold on using these methods from here on out, just gotta get the application right 🙂

    • Hi Lindsay, I just noticed there were no replies here so thought I’d share some thoughts. I’ve only been “No ‘Poo” for about 4 months but find that keeping a jar of baking soda in my bathroom works great. I add some essential oils I like and keep a cup in the bathroom. For a shower if I’m going to use the baking soda as body scrub I scoop a little more into the cup than just for shampoo and I add a little water at a time from the shower (so it’s not cold on my skin/head and I can make it a nice creamy pasty texture). I use my hands rather than a cloth or shower pouf. At the end I slightly water down what baking soda is left and pour that over my hair and scrub it on in. I use the ACV on my whole head but dillute that in the same cup and have oils added to that for scent. I have wondered, though, if a spray bottle would work for the ACV so you could just get the ends and use it more sparingly. (It might also make a nice “anti-itch” spray for bug bites.)

      Keeping the baking soda as a paste lets me scoop it out and wet it a bit more on my palm rather than pouring any out down the drain, so that works well for me. Good luck!

    • i keep my poo and conditioner in spray bottles! Its a lot easier to spray on your head and the ends of your hair without so much waste!!

  8. Hi, I have tried all your recipes and they are all amazing! Thank you for sharing this knowledge! I was wandering if there was a recipe for daily face lotion?

  9. If anyone has any trouble with acne I’ve found a great lotion to fix it: 1/2 c Shea butter 1/2 c coconut oil and 30-40 drops frankincense. Originally made it for the frankincense due to hormonal imbalance. After 2 days of facial application my acne was gone! Hope this helps!

    • Wow, what a great tip! I will share that in a newsletter. Thank you for taking the time to help others!

      • You’re welcome! I will say it only works as long as you use it. Two days of forgetting and my acne is back. Started back with it last night and all the pimples are gone and blackheads have cleared up a little more. I have discoloration in some areas on my face and it’s helped with those as well. After the first week of using it I’ve started going make up free 🙂

        • Try consuming 1tsp-1Tsp of ACV before each meal. Dilute it with water. This will help your digestion and should make the acne go away. I am in my late 40’s and have suffered with acne for about 20 years. I have learned that a low level of digestive enzymes
          has been the cause.

  10. Sara,

    Have you or anyone else tried a Crystal Stick as deodorant? I’ve been using it for years and I have no perspiration odor, it will last a year or longer. I also use Tom’s toothpaste (Fennel flavor) because I have tongue sensivity. I started using them because they do not contain Aluminum.


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