Saturday, September 22, 2012

DIY: Making Simple Bath/Beauty Products

A lot of people are intimidated at the thought of making their own products - whether we're talking about cleaning products or personal products or even diapers. Looking at the fancy end products available on Etsy and other websites is certainly enough to make any beginner feel more than a little overwhelmed, and like they just don't possibly have the skills needed.

But the people selling the fancy soap and the adorable diapers on Etsy didn't start out achieving perfect, gorgeous, sale-able products... and neither will you, likely. The key is to start small, start with something small, and build your skills from there.

If you want to make some of your own personal care products, you can't get much easier than hair rinse. Just to prove my point, my son helped me make these when he was just two and a half years old! (gosh. He's 8 now. Time flies.)

Vinegar Hair Rinse

Hair Rinse is a great alternative to commercial hair conditioners. It's all-natural and leaves your hair feeling fresh and silky.

You'll need a clean, empty bottle, vinegar, water, and an essential oil that gives you joy. (lavender is calming, mint is energizing, citrus is nice for morning showers, some people prefer florals... whatever you like)

Put a splash of vinegar into your clean bottle. I know, some of you are freaking out right now, asking "how much is a splash? Is it one cup? Half a cup? Just tell me!!" It will vary with the size of your bottle and with your preferences, but I like to have the vinegar component be less than 1/4 of my mixture - usually closer to 1/8.

Fill the bottle the rest of the way with water. You don't have to use fancy water - use whatever you drink.

Now add a few drops of your essential oil. How do you know how much to add? I like to add a few drops, then cap the bottle and shake it, then open it back up and sniff. I keep adding until I'm satisfied that the essential oil is strong enough to mostly cover the vinegar smell, but not too strong. This usually means about 5-10 drops per bottle, depending on which oil I have.

And that's it - you're done!

Have fun!!

Sarah Reid
Owner, Boulevard Designs and Wallypop

1 comment:

  1. Interesting. I'm definitely going to try this. I like the idea of using essential oils, that way you can customize the scent.


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