My Favorite DIY Personal Care Products

Over the past year I have stopped using almost all store-bought personal products with long lists of ingredients and instead simplified my collection by switching to ingredients I’ve heard of. Here are a few of my tried and true staples:


Body Wash


Body Wash


  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup liquid castile soap
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 40-50 drops of essential oil glass pump bottle
  • ball jar to store extras

Oil suggestions:

  • Invigorate: {Jade} Lemon, Grapefruit and Peppermint/Spearmint (add less mint than other scents to prevent overpowering)
  • Relax: Valor, Frank and Lemon, or Lavender and Orange
  • Your choice!


Mix all ingredients in a ball jar then pour into pump bottle. Shake before each use. It’s watery, so use a loofah to make it sudsy!


Shaving Cream

shaving cream
  • pump bottle
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (or another oil)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Castile soap
  • 10 drops (or more if you’d like it stronger) essential oil


Oil suggestions: lavender, grapefruit, ylang ylang + orange


Place all ingredients in bowl and whisk to combine. Apply a pea sized amount to skin before shaving.


Foaming Hand Soap


foaming hand soap


  • foaming soap dispenser
  • 2 tablespoons castile soap
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerine
  • 8 drops Thieves essential oil
  • 2 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • Fill the rest of the way with water

Add soap, vegetable glycerine and oils to the dispenser, and fill the rest of the way with water. Gently shake, if necessary.



  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 drops Thieves oil
  • 5 drops Peppermint oil


Shake before each use. Use as you regularly would mouthwash.


Whipped Body Butter


whipped body butter3


  • one 16 ounce jar, or two 8 ounce jars
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup shea butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (optional)


Oil Suggestions:

  • Sleep: Lavender, Cedarwood, Peace and Calming
  • Pain: Panaway, Peppermint, Copaiba
  • Uplifting: Stress Away + Peppermint, Joy + Lemon, Valor + Frank
  • Get Well: RC, Thieves, Peppermint
  • Smooth & Silky: Lavender + Frank, Lemon + Grapefruit + Geranium


1.) Soften shea butter, if solid, in microwave for 30 seconds.
2.) Add coconut oil, shea butter and vitamin E to mixer and whip for 3-5 minutes.
3.) Add 10 drops of each essential oil and continue mixing 1-2 minutes.
4.) If desired, add arrowroot powder and mix for another 1 minute.
5.) Scoop into jar.


Face Option #1: Roller


I switch between option 1 and 2, but have found both very effective. The roller is the lazy person’s way to have clear skin!


face roller and diffuser



  • 15 ml roller bottle
  • 3/4 full of vitamin e
  • 1/4 full of witch hazel
  • 10 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • 10 drops Purification essential oil

Rinse face. Use roller to apply concoction. Use fractionated coconut oil to remove any remaining make up.


Face Option #2: Wash

Rinse face with warm water. Take a dab of raw honey, plus a few drops of jojoba oil and rub all over face. Rinse off. At night, I will occasionally put on a drop or two of Frank, Cedarwood, Lemon (as long as I’m not going to be in the sun), Tea Tree, Lavender, Purification, or Geranium to promote healthy skin.


*I will also occasionally put a thin layer of raw honey on my acne prone areas in the morning for about a half hour while I eat breakfast and drink my coffee.


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  1. Dana

    Making a bunch of these recipes stat! I just used an app (I think it was called Think Dirty?) which told me the majority of the bath products I was buying thinking they were OK for me actually weren’t. Sigh. Looking forward to having some new solutions to test out. :)

    • Ashley

      Let me know what you think!

  2. Dana

    Ok update!

    I made the body wash and used it once. I like it, but wish it was thicker. I love the face roller! I use it every night. I made the shaving cream and will make the body butter tonight but haven’t used either yet.

    So far, so good. Thanks for the recipes!

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