Three must-try DIY beauty recipes with five ingredients or less



I’m all for products that you can make yourself. The cost of beauty products is crazy sometimes. For example mascara remover. Why pay upwards of $10 a bottle when I can just go “old school” and use some soap and water or Vaseline?

The same applies to exfoliates. Why pay a small fortune when you can just use a little sugar and olive oil?

Here are a few recipes, compliments of Whole Foods Market, for quick, easy and affordable DIY beauty products.

If you don’t have a Whole Foods Market near you (please visit www.WholeFoodsMarket.com for store locations) you can substitute the products for something similar.

Makeup Remover

Eye Makeup Remover

Made with plant-based ingredients, this gentle eye makeup remover will dissolve even the most stubborn mascara.


1 small glass jar with a lid

3 tablespoons Aubrey Organics Pure Aloe Vera gel

1 tablespoon Aura Cacia Jojoba Oil

1 tablespoon 365 Everyday Value® Organic Coconut Oil 


Warm a clean saucepan on very low heat for 60 seconds, then remove from heat and add the coconut oil. Stir until the oil is liquefied. Next, add all ingredients to a clean jar and mix thoroughly. Refrigerate to preserve freshness.

To use, scoop out a bit, rub between your hands to liquefy and gently massage into the skin. Wipe away makeup and follow with your regular cleanser.


Smoothing hand scrub

Exfoliation is the key to keeping your hands smooth and supple in every season.


1 ½ teaspoons 365 Everyday Value® Organic Coconut Oil

½ teaspoon Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Oil

½ teaspoon Aura Cacia Jojoba Oil

3 drops essential oil (For calming and pampering, try jasmine, lavender or geranium. For energizing, try lemon, grapefruit or orange.)

1 heaping teaspoon 365 Everyday Value® Turbinado Raw Sugar


Mix the oils in a small glass bowl or jar until fully combined. Add sugar and mix just enough to blend evenly into the oils. Scoop the scrub into the palms of your hands (best done over a sink) and work it into the skin. Allow the mixture to rest on the hands for 2 minutes, and then spend another minute scrubbing, with particular emphasis on dry and calloused areas. Rinse with water and use a towel to pat dry and remove excess oil. Do not follow with soap.


Lip scrub

Here’s an easy, 5-minute fix for chapped lips. 


1 teaspoon 365 Everyday Value® Organic Coconut Oil

1 teaspoon of raw honey

1 ½ teaspoon 365 Everyday Value® Turbinado Raw Sugar

½ lemon


Mix ingredients in a small bowl to make a sugary paste. Use a small toothbrush (a baby’s toothbrush works well) to dip into scrub. Use soft circular motions across your lips to exfoliate. Rinse with water. Don’t forget to apply lip balm afterward to seal in moisture and shine. 

Here are a couple of more recipes you might be interested in trying.

DIY Hair Conditioner That You Can Eathttp://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/hair-dressing-diy-conditioner-you-can-eat

DIY Body Misthttps://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/beauty/summer-body-care

Do you enjoy making your own beauty products? Do you have a recipe you’d like to share? Please feel free to comment. I love hearing from readers.

*Recipes courtesy of Maren Giuliano, global executive coordinator for Whole Foods Market’s beauty and wellness department.



*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. 


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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. shelly peterson says:

    Love these. I really like the make up remover recipe, thanks for sharing.

  2. Sonya Allstun says:

    love these thanks im going to have to give them a try

  3. I love that these recipes are plant based and DIY. So cool that you can even eat the hair conditioner! Natural is always better and do it yourself means you saves money too. I also like the options for the oils in the Soothing Hand Scrub! 3 drops essential oil (For calming and pampering, try jasmine, lavender or geranium. For energizing, try lemon, grapefruit or orange.)
    Thanks for the natural post!

  4. I haven’t made many of my own products, but I do use coconut oil on my hands sometimes.