Beware - Natural DIY Skincare Recipes May Not be the Best Choice
Updated: May 2, 2018
I used to love surfing through natural beauty and wellness blogs and Pinterest boards for DIY beauty inspiration. However, since the concept of Organic Moon products began to take shape, I had to learn more about the skin and hair care products I was creating for myself and family before I sold these products to you.
One of my recipes for body wash came from a well-known Doctor’s website. The ingredients were:
¼ cup of water; ¼ cup of honey; 2/3 cup of castile soap; 30 drops of essential oils; 1 teaspoon vitamin E; 2 teaspoons jojoba oil
I used this recipe repeatedly, with the addition of 2 teaspoons of glycerin. I apologize to family and friends who received these products as gifts. I didn’t understand skin pH… castile soap is wonderful and safe, but not for skin or haircare. It’s pH value is 9 – 11.5 and highly alkaline, and little did I know that no matter what other ingredients were added, the pH value of the soap would not reduce enough to fit into the 4.5 – 5.5 pH range that our skin needs. Read my blog on Skin pH – here.
While bloggers and pinners might have some knowledge and good intentions, they most likely don’t have adequate information about how the skin works, about different grades and properties of ingredients, or about the compounded effect these ingredients have after repeated use.
A large number of the “all natural, chemical-free” DIY recipes and home remedies published online are potentially hazardous to the skin. Many of these recipes are telling people to combine ingredients that are often inappropriate for more than one skin type, and sometimes are wrong for every skin type!
I’ve spent over a year educating myself about skincare, ingredients, and going through tons of trial and error, I know which natural ingredients and combinations are safe, and maybe even more importantly, which aren’t. When I was ready to launch Organic Moon products, I worked with a cosmetic chemist to ensure that the products were safe and beneficial. I believe that you don’t have to be a scientist (although consulting one is highly recommended) to make great products; but you can’t just assume that because something’s natural or edible, that it’s safe, beneficial or effective for the skin.
Lastly, keep in mind, that any DIY recipes involving food ingredients are also perishable and become breeding grounds for harmful bacteria, mold, and yeast—none of which you’d want to put onto your body. DIY recipes containing water-based or food ingredients must be kept in the refrigerator and used within 3 days, unless you add a preservative, and Vitamin E is not a preservative. Watch for my blog on Bacteria, Mold and Yeast – Oh My! Coming soon.
Have you had any similar experiences with DIY skincare gone wrong? I would love to hear about them, please share in the comments below! Until next time, remember “Your Skin Deserves Love Too!”