Thursday, 20 September 2012

A Natural Beauty Project - DIY Shower Gel



I was recently contacted with a challenge to get back to nature and create a natural homemade beauty product, using ingredients which can be grown in British gardens or greenhouses. I've always been intrigued by DIY beauty products, so I welcomed the chance to use natural ingredients to create a fresh beauty product. When I was little I had great fun making my own lotions and potions using anything I could find in the bathroom (toothpaste and rose shampoo scented perfume, anyone?), so I felt like I was harnessing my inner child to create something which was actually functional and usable.

For the base product, I used Neal's Yard Create Your Own Hair & Body Wash - a gentle foaming cleanser which can be used as a shampoo, shower gel and handwash. This is a great little product which can either be used as it is (unfragranced) if you have particularly sensitive skin or scalp, or, if you fancy creating a bespoke item, it's easy to adapt to suit your needs. I opted for a calming and feminine scent of rose and chamomile. The process was simple, I added a few sprinkles of Chamomile Tea (which can be home grown) into the product and a couple of drops of Rose Essential Oil. The result was a shower gel with a soothing scent, with the added bonus that the tea provided some gentle exfoliation. I've loved creating my own beauty product so much that I'm now wanting to experiment with a DIY face mask and body scrub.

Let me know if you have any DIY recipes I can try!

*Sponsored by Floral & Hardy, specialists in contemporary garden ideas and garden design 

9 comments:

  1. Oh wow, what a lovely idea! I think I might try this! I've made DIY face masks before

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  2. I've always wanted to try a DIY beauty product! I'm going to attempt making my own sugar scrub, much cheaper than buying one and you can customise it :) x

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  3. that's so awesome! i wonder if i can find the unscented stuff at a craft shop?

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  4. Oh this sounds amazing I recently did a DIY body scrub but through out college I did alot of this since I was on the complementary therapies course ! I'm going to have to do more of these !

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  5. Great idea!! Would like to try it:)

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  6. This looks awesome, I'll have to try it myself!

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  7. Helloooo! Thank you so so much for the kind follow over on my blog, your blog is beautiful!!! I am off to have a little nosey about, thanks so so much xxx

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  8. Wow, surprisingly I never knew this.what a lovely idea!
    I'd love to try.I think should be enough natural beauty courses
    . Thanks for sharing with us.






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  9. Wow this hair and body wash product is really looking very effective...I am dying to apply it...just can't resist to get one set for me...thanks for the awareness..

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