I used to chase after different kinds of skin and hair care products, hoping those products will hide all of my blemishes. I am not ugly and I never was. But somehow I felt like I needed night cream in my late 20s to deeply nourish my skin at night; somehow I needed to have a hydrating cream because my skin needed hydrating during the day; somehow I needed this particular shampoo to add shine to my hair that the previous shampoo and conditioner I felt didn’t and couldn’t do; somehow I needed a toner to tone my skin after washing. The list would go on. In the end, I realized I wasted so much money without yielding the desired result – me feeling more beautiful. In fact, I felt more insecure.
I finally stopped being a product-junkie over a year ago. Instead of chasing after products, I started making them. Besides, I live a tiny apartment. I don’t have enough room for beauty products AND all of my cleaning products. If you’ve read “Stuff You Should Always Have At Home (Kitchen Edition),” you will see a lot of cross ingredients.
In any case, below are the evergreen ingredients I’d recommend anyone to always have at home. Once you are stocked up, you are well equipped to make most of the basic home items for you and your family.
Apple Cider Vinegar (with the Mother only)
Essential oils (peppermint + your favorite scents)
Vitamin E Oil
Rather than telling you why each of those ingredients is so important, I’m going to share with you what I’m able to make using the ingredients above:
Face scrub: Baking Soda + Coconut Oil
Toner: Apple Cider Vinegar + Water
Body Wash: Bronner Soap + Water + Vitamin E Oil
General Lotion (Body and Face)*: Coconut Oil + Vitamin E Oil
Shampoo: Bronner Soap + Water + Baking Soda
Conditioner: Apple Cider Vinegar + Water + Vitamin E Oil + Castor Oil
Toothpaste: Coconut Oil + Baking Soda + Peppermint Essential Oil
Mouthwash: Hydrogen Peroxide + Water + Peppermint Essential Oil