There are so many ways to create clean & green beauty products! Easy DIY cosmetics hacks you’ll love…

The best thing about making your own makeup? It’s free, it’s clean, and it’s very green. Using things you find around your house you can easily create some incredible DIY cosmetics and products and most of the ingredients are sitting in your pantry. Over the years I’ve begun making my own DIY cosmetics because I was unhappy with the price tag of traditional makeup and the ingredients can be toxic.

Many of your favorite makeup or cleaning products still continue to test on animals despite the overwhelming opinion that it is unnecessary and cruel. By making your own DIY cosmetic products with ethically sourced ingredients you’re saving the planet, the animals, and your wallet.

A word to the wise? You’re going to need to buy some arrowroot powder for your DIY cosmetics.


While blush is not considered a crucial part of your beauty routine having pallid skin can be a let down. If you want to add a little color to the apples of your cheeks check out this quick and easy recipe.

You will need:

  • 1/4 cup Arrowroot Powder
  • 1/4 cup Beetroot Powder
  • An empty repurposed jar

If you have a little container or jar available that you have laying around and waiting to be repurposed throw both of those two simple and clean ingredients into it and seal tightly. Use a beauty blender or brush for application.

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Making your own eyeshadow may seem like a daunting and intimidating task but there are only a few simple ingredients you need in order to make your eyes shimmer and shine!

You will need:

  • 1/2 tsp Arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 tsp Bentonite Clay
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Colorants: Activated Charcoal, Spirulina, Beetroot Power, or Mica Power

The first two ingredients are crucial for making the eyeshadow base. When you have made the base you can use a natural ingredient for color. Activate Charcoal will make a smokey black, spirulina will make a green, beetroot will make a pink, and mica will make a light champagne color. Combine the arrowroot and bentonite clay with the desired amount of pigment and add a few drops of jojoba oil until the mixture begins to stick together. Put into a small container and apply with fingers or makeup brushes!

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No one wants to smell less than their best and that’s why I make my own homemade deodorant in order to ensure that I am well protected from perspiration and the sensitive area under my arms is not being exposed to chemicals from traditional deodorant.

You will need:

  • 5 tbs unrefined Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup Arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 cup Baking Powder
  • 30 Drops Essential Oil

Mix the dry ingredients together before combining with the coconut oil and essential oil. I recommend using an essential oil with antibacterial properties such as tea tree, grapefruit, cinnamon, citronella, eucalyptus, or lavender. Combine everything in an air-tight sealed container, I use a Mason jar. This deodorant can last up to six months!

Woman with arms over her head

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Bath Bombs

I love to take baths and I love to buy bath bombs from natural and ethical companies but I don’t love spending my money. However, I finally learned a quick recipe to be able to make my own bath bombs at a fraction of the cost!

What you’ll need:

  • 8 oz Baking Soda
  • 4 oz Epsom Salt
  • 4 oz Corn Starch
  • 4 oz Citric Acid
  • 2 1/2 tbs Coconut Oil
  • 1 tbs water
  • Optional: dried flowers, herbs, food coloring, biodegradable glitter or essential oils

Okay, so you do have to buy some accessories for this process such as something to mold the bath bomb with and if you’re not big into canning and preserves you may not have citric acid laying around. But not to fear, it’s all worth it if you love a good tub! Mix the wet and dry ingredients separately. Then slower (spoonful by spoonful) mix the wet and dry ingredients together until you end up with a sand-like consistency. Pack the mixture into the mold and leave overnight to dry.

Bath bombs and towels

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Full coverage foundation makes for a flawless red-carpet ready finish but contains a lot of bad ingredients that clog your pores. It’s much easier to make your own so you know exactly what is going all over your face.

You will need:

  • 1 tbs – 1 tsp Arrowroot power (dependent on skin tone)
  • Cocoa, cinnamon, or nutmeg (dependent on skin tone)
  • Jojoba Oil

Mix all the dry ingredients together and continuously test color mixture on the side of your neck to be able to match your exact skin tone. When that is complete begin with 5 drops of jojoba oil and go up from there until you reach your desired texture.

Metal brush and liquid foundation

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In the winter it is especially important to keep your skin healthy and moisturized in order to ensure health and elasticity. Try this natural recipe in order to get the strongest and cleanest remedy available.

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup Hempseed Oil (or your favorite oil)
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup Beeswax (melted)
  • Optional: Essential oil of your choice

It’s simple really, just melt the oils and beeswax together until you have a completely liquid immersion. When done, add 10 or more drops of your favorite essential oil. Whip the mix into a cream texture using an electric mixer or fork every five minutes or so as it cools. It’s a stunning consistency and protects your skin!

Lotion on a hand

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This recipe for homemade eyeliner is ridiculously simple. Suspiciously simple in fact! That’s why I made a batch and tried it myself and as a long-time cat eye fan I can tell you this is revolutionary!

You will need:

  • Activated charcoal powder


  • Water
  • Aloe Vera
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Coconut Oil

You can buy activated charcoal in capsule form and then you just open it and put it in a container. Dip in a damp eyeliner brush and apply! That’s it! But if you want something more substantial you can always experiment with one of the optional ingredients to add more substance to the eyeliner for a more ‘gel’ texture.

Woman applying eyeliner to another woman's face

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Hand Soap

There are many natural hand soaps available but I prefer to combine them all into a liquid hand soap. I upcycled an old glass jar and cut out a hole large enough for a pump and now keep my soap in there. That way, I reduce waste and it is more visually pleasing.

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Castile Soap liquid
  • 1 tbs Jojoba oil
  • 20 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 5-10 drops Eucalyptus Oil

All you have to do is combine all the ingredients into a recycled container (make sure to add the water first) and use when needed! Shake before using and keep those hands nice and clean.

Someone washing hands

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Lip Balm

I don’t know about you but my lips always get chapped in the cold winter months (or really anytime!) and I always used to carry around a natural brand of lipstick that I paid WAY too much money for. Instead, I learned a quick and simple 5 minute recipe to make it myself.

You will need:

  • 1 tbs beeswax
  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 15 drops spearmint oil

And that’s all there is to it! Melt the ingredients together on a stovetop or in the microwave until liquid form and then syringe into the container of your choice. Leave overnight to dry. In the morning you’ll wake up with a new tube of chapstick!

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Make up remover

Removing your makeup is often the worst part of the day but it can become the best by taking the time and utilizing your DIY cosmetic skills in order to whip up a batch of this natural makeup remover.

You will need:

  • 1 tbs aloe vera
  • 2 tbs witch hazel
  • 2 tbs jojoba oil
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil

Combine all the ingridients together and store in a reusable container of your choosing, it’s that simple. Squirt the mixture onto a reusable cotton round and remove all your makeup as well as the stress of the day!

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We here at Ecophiles encourage the reuse and repurposing of recyclable materials in all of these projects and we hope that you will have a blast creating all these DIY cosmetics recipes.

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