5 Easy Steps to Making Your Own Vegan Cosmetics at Home
Written by  Daisie Team
Published on 6 min read


  1. Gather vegan ingredients
  2. Choose your cosmetic base
  3. Add natural colors
  4. Mix to perfection
  5. Store in suitable containers

Have you ever wondered how to create your own personal beauty products that are not only kind to your skin but also to the environment? Well, you're in the right place. This blog post will guide you through the process of making your own vegan cosmetics at home. With these five easy steps, you'll be on your way to creating your own natural, cruelty-free beauty regimen.

Gather Vegan Ingredients

Before we dive into the specifics, let's start by gathering all the vegan ingredients you'll need. Remember, the magic of making your own vegan cosmetics lies in the purity of the ingredients. So, let's get started:

Plant Oils

Plant oils form the base for many cosmetic products. They are rich in nutrients and are great for hydrating and nourishing your skin. Some popular options include:

  • Olive oil: It's rich in antioxidants and is excellent for dry skin.
  • Coconut oil: Known for its anti-aging properties, it also serves as a great moisturizer.
  • Jojoba oil: It closely resembles our skin's natural oil, making it suitable for all skin types.

Essential Oils

Essential oils not only add a pleasing aroma to your homemade cosmetics but also come with a host of skin benefits. Some commonly used essential oils in vegan cosmetics are:

  1. Lavender oil: Known for its calming properties, it's great for promoting relaxation.
  2. Tea tree oil: It's a potent oil known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
  3. Rose oil: It's a luxurious oil that helps hydrate and soothe the skin.

Natural Waxes and Butters

These ingredients add a creamy texture to your cosmetics and also provide a protective barrier for your skin. Some of the best options for making your own vegan cosmetics include:

  • Candelilla wax: A plant-based wax that is a popular vegan alternative to beeswax.
  • Shea butter: Known for its hydrating properties, it's a common ingredient in lip balms and body butters.
  • Cocoa butter: It has a pleasant chocolatey scent and is an excellent moisturizer.

There you have it: a simple guide to gathering your vegan ingredients. Next, we'll explore how to choose the perfect cosmetic base for your vegan beauty products. Stay tuned!

Choose Your Cosmetic Base

Now that we have our ingredients ready, it's time to decide on the cosmetic base. The base is like the canvas on which you'll paint your masterpiece— in this case, your homemade vegan cosmetic product. Let's explore the options:

Oil-Based Products

Oil-based products, like serums or body oils, are a good starting point if you're new to making your own vegan cosmetics. Here's how to go about it:

  1. Pick your oil: Based on your skin type and the benefits you're seeking, choose an oil from those we discussed earlier.
  2. Add essential oils: Mix in a few drops of essential oil for added benefits and a pleasant scent. But remember, less is more!

Cream-Based Products

For a thicker consistency, cream-based products are your go-to. Here's how to make a basic vegan cream:

  • Melt your wax and oils: Using a double boiler, gently melt your chosen wax and oils together.
  • Allow it to cool: Once the mixture is thoroughly combined, let it cool slightly. This step is important, as adding essential oils to a hot mixture can lead to them losing their beneficial properties.
  • Add essential oils: Stir in your chosen essential oils while the mixture is still in a liquid state.

Water-Based Products

For products like toners or sprays, a water-based formula may be best. Here's a simple recipe:

  1. Choose your water: You can use distilled water, floral water, or even aloe vera juice as your base.
  2. Add essential oils: Essential oils don't mix well with water, so you'll need to add a dispersant like solubol or a small amount of alcohol.

And there you have it— choosing the right base for your vegan cosmetic products is a breeze. In the next section, we'll take a look at how to add natural colors to your creations. Keep reading!

Add Natural Colors

Adding a touch of color can make your homemade vegan cosmetics even more enjoyable to use. And the best part? You can achieve this using all-natural ingredients. Let's dive into the colorful world of natural dyes:

For Lip Products

Want to add a pop of color to your vegan lip balm or lipstick? Here are a few ideas:

  • Beetroot powder: This gives a lovely pink to red hue. Just remember, a little goes a long way!
  • Alkanet root powder: For a more purple tint, alkanet root powder is your best bet.

For Face Products

When it comes to creating face products like blush or bronzer, you have several options:

  1. Cocoa powder: Yes, the same stuff you put in your hot chocolate can give your product a brown tint.
  2. Hibiscus powder: This provides a beautiful pink color and is perfect for blushes.

For Eye Products

Making your own vegan cosmetics for the eyes can be a fun and creative process. Here's how to color them naturally:

  • Spirulina powder: This gives a vibrant green color, ideal for eyeshadows.
  • Charcoal powder: For a smokey eye look, a bit of charcoal powder can work wonders.

So there you have it! Adding natural colors to your vegan cosmetics can be as simple as raiding your pantry. In the next section, we'll discuss how to mix your ingredients to perfection. Stay tuned!

Mix to Perfection

Now that you've gathered all your vegan ingredients and added your natural colorants, it's time to mix everything together. But how do you achieve that perfect blend? Here are some tips:

Use the Right Tools

Believe it or not, the tools you use can have a big impact on the final outcome of your vegan cosmetics. Here's what you'll need:

  • Heat-proof bowls: These are great for melting your bases without risking damage to your dishes.
  • Whisks or spatulas: These will help you mix your ingredients smoothly and evenly.
  • Thermometer: This is handy for making sure your base is at the right temperature before adding your other ingredients.

Follow the Right Order

When making your own vegan cosmetics, the order in which you mix your ingredients matters:

  1. Start with your base: This is typically a wax or oil. Heat it until it's completely melted.
  2. Add your colorants: Once your base is ready, slowly stir in your chosen colorants.
  3. Finally, add any additional ingredients: If you're adding any extras like essential oils or vitamins, now is the time to do so.

Take Your Time

Patience is key when you're mixing your own vegan cosmetics. Rushing can lead to lumpy or uneven results, so take your time and enjoy the process.

And that's it! You're now well on your way to becoming a pro at making your own vegan cosmetics. In the next section, we'll discuss how to properly store your homemade goodies to ensure they last as long as possible. Keep reading!

Store in Suitable Containers

Bravo! You've successfully mixed your vegan cosmetics to perfection. But wait, you're not done yet. Storing your newly crafted products properly is just as important as the making process itself. So, let's talk about the best ways to keep your cosmetics fresh and ready for use.

Pick the Right Containers

What you store your homemade cosmetics in can make a huge difference in how long they last:

  • Glass jars: These are great for creams and lotions. They're easy to clean and they don't absorb any of the product.
  • Plastic tubes: Ideal for lip balms or roll-on products. They're lightweight and easy to carry around.
  • Metal tins: Perfect for solid products like lipsticks or blushes. They give your products a professional look.

Keep It Clean

Keeping your containers clean is crucial for the longevity of your vegan cosmetics. Before storing, make sure to:

  1. Wash your containers: Use warm water and gentle soap.
  2. Dry them thoroughly: Any leftover moisture can cause your products to mold.

Store in a Cool, Dry Place

Heat and humidity are the enemies of homemade cosmetics. Find a cool, dry place to store your vegan creations and they'll thank you with a longer shelf life.

There you have it! You're not just a master at making your own vegan cosmetics, but also at storing them correctly. Now, go ahead and enjoy your homemade, animal-friendly beauty products. Remember, practice makes perfect and the more you experiment, the better your creations will become. Happy crafting!

If you enjoyed learning about making your own vegan cosmetics at home, you might also be interested in exploring the world of DIY nail art. Check out the workshop 'Affordable DIY Abstract Nail Art Tutorial' by Rachael Mangal. This workshop will teach you how to create stunning, abstract nail designs using affordable and vegan-friendly materials.