What You Need To Make Natural Beauty Recipes

I post a lot of natural beauty product recipes so you can make your own natural versions instead of buying commercial products. Not only is making your own cheaper, but you know exactly what is in the product.  And more importantly, you know what is not.  Many people want to make their own beauty products because they want to use natural ingredients and leave out chemicals and other products for their own safety.

Nearly all natural beauty product recipes that I post will use the following ingredients.  Click on the picture to get pricing information and more information about each product.

Bowls

Look for heat resistant glass bowls.  You'll want a variety of sizes, but make sure you have two small bowls and at least one medium bowl.  Glass works best because chemicals in plastic can leech in to your recipes.  Also, some ingredients can react with metal, so avoid using metal.
Measuring 

Some recipes call for liquid measurements, and some ask you to weigh the ingredients.  You'll want glass cups and utensils to measure.  If you use a scale, make sure it will measure to the 100th of an ounce.  


Stainless Steel Saucepan

You will want to avoid aluminum because some herbs and ingredients can react with the metal.  Stainless steel is an affordable option that will be safe for making your natural beauty recipes.  Make sure it is big enough to hold a glass bowl to make a double boiler.




Double Boiler

Most recipes call for a double boiler.  If you don't have one, you can make one with a heat resistant glass bowl sitting on a trivet in a medium or large saucepan.  If you plan to melt beeswax or butters often, then consider a double boiler because it is easier to use.



Wooden Spoons

You'll want to use wooden utensils because plastic can melt and leech chemicals in to your concoctions.

Grinding

You'll use this to grind herbs and other ingredients. I find that this is a necessary tool and works better than a food processor or blender. You may also find that a dedicated coffee grinder and blender will be helpful for other ingredients.

You don't need to buy all of these when you get started.  I didn't get a double boiler until I knew that I would be making my own recipes often.  You may already have some of the tools, and you can reuse them.  Since you are not using chemicals, it is generally safe to use the tools you use to prepare food.  Use your best judgement because some ingredients are safe for topical use but are harmful when ingested.
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