After a handful of years trialing and testing recipes and ingredients I’ve come across some brilliant resources. Here are some of my favourite online stores, items, ingredients and books for making your own natural skincare and DIY beauty recipes.
My natural living e-course & workshops. I host a minimal natural skincare and Beauty from the Garden workshops each year here at Broughgammon Farm. You can check them out here: https://www.beckyocole.com/natural-living-workshops-ireland/
Castile Soap Dr.Bronner’s is the best although cheaper alternatives can be found on Amazon. I often use this brand which is a bit cheaper but prefer these bars for things like laundry wash. Castile soap is a natural liquid soap that’s immensely useful. You can use it to make body and hair wash, wash the dog, clean floors, make hand wash…The list is endless. You’ll definitely want to grab a big bottle of this stuff! (PS Castile soap is concentrated so a little goes a long way!)
Foaming hand soap dispenserHaving one of these foaming soap dispensers is the difference between having the perfect natural hand wash and having one that’s just too liquidy to be useful. I have these ones from mDesign from Amazon
Favourite place to get dried herbsI adore UK based Baldwins for good quality dried herbs which I love to infuse into oils. For American friends pop over to the amazing Mountain Rose Herbs!
Favourite place to get carrier oils and butters as well as bentonite clay https://www.aromantic.co.uk https://www.naturallythinking.com I’ve also been recommended the Soapery which has packaging choices and smaller quantities to chose from too!
Essential Oils I really enjoy Tisserand oils. Tisserand have also written the best book on essential oil safety. For blends I enjoy some DoTerra, especially On Guard which smells deliciously festive to me!
Zero Waste natural beauty supplies such as toothbrushes https://www.doyourbitni.com (Northern Ireland) Great source of low waste products for your bathroom and beyond.
Natural beauty RMS is the main brand I use. The Uncover up is brilliant for under the eyes or mixed with a little cream as a tinted moisturiser. The living luminser is amazing too as is this set which contains that product and some lovely multi purpose cheek and lip colours. Ive almost finished mine but it was a great intro to their highlighters and colours and have since purchased large sized highlighter and the brighter coral colour. Completely natural.
Natural Shampoo Faith in Nature is a good shampoo that will remove hot oil masks from the hair but is gentle and doesn’t contain SLS. I love that it also comes in a huge bulk container if you like.
Herbal Know-How If you are completely obsessed with herbs and herbalism I cannot recommend the Herbal Academy enough. They have very professional herbal online courses that will give you all the knowledge you could ever want! They currently have an offer on their intro and intermediate classes.
Most of you will know I’m a complete book worm and avid researcher so of course I have a couple of book recommendations too!
Easy Homemade Products by Jan Berry- Jan Berry’s impressive tome on natural beauty is packed with easy to follow natural beauty recipes.
The Handmade Apothecary by Kim and Vicky- the best best for an easy introduction into herbalism including basic recipes for everything from balms to shrubs.
The complete book of essential oils and aromatherapy- an excellent book on essential oils which so many subjects covered.
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My favourite way to cleanse my face now is with sweet almond oil. I just rub it on my face and take it off with a warm washcloth. I repeat the process if I have been wearing make-up. It has helped my skin in so many ways that I could never go back to using soap. Thanks for sharing these shops and resources. I am trying to go more natural with my skincare, so I will give these suggestions a try.
This is such a lovely and helpful list – thank you! I’m trying to be less wasteful and overhaul my beauty supplies with natural, cruelty-free products while reducing my use of plastic. Zero waste toothbrushes are such a simple place to start!