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7 DIY Beauty Gifts You Can Make For $5 (With The Help Of My New eBook!)

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Do you do “special math”?

You know, the kind of math which calculates what expense you can nix in order to make room for something you want? Something like, um, 50+ DIY Organic Beauty Recipes, perhaps?

I understand. I do special math, too.

To help you out this holiday season I’ve crunched some numbers for you. Here’s what I found: Using ingredients that are fair-trade, pure and natural/organic – actually all the same stuff I recommend in my book – your loved ones and allow you to vote your values with your Christmas dollars. You can love on the mama, baby, teacher, grandparent, little green alien and/or bestie in your life with gifts while supporting industries and brands you agree with.

Beetroot Cheek & Lip Tint – $1.77

Less than two dollars, and that includes these pretty little roller tubes to put them in! Or not so little, actually. One-third of an ounce may not seem like much, but it’s about the size of a medium-large lipstick tube. Supercomputer calculations based on a set of 3 at $1.77 each.

Chocolate Mint Lip Balm (20 tubes = $ .41 per tube)

Some to make, and some to give away! (This estimate includes the price of these lip balm tubes, sans shipping)

White Chocolate & Peppermint Lotion Bar – $2.38-$2.59 per bar

Depending on how much essential oil you use. Calculation based on 3 medium/large bars.

Tallow Balm

AKA the naughty” skin care ingredient you absolutely must try. If you know anyone who would like younger looking skin (no, seriously!), soothing relief from conditions like eczema or a non-toxic treatment for diaper rash, hand them a jar of this. I’ve also included a slightly reformulated version for pregnant mamas who want to avoid stretch marks (it may not prevent them 100% but it can definitely help!).

And the cost? Well, I didn’t do the math on this one, but that’s only because prices for tallow may vary a bit. My local rancher sell grassfed tallow for $ .99 a pound. You can swing this for under five bucks, promise!

Deodorant – $1.44

Okay, so maybe this doesn’t make the most **obvious** gift, but those of you who have shlepped up and down supermarket aisles looking for a non-toxic option that WORKS know what a find this is! Your mama friends will thank you. Calculations based on a set of three 2 ounce tubes at $1.44 each.

Lotion – $5.15 for two 6 ounce bottles

I used sweet orange for scent. Craft stores carry cute jars for a buck or two. :) And of course, there’s .  . . .

This Homemade Bronzer . . . 

Which will cost about $ .24 – $ .36 to fill the average loose powder container. Here’s what Kaylyn had to say about it on Facebook

I have been absolutely DYING to get bronzer and I just made your homemade recipe!! I had noooo idea it would be so easy and I loooooove it!!!! This book is the best beauty investment I have ever made!”

Want some more numbers?

Good! Right now you can save 20% by downloading with the coupon code HOLIDAY20. You can click here to purchase. Also, 100 is a really nice, reassuring number, so I’ll throw a 100% money back guarantee in there, too. As in, I will give you 100% of your money back if you don’t love this book!

And they say girls don’t like math . . . .

* A note on my pricing method: In cases where the recipe calls for olive OR jojoba oil I chose the most economical option, and I based my estimates on that of a reputable online retailer (Mountain Rose) but did not include shipping. Also, most places don’t sell 3/4 of an ounce of beeswax so these figures reflect the cost of the amount you will actually be using. The good news is that when all is said and done you’ll have some leftover ingredients to start with – plus you’ll have an extremely useful new book!

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42 Responses to 7 DIY Beauty Gifts You Can Make For $5 (With The Help Of My New eBook!)

  1. Karen says:

    Man, I wish I could buy grass-fed beef fat for $1/pound. My two sources are either $5 or $4.50 a pound. That’s outrageous! That’s the same price I can get for grass-fed ground beef. Anyway, I’ve already tried your solid lotion bars, and they are amazing! Thank you. And I love the idea for using the roller do-dads for the beet lip gloss. Thanks for putting this all together. I can’t wait to try more projects out.

  2. Allie says:

    This looks very interesting – thanks for the sale to help motivate me to pull the trigger! One question I have is about the shampoo recipe(s) in the book. Since trying to reduce the chemicals in my world, shampoo has been my biggest struggle. I have very fine hair, which usually correlates to very oily hair – or so I’m told. With conventional products, I MIGHT get away with not looking too greasy if, for some reason, I need to skip my morning shower one day. But with more natural products, I my hair often looks oily by the end of the day, let alone the next day! It’s bad. Has anyone with oily hair tested these? Any thoughts? I knew my hair was oily – but it didn’t seem THAT bad until I switched to natural products…

    • Heather says:

      Allie, I’ve had the same problem! I have very fine strands but thick hair (meaning lots of it!) and I walked around like a grease bomb for weeks on end testing recipes. I’d say my shampoos have less wiggle room than sulfate-based shampoos – you can’t use too much or it will build up – but they have worked for me. Another thing I’ve found is that doing a weekly honey or molasses hair treatment is an awesome clarifier that leaves hair soft, shiny and buildup free. Also, there are a few essential oils you can add to your formulas to help with oiliness.

    • Amanda says:

      I know this is late, but you might try the no ‘poo method. It’s basically a baking soda wash (1 tbls baking soda dissolved in 1 cup warm water) followed by an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse (1 tbls ACV in 1 cup water) – you can add essential oils to them for a nice scent. The idea behind this is that the more we strip away our bodies natural oils with soap, the more oil we are telling it to make – supply and demand, like breastfeeding – the more your baby nurses, the more milk you produce. This same principle is applied for your face as well – I’m trying the oil cleansing method right now.

  3. Christy says:

    I have a question that is not clear in your book! Is it okay to use the recipes for shampoo and the recipe for color rinse, or will the shampoos not work with any kind of colored hair?


    • Heather says:

      Hi Christy! It really depends. Some hair types are really coarse and have a hard time taking color, others drink it in. For those in the first category the answer would be probably not, but for others it will work!

      • Christy says:

        Thanks! I’ll try to remember to leave some feedback once I’ve ordered the ingredients and tried it out to see how it all works together :)

  4. Cathy says:

    Hi Heather,

    I’m really excited to buy your DIY beauty ebook soon! I have a question: My 18-month-old daughter has very little hair and hence her scalp gets dry and itchy in the winter. Is there a baby shampoo/body wash in your book, or could you recommend a good recipe? Our current “natural” baby shampoo is just too drying and oiling her head leaves her fine hair looking greasy, plus it’s not too natural. Thanks in advance!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Cathy! I do have a wash for babies, but it is simply a gentle castile soap with a little moisturizing oil and some essential oils blended in. You might also try the leave-in conditioner tip I have in there for her scalp :)

  5. Heather says:

    Hey Heather (Im a heather too hehe), This looks so awesome!!!! Can’t wait to download the book and start trying things. I’ve never made any natural beauty products but always wanted to.

  6. Noel McNeil says:

    I just got your ebook and I can’t wait to start making everything! Thanks for all your hard work, we appreciate it. :)

  7. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen says:

    I really need to look into tallow around here.

    I was laughing because I can imagine most people’s faces when opening deodorant as a gift! Although I’m pretty sure we all know somebody that would love it!

  8. Emily @ HolisticSquid says:

    I love this book! Thanks for doing all of the hard work sifting through and testing all of these recipes for us, Heather!

  9. Ashley says:

    I love the book and I’m so excited to try some recipes! Where do you get all your jars/containers?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Ashley! My jars come from many places, but you can usually find a good selection at Hobby Lobby if you have one nearby.

  10. Mel says:

    Hey! I haven’t purchased yet. (I’d like to!) are there explanations of reasons to use X product as remedy, etc? I’m just beginning my journey of natural and organic living. Have to convince the husband that it’s a good use of $. Thanks!

  11. Lena says:

    Hello and thanks for your ebook. I just purchased it, and I am looking forward to getting it printed out like a real book, and spending lots of time reading it and trying a few things.
    Thanks for putting in all the hard work.

  12. Carol says:

    Hi, I ordered your book last weekend I think and I’m wondering how I see the videos that are supposed to be included.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Carol! The links to the videos are listed with the recipes for: peppermint lotion bars, homemade lotion, mint chocolate whipped body butter, eye makeup remover and tallow soap. Hope that helps!

  13. Stella says:


    I am a raw foodest, and have regained and maintained health by eating a raw food plant based diet and keeping dead animals out of my body. Therefore, I am not all interested in slathering my outsides with tallow (for ethical reasons).

    However, I am intrigued by your book as I am very natural and hate chemical products.

    Which recipes have tallow in them? I need to know whether it is a worthwhile investment for me to buy your book since I wont be using any of the tallow recipes.



  14. Rachel says:

    Hi! When you were pricing the homemade lotion, which oil did you use? I used coconut oil and got a much lower price then that.

  15. Cindy says:

    Hi Heather,

    I bought your book and am looking forward to trying some of the recipes this weekend! I’m wondering where you get your potassium sorbate. The resource link in your book takes me to not a supplier. I checked mountainrose but didn’t find it there either. I’d prefer a non-petroleum based source if you know of one.


  16. Krystal Wight Armstrong says:

    Hi, Heather, I just became a VGN Premium Member and bought the end-of-Summer Bundle (mostly for your books), and I’m so excited to get to reading & learning!
    When I was learning more about the Premium membership, your DIY Beauty book was headlined as one of the ‘sample discounts’ they offer, and I was really hoping it would be included in the discounts currently. But I only saw your “Nourished Baby” book in their specials offered. I’d love to get that book too, though I don’t have any babies of my own yet!
    Anyway, I just wanted to ask if you can tell me if your Beauty book might make it back to their discount specials soon? I’d appreciate it. Thanks so much & Happy Tyuesday! :)

  17. Leean says:

    Hi Heather Is your book in print? I am old school and like paper and don’t have a tablet.

  18. Dani says:

    Hi Heather, silly question… I have your book in my shopping cart and just want to ask ahead of time. Are we able to re-name and label these creations as our own. Some of the recipes I want to to tweak maybe which essential oils are used and sell at a local farmers market. Would that be ok? The copyright jargon confuses me and I don’t want to get in trouble with anyone :) Thank you for your lovely blog & recipes. Cheers!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Dani, these recipes are not really intended for sale commercially, as they don’t use the same preservatives as commercial products. When we make things at home we use common sense to keep them from spoiling, but others who are used to products that last nearly forever may not use the same approach. I know of a few folks that do make and sell some of my recipes – the ones that are not water-based, specifically. I am fine with that, I just ask that you not reprint the recipes and share them. Thank you!

  19. Lea says:

    Hi Heather! I have probably made over half the recipes in this amazing book, just today making the lip balm. It came out AMAZING. I did make a mess however! So, a couple of questions:

    – Do you have any secrets to filling the small lip balm tubes and pots? I tried to use a dropper to fill them but the balm quickly cooled inside. Pouring directly from the pan was messy.

    – Any tips for cleaning wax off of everything? What a mess, haha!

    Thanks so much!

    • Heather says:

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the book, Lea! I keep my balm mixture in a glass measuring cup that I place in hot water between pouring intervals. For cleanup I wipe everything down with paper towels or old newspaper and then scrub with hot, very soapy water. Hope that helps!

      • Lea @ The Maverick Mama says:

        Sigh…brilliant. I went for a rematch today and this time kept the liquid in a measuring cup in the outside boiler, poured flawlessly and then wiped everything immediately as you suggested. Cleanup was a snap. My wax-free sink and dishwasher thank you!

  20. Lisette says:

    Hi Heather!

    I just wanted you to know that my husband loves the peppermint lotion bars! I made several for Christmas gifts and had a few left over. His skin has gotten really dry and irritated and he was using Vaseline (yuck) to treat his skin. I got him to try the lotion bars and now that is all he uses!!
    I do have a question though regarding some of your cleaners (I bought all three of your e-books). So of your cleaners use essential oils and although you mention not storing them in plastic containers, I notice you used old plastic squirter typy bottles for a few of your cleaners that you put a few drops of EO in. Is this okay? I ask because I have a couple of leftover dishwashing soap bottles from Mrs. Meyer’s clean day brand and I would love to use those if the EO will still be effective. Thanks for all you do!

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