Handmade soap

Are you shopping for a Mother’s Day gift? Or Father’s Day, birthday, Christmas — no matter the holiday or occasion, making your own gift gives it a personal touch. And natural handmade beauty and personal care products are always a huge hit.

Even if you’re a novice DIYer, you can make some pretty great natural beauty products if you follow the right recipe. You may even find that you have many of the ingredients for some of these recipes in your home already!

Handmade soap
Image courtesy of M Car

We’ve put together a list of 50 DIY natural beauty and personal care product recipes for you right here, so you can get wrap up your gift shopping pronto. Here’s a tip: You’ll want to make extra to keep for yourself! Each idea listed below is a clickable link to the recipe.

For the Body

Body Scrubs

  1. Peppermint Sugar Scrub Bars
  2. Oatmeal Exfoliating Bars
  3. Sea Salt Body Scrub
  4. Lemon Sugar Scrub
  5. Coconut Oil Body Scrubs
  6. Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrubs
  7. Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub
  8. Charcoal Coffee Scrub
  9. Sugar and Sage Body Scrub


  1. Tension Relief Bath Bombs
  2. Detox Bath with Ginger
  3. Peppermint Milk Bath

Body Moisturizers

  1. Whipped Gingerbread Body Butter
  2. Slow Cooker Lotion Bars
  3. Calendula Lavender Skin Salve
  4. Whipped Body Butter
  5. Moisturizing Lotion Bars

Other Natural Products for the Body

  1. Solid Perfume
  2. Homemade Deodorant
  3. Natural Sunscreen

For the Hands and Feet

  1. Manicure in a Jar
  2. Soft, Silky Hands Treatment
  3. Gardener’s Hand Scrub
  4. Rich Honey Hand Balm
  5. Foaming Hand Soap
  6. Peppermint Foot Soak
  7. Soothing Treatment for Dry, Cracked Feet

For the Face

  1. Pomegranate Facial Scrub
  2. Yam Facial Mask
  3. Honey Cinnamon Nutmeg Mask Facial Mask
  4. Natural Face Toner
  5. Anti-aging Face Cream
  6. Activated Charcoal Face Mask
  7. Coconut Mocha Face Mask
  8. Natural Face Powder
  9. Shaving Cream
  10. Aftershave Lotion

For the Lips

  1. Sweet Lips Sugar Scrub
  2. Soft Lips Moisturizer
  3. Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm
  4. Peppermint Lip Balm

 For the Hair

  1. All Natural Hairspray
  2. Soap Nuts Shampoo
  3. Moisturizing Shampoo Bars
  4. Rosemary Honey Conditioner
  5. Tea Tree Hair Gel

There is sure to be something on the list for everyone on your list!

Feature image courtesy of Annouk. Originally published on December 19, 2014, this article was updated in April 2020.

By Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal Johnson, publisher of Happy Mothering, founder of Green Moms Media and essential oil fanatic, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former corporate marketing communication manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life.