Here’s some “specialty” DIY ingredients you may not already have at home. This list is organized by where I used to buy the ingredient (before I started buying in bulk), and usually links to a specific brand that I have used before and like. That being said, I always suggest shopping around a bit for each reorder because prices can change. And I’m not brand loyal unless I can tell a difference in the quality, so I’m usually willing to try a new brand if it’s cheaper.
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- Sweet Almond Oil
- Grape Seed Oil
- Raw Honey (if using it to wash your face, make sure you don’t buy crystalized raw honey)
- Witch Hazel
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- Bentonite Clay (1-lb container; 2-lb container)
- Organic Cocoa Butter Wafers (these are very easy to measure out and smell great, but they don’t taste as good as the bar)
- Organic Cocoa Butter Bars (these are still easy to cut off the amount you need, it doesn’t smell as “chocolatey” as the wafers, but it tastes great!)
- Unrefined Shea Butter Bar
- Lavender Buds
- Jojoba Oil (You can also get it from Vitacost, but for 4-oz bottles I find it’s usually cheaper at Joe’s)
- Epsom Salt (I usually get the 8-lb bags i
(I’m not brand loyal to essential oils, either. I choose where to buy my oils based on how much they cost and what I plan to use them for. If I plan to use them for cleaning or aromatherapy, then I usually find the cheapest. If I plan to use it medicinally or in my cooking, then I typically choose a brand I consider “higher quality.” Whether it actually IS higher quality or not, I’ll let you decide for yourself!)
- www.planttherapy.com – This is currently my absolute favorite essential oil source, as they have a wide variety at high quality oils at competitive prices. Plus, their shipping is super fast.
- www.mountainroseherbs.com – This is where I buy all my herbs, but they also have a good selection of essential oils. Almost everything is organic, but the prices reflect that. Plus, it takes at least a week for anything to ship.
- www.vitacost.com – This is a good place to start if you’re just testing out essential oils. You can get some decent oils pretty cheap, but I’m not very confident of the quality. I generally use these oils for cleaning products or to make the house smell good. If you use this link and sign-up, you can get $10 off your first order!