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So you’re inspired by the recipes on my website, or perhaps you have your eye on my latest book, but your head is spinning trying to work out what ingredients you needed to get started, right? Let me help you and give you a bit of a guide…

Bear in mind that if I was to include every single ingredient used in my recipes, your shopping list would have over 100 items on it. It’s also impossible for me to tell you exact quantities because it depends on whether your focus is on cleaning, body care or both, and if you’re making full/half batches, one of every recipe or just a select few. See! Impossible.

My best tip…

If you’re new to DIY, I suggest picking two or three recipes you really want to try and tackling them first. I often hear of people getting all excited and buying everything to make everything and then making nothing! That will not happen, do you hear me?

Work out which recipes you want to make, and create a list of all ingredients. Then write down quantities required and tally it up. (My free online recipes will give you a very good idea as to which ingredients you need even if you’re purchasing my book.)

Over time, you’ll accumulate the ingredients that you use most often and it’ll become easier to add to that supply, and replenish when they run low. As a guide, I’ve noted down the most common ingredients you’ll need for each recipe category. Check out this blog for a list of my favourite suppliers.

    To make most basic balms and lotions, you’ll need:
    • Shea butter (you could also use cocoa butter or mango butter but it will affect the recipe outcome)
    • Coconut oil (the kind that you can pick up at the supermarket that solidifies in the cool weather)
    • Carrier oil (the most common and budget-friendly are sweet almond and fractionated coconut oil but some people like olive oil. Or, you could get super fancy and use oils like jojoba and apricot kernel)
    • Beeswax (candelilla wax is a good option for vegans)
    • Essential oils
    To tweak a balm and turn it into sunscreen, deodorant, daytime face cream, salve (healing balm) etc., you may need:
    • Zinc oxide
    • Evening primrose oil
    • Arrowroot flour (or cornflour)
    • Sodium bicarbonate
    My favourite oils for the face and body include:
    • Jojoba oil
    • Apricot kernel oil
    • Sweet almond oil
    • Fractionated coconut oil
    • Argan oil
    • Vitamin E oil
    When making foaming washes and my thick and creamy wash, you’ll need:
    • Castile soap
    • Coconut oil (the type that solidifies)
    • Foaming pump bottle (a must for the foaming washes)
    In bath bombs, bath soaks and magnesium oil, you’ll need:
    • Sodium bicarbonate
    • Citric acid
    • Magnesium chloride flakes
    • Epsom salt
    • Bentonite clay
    • Himalayan salt
    • Dead Sea salt
    A few other ingredients and the recipes you may need them in:
    • Aloe vera gel (hand sanitising gel, post sun cooling mist, aftershave tonic and gel, hair detanglers, cleaning wipes)
    • Witch hazel (hand sanitising gel, spray deodorant, toner, aftershave tonic, cleaning wipes)
    • Magnesium cloride flakes (magnesium oil, spray deodorant)
    • Activated charcoal (tooth polish, face peel, charcoal soap)
    For most cleaning recipes, you’ll need the following:
    • Sodium carbonate (washing soda)
    • Sodium bicarbonate (bicarb)
    • Citric acid
    • Borax
    • Coconut soap
    • Castile soap
    • Soapberries
    • Hydrogen peroxide
    • Sodium percarbonate
    • Salt
    As for essential oils:

    I recommend sourcing top quality, pure and potent essential oils. Click here for Essential Oils Inspiration.

    Krissy Ballinger

    Krissy Ballinger

    Author, Advocate & Founder

    Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

    Krissy has sold over 30,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her latest, award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

     

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    Are you super keen to get stuck into natural DIY but not sure where to source your ingredients?

    Check out my Ingredient Supplier Info post. I've provided you with a list of physical and online stores you can source all your natural DIY ingredients and accessories. Plus there a few discount codes for you!

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