Natural Beauty: DIY Shampoo and Toner

I was pleasantly surprised by the response to my telling you I wash my face with oil. To confirm that the Oil Cleansing Method is the way to go (for me, at least), I’ve gone back to “normal” (read: store-bought) facewash due to my current travel schedule. As a frequent business-traveler, I have small bottles of everything I’d ever need, so I’d popped one into my quart-sized, zip-top bag before flying out here to NYC.

My face got so dry. The sides of my nose were red and flaky. I looked like a bad flu in the middle of January. Not hot.

As soon as I got home to Chicago last week I transferred some of my beloved oil mixture into a small nalgene container to use for the rest of my time here in Brooklyn. I’m already noticing improvement.

Anyway, I thought you’d enjoy these other posts on natural beauty methods:

Ashley of Our Little Apartment doesn’t use shampoo. You may have heard of other people doing this, but I love how open Ashley is about it. She provides follow-up and answers reader questions along the way.

Rebecca of The Daily Muse shared a homemade toner recipe on Design Mom the other week. I don’t normally use toner, but if I’m going to be buying Apple Cider Vinegar to make my own non-conditioner, I may as well make non-toner as well!

Have you tried going shampoo-free? Do you make your own skincare? Please share your own links and recipes!

Lovely image at the top of the post via Jess!

5 thoughts on “Natural Beauty: DIY Shampoo and Toner

  1. Erin

    I just started using baking soda on my face (per another blog that I follow) and it’s been great! I haven’t had to put moisturizer on all week, and it’s way cheaper than what I’ve been using :)

  2. renita

    As I mentioned on twitter, I use apple cider vinegar to help with dry, itchy scalp — few times a month keeps it at bay.

    I imagine it would make a pretty good toner. I was using witch hazel as toner for awhile but I think it was contributing to breakouts. I’m not sure about ACV as a “conditioner” — but it helps get product and buildup off, so maybe in that sense.

    Just remember, ACV + baking soda = fizzy! :)

  3. Kira

    I am so intrigued by oil cleansing – my skin has been pretty decent since moving to LA but every time I’m back on the east coast, it is dry and flaky – gross! In your last post you mentioned experimenting with different oils – what are your favorites?

    1. Helena Post author

      My recipe is 1 part castor oil to 3 parts olive oil. I wanted to try Chamomile Oil and ordered it from, but they were out of stock so they sent me a refund rather than the oil… someday!

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