It’s pretty frustrating, searching the internet, reading books and finding do it yourself spa recipes that have ingredients that are hard to come by. Most of these hard to come by ingredients are preservatives, seasonal or fruit that only grow in certain places in the world (and for some reason that’s not the place you’re in), or ingredients we just don’t normally purchase on a regular basis.
Lye for home made soap, without this it’s pretty much impossible to create a bar of soap.
Emulsifying wax or beeswax, normally purchased in bulk by the pound from cosmetic suppliers.
Borax powder, a common chemical used in soaps and cosmetics as an emulsifier, preservative, fizzing agent. Not to mention borax is used to kill pests. This is an example of an ingredient commonly listed in DIY at home skincare recipes, that make me wonder.
These are just to name a few, from the many other ingredients I have noticed in people’s so called “DIY natural spa treatments”. The best thing to keep in mind that at home spa treatments made in your kitchen should be made of the fresh ingredients, not stale leftovers or expired pantry items. If the treatment you are making for yourself is perishable, then try making only a little at a time or prolonging its life by making enough to keep refrigerated for the series of treatments.
Any unavailable ingredient check for more natural or available substitutes, such as apple cider can be replaced with freshly squeezed lemon, distilled water for boiled water, etc. This also gives you the experience to play around with your ingredients and coming up with your own customized concoction, made especially for you. IF there are chemicals or items listed in the recipe that you are unfamiliar with, before considering them always do your research on that particular ingredient. Sometimes, if you can’t pronounce it, it might be better off left out.