Tools & Ingredients To DIY Your Own Scratch Mommy Skincare Goodies!

Want to learn how to make skincare from scratch? This post lays out the tools and ingredients needed to DIY your own Pronounce skincare products.
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Hello, friend!

Ready to DIY your own Pronounce skincare…?

Today we bring you the DIY skincare post that trumps all other DIY skincare posts. Whaaaaa!??

Yup, this post includes the absolute essentials to create pretty much any simple lotion, salve, butter, and more…right in your own home.

From the (often overlooked!) excellent spatula to carrier oils to a required Pyrex bowl, this post is one you *need* to bookmark and pin so you can build your essentials to create beautiful and healthy organic skincare goods at home.


Set of Whisks

Many times in DIY skincare you use solid and dense ingredients (like a butter) with carrier oils so a whisk helps combine things really well in a double boiler. Also, anytime you add in any powders, a whisk will ensure that your raw materials are evenly combined. A good set of whisks is crucial for our sunscreen and foundation recipes.

Wooden or Bamboo Spoon (sustainably sourced)

Very helpful when you are trying to take a solid butter and put it into a double boiler or scooping out a finished product into a container. Another plus for having a wooden spoon around for DIY skincare is that are super easy to clean. Plastic is not a good option because if you put it in something too hot, you can risk the possibility of the chemicals being leached into the product. And wooden spoons last forever!


Spatulas serve a way different purpose than a wooden spoon. Since there’s a great chance your materials will solidify before you get a chance to get it off, having a spatula to scrape off the hardened product is a must. Trust me when I say, using a wooden spoon will make you stand there for a *million* years. But don’t toss the scraped product! Put it back in the middle of your pyrex bowl and remelt it so you don’t have to waste any of that product you worked so hard to create!

Pyrex Bowls

You’ll use a pyrex bowl from the beginning of your product to the very end. Thick solid glass, hard to break (although don’t try it at home), and very affordable a couple pyrex bowls are a must have! Plus, they fit perfectly on top of a pot to be used as a double boiler.


A lot of people ask for specific measurements in teaspoons or tablespoons but I don’t like giving them. Using a scale makes measuring much more accurate and easier to do things by weight. A good scale should be all glass (much easier to clean) and it’s nice if you can have the whole top plate be the scale so you have no worries about it not weighing correctly. Read more about my favorite scale that I use when making all Pronounce Skincare products.

Glass Droppers

Super handy and sometimes not thought of, glass droppers help you accurately count your essential oil drops. It’s also important for measuring out vitamin E.


Whether you’re storing your raw ingredients or storing a finished product, having some sort of container available is necessary. You can use simple Ball jars or you can use small, thick walled glass containers like these for your butters and lotions. For something more durable and light weight, metal tins make perfect containers for things like deodorant, sunscreen, foundation, or salves.

Raw Materials


Beeswax gives products a “sticking” power so it helps to stick to your skin (and it has a great waterproofing ability). It also helps thicken your products. If you plan to make ointments or salves, beeswax is a must.

Also, FYI — you want a nice golden beeswax that smells like faint honey. Light yellow or white indicates that there has been some kind of processing to it which may have been chemically done (or it could possibly have been bleached). As always, looking for sustainable sources that are not overworking our bees is important. I use this beeswax in all Pronounce skincare products.

Butter (Shea or Cocoa)

Butters are necessary if you’re making a lotion or body butter. Butters give your product a more creamy texture versus very oily. While cocoa butter is more dense then shea butter, both are excellent choices for moisturizing your skin.

The scent of shea butter is much more mild than cocoa butter so sometimes it is just a matter of scent preference when figuring out which butter to use in your skincare products. You can read more about cocoa butter here on Scratch Mommy.

Carrier Oil

Any kind of liquid carrier oil is necessary for pretty much any DIY skincare product. It’s going to help cut down the dense raw butter you are using so it gives you the pretty finished product you want. Not to mention it is *fantabulous* for your skin regardless! You can read more on Scratch Mommy about carrier oils here.

Vitamin E

Super healing and nourishing! While vitamin E is not a preservative, it will help extend the life of a handmade skincare product since DIY skincare products rarely ever have preservatives in them. Vitamin E helps extend the life of handmade skincare products by decreasing oxidation.

As long as the container is closed tightly and clean fingers are used, Vitamin E will act as closely to a preservative as possible without using a preservative. Make sure it’s non-GMO (like this one), and you know how it’s sourced. Learn more about vitamin E and how to source it here on Scratch Mommy.

Essential Oils

Essential oils smell Oh-So-Good and help create the scent or mood you want for your product. So, if you want to create a sensual lotion you can add essential oils like Sandalwood, Patchouli (my fav!), or Frankincense. If you want to create an uplifting lotion to put on after your morning shower, you can use oils like Bergamot, Peppermint, and Cedarwood. Although we love Mountain Rose Herbs’ essential oils, as long as we know they are sustainably sourced, wild harvested &/or organic we use other brands, too (like the Plant Therapy you see below).

A few great books to keep in your arsenal are:


All of the DIY skincare recipes you see below can be found right here on Scratch Mommy and will utilize almost all of the tools and ingredients you see in this post.

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  2. Thank you for your posts and your thorough research! I’ve been learning a lot from your blog.

    I am a bit confused about vitamin E though. In your recipes, do you make a distinction between “vitamin E oil” and pure vitamin E? The recipes I’ve noticed refer just to vitamin E as an ingredient, but in this post you link to a vitamin E oil with diluted vitamin E content. When you talk about vitamin E having a preservative effect, does that hold for the diluted version or just the pure substance?

    Just trying to get all this straight! Thanks!

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      Great question! I’m talking about pure vitamin E (not diluted with another carrier oil). Vitamin E isn’t a preservative, per-say, but does help to decrease oxidation in natural products. I hope this helps! This is one of my fav vitamin E oils. Happy DIYing!

  3. What do you use to strain oils? Especially when you infuse your oil with Alkanet Powder, that needs a very fine strainer.

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