The Best Handmade Beauty Products

handmade perfume set by sam wish handmade beauty products

I’m a huge fan of all natural handmade beauty products. To me there is no question that I want to use the purest and healthiest ingredients on my skin. In Texas, we have a few makers that create the most luxurious and divine handmade soaps, lip glosses, hair products, and other body care products. I asked the makers of these products what inspires them to do what they do. And here’s what they had to say.

My Fave: Make Your Own Fresh Mask Trio
(with Rhassoul Clay, Kaolin Clay, and Organic Atlantic Kelp)

kaolin clay handmade face mask by salve handmade beauty products

What is important to you about handmade beauty products?

I love this question! Hand made products force us to really look at the fundamentals of what goes into skin care. It also forces us to use more accessible ingredients often times found in our kitchens which are typically food grade, e.g. olive oil or baking soda for example. After all, the synthetic ingredients most larger manufacturers use require precise measurements and formulations created by their secret in-house chemists. Why go through all the trouble when you can make something fresh, from scratch at home using food! It’s really idiot proof when you’re doing it yourself. Not only are the ingredients more basic when someone hand makes products, it’s also made with love and it’s fun and safer! More importantly, I want to be in control of the ingredients in my skin care.

all natural face wash by salve tea cleanser handmade beauty products

What are your favorite ingredients to use?

Right now, I’m in love with organic avocado seed oil. My skin loves it and absorbs so nicely without being greasy. I also add essential oils of lavender and rose to it for an after-shower all-over deep moisturizer that also gives me a nice glow. When we make our products, we love to use cold press vegetables oils from our preferred farmers, things like organic virgin coconut and olive oils, organic sunflower seed oil, sweet almond oils, etc.  Our favorite medicinal oils grown by our American farmers are arnica, comfrey and chickweed!

Where can people get your items in person?

If you want to get our products in person, you’ll need to follow us on or visit our events page online, because that’s where we post all the local events and farmers market where we are. We’re also trying to get into some stores, aiming for 2017. Of course, everything is also available on our website,

Sam Wish Botanicals
My Fave: Aluminum Free Deodorant + Floral Tea Bath Soak

aluminum free deodorant by sam wish handmade beauty products

What is important to you about handmade beauty products?

For me, the most valuable aspect of handmade beauty products is the attention to where the ingredients come from and how they effect your body. Taking care of my body is extremely important to me and I don’t want to be using products that include harmful ingredients that are going to degrade my quality of life. You only get one life and one body and I want to respect and honor that. And I want to be able to share that with other people. Plus I believe in supporting those around me instead of throwing money towards big corporations, I love getting to offer my products locally and having the opportunity to connect with my customers. 

handmade bath soak floral tea bath soak by sam wish

What are your favorite ingredients to use?

My absolute favorite ingredient is coconut oil, duuuuuh! It has so many uses and is so, so good for your body. It’s in probably half of my products!! Plus it smells and tastes amazing. There’s really no downside to it, so it’s my obvious choice (:  

handmade perfume set by sam wish handmade beauty products

Where can people get your items in person?

I sell my items in a few stores around Houston- Space Montrose, Kismet Boutique, & Urban Izzy (although she’s taking her ventures elsewhere sometime soon!). I also participate in markets every so often, mostly in the spring and fall. 

Rosehip Essentials
My Fave: Mineral Lip and Cheek Tint

handmade mineral lip and cheek tint by rosehip essentials handmade beauty products

What is important to you about handmade beauty products?

The most important thing to me about handmade beauty products is that my ingredients are derived from natural sources but they also have amazing results!  When I was growing up, my mom was a spa owner/esthetician so naturally I was exposed to the ritual of looking after my skin. My goal was that my products are of course natural but also effective and perform better than the spa quality expensive products. 

Nature has given us amazing herbs and essential oils that are actually more effective then all of the harsh chemicals out there. I love when customers tell me how effective something I’ve made with French clay and essential oils has been at treating their skin conditions.

rosehip essentials rosehip facial kit handmade beauty products

What are your favorite ingredients to use?

  • Rosehip seed oil – it’s light, non greasy and full of vitamins and nutrients that are great for maturing or sensitive skin. Rosehip seed oil is like a multi vitamin for your skin!  
  • French Clay – it works so well to pull all of the impurities from your pores leaving your skin silky smooth.
  • Essential Oils – So powerful and potent these medicinal oils are healing for the skin, mind and soul. Lavender, Geranium rose and Carrot seed are my favorite for skin care.

rosehip essentials french clay mask handmade beauty products

Where can people get your items in person?

My etsy shop is best am excited to be currently working on some wholesale accounts so some local spas/shops…coming soon. Also if you’re looking for someone to host a make your own facial skin care workshop I’d be happy to!

Old Factory Soap Co.
My Fave: Lucid Dream Artisan Soap


This week Madeline the co-creator of Old Factory Soap Company had a major announcement: We have changed our brand name as of this week from Old Factory Soap to Octarine!  We are still keeping Old Factory for our private label services, but all of our Old Factory brand products will now be sold as Octarine. We have this coupon code to inspire you to check out our new shop!

What’s important to you about handmade beauty products? 

Its important to me to find handmade beauty products that are natural, fresh, and contain high quality ingredients that will provide nourishment to my body.  Growing up with extreme skin allergies I have learned to distrust a label, no matter what store it is in, or what product it is on.  When you use artisan crafted items, you can really get to know the creator of the products you use every day – you can talk with them about the ingredients, their processes. You can see the love they put into their work each day. You can feel confident that you know exactly what you are putting on your skin, remember, it’s your largest organ!

2. What are your favorite ingredients to use?  Our favorite ingredients are anything we can grow, harvest, and create ourselves! We love to know exactly where our ingredients come from, and find joy in harvesting prairie coneflower in the spring, and tincturing ripening juniper berries to extract the scent. Working with the living earth is exciting, it never gets monotonous because you always have something different to do!

woode handmade cologne by octarine austin tx

3. Where can people get your items in person?  If you would like to meet us in person, we are at the Barton Creek Farmers Market every Saturday from 9am-1pm in Austin Texas. We are also at Wimberley Market Days on the first Saturday of each month.  To look at our products and read more about us, you can visit our website. On our website you can also find a list of retailers in Texas and across the country.

And here are some other amazing handmade beauty products:


The Good Hippie
My Fave: Lovely Lockslovely locks handmade hair serum by The Good Hippie Austin TX


Feto Soap
My Fave: Make Your Own Nail Polish DIYmake your own nail polish diy by feto soap

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6 thoughts on “The Best Handmade Beauty Products

  1. Tammilee Tips says:

    I love to use beauty products made with essential oils!! I have not heard of some of these brands and companies before. Skin allergies are so hard to deal with so homemade is a great way to be able to not have skin problems.

  2. Tami says:

    I’d like to make my own beauty ingredients. I enjoy using bath soak products, as well as finding new uses for my coconut oil. I’m excited about trying these.

  3. Robin says:

    I definitely need to look into that lip tint. My lips hate it when I put any sort of product on them, but all natural is the way to go! Also, nail polish making!!! How cool is that?!?!

  4. Stacie Moore says:

    First of all thank you for this wonderful website! I make my own natural beauty products and I’m struggling to break into this competitive market esp. with huge companies taking over! I believe a lot of people want handcrafted though! I would be interested in advertising and would also love to send you some of my products to try.

    Look forward to hearing back!

    Stacie Moore

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