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Fall Inspired DIY Beauty Products

From one fall-enthusiast to another, here are some DIY “piece of cake” products that will have you smelling amazing and looking as good as fall feels! All the fun of your favorite fall treats with an added bonus: no calories!

Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm

There’s the saying that goes, “A moment on the lips, forever on the hips,” but this luscious lip balm is something you won’t worry about using over and over again. As the weather gets chillier, skin can get dehydrated and dried out, which can cause painful cracking, or worse—bleeding. With this simple DIY, look and feel good with this super soft and moisturizing lip balm that smells as good as it feels.


  • 2tbsp coconut oil
  • 2tbsp beeswax
  • 2tbsp cocoa butter
  • 1/4tsp pumpkin spice
  • Empty lip balm sticks (found at almost all art stores or online at Amazon/Etsy)


  • Add ingredients all together and stir in a large pot over low heat until everything has melted together
  • Carefully fill empty lip balm sticks with the wax mixture
  • Place in fridge for about a day or two so the mixture can set

Baked Apple Pie Bath Salts

Whether it’s the savory crust or the sweet apples, I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t love a good hearty apple pie. With these homemade bath salts, get all the savory flavors and scents of this delicious desert without overindulging on calories! An added benefit? Epsom salts are great for relieving stress, combating fatigue, and flushing the toxins out of the body. Why not make this easy and simple beauty bargain?



  • Simply mix the salts and fragrance together until the desired scent is achieved!  (If you’d like to make them look a little more like apple pie, add a few shakes of brown powdered food coloring and mix well)

Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub

A subtler scent of fall, this sugar scrub is a mix of the delicious aroma of Starbucks intertwined with the scent of fall fresh baked goods. Satisfy your sweet tooth with this enticing scent while getting all the added benefits of a homemade sugar scrub. Homemade scrubs are known to purify skin, prevent breakouts, soften skin, and reverse aging, though hopefully we don’t have to worry about that last one yet.


  • 4 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2tsp vanilla
  • 2tbsp cinnamon


  • Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Be sure that the cinnamon gets mixed in well
  • Pour into containers


Whipped Pumpkin Butter Lotion

To culminate the pumpkin spiced ‘crazed’ mindset of fall, this DIY pumpkin butter body lotion will have you smelling like a pumpkin Yankee Candle, and what’s better than that? Though a lengthy list of ingredients, this lotion is relatively simple to make, and has a long lists of benefits, including providing moisture, vitamins, and anti-inflammatories to prevent illness and boost your immune system. Sift it all together, and enjoy!


  • Heaping 1/4 cup cocoa butter
  • 2tbsp almond oil
  • 2tbsp coconut oil
  • 1tsp beeswax
  • 1/8-1/4tsp paprika
  • 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 7 drops ginger essential oil
  • 5 drops nutmeg essential oil
  • 2 drops allspice essential oil
  • 2 drops clove essential oil


  • Mix all ingredients together and stir until all are melted and combined well
  • Once melted, add paprika to give lotion color
  • Let sit for 10 min
  • Place mixing bowl in the fridge to set
  • When lotion is almost solid, but not completely solid, remove from the fridge, add essential oils and whip with a handheld mixer for about a minute
  • Transfer into a jar with a tight fitting lid, and use as you would any body lotion

By Annie O’Sullivan