How to DIY All 6 Products in Goop’s $655 Organic Skin Care Line

May 13, 2016
by Dana Poblete for Thrive Market
How to DIY All 6 Products in Goop’s $655 Organic Skin Care Line

The average woman spends $15,000 on beauty products over her lifetime. But Gwyneth Paltrow? Reportedly $21,000 … each month.

Hey, we admire GP’s outspoken commitment to letting only clean, safe, organic ingredients touch her skin. Because of her influence, millions of people around the world think twice about buying conventional products filled with harmful, endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the name of saving money—and that’s definitely something to commend.

But when GP’s aspirational brand Goop released its new skin care line—featuring six products with a combined price tag of $655—we wondered how we’d ever be able to afford that “Goop glow.” Fortunately, a glance at the incredible, (mostly) edible ingredients restored our hope. Sweet almond oil, olive oil, shea butter, aloe juice, lavender oil—it all reads like a Thrive Market shopping list.

So here’s how you can DIY all six: cleanser, exfoliating facial, face oil, day moisturizer, night cream, and eye cream. They may not be exact carbon copies of GP’s posh offerings (e.g., for the sake of simplifying, we’re skipping a few harder-to-find ingredients like sweet iris and daffodil extracts), but trust us—they’re every bit as as clean and luxurious for your skin.

Shopping list

Here’s what you’ll need. Every ingredient, with the exception of yogurt, is vegan; and most are organic, aside from the few noted with an asterisk (*). It goes without saying, but opt for organic when shopping for the fresh ingredients—your skin absorbs everything you put on it.

Carrier oils

What they do: Provide moisture and antioxidants while also cleansing dirt and impurities.

Cream bases

What they do: Give product creamy texture and moisturize skin. Yogurt subs in for lactic acid, which boasts acne-fighting zinc and helps dissolve dead skin cells.

Essential oils

What they do: Add lovely, natural scents, antioxidants, and in some cases, antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Juices and fruits

What they do: Give an antioxidant boost—particularly vitamin C, which has anti-aging and brightening effects.

Humectants

What they do: Attract and retain moisture. Cane sugar also has natural glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that exfoliates and encourages cell turnover.

The recipes

Since we’re not using any preservatives, it’s best to make small batches. Each recipe yields approximately three to four ounces. Store them in glass bottles or jars in a cool, dry area. Shake well before each use.

Cleanser

Ingredients

1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon shea butter*
1 teaspoons cacao butter
1 tablespoon sweet almond oil*
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon sunflower seed oil
14 drops bergamot oil
14 drops lavender oil
14 drops lemon oil

Instructions

Melt coconut oil, shea butter, and cacao butter in a small pot or double-boiler over medium-low heat. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and whisk for 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a glass container.

Exfoliating Facial

Ingredients

1 tablespoon aloe juice with lemon juice
1 tablespoon grape juice
1 tablespoon apple juice
1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
1 tablespoon yogurt
1 tablespoon sunflower seed oil
1 tablespoon maple syrup
14 drops bergamot oil
14 drops lavender oil
14 drops lemon oil
1 teaspoon dried blueberries, crushed
1 teaspoon cane sugar
½ teaspoon orange zest
½ teaspoon lemon zest

Instructions

Mix all wet ingredients in a small bowl. Add dry ingredients and mix to combine. Transfer to a glass container.

Face Oil

Ingredients

1 tablespoon sunflower seed oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ tablespoon jojoba oil*
1 teaspoon grapeseed oil
10 drops bergamot oil
14 drops geranium oil

Instructions

Combine all ingredients a small bowl and mix well. Transfer to a glass container with a lid. Shake well before each use.

Day Moisturizer

Ingredients

1 tablespoon aloe juice with lemon juice
1 tablespoon apple juice
1 tablespoon grape juice
1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon sweet almond oil*
½ teaspoon sunflower seed oil
14 drops bergamot oil
14 drops lavender oil
14 drops lemon oil

Instructions

Combine all ingredients a small bowl and mix well. Transfer to a glass container with a lid. Shake well before each use.

Night Cream

Ingredients

1 tablespoon shea butter*
1 tablespoon aloe juice with lemon juice
1 tablespoon apple juice
1 tablespoon grape juice
1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
½ teaspoon olive oil
½ teaspoon avocado oil
½ teaspoon sweet almond oil*
½ teaspoon apricot oil*
½ teaspoon macadamia nut oil
½ teaspoon sunflower seed oil
14 drops bergamot oil
14 drops lavender oil
14 drops lemon oil

Instructions

Melt shea butter in a small pot or double-boiler over medium-low heat. Remove from heat and let cool, 5 to 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and whisk 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a glass container.

Eye Cream

Ingredients

1 tablespoon aloe juice with lemon juice
1 tablespoon apple juice
1 tablespoon grape juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
1 tablespoon sweet almond oil*
1 tablespoon sunflower seed oil

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a glass container.

Gwyneth would be proud (we hope).

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  • Terri

    Great article. Thanks for the awesome DIY recipes and for explaining what each ingredient does!!

  • NR

    Awesome article!! I agree with @dahbou:disqus - the explanation is super helpful. What's the shelf life on these recipes?

  • Certified Aromatherapist

    Please keep in mind that Bergamot essential oil has a safety limit of 0.4% when used on the skin in order to prevent phototoxicity. A few of these recipes boast much higher dilution rates of the Bergamot and are therefore not safe for use on the skin if you're going to be exposed to the sun.