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Maybe you’re intrigued at the thought of saving (and maybe even making) money. Perhaps you’ve noticed some side effects from the products you’ve been using and think you might need to make the switch. Or maybe you’re completely sold on the idea and just need a little help getting started.

Whatever the case, I encourage you to keep it simple so you continue on this journey, without getting (too) overwhelmed.

Here’s what I suggest.

1. One at a time

It’s easy to get overwhelmed at the thought of switching out all of your current personal care products for natural ones all at once. So don’t. (Unless, you know, you’re like me and just can’t help yourself in your zeal.)

Pick your top item to replace, or your top three. It can be any number really. Well, any number between one and five, or it really defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?

Once you’ve chosen your top items to start with, decide whether you’ll be buying the replacements or making your own. Then do it.

2. Experiment

Contrary to what many brands want you to believe, one size does not fit all. So don’t be alarmed if you try something and it doesn’t work for you. It could be something from Whole Foods, or one of my recipes. Not everything works for everyone.

What works for you, might not work for your husband or kids. Or vice versa. So don’t be afraid to experiment.

Also, please note that there can be a transition period, especially if you’ve been using conventional products you’re whole life. So give it a few weeks at least before moving on to something else. Unless, you know, it’s painful, or you get a funky rash or something.

3. DIY

I love making my own personal care products. It’s the perfect way to blend my creativity with being a cheapskate. Often, my results turn out well. Well enough to sell and make a little money. Or give as gifts so I can save money.

If part of you’re reason for making the switch is to save money, this is the best way to do it. Yes, there is a little investment up front in supplies and ingredients, but like any investment, it yields a great return.

And you can always sell your surplus or go in with a friend to buy what you need and split what you make.

Plus you get to feel like a mad scientist as you’re melting and stirring things in the kitchen. Who doesn’t love that?

What’s been your favorite natural personal care product, either DIY or purchased?