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Are you a natural hair mixtress? Do you have a penchant for making your own hair spritz, curl cream, or leave-in conditioner? Welcome to Team DIY! If you’re anything like me, repurposing old jars for a DIY product your hair actually likes makes your heart smile. However, having to subject your new DIY to worn containers with labels that won’t budge or are well-past their likability simply won’t do. That’s why I recently organized all of my hair and beauty products so that they would be streamlined and look great in my bedroom or bathroom. Truth be told, these labels and containers make my DIY products worthy to sit on the glass shelf of a boutique spa or luxurious hotel en suite. Want the same luxe look? Keep reading!
All you need is a re-purposed container that has been cleaned, sanitized, and has all the labels removed. If you want all of your containers to be uniform, you can also buy new containers. That’s what I opted to do since I had literally dozens of mismatched jars in different colors and sizes from the dozens of commercial product purchase fails I’ve endured over the years. I donated or recycled the jars I no longer needed, and I kept several bonus jars that didn’t match for gifting purposes.
These are the five types of containers I purchased: (1) 16 oz. spice jars for my Ayurvedic powders, (2) 32 oz. spice jars to house my larger hair supplies like my bentonite clay and hibiscus flowers, (3) 16 oz. cosmetic jars for my gel, curl cream, bath scrub, etc., (4) 16 oz. glass pump bottles for my DIY conditioners, lotions, and other products that might require a larger dispenser, and (5) 16 oz. glass spray bottles to house water, my hair spritz, and other water-based leave-ins.
The 16 oz. spice jars come in a set of six containers. I purchased two sets to house my various Ayurvedic herbs from amla powder to slippery elm powder. I designed labels in Photoshop and printed them on white vinyl product wrap for 16 oz. bottles for a more professional presentation. If you want smaller containers, they also have these available in various other sizes.
The 32 oz. spice jars come in a set of six containers. I purchased a single set to store my hair supplies that I tend to order in bulk (e.g., bentonite clay) or resources that take up more volume (i.e., hibiscus flowers or calendula petals. I designed labels in Photoshop (to match the product labels I created for the 16 oz. spice jars). Again, these are available in smaller sizes.
The 16 oz. cosmetic jars come in a set of six. I purchased one set, but I am thinking of purchasing a second. Right now, I am using these containers to store a variety of my hair and skincare DIYs from curl cream to exfoliating sugar scrubs. I designed coordinating labels in Photoshop with a similar aesthetic as the ones I designed for my 16 oz. and 32 oz. spice jars. I love these. They are the perfect size for most of my hair and body DIY needs. I opted for plastic here instead of glass containers because these products are usually used when I am in the bathroom and are prone to breakage (i.e., dropping while being used).
The 16 oz. glass pump bottles are perfect for my DIY conditioners. I purchased clear glass pump bottles with stainless steel pump tops, but these are also available in amber, cobalt blue, green, black, or in a variety pack. So, you can really customize these to suit your needs and personal tastes. I designed labels in Photoshop and printed them on white vinyl for durability. You can also get these in a smaller 8 oz. size in amber, black, clear, or cobalt. They also come in plastic. However, I opted for glass whenever I could to minimize the amount of plastic I use. I tried to balance being eco-conscious against practicality (i.e., the likelihood of breakage).
The 16 oz. glass spray bottles are the optimum size for my storing water, my hair spritz, and other water-based leave-ins. If you want to create smaller hair spritzes, you can opt to buy these in the smaller 8 oz. size in amber or cobalt blue. If you prefer, you can order the plastic version of these as well in 8 oz. or 16 oz. I, once again, designed labels in Photoshop and printed them on white vinyl for durability. You can also get these in a smaller 8 oz. size in amber, black, clear, or cobalt. I purchased two sets of the 16 oz. spray bottles in clear, amber, and cobalt blue so that I can see (by color and label) whether I am reaching for my water spray bottle or my bottle that contains my glycerin hair spritz.
To further organize my new jar collection, I purchased two sets of an adjustable black wire shelf organizer to expand my storage capacity as well as two Mainstays 3-Shelf Bookcases in rustic oak to complete the look.