Side Hustle Natural Beauty founder Talia Thomson


Side Hustle is like a food blog… for your skin. 

In the same way that food blogging has opened people up to different cuisines and ways of cooking, I hope that Side Hustle will help you feel empowered when it comes to beauty products. 

I used to think that beauty products were these intangible, mysterious items. They’re marketed to us as the necessary antidote for aging, specifically for women of all ages. We’re brought up to believe that we need these products to be considered beautiful and desirable, and with the right cocktail anyone can stay “young” forever. But at the same time, we’re limited by price point and what’s available, while forever being kept in the dark about what’s actually in these products. I couldn’t tell you what most ingredients are found in a bottle of face wash, or confidently state that it actually made my acne go away. But it’s the only choice I had, right?

As I’ve learned, not quite.

Flash forward to 2018 when I decided to make my first lotion bar. It was totally on a whim, and it was a total game changer. For the first time, I realized that beauty products weren’t something I had to passively settle on. I didn’t have to let the beauty industry have the final say on what went on my skin, because with just a few natural ingredients and kitchen equipment, I could decide for myself. Anyone can decide for themselves. 

Making homemade natural beauty products is amazing, to say the least. I’ve found it empowering, educational, and a really fun and creative outlet. So I hope that you’ll use this blog to try it out for yourself and share your experiences with me — what’s worked, what hasn’t, and what you’ve absolutely fallen in love with. Give me a shout out here! I can’t wait to hear from you. 

— Talia 


All photos are my own unless otherwise stated. Please credit and link back to Side Hustle Natural Beauty if using one of the photos on your own blog.

Although many of these beauty products are made with natural ingredients, they are not intended to be consumed unless specifically stated. 

I am not a healthcare practitioner. No information on this site should be relied on as a substitute, nor replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you are unsure if a recipe on this blog is right for you, always consult your doctor, dermatologist or other healthcare provider.