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In this blogpost I’m going to be DIY-ing my own drying lotion as well as putting it to the test and comparing it to the original. So, I got the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion for my birthday in April and it’s amazing, I love it BUT it’s £16 which is quite pricey for something that has finished within a few months considering I’ve only been using it 2-3 times a week. I’ve been debating with myself whether or not to buy another one when I started to wonder if there’s any dupes for this in the market. I took to google and instead of finding a dupe, I found loads of DIYs on how to make the drying lotion at home. After doing a bit of research and reading the ingredients on my drying lotion; I came to the conclusion that my DIY lotion would contain CALAMINE LOTION, TEA TREE OIL AND WATER – there were conflicting reports online with some using aloe vera gel but I decided this would be the perfect concoction.




Calamine Lotion; this is included in the ingredients of the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion and therefore is an essential in our version too!! The drying lotion actually looks a lot like calamine lotion and I do feel like once it’s dried, it smells that way too! I got a 200ml bottle of calamine lotion from Boots for £1.39!

Pure Tea Tree Oil; this is a known treatment for spots so it makes sense this is included too, as you can probably tell from the drying lotion, the pink part (calamine) has sunk to the bottom and the oil is on top. I got this pure essential tea tree oil from Superdrug for £2.99.

Water; needed to dilute the oil a tad bit.

Container; pretty obvious as to why this is needed, I opted for a 10ml bottle, I had a 50ml one but that just seemed too big.



I filled my container with calamine lotion till it was about 1/2 full. I did this using a syringe and it was easy and efficient. Now I would have used a syringe to add the water and oil too but it was much more convenient for me to use the dropper that came with my bottle. I added two parts oil and one part oil. It looked relatively similar to the Mario Badescu lotion, it was just the question of whether it would work the same.



I have been using this mixture instead of the actual drying lotion for about a week now and I have noticed a few things. First off, the original drying lotion has a mild scent to it compared to the one I made which is overpowered by the tea tree oil. Also, the dupe is way more liquid-y than the original; I’ve realised that shaking the mixture and then applying it with cotton wool is much more effective than using a cotton bud the way I do with the original drying lotion.

Overall, I feel like it has had the same effect as the Mario Badescu lotion, which is no surprise seeing as they both contain the same core ingredient – calamine lotion which as we all know is great for skin irritation and rashes. However the dupe leaves my skin dry and peeling in the area that I’ve applied which I don’t know if that is a good thing or not because I’m sure that’s the purpose of a drying lotion, right? The Mario Badescu one definitely made my spots turn into scabs whereas this dupe just makes it so dry that it just peels off which sounds gross but I guess it’s effective in getting rid of the spot? All in all, for something that didn’t cost me that much to make, I’m quite happy with it.



Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed reading this post considering I’ve never really done something like this on my blog before. Please follow my blog for more posts like this – including a giveaway coming soon!! Follow my social media sites to stay up to date with me!!












  1. Thanks for sharing this, Rabia! I’ve heard a lot about this product but since I’m a layman at all things beauty/skincare, I didn’t really look into it until now. Will definitely give this DIY a god!

    Arshi |

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