Since reading Ecoholic, I've been thinking of ways to get away from commercial products, partly to cut down on packaging but primarily to avoid parabens and other questionable chemicals.
I made this "toothpaste" as an experiment - a tablespoon of seasalt, a tablespoon of baking soda, 10 drops of peppermint oil and a little water. It's really salty but seems to work OK.
I found a very simple recipe on this site for a moisturizer - one part vegetable glycerin, four parts aloe vera gel. I put it in a jar and shook it to mix. I will be trying it on my face and seeing how it feels - aloe vera on its own usually feels too dry for me, but the addition of the glycerin will hopefully do the trick without making me break out.