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by Danielle Bryant August 27, 2016

Do It Yourself Body CareMaking your own body care products is a rewarding way to have complete control over your ingredients, scent, texture, look, and feel. With a little practice and the right quality ingredients, you can make luxurious, premium products that rival even the best store-bought brands. These also make wonderful gifts!

 Topical Oil Blends for Health & Beauty

Because essential oils are so concentrated, it is important to blend them with a carrier oil whenever they are used topically. Any fat-based oil (Jojoba, Almond, Olive, Avocado, Coconut, Argan etc.) or skin lotion can be used as a carrier oil in aromatherapy. Carrier oils help spread the essential oils out over a greater surface area, preventing possible skin irritation. They also help hold the essential oil onto the skin so it can be absorbed quickly before evaporating.

Recipe Ideas:

“Angry” Skin Soother: 

Combine and apply to targeted area of skin needing extra soothing attention.

  • 1 oz. carrier oil
  • 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 15 drops Moroccan Blue Chamomile Essential Oil

     Scalp and Hair Care Blend: 

    Combine and massage into hair and scalp, leaving on for at least an hour or overnight.  Then shampoo and condition as usual.

    • 1 oz. carrier oil
    • 10 drops Rosemary or Rose Geranium Essential Oil

     Aromatic Hair & Beard Oil Blend

    Combine and apply a few drops to hair or beard to soften, add shine, and control frizz.

    • 1 oz. carrier oil
    • 12 drops Australian Sandalwood Essential Oil

     Respiratory Refresh Blend

    Combine and apply a small amount to outer nostril area as needed.

    • 1 oz. carrier oil
    • 5 drops Moroccan Blue Chamomile Essential Oil
    • 5 drops Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil
    • 5 drops Rosemary Cineol

     Lush & Relaxing Body Oil/Massage Blend

    Combine and apply to skin.

    • 1 oz. carrier oil
    • 12 drops Rose Absolute or Ylang Essential Oil

     Nail & Cuticle Oil Blend

    Combine and apply daily to clarify nails.

    • 2 oz. carrier oil
    • 2-5 droppersful of Neem Oil
    • 20 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
    • 15 drops Red Thyme Essential Oil

     Hand Care Blend

    Blend and massage into hands to soothe and condition

    • 1 oz. carrier oil
    • ½ oz. Glycerin or Aloe Vera Gel
    • 5 drops of Myrrh Essential Oil
    • 5 drops of Vetiver Essential Oil
    • 5 drops of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

     Foot Care Blend

    Blend and massage into feet to soften and refresh

    • 1 oz. carrier oil
    • ½ oz. Glycerin or Aloe Vera Gel
    • 5 drops Lemon Essential Oil
    • 5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
    • 5 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

    Body Mists

    Body mists are a refreshing way to distribute essential oils out over a greater surface area. To make a body mist, simply combine 10-20 total drops of essential oil with 4oz water in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use! You can add 1 tsp. vegetable glycerin or vodka to help emulsify the oils and water, if desired.

    Recipe Ideas:

    Outdoor Spray:

    Combine the following in a small spray bottle. Shake well before each use, and spray on frequently. Caution: for very young children, reduce the amount of essential oils by half.

    • 60 total drops essential oils. Use any combination of Tea Tree, Rose Geranium, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Tulsi, Peppermint, and/or Cedar Essential Oils.
    • 1/2 tsp glycerin, witch hazel, or vodka to help bind the oils and water
    • 4 oz. water

     After-Sun Soother:

    Combine the following in a small spray bottle. Shake well before each use.

    • 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
    • 5 drops Moroccan Blue Chamomile
    • 1 Tbs. Aloe Vera Gel
    • 4oz water

     Facial Rejuvenator:

    Combine the following in a small spray bottle. Shake well before each use, close eyes, and gently mist face.

    • 10 drops Frankincense Essential Oils
    • 1 tsp vegetable glycerin
    • 4oz water

     Aromatic After-Shave Blend

    Combine, shake well, and pat on or apply with a cotton pad.

    • 2oz Witch Hazel
    • 2 Tbs. Glycerin
    • 2 Tbs. Aloe Vera
    • 6 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
    • 4 drops Bergamot Essential Oil

     Hand Sanity Blend

    Combine in a 4 oz. spray or flip top bottle, shake well, and use to naturally cleanse hands as needed.

    • 2 oz. alcohol
    • 1 oz. Aloe Vera Gel
    • 2 Tbs. Glycerin
    • 5 drops Thyme Essential Oil
    • 5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
    • 5 drops Lemon Essential Oil

     Facial Steams

    Adding essential oils to hot water and letting the steam penetrate skin and open pores is a classic way to experience their purifying and clarifying benefits. To make your own facial steam, add 2-5 drops essential oils in a bowl of hot water, cover head and bowl with a towel, close eyes, and enjoy steam for 5-8 minutes.

    Recipe Ideas:

    Deep Pore Cleanser:

    Combine the following in a bowl of hot water, and follow the directions above.

    • 2 drops Rose Geranium Essential Oil
    • 2 drops Lavender Essential Oil

     Skin-Firming Facial Rejuvenator

    Combine the following in a bowl of hot water, and follow the directions above.

    • 2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
    • 2 drops Australian Sandalwood Essential Oil

     Cleansers

    You can make gourmet facial cleansers and body scrubs simply by pairing essential oils with a few ingredients from your kitchen! Use one of the following recipes to get your skin clean and glowing.

    Recipe Ideas:

    Honey Cleanser:

    Mix the following ingredients in a bowl. Massage into damp skin, then rinse.

    • 1 tsp honey
    • 1-2 drops essential oils. Try Rose Geranium, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood or Rose Essential Oils.

     Basic Sugar Scrub:


    Mix the following ingredients and store in a glass jar. Exercise caution when using in the shower or bath, as it can make surfaces very slippery!

    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 3/4 cup carrier oil
    • 20-40 drops essential oils of your choice

     Basic Salt Scrub:

    Mix the following ingredients and store in a glass jar.

    • 1 cup coarse sea salt
    • 1/2 cup carrier oil
    • 10-20 drops essential oils of your choice

    Move It! Detox Salt Scrub:

    Mix the following ingredients and store in a glass jar. Makes a great gift!

    • ½ cup coarse sea salt
    • 1 carrier oil
    • 2 Tbs. Aloe Vera Gel
    • 2 Tbs. Glycerin
    • 5 drops Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil
    • 2 drops Lemon Essential Oil

     

    All of the Essential Oils listed and more can be found at Farmacopia!  Place you order in store or by phone 707.528.4372.  See you soon! 

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