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Do It Yourself Body Care with Essential Oils

August 27, 2016

Do It Yourself Body CareAuthor: Robin Lander
Making 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.

     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.

     Aromatic Hair & Beard Oil Blend

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

     Respiratory Refresh Blend

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

     Lush & Relaxing Body Oil/Massage Blend

    Combine and apply to skin.

     Nail & Cuticle Oil Blend

    Combine and apply daily to clarify nails.

     Hand Care Blend

    Blend and massage into hands to soothe and condition

     Foot Care Blend

    Blend and massage into feet to soften and refresh

    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.

     After-Sun Soother:

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

     Facial Rejuvenator:

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

     Aromatic After-Shave Blend

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

     Hand Sanity Blend

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

     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.

     Skin-Firming Facial Rejuvenator

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

     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.

     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!

     

    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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