So, I haven’t posted in a while…here’s my excuse…I’ve taken my obsession with essential oils to a new level. I have been whipping up batches of homemade lotions, single serving lotion bars, body scrubs, lip gloss, diaper cream, cuticle oil, hand sanitizer, deodorant…you name it…and sending them off to my friends and family.
Like I have nothing better to do (clean the house, cook dinner, exercise, work my day job, etc.). Oh, yeah, and I’ve started teaching DIY classes at a local salon. IT IS SO MUCH FUN!!! So far I have focused exclusively on using essential oils in your daily beauty routine. I basically talk for a while about essential oils, what they are and how to use them, then I go through a ton of different DIY beauty product how-tos and close with making a product in class for everyone to customize with the essential oils of their choice and take home (for a $5 materials fee). I am planning to branch out into classes on DIY cleaning and DIY baby products soon. My next class is Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Andre Richard Salon in Philadelphia. If you are in the Philly area, please feel free to join us!! RSVP to my email email@example.com so I can keep track of how much supplies I need to purchase. The focus is going to be on DIY personal care products and the “make and take” item will be natural deodorant and lip gloss. Here are the two recipes I am going to use. Please try them out at home and leave me some feedback in the comments section! These are my absolute favorite recipes and if they can be improved, even better! It is important to me that all oils used to make the lip gloss are safe in case they are ingested. For that reason, I only use essential oils which are pure, therapeutic grade and are indicated as safe for internal use (they will have supplement facts on the bottle). If you want to learn more about pure essential oils, feel free to email me! firstname.lastname@example.org
Soft Lip Gloss
- 4 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon beeswax pellets
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 10-20 drops essential oils of your choice
Heat coconut oil, honey and beeswax in double boiler until melted, remove from heat, add in the oil and stir well. Pour into small glass jars and let cool!
Oil Suggestions for Lip Gloss: lemon and lavender; peppermint and wild orange; lemon and grapefruit; rosemary and peppermint; cinnamon and wild orange…use any essential oils indicated for dietary use!
For a Powerful Cold Sore Treatment: Mix 20 drops geranium, 20 drops lavender, 4 drops thyme, and 16 drops lemon into one of the above recipes.
THE BEST DIY Deodorant
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
- ¼ cup aluminum free baking soda
- 20 drops essential oils of your choice (see below)
Melt coconut oil over a double boiler. Mix in your essential oils. Add cornstarch and baking soda and mix until smooth. Store in a small jar and apply with fingers. (The melting point of coconut oil is 76 degrees so it might be more solid in the winter and creamier in the summer, this is normal!)
**Melt a tablespoon of beeswax into the coconut oil in the first and pour your finished product into an empty deodorant tube for a solid stick deodorant and mess free application.
Essential Oils for Deodorant (just a suggestion…experiment!)
- Melaleuca is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
- Lavender is soothing (and smells great)
- Protective blends which are anti-bacterial, anti-viral and boost immunity
- Lemongrass for a bright, clean scent
If you have any questions about these recipes or want info on using essential oils, email me! email@example.com