Essential oil precautions

Essential oils are very concentrated substances and therefore it is important to take precautions:

  • Test for allergies first, before using any oil. Simply dab a bit on the inside of your wrist and wait for 20-30 minutes to see if there’s a reaction.
  • Avoid putting essential oils in your eyes, nose, mouth and genitals. These mucous membranes are more sensitive to chemical compounds.
  • Always use a carrier oil when applying essential oil to the skin. Never use undiluted essential oils on your skin, as they may cause irritation. Here’s a good dilution ratio to fullow:
  • Newborn babies of 0 – 3 months: Do not use essential oils at all.
  • Infants 3 months to 2 years: 0.25% dilution which is 1 drop in 4 tsp of carrier oil applied topically.
  • Toddlers 2 to 6 years: 0.5% dilution which is 1 drop in 2 tsp of carrier oil.
  • Children from 6 to 15 years: 1% dilution which is 1 drop in 1 tsp of carrier oil.
  • Adults: 2% dilution which is 2 drops in 1 tsp of carrier oil.
  • Essential oils can be used during pregnancy and nursing but you must use them under the supervision of a qualified health care professional. During the first trimester, avoid essential oils completely because many essential oils are emmenagogues which means they promote uterine contractions which leads to abortion and premature births.
  • Keep out of reach from young children.
  • Purchase only pure oils in glass bottles and store in a coul dark place.\
  • Never give them to pets internally.
  • Some essential oils are photo toxic which means they react to sun exposure. These essential oils are mainly citrus oils such as bergamot, sweet orange, wild orange, grapefruit, mandarin orange, lime and other citrus oils. If using citrus oils, avoid sun exposure, use it in the night time or use it in essential oil products that won’t stay on your skin like hand washes, body washes, shampoo, bath recipes, etc.
  • Essential Oils are flammable so keep them away from open flames.

Essential Ingredients

The most Essential Ingredients for making body care products at home are:

  • Castile Liquid Soap – a surfactant that lifts the dirt
  • Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate) – a deodorizer and whitener, as well as a gentle
  • Witch Hazel – a topical couling agent or astringent.
  • Coconut Oil – A light, quickly absorbed oilthat restores skins natural oil balance and gives an overall healthy glow. Nourishes deeply yet absorbs quickly, without leaving a greasy residue.
  • Glycerine – a lubricant to increase the ease of product application and as a humectant to draw moisture into the skin.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – a natural toner, antibacterial properties, softens and exfuliates skin, reduces red spots, and balances the pH of your skin.
  • Aloe Vera Gel – a coul soothing gel used for moisturising or thickening, soothes irritated skin, calms redness and reduces inflammation.
  • Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter – high in vitamins, smooth, creamy and deeply moisturizing products that are gentle on the skin with anti-inflammatory affects that assist with dryness, dermatitis, eczema and burns.
  • Coconut Milk- anti-carcinogenic, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral as well as smooth and nourishing for the skin and hair.
  • Essential Oils – aromatic plants in the form of essential oils and waters help support and enhance health both physically and emotionally. They have a multitude of benefits and can be absorbed into the body through the skin and nose.
  • Distilled Water – purified water used as sulvent in beauty products.

Body Care Recipes

Hand wash

  • ½ cup distilled water
  • ½ cup castile soap
  • 1 tbsp sweet almond oil (any oil)
  • 15 drops tea tree
  • 5-10 drops lavender
  • Add all the ingredients to an airtight glass container or pump bottle

 

 

 

Foaming hand soap

Add essential oil and castile soap to a foaming soap dispenser and top off with water.  This makes an all-natural, gentle, foaming hand soap.

 

Body Wash

  • ½ cup rosewater
  • 1/3 cup witch hazel
  • 2tbsp liquid castile soap
  • 1-2 tbsp oil (almond or ulive) – optional for moisturizing
  • Add all the ingredients to an airtight glass container or pump bottle

Shower gel

This recipe can easily be adjusted for the amount that you want to make. It will last up to six months at room temperature.

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a medium-size mixing bowl. Stir until well combined; use an immersion blender to make it easier to get the gel to incorporate with the liquid soap.
  • Transfer the mixture to an empty shower gel container or a mason jar.

Baby Wash

  • 1/4 cup castile soap
  • 1 tbsp glycerin
  • 1 tsp fractionated coconut oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
  • 10-ounce foaming soap container
  • Add all the ingredients to the foaming soap container and top off with water.
  • Shake before each use to combine the ingredients.

Face Wash

  • ¼ cup castile soap liquid
  • 2 tbsp distilled water
  • 1 tbsp sweet almond oil or jojoba oil
  • Pump bottle
  • Add all the ingredients to an airtight glass container.

Face Wash for Sensitive skin

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil (warmed, not melted)
  • 2 teaspoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until well combined.
  • Transfer to an airtight container for storage.
  • Massage a dime-size amount of the cleanser into the face and rinse off with warm water.

Face Wash for Oily Skin 

  • 1/4 cup castile soap
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 3 drops lemon essential oil
  • Pour the ingredients into a foaming soap container.
  • Shake well before each use.

Face Wash for Dry Skin 

  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 1/4 cup ulive oil
  • 4 drops myrrh essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • Mix all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  • Store in an airtight container.
  • Use a dime-size amount per face washing.  Massage into the face and rinse off with warm water.

Face Wash for Acne-prone skin

  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon castile soap
  • 3 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 2 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 1 drops lavender essential oil
  • Mix all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  • Transfer to an airtight container for storage.
  • Dab a cotton ball or cotton cloth into the mixture and rub onto the face.  Let it sit for 30 seconds and then rinse off.
  • Apple cider vinegar can dry out the skin, so use this one only when having a breakout.

Face Wash for anti-aging skin

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (warmed, not melted)
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon castile soap
  • 4 drops rose essential oil
  • 3 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 3 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 2 drops myrrh essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • Mix all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  • Store in an airtight container.
  • Use a dime-size amount per face washing.  Massage into the face and rinse off with warm water.

Bubble Bath

  • 1 cup castile soap
  • 1/2 cup vegetable glycerin
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel, (optional)
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil, (optional)
  • Add all the ingredients to an airtight glass container.
  • Pour 1/4 cup into a warm bath under the stream of water.
  • Lasts 2 months

Milk Bath

  • 2 cups powdered milk (goat, cow, coconut)
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1/4 cup Epsom Salt (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Herbs of choice such as lavender, rose petals (optional)
  • Add all of the ingredients into a bowl, except the essential oil. Stir to combine.
  • Drop-in essential oils and mix with dry ingredients. (see blends below)
  • Pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the mixture into a warm bath. Soak and enjoy it!
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container.

OIL BLENDS

RELAX

Lavender + Roman Chamomile + Geranium

UPLIFT

Grapefruit + Wild Orange + Lemon

SOOTHING

Peppermint + Bergamont + Wintergreen

RESPIRATORY

Eucalyptus + Siberian Fir + Lime

CITRUS

  • 5 drops lemon
  • 5 drops grapefruit
  • 5 drops lime

FLORAL

  • 5 drops lavender
  • 5 drops patchouli
  • 5 drops chamomile

FRESH

  • 5 drops lemon
  • 5 drops rosemary
  • 5 drops cypress

MINTY

  • 5 drops spearmint (or peppermint)
  • 5 drops eucalyptus
  • 5 drops wintergreen

The easiest way to make soap is the melt and pour method. And it’s really a great way for any beginner to start. There are a lot of natural melt and pour soap bases to choose from including glycerin, Castile, goat milk, shea, hemp, sulphate free and more! Of course, we would encourage you to make glycerin soap base yourself.

Essential oils, herbs, and other ingredients can be added to melt and pour soap bases for unique combinations and inspiring aromas. Plus, you can customize your melt and pour soap using silicone moulds to make fun shapes.

Herbal mint hand soap Body Soap Recipe (makes 4 bars)

  • ½ cup dried peppermint or spearmint leaf
  • 1 lb melt and pour soap
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops spearmint essential oil
  • glass Pyrex measuring cup
  • small saucepan or microwave
  • silicone moulds
  1. Add soap to a glass Pyrex measuring cup, and place in a small saucepan of water on low heat or place in the microwave for one minute at a time until melted but not boiling. Try to avoid stirring too much as it can cause bubbles.
  2. Once the soap is melted, remove from heat and allow to cool for a minute or two.
  3. Crush dried mint and add to soap, stirring gently.
  4. Add in essential oils and stir to combine.
  5. Pour into a soap mould.
  6. Allow it to completely hard and then pop the soap out of the mould.

Body Soap Recipe (makes 4 bars)

  • 1 lb melt and pour soap base of your choice
  • 50 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried lavender
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Silicone soap mould
  1. Cut the soap base into small chunks and place them into a double boiler.
  2. Melt over medium heat stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.
  3. Once it is completely melted; remove from heat.
  4. Add in dried lavender, honey, and lavender essential oil. Mix together.
  5. Pour into a soap mould.
  6. Allow it to completely hard and then pop the soap out of the mould.

Here are some oil blends to adapt this recipe.

CALMING RELAXING

  • Lavender
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Clary Sage

CITRUS BLISS

  • Wild Orange
  • Bergamot
  • Lemon

SENSITIVE SKIN

  • Lavender
  • Frankincense
  • Sandalwood

SOOTHING

  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Siberian Fir

EARTHY

  • Sandalwood
  • Cedarwood
  • Bergamot

You can also add in other dry ingredients as follows: Dried flowers, oatmeal, coffee grinds, oatmeal, zest, dried chamomile, rose petals. Some are exfoliating.

COLD-PRESSED TALLOW SOAP

This cold-pressed tallow soap is made using pure tallow and coconut oil. It is the perfect soap bar to use for dry, sensitive skin.

  • 18 ounces of beef tallow
  • 12 ounces of coconut oil
  • 42 ounces lye
  • 89 ounces of water
  • Digital Scale
  • Immersion blender
  • Kitchen thermometer
  • Soap molds
  1. Using a digital scale, measure out your water and pour it into a heat-resistant glass. This is important because when you add in the lye, it will get very hot very quickly.
  2. Measure out the lye and add it to the water. Stir the lye until it dissolves. Note, the chemical reaction will cause it to heat up quickly.
  3. Measure out the tallow and coconut oil, add to a saucepan. Melt over medium heat.
  4. Once the ingredients are melted, allow them to cool back down to 100 degrees. This may take a couple of hours.
  5. Once the fats reach 100 degrees, it is time to mix the lye water with the oils. Slowly add the lye and water to the oils and mix with an immersion blender. This will take a couple of minutes. You will know it is the right consistency when the soap from the blender drips and pools up on top of the soap in the saucepan. This is known as the trace.
  6. If using essential oils or color, add those in now. Stir well.
  7. Pour the soap into the soap molds. If using silicone soap molds, you don’t have to do anything to them before adding the soap. Other molds may require parchment paper.
  8. Allow the soap to harden and sit in the molds for at least 24 hours or up to 3 days.
  9. Remove the soap from the molds and allow it to cure for 3-4 weeks before using.

NOTES

Proper caution must be taken when working with lye. Wear safety goggles, gloves and work in a well-ventilated area.

Fizzing Bath Salts

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup coarse pink salt
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon carrier oil
  • 30 drops essential oils
  • 1 tbsp Herbs of choice such as lavender, rose petals (optional)
  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well combined.
  2. Slowly add in the fractionated coconut oil and essential oils stirring about halfway through.
  3. If using colour, add 1-2 drops at a time and stir into the mixture.
  4. Store in an airtight container or glass mason jar
  5. Add 1/4 cup of the bath salts to a very warm bath.

Here are some alternative oil blends for bath salts.

CALMING 

  • 12 drops lavender
  • 8 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 6 drops vetiver
  • 4 drops frankincense

UPLIFTING 

  • 12 drops wild orange
  • 10 drops tangerine
  • 8 drops lemon

SINUS RELIEF

  • 15 drops eucalyptus
  • 12 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops lemon

MUSCLE DISCOMFORT 

  • 12 drops copaiba
  • 8 drops frankincense
  • 6 drops peppermint
  • 4 drops wintergreen

Shea Butter Bath Bombs

  1. Combine dry ingredients.
  2. Add essential oils and shea butter.
  3. Add the witch hazel very slowly (you can even use a spray bottle). You may find that you don’t need it at all. Stop when the mixture sticks together when squeezed.
  4. Add to mould (you can use muffin tins), adding any topping if desired (see below).

Himalayan Salt Bath Bombs

  1. Combine dry ingredients.
  2. Add essential oils.
  3. Add the witch hazel very slowly (you can even use a spray bottle). Stop when the mixture sticks together when squeezed.
  4. Add to mould (you can use muffin tins)

Herbal Tea Bath Bombs

  1. Combine dry ingredients.
  2. Add essential oils.
  3. Add oil very slowly. Stop when the mixture sticks together when squeezed.
  4. Add to mould (you can use muffin tins)

Homemade deodorants

Solid Deodorant

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons mango butter
  • 2 tablespoons beeswax
  • 5 drops vitamin E oil
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • 10 drops of one or a combo of the following essential oils: frankincense, lemon, peppermint, or orange
  • Deodorant container
  1. Melt coconut oil, mango butter, and beeswax in a double boiler. I make my own by placing a glass bowl over a pot of water.
  2. Remove from heat and add in vitamin E oil, arrowroot powder, and essential oils.
  3. Store in a glass mason jar with an airtight lid or pour it into an empty deodorant container.
  4. Once the mixture sets up and becomes solid it is ready to use. This will take about an hour in the refrigerator.

3 Ingredient Solid Deodorant

  • ½ cup of baking soda
  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • 30-40 drops of essential oil of your choice
  • 1 empty deodorant container
  1. Combine baking soda and coconut oil and mix well.
  2. Add 30-40 drops of essential oil of your choice and mix well.
  3. Add this mixture to an empty deodorant container and allow to harden before use.

Deodorant Spray

  • ½ cup of witch hazel
  • ¼ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ¼ cup of aloe vera gel (aloe vera juice will also work)
  • 10 drops of clary sage essential oil
  • Spray bottle
  1. Combine all ingredients into the spray bottle and shake well.
  2. It’s immediately ready to use. Just spray, allow to dry, and you’re all set!

3 Ingredient Spray Deodorant

  • 3 tablespoons of witch hazel
  • 2 teaspoons magnesium oil
  • 15 of one or a combo of the following essential oils: frankincense, lemon, peppermint, or orange
  1. Using a funnel, add witch hazel and magnesium oil to a glass spray bottle.
  2. Add in essential oils of choice.
  3. Put on the bottle cap and shake well
  4. Apply to underarms.

DEODORANT FOR MEN

FRESH

  • 10 drops cypress
  • 10 drops eucalyptus
  • 10 drops peppermint

WOODSY

  • 10 drops sandalwood
  • 10 drops cedarwood
  • 10 drops lemongrass

ODOR BUSTER

  • 10 drops lemon
  • 10 drops rosemary
  • 10 drops citronella

DEODORANT FOR WOMEN

FLORAL

  • 10 drops lavender
  • 10 drops rose
  • 10 drops jasmine

CITRUS

  • 10 drops wild orange
  • 10 drops bergamot
  • 10 drops lemon

SENSITIVE SKIN

  • 5 drops lavender
  • 5 drops Roman chamomile
  • 3 drops frankincense

Homemade Toothpaste

Kids Toothpaste

  • 4-ounce mason jar (with lid)
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of castile soap
  • 1 tbsp of water
  • 5 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1-2 drops of peppermint oil
  • Can add stevia if desired. (Add a little at a time until you get the desired taste.)
  1. Combine all ingredients together.
  2. Use the peppermint oil sparingly. You can always add more if desired.

Easy Toothpaste

  • 5-6 tablespoons of organic coconut oil
  • 5 tablespoons of baking soda
  • ½ tablespoon of sea salt
  • 5 drops of tea tree oil
  • 10 drops of wild orange essential oil
  • 5 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops of stevia
  1. Mix all ingredients into a bowl. It will be a little thin so, if you want a thicker consistency, you may add more baking soda.
  2. Next, put it in the fridge for 15 minutes. It will thicken even more in the fridge.
  3. Take it out and it is ready to use!

Whipped Body Butter

  1. Place shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil and olive oil in a double boiler and heat until melted together (the mixture will look like a giant bowl of olive oil).
  2. Remove from heat and stir in your essential oils if using (the more drops, the stronger the scent).
  3. Chill in the refrigerator for about 90 minutes or until the edges begin to harden just slightly.
  4. Whip the mixture using a stand or hand mixture for about 10 minutes, or until the mixture is light, fluffy and resembles buttercream frosting.
  5. Scoop into a wide-mouthed glass jar and chill for another 30 minutes to set.
  6. Store at room temperature and use whenever you need to give your skin some love.