Making your own essential oil infused health and beauty products at home is a fun and affordable way to be more frugal, be more natural and protect the environment. So avoid the chemical laden sprays, lotions and creams, and throw away the dangerous air fresheners and deodorants and try making the below essential oil infused products as shared by some of the industry’s top bloggers.
SIDENOTE: If you don’t yet have an essential oil collection that you can experiment with then I recommend taking a look at this fantastic collection from Eden’s Garden. Plus, if you’d like to discover more recipes for things you can make with essential oils, then pick up a copy of The Complete Book Of Aromatherapy & Essential Oils – which includes over 600 non-toxic and fragrant recipes. Be sure to leave your comments at the end of this post sharing YOUR favorite essential oil recipes and make sure you visit each blogger and leave a comment thanking them for sharing their recipes.
Homemade Essential Oil Body Butter
From Rawmazing.comShop bought body butters can be expensive and don’t always contain skin-kind ingredients (think artificial colors, fragrances and preservatives) but this homemade version packed with intensely moisturizing fats such as coconut oil and Shea butter and skin healing essential oils such as rosemary, peppermint and sweet orange essential oil will leave your skin feeling fresh, smooth and supple. UPDATE MAY 2012: This recipe includes Shea Butter. At time of writing there is a very special deal on Shea Butter on Amazon. This 100% Pure & Raw African Shea Butter has been reduced from $10.99 to just $0.80! Click here to see if this offer is still available and snap up numerous tubs if so! For the full recipe and step-by-step instructions, visit Rawmazing.com
Homemade Natural Sunscreen with Essential Oils
From FrugallySustainable.comAs we approached Summer last year, I published a post revealing my top five natural sunscreens to keep your skin protected without the harsh chemicals, but just a few days ago I stumbled upon a blog post revealing how you can make your own all natural sunscreen. Did you know that essential oils had sun protective qualities? For example, carrot seed essential oil can protect up to an SPF of 30, while raspberry seed oil has protective qualities up to an estimated SPF of 50. Unfortunately, these oils alone are not enough to protect from a full day in the blazing sun. A natural mineral called zinc oxide, and perhaps titanium oxide, needs to be added to reflect the sun’s rays. For the full essential oil enriched natural sunscreen recipe, visit FrugallySustainable.com
DIY Essential Oil Air Freshener
From TheBurlapBag.comThis is probably the easiest of all the recipes I round-up in this blog post. You need just a container, baking soda, some essential oil of your choice and a lid with holes (or foil failing that). You can customize your room freshener depending on your favorite smells, or depending on a goal you are trying to achieve. For example, use lavender oil if you want to relax, use rosemary if you want to boost energy, and use peppermint oil if you want to lose weight (the scent of peppermint has been found to reduce hunger cravings) Visit TheBurlupBag.com for the step-by-step instructions.
Homemade Calming & Deodorizing Room Spray
From ADelightfulHome.com Like Stacy, I detest commercial air fresheners. They smell awful and you can almost taste the chemicals in them. They make me sneeze, too! Instead, try making your own room spray enriched with essential oils that help to calm, relax and refresh your – and your families – minds. Stacy shares two fantastic – and really easy to make – recipes. My favorite is her Simply Delightful Air-Freshening Spray because I love citrusy smells. Visit her at ADelightfulHome.com for the full recipes.
Natural Shampoo with Essential Oils
From WellnessMama.com Most store bought shampoos are packed full of harmful chemicals. Many of these chemicals are absorbed by our scalp and skin further adding to the toxic load on our health and beauty. Last year we shared our top five best natural shampoos, but WellnessMama.com has taken it one step further and shared how to make a homemade natural shampoo packed with only natural ingredients, including a variety of hair health enhancing essential oils. For the full ingredients list and instructions, visit WellnessMama.com
Homemade Deodorant with Essential Oils
From EverydayPaleo.comStore bought deodorants are one of the most chemical laden personal care products on the market. Many believe you can’t make your own at home with natural ingredients (not one that works anyway) but you can! Katie shares, on Sarah’s blog, a super easy four ingredient recipe for making your own homemade deodorant. Add essential oils of your choice depending on the type of scent you’d like. For the full recipe and instructions, visit EverydayPaleo.com
Homemade Toothpaste with Peppermint Oil
From DIYNatural.comMatt from DIYNatural has a fantastic and frugal homemade toothpaste recipe. It requires just four ingredients: baking soda, fine sea salt, peppermint oil and water. Matt worked out that to make one batch of this toothpaste would cost between $0.91 and $1.43 as opposed to the $5 he was paying previously for toothpaste. If you’d like to make your own homemade all natural peppermint oil enriched toothpaste then visit DIYNatural.com for the full recipe.