It’s no secret that I am just a wee bit obsessed with essential oils, and finding new uses for them all the time. I use them on a daily basis for one thing or another and my current favorites are Lemongrass, Ylang Ylang and doTerra’s Serenity blend (lavender, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, sandalwood and vanilla bean).
I have been doing deep, scholarly research, on Pinterest and have become inspired to try to make more of my own home and bath products. I hoping this is more economically and environmentally friendly, plus it will help justify the amount of money I have been spending on new oils (although a little really does go a long way).
I enlisted my step-son to assist me and we had a potion’s making class. First up was body wash. I just finished my previous body wash, so I rinsed out the container to be re-used.
Into a mixing bowl went:
- 1 tablespoon of almond oil
- 8 oz. of Dr. Bronner’s unscented castile soap
- 8 oz. of water
- 20 drops of Jasmine essential oil
- 20 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil
All of this was whisked together, then carefully funneled into the container.
I love the smell of this! It left my skin feeling soft and clean. It will also double as my shaving gel.
Next up was dish soap. Again, I saved our previous dish soap container and gave it a good rinse.
Into the mix bowl went:
- 2 cups of hot water
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- 1/2 cup of Dr Bronners unscented castile soap
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
- 10 drops of lemongrass essential oil
The whisking and funneling followed, along with a little bit of fun:
The dish soap works pretty well and I love the addition of the lemongrass. It has a nice calming effect on me, during a less than calming activity (dish washing, ick).
I decided to soak up my free child labor and go for one more project, a coconut sugar scrub.
Dylan poured about 1.5 cup of coconut sugar in a container (you can also use brown or white sugar, coconut was just what I had on hand. I buy it pretty inexpensively from the bulk bins at Clark’s Nutrition.) He then covered the sugar with almond oil and added 10 drops of Ylang Ylang and 10 drops of the Serenity blend.
This scrub smells sooooo yummy. It worked wonderful to slough away dead skin. It left my skin feeling so moisturized that I did not need to put on lotion after my shower, as I usually do.
I have more projects on the horizon and will be happy to share more, if you are interested!
Do you make any of your own home or bath products?
I’ve been making my own shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body lotion and household cleaners for years. I hope you love it as much as I do! Great to know exactly what’s going onto your body!!
Awesome! I am just getting started. Would you mind sharing your recipes with me?
Absolutely! Just let me know what you want. Feel free to email me.