Category: DIY

DIY Body Lotion Bars

Body lotion bars are a great and convenient way to apply your lotion each and every day. There aren’t bottles or jars to worry about opening but just a bar of your lotion to slather on your body. I found this recipe last year when I was trying to figure out what to make for a Mother’s Day gift and it has been a huge hit. 

I always like to find ways to share my love for essential oils with my family so a great DIY recipe is a great way to do that. I haven’t experimented much with different essential oils in this recipe since my mom (who watches my nephew)always gets some of the lotion bars I make . I like to make it kid-safe so I use lavender essential oil. If you wanted to you could totally use whatever essential oil single or blend is your favorite.

I also like to know exactly what is in my lotion. I have become so much more conscious of the ingredients in everything I put on my body and I am always on the EWG website  checking out all my products. This recipe is so simple and all of the ingredients are great for your skin.

Over the last few months I have updated and rearranged this recipe to try to find the best ratio of ingredients and I think I have found a great mix.  

Body Lotion Bar Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup – Coconut Oil, Olive Oil or Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 Cup – Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter (I personally prefer shea butter since I am not a fan of the smell of cocoa butter)
  • 1 cup of beeswax
  • 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil
  • Fun soap mold, ice cube tray or muffin tray

Body Lotion Bars Directions:
  1. In a microwave safe dish (I like to use a glass Pyrex measuring cup) put your oil and beeswax and microwave until the beeswax melts completely. This will probably take a few minutes as beeswax has a high melting point.
  2. Now, stir in your shea or cocoa butter. You should be able to stir this to melt. If you need to you can put it back in the microwave to help melt the shea butter but typically I don’t need to.
  3. Next, add in your essential oil and mix well.
  4. Finally, pour the mixture into the mold and place in the fridge overnight to set.
  5. Enjoy every time you hop out of the shower for silky smooth skin.

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DIY Foaming Hand Soap

We use hand soap all day long (well….hopefully you do).  After doing some research on the ingredients in hand soap I wanted to find an alternative to the store bought soaps. I wanted to find something that was gentle on my skin, cost effective, contained a surfactant (this is important to wash away the germs), and smelled great. You can use any essential oils that you would like in this recipe so you can make it smell any way you want. I also like that you can make holiday scented soaps. I can wait to try peppermint essential oil on this recipe.

So, here is what I came up with: 

Ingredients:
  • Foaming Hand Dispenser
  • 4 tablespoons unscented castile soap
  • 10 ounces of water
  • 1 tablespoon Vitamin E oil
  • 20 – 30 drops of essential oil or blend  (I prefer Germ Fighter from Plant Therapy)
Why these Ingredients:
  • Castile Soap, specifically Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap. I use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap in my hand soap, body wash and face wash (more recipes to come later).
  • Vitamin E Oil to this soap as it can help with dry cracked skin and cuticles.
  • Germ Fighter Synergy from Plant Therapy can support a healthy immune system. Germ Fighter contains:
    • Lemon Essential Oil
    • Clove Bud Essential Oil
    • Eucalyptus Globules Essential Oil
    • Cinnamon Cassia Essential Oil
    • Rosemary Essential Oil
  • One thing to note is the that Germ Fighter blend is not considered Kid-Safe so if you have little ones in your home you may want to try Plant Therapy’s Germ Destroyer. This blend contains Spruce Hemlock, Marjoram, Lavender, Rosalina, and Lemon.
Directions:
  1. Add the castile soap to the foaming dispenser
  2. Next, add the Vitamin E Oil
  3. Then, add the essential oils
  4. Finally, add the water
  5. Screw on the top
  6. Gently shake the mixture to distribute the oils
  7. Be sure to gently shake the mixture every day or so to keep the mixture evenly distributed.

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DIY Beard Oil

It’s that time of year when men are growing out their beards to keep their faces warm while hunting and for the long winter months ahead. I know there are a ton of beard oils on the market right now but I wanted to make something myself with the essential oils and carrier oils that I have in stock. Beards can be poking and itchy so I wanted to create something that would help during the growing process. I personally love a nice smooth and full beard so I wanted something that helps to keep my husbands beard nice and soft and also smells wonderful. I also didn’t want something that smelled too strong so I think the combination i came up with is nice mix. The first time my husband used it I didn’t even notice it when he left for work, so the smell isn’t overwhelming.  

Beard Oil Ingredients:
  • 2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
  • 3 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil (I prefer Frankincense Carteri)
  • 2 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil
  • 3 drops of Orange Essential Oil
  • Sweet Almond Carrier Oil ( or any other carrier oil of your choice)
  • 2 ounce dropper bottle
Why These Oils?
  • Lavender – This oil is known for being relaxing and promotes healthy hair growth
  • Frankincense Carteri – This oil helps to provide moisture and has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Cedarwood – This oil is known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Orange – This oil is known for its uplifting and calming scent
Beard Oil Instructions:
  • Mix the Lavender, Frankincense, Cedarwood & Orange Oil in the dropper bottle.
  • Fill up the rest of the bottle with your carrier oil.
  • Use 2 to 3 drops each day after showering for a smoother beard.
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Essential Oil Face Toner Pads

Since diving into  essential oils I have been trying to find the best synergy of essential oils for my face toner. I love using witch hazel but thought that some different essential oils might be a beneficial addition.  I wanted to create a balance between keeping the  bacteria out of my pores but  also not drying out my face.  I think I found a pretty good combination.

Supplies You’ll Need: 
  • Small Mason Jar that cotton rounds fit into. I prefer to use Jelly Jars
  • 16oz Mason Jar to mix the ingredients
  • 4oz Witch Hazel – ( I prefer the Rose Petal Witch Hazel from Thayers)
  • Cotton Rounds
  • 1/2 Tsp Vitamin E
  • 3 Drops – Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 3 Drops – Elemi Essential Oil
  • 3 Drops – Geranium Essential Oil
Why These Ingredients & Essential Oils?
  • Witch Hazel – Witch Hazel is a natural astringent that can help minimize pores, reduce inflammation, decrease oil and leaves skin feeling clean.
  • Vitamin E – Can help reduce wrinkles and brown spots
  • Elemi Essential Oil – This oil is often called the poor man’s Frankincense. This oil helps to pull out much more bacteria and make-up even after washing my face.
  • Geranium Essential Oil – Promotes healthy clear, glowing skin
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil – This oil has fantastic anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties
Directions:
  1. First, in the 16oz mason jar mix your 4oz of Witch Hazel, Vitamin E, and drops of essential oil.
  2. Next, place the lid on the mason jar and shake it up. Make sure to shake this up really good so the oils are dispersed evenly in the mixture.
  3. Then, place your cotton rounds into the smaller mason jar.
  4. Now, pour some of your witch hazel mixture over the top of the cotton rounds.
  5. Then, use your fingers to push down the cotton pads to help evenly distribute the mixture.
  6. Keeping using this pattern until you feel that the cotton rounds have absorbed the mixture and seal up the mason jar until you are ready to use.
  7. Finally, if you still have extra of the witch hazel mixture but sure to put the lid back on the mason jar and save for later.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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