Being a stay at home mom, I could say that I have control of my time. Hence, I got more free hours to spare for productive hobbies and activities. While DIY projects are trending nowadays, I discovered that body care products out of essential oils could be an excellent outlet of my passion and talents. Besides the extra income, I found myself a new pastime that is beneficial to all women.
Are you curious? If you are rooting for this activity as well, check out this simple guide before you start your DIY body care products. Essential oils could be confusing, so this could help you out!
Familiarize Yourself with Essential Oils
Making your body care products out of essential oils is not complicated when you know your essential oils. Try to test some essential oils in the market and see what suits you best. I took time reading all about the basics of aromatherapy. Learning the use of essential oils is a perfect start for DIY body care products. You will be surprised to know that each oil offers different advantages for body care.
Check this video as a refresher:
Choose your ingredients carefully.
It may smell heavenly and beautiful, but you know better than that. With knowledge of essential oils, you are already aware of what ingredients to choose to prevent probable harm to our skin. Most essential oils for body care are for cosmetics and other beauty products. You may make one pour on, rub, and spray to our skin. After which, it would be completely soaked and absorbed beneath.
I suggest sticking on anti-inflammatory oils that offer health benefits. Our skin transports substances into our system. Hence, if you happen to apply toxic ingredients in your DIY products, it will do more harm. Hormone disrupting chemicals are typical if you are not careful.
Know the importance of DIY body care products.
With the rampant products introduced in the market today that promises beauty enhancement and body comfort, the number of chemicals listed as toxic are rising as well. Dangerous chemicals are present from the simple feminine wash, hand wash, body wash, and cosmetics. Do not be fooled by the strategic marketing style of each manufacturer.
Do you know that most of the anti-bacterial body care products can kill both harmful and good bacteria? Therefore, why not DIY these products to be sure? There is no safer soap, hand wash, and perfumes than yours! Besides, using essential oils with your soap is beneficial. Some have the capability of lessening skin blemishes, stretch marks, and pimples!
DIY the right way!
Essential oils offer health benefits, and it is a fact. However, it is vital to use it the right way when making your DIY body care products. Here are some tips and techniques on how to have a successful output.
- Dilute correctly. Usually, use 3% of the total volume (remember, this is in drops!) with the minimal application for the face. Make sure to use 1.5% in maximum.
- I only blend two oils (maximum of 3) of the same or harmonizing benefits. I also like it when the blended scent does not produce a strong aroma that may cause a headache.
- Dissolve your essential oil into 190 proof alcohol or lipid before adding in the water. Take note that oil and water do not blend in.
- Use disinfected glass bottles to store your finished products.
- It is wise to make small portions to pinch your formulas. At least it is easy to use them all before it spoils. If you have formulas with water-based ingredients, I suggest not making them with short intervals. I recommend weekly batches and store them in a cool area.
Body Care Products that You Can Make by Yourself
Knowing the basics is just a start. Once you succeeded in making one category of body care products, you would like to experiment and try to make more. The first DIY product I made at home is a soap that I scented with my favorite lavender essential oil. Here are various products that you might be interested in making.
I bet that handwash is your first soap to make. For me, it is easy and practical. With the use of essential oils as an ingredient, my hand washes become a hand sanitizer or antibacterial soap. At least I know that my soap is safe to use by my family. Essential oils eliminate harmful microbes and keep the balance of the amount that our body requires.
My first DIY soap is a mixture of peppermint, citrus, and tea tree.
Here is a video showing how to make soap with essential oil.
Plenty of oral health products flood the market nowadays. Toothpaste makes our teeth clean and white. It also takes care of gingivitis and prevents cavities. Sadly, this product is no exemption from harmful chemicals that is an issue to our health. When you want to make sure it is safe, better to make the toothpaste yourself.
Here is a DIY essential oil toothpaste recipe for you to try!
- Use coconut oil with baking soda. Make sure that both ingredients are equal in amount. I used ¼ cup each in mine.
- 1 to 2 teaspoon of sea salt
- 5 to 7 drops of essential oils
- 1-2 teaspoon bentonite clay
All you have to do is to blend in all ingredients and store it in a squeeze bottle. Be careful not to contaminate the toothpaste with dirt when getting it out.
After learning the soap and toothpaste, it is but natural to make the shampoo next. It is also simple and easy to make, just like the hand wash. Your shampoo would be safe from harmful substances that strips off the natural oil of your hair. Let me share with you my shampoo recipe.
You will need a can of coconut milk, 1 ½ cups of liquid castile soap and 40 drops of my favorite lavender oil. I used the blender to mix all the ingredients before pouring it in a plastic bottle. Hey, if you can get one that is BPA free, I highly recommend it. Try placing it inside the fridge for a week before using. Do not forget to shake the bottle well in every use.
Plenty of body care products recipes using essential oils are available for your DIY activities. However, I only share with you the basics that I need at home. I am a practical mom. Soap, shampoo, and toothpaste are essential needs for my family. I made sure that what they use is safe.
However, I have skin moisturizers and cosmetics as well. Since I am the only one using it so far, I do not make it often. You can explore more about this hobby and discover more products that may catch your interest.
If only I can make all the products that my family needs at home, I will. For now, I am limited to these body care products using essential oils. DIY packages are trending, so it is not hard for me to learn. Whatever it takes, I want to be a proactive mother. Nothing matters more than the safety of my children’s health.
Would you care to try it?