DIY ALL The Things

What do you do on a random Saturday when you have essential oils and time on your hands?  You DIY.  One of the things that using essential oils has taught me is that I’m much more aware of what I’m putting on my skin or have in my house.  I’m a far cry from being chemical-free completely, but we are slowly but surely replacing things we use everyday with healthier alternatives.  Sometimes my experiments go completely awry, but on this particular day they turned out pretty darn good.

So, what did I make?  Eric had been asking me for awhile now to make him some drawing salve.  He’d even gone so far as to send me several recipes for it on Pinterest.  I admit I’d looked at the recipes but somehow had it in my head that it was some sort of charcoal face mask kind of thing.  NOPE.  When Eric got a splinter in his finger that was impossible to get out with tweezers, I quickly learned why it is such a great idea to have a drawing salve on hand.  Drawing salves are good for drawing out splinters, infection, and even venom (seriously though, you might want to go to a doctor for that one).  This city girl had never encountered such a thing though.

The recipe I used for the drawing salve came from The Nerdy Farmwife.  She has printable labels you can use for your salve that are darling.  Her recipe called for:

Combine olive oil and castor oil in a double boiler.  Heat over a medium-low burner until the beeswax is melted.  Remove from heat and stir in essential oils, charcoal, and clay.  Then immediately pour into a glass container to cool.  I used 4oz. jelly jars.  I’m glad that we now have this on hand with our first aid supplies and as you can see it was super easy to make too.

Next up, I mixed up a body/shower wash.  Eric has been loving the exfoliating facial cleanser I made for him and wanted to give a body wash a try instead of the bar of soap he’d been using that he’s not all that fond of.

This was another recipe found on Pinterest, courtesy of DIY Natural and it calls for:

  • 2/3 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 teaspoons oil – I used jojoba which is great for your skin
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 50-60 drops Young Living essential oils – I used Frankincense and Cedarwood (how to order).  Cedarwood is fantastic to support healthy skin and Frankincense is good for e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g (I also didn’t want to go too floral-y since this was primarily for Eric)

Combine all ingredients in a bottle with a squirt top and shake before using.  Easy peasy.  And you would expect something with honey in it to be kind of sticky, but it’s not.  In fact, honey helps your skin retain moisture and elasticity without drying it out.  Sign. Me. Up.

And lastly, while I was playing mad scientist in the kitchen I decided I’d make a rollerball recipe I’d seen almost a year ago and had slowly been collecting the oils to make it (how to order).

This roller is for emotional support.  And frankly, I needed it.  After a friend made one and raved about it I knew I had to make one stat.  Especially since I’d finally ordered SARA.  Following the recipe in the photo above, I added all to a glass rollerball then filled it the rest of the way with a carrier oil (I used coconut oil).

So, a little bit about the essential oils in this roller and why they are so good:

  • Joy – a blend of Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Jasmine, Palmarosa, and Rose along with Bergamot, Lemon, and Tangerine essential oils, Joy is just as its name suggests – emotionally balancing and uplifting
  • Orange – any of the citrus oils are uplifting and orange is great for creating peace, harmony, and creativity
  • Bergamot – for confidence and calming
  • SARA – a blend of Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Rose, Blue Tansy, and other oils that is designed as a soothing scent to be used during difficult or emotional times
  • Release – a blend of Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Sandalwood, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Spearmint, Lemon, Ocotea, Jasmine, Rose, and Blue Tansy it facilitates the ability to let go of anger and frustration

This blend truly smells amazing and it definitely provided me with some much-needed calm and emotional support.

Let me know if you try any of these recipes!

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Gifts for Guys – DIY Shave Set

DIY Aftershave and Pre-Shave Oil

Eric has been using some high-end shaving products that he’s been mostly happy with, but when I stumbled upon recipes for pre-shave oil and aftershave I thought it was worth making up a batch for him to try.

Pre-Shave Oil:

* 1 oz. Olive Oil
* 4 drops Vitamin E
* 8 drops Young Living Lavender Essential Oil
* 4 drops Young Living Orange Essential Oil

Pre-shave oil is used to prepare your skin for shaving so that the razor glides across it without dragging.  Lavender is great for the skin and pairing it with Orange oil makes for a fantastic smell.  The Vitamin E is also great for the skin.

For the After Shave, you want something that is pleasant smelling since it’s the last thing that gets applied.  The original recipe called for Valor Essential Oil, which is a Young Living Blend that includes Rosewood, Blue Tansy, Frankincense, and Spruce Essential Oils. It’s a blend that helps encourage confidence and courage, and I couldn’t argue with that. Witch Hazel is an astringent which tightens pores and is also anti-inflammatory.  The first time I made this for Eric I used Valor, but when he asked for a refill, I switched over to Palo Santo which he has been very happy with.

After Shave recipe:

* 1 oz. Witch Hazel
* 4 drops Vitamin E
* 12 drops Valor Essential Oil (or another oil of your choice – Sandalwood would be awesome!)

*Shake before use

I have to say that after Eric used up the first batch of Aftershave, he went back to his old store bought aftershave to use up what he had left.  He quickly found though that those red bumps and ingrown hairs that he’d fought with previously were now back.  So, that was the end of the store bought aftershave.  Now Eric only uses this DIY version, and since it’s chemical-free, that’s a huge bonus!

Then I was down to what to do for shaving cream/shave soap.  The original post I found the pre-shave and after shave recipes on didn’t have a shaving cream recipe, so I went in search of one.  Eric uses a shaving brush and shaving soap, so I had to find something that would lather up but not gum up the bristles of the brush.  I found this recipe online that looked like it might be good.

Minty Fresh Shaving Cream
* 1/3 cup of Shea Butter
* 1/3 cup of Coconut Oil
* 3 TB raw olive oil (I used Jojoba oil)
* 1 tsp. Castile soap
* 7-8 drops of Peppermint or essential oil of your choice (I used lavender and orange again)

Directions
Put your shea butter and coconut oil in a double burner. Put on low heat and let the fats melt. Take off of heat and pour your oils into a glass bowl. Add your olive oil. Let slightly cool and add your Castile soap and essential oil. Put in refrigerator for about an hour or until the solution starts to solidify. Then remove from fridge and whip your solution with an immersion blender until it forms a whipped cream texture. Scoop into your glass container. Close with lid and store in a dark, cool place.

Unfortunately, my first run at this recipe was 90% of the way there, but needed some tweaking.  I ended up adding a little more of the Castile soap so that it would lather up a bit better and not be quite so “gummy” on the brush.  That worked much better.  I will probably tweak this a little bit more the next time around.

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Exfoliating Facial Cleanser and Body Butter

Facial Cleanser and Body Butter

One of the best things about using essential oils is discovering that you can use them to make your own chemical-free beauty products.  I’d been wanting to try my hand at homemade body butter and after seeing a recipe for one on Instagram, I decided to give it a go.

Body Butter:
1 cup raw coconut oil
1/2 cup shea butter
1 Tablespoon vitamin E oil
15 drops of your favorite essential oil

*Mix on high until light and fluffy.

For mine I decided to use lavender and Joy.  Lavender is wonderful for your skin and I thought Joy would give it a nice bonus as a mood booster.  Joy is a blend that contains Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Rose, and several other luxurious oils.

Joy Essential Oil

My batch made a ton, so I put a little bit in a small jar I could keep on my vanity and then put the remainder in a big canning jar that I could re-fill from.

Eric had also asked if I could make him some sort of facial cleanser because he was about to run out of what he had been using.  So, I looked around online and found a super simple recipe to try.

Exfoliating Facial Cleanser:

1/4 cup Castile soap
1 T baking soda
3/4 tsp coconut oil
10 drops lime
10 drops tea tree

*doubled this for 1 jar
*shake before using

I followed the recipe, including using lime and tea tree oil.  Because lime is a citrus oil, you must put it in a glass container as it will break down plastics.  But I thought lime would be a great invigorating scent to use in the shower.  I did get a bit concerned about using a glass container in the shower, especially if your hands get slippery, so next time I make this I’ll use something other than a citrus oil.  But if you’re using this at the sink, glass is just fine.  And the baking soda in this recipe is a very gentle exfoliator.

Tea tree oil (Melaleuca A.) is also excellent for skin along with other healthy properties.

I hope you give these a try – let me know if you do!

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