If you’re serious about reducing toxic load, take a look at your favorite body products. Then, try my Top 10 DIY essential oil body care recipes!
Welcome back to our Essential Oil series! Last week, we talked about how I only use 3 DIY, nontoxic products to clean our whole house. It’s so much better than that chemical-laden kit I USED to lug around the house with me! Today, however, we’re switching gears to talk about my top 10 DIY Essential Oil Body Care Recipes!
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Now, I’ll warn you, this is a little bit of a cheat: you’ve already seen the first 5 of my favorite recipes and heard me wax eloquent about their virtues over on my Detoxing for Chemo post!
1) Bentonite Clay & ACV Mask with Lavender & Frankincense essential oils
2) Oil Cleansing Method with Melaleuca & Immortelle essential oils
3) Oil Pulling Mix with Clove essential oil
I’ve recently been adding OnGuard essential oil blend, too, which has been awesome! It adds more of a protective factor for my teeth and gums, as well as giving my immune system an added boost for the day. Who doesn’t need THAT?!
4) Remineralizing Toothpaste with OnGuard & Peppermint essential oils
I just started back up using this recipe again, and I had forgotten how much I LOVE this toothpaste! My mouth never feels as clean, fresh, and healthy as when I use this OnGuard & Peppermint toothpaste after oil pulling. Man, why did I not use this during chemo?? SUCH good stuff!
5) Natural deodorant with Lavender & Frankincense essential oils
Please remember to ALWAYS do an arm-pit detox when switching to natural deodorants! You’ll have a much more successful switch if you do. More info in the detox post or you can check out this explanation from Wellness Mama.
If you’re loving these DIYs, be sure to check out the Home Health Arsenal.
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6) Foaming Hand Soap with OnGuard essential oil blend
To call this one a recipe may be a bit of a stretch, but it has totally changed how we wash our hands around here and is a big part of our daily immune system support!
I used to buy expensive, sulfate-free, Lavender-scented hand soap from the health food store. It was the only thing I could find that didn’t dry my hands out. (If you’re not sure what the big deal is about sulfates, check out this article — and as always, do your own research!)
Once I discovered EOs and saw all these awesome recipes online about making your own essential oil-scented foaming hand soaps — for CHEAP! — I was ALL about it! The bonus with adding OnGuard to hand soaps is I can support my immune system with every trip to the sink. Plus, I can give “the nasties” an extra kick down the drain. ? (With a little one forever “sharing” crud and bringing it home with her, I can use as much extra immune support as I can get!)
Are you ready for how easy this “recipe” is?
Foaming Hand Soap Recipe
- 1 foaming pump bottle (I recycle empty store-bought ones and clean them REALLY well before use)
- 2 T liquid castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild variety, so I can add my own “scents”)
- *1 t (or 3 pumps) fractionated coconut oil (optional, but extra moisturizing for dry climates & winter time)
- 10-15 drops OnGuard essential oil blend
- Add soap and EO to bottle and swirl gently to mix.
- Top off with water. (I tilt the bottle at about a 30-degree angle, so the water hits the side of the bottle instead of the soap directly. Helps cut down on the bubbling over factor.)
- Replace foaming topper, screw tightly, and shake gently to mix.
SUPER simple, right?! I actually don’t even measure this one anymore. I just put about 1/4″ of soap in the bottom of the bottle and call it good. 😜
7) Whipped Body Butter with Balance essential oil blend
I made this recipe for Christmas gifts a couple of years ago, and everyone seemed to like it. As I mentioned in the Detoxing for Chemo post, other than my dry hands, I don’t really need a mega body moisturizer. But, if I had to choose one recipe to recommend, it would be this one. ☺
I’ve actually adapted it a bit from the original recipe on the doTERRA blog. The cocoa butter scent is REALLY strong, so I reduced it and filled in the gap with more coconut oil. You can also keep the cocoa butter smell more mellow by using a REFINED cocoa butter. Not my typical recommendation to go with a refined ingredient, but in this case, it’s necessary. (In my opinion, anyway!)
Balance EO blend is one of my favorites. (You’ll see more about how I use it DAILY next week!) It’s rightly called doTERRA’s “grounding blend,” with a whole host of benefits from lessening stress and easing anxious feelings to promoting a whole-body sense of relaxation. Every mama needs this one, right?!
Whipped Body Butter Recipe
- 1/2 c. Shea Butter
- 3/4 c. Coconut Oil
- 1/4 c. Cocoa Butter (refined!)
- 1/2 c. Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO)
- 30 drops Balance essential oil
- Melt butters & coconut oil in double boiler and stir regularly. (Use a popsicle stick to stir for easy clean up!)
- Remove from heat and add FCO, stirring gently to blend. Allow to cool 5-10 minutes.
- Add EO, stir, and set in fridge until it sets up. (30-60 minutes or so)
- Remove from fridge and whip with a stand mixer until light and fluffy. (Takes roughly 5 minutes to whip up, depending on how cold and set up the butters are.)
- Carefully transfer to your preferred storage container. (The more you handle it, the more it melts and looses its fluffy texture.) Store in a cool place.
8) Hair De-Greaser with Rosemary & Lavender essential oils
I’ve used aerosol dry shampoos for several years now, but as I’ve become more and more concerned about my toxic load, I started looking into their ingredients. Ick! No, thank you, butane and propane. You’re great as a heating element, but I’ll take my HAIR butane-free, thank you very much!
Full disclosure: I’m still not sure how I really feel about putting rubbing alcohol on my head, either, but since I only use this recipe 1-2x/week right now, and my hair is otherwise really healthy, I’m going to say it’s okay (and better than butane) until I find a better solution.
Brush-on DIY dry shampoo powders worked fine, but were clunky and messy to use. Then, I found this “wet-dry” shampoo on OneGoodThingByJillee.com, and fell in love! I made a few adjustments to work for my dark hair based on other recommendations I’d seen around the internet, but I LOVE this recipe!
(All these links on the EOs, BTW, take you to more information about that specific oil, so you can see if it has properties that work for you! You can always make substitutions if you are averse to one of the ones I use!)
Hair De-Greaser Recipe
- 1 medium-sized “salon” spray bottle, or glass spray bottle
- 3 T arrowroot powder (or cornstarch, if that’s all you have and don’t mind cornstarch…)
- 1 T cocoa powder (this is for medium-dark brown hair. Super blondies, use 4 T arrowroot for a white product. Obviously, for whatever your hair color, adjust as needed.)
- 1/4 c. rubbing alcohol
- 1 c. water
- 5 drops Rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops Lavender essential oil
- Pour all ingredients into spray bottle. (Use a small funnel, if you have one, to help contain the powders. I use a rolled up post-it-note shaped like a funnel most of the time.)
- Shake, shake, shake until the powders are fully dissolved. (They’ll separate again between uses, so always shake well before using!)
- Spray on roots of hair, wherever you need a little de-greasing. Rub in to scalp and comb through hair to distribute.
- Use your blowdryer to dry hair and style as normal. (I’m not a huge fan of curling irons or multiple steps, so I use a large round brush to style my hair as it dries. Works great on my shoulder- or chin-length bob.)
- Between uses, you may want to take out the spritzer top, stick it in some clear running water, and spritz a few times to clear out the powders and prevent them from setting up like concrete and clogging the spraying mechanisms.
9) Lip Scrub with Peppermint & Lavender essential oil
This lip scrub is another one from the doTERRA blog that I LOVE. If you’ve ever used a lip mask followed by a moisturizing balm to get “kissable lips,” you’re going to love these next two recipes!
The Peppermint EO in this scrub is cooling and soothing and just makes my lips feel refreshed. The Lavender helps soothe them, as well, and tames down the Peppermint some. If you’re up for a spa night, definitely include this one.
The original recipe made a little less than 1/4 c. of finished scrub, which is a LOT when you’re only covering about 2 square inches of space and only every once in a blue moon. (Because when was the last time YOU got a spa night all to yourself??) I hated seeing all this great stuff spoil, so I’ve halved the original recipe to make just 2 T of scrub. Not as much waste, and ALL the awesomeness. Win-win!
Lip Scrub Recipe
- 2 t brown sugar
- 1.5 t coconut oil
- 1.5 t raw honey
- 2 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 2 drops Lavender essential oil
- Combine all ingredients and stir well until fully incorporated.
- Store in a small glass container with a tight lid. (No sense inviting ants to enjoy that honey and sugar! I don’t know about you, but the ants pretty much invite themselves around here, regardless.)
- Massage a small amount onto lips any time they get a little dry, cracked, or peeling. (Which is also a good indicator you need to be drinking more water, BTW!)
- Follow with Lip Balm to nourish and seal in moisture.
10) Lip Balm with Peppermint essential oil
I have a lot of favorites in this post, but THIS recipe is the one EVERYONE raves about. I’ve made it for Christmas gifts the past 3 years, and even made a batch to use as a fundraiser at church as I was finishing up chemo. I once sent several extra tubes home with my mom, and she called a few days later saying she had someone who wanted a bunch more and would PAY me for them! I guess that Peppermint tingle just can’t be beat!
This recipe was originally from One Good Thing By Jillee (yes, another one! I really like her recipes, I guess!), and I’ve made a couple of tweaks as I’ve gone along. The bonus here is I’m telling you exactly how I FILL those pesky little tubes without having to HOLD them! Here we go!
Lip Balm Recipe
- 20 lip balm tubes (I ordered empty ones online, but you can always re-use old ones!)
- 2 empty 18-count egg cartons (cardboard work better than styrofoam)
- 1 – 5mL syringe (we use the ones that come with infant, liquid medications)
- 2 T beeswax pellets
- 3 T coconut oil
- 1 T shea butter
- 1/2 t Vitamin E Oil (optional: most have a soy base, so check before using if you have sensitivities or just want to avoid soy)
- 25 drops Peppermint essential oil
- Turn the empty egg cartons upside down and stand up your lip balm tubes in the holes. Now your tubes will remain upright, and you can focus on getting the balm into the containers with both hands-free. (WooHoo!)
- Melt beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil in a double boiler. Go low and slow, so you don’t lose any of the nourishing qualities of your oils/butters.
- Remove from heat, then add the Vitamin E oil (if using) and EO. Stir well.
- With the heat off and the double boiler still warm, return the mix to the double boiler. (This recipe hardens REALLY fast, and you’ll need to keep it warm while you fill the tubes.)
- Use the 5mL syringe to dispense the liquid into the tubes. (My first batch of tubes held EXACTLY 5mL, but my new ones hold about 6 or 7mL, so it takes a couple of trips with the syringe to fill each one. Just pay attention as you fill yours! Again, you’ll need to squirt QUICKLY or the liquid will harden INSIDE the syringe. Make sure you have a steady hand when you squirt quickly, though, as it likes to splash if you’re not careful.)
- Allow liquid balm to cool in the tubes before capping. (I give mine an hour or two before capping, then I can work on getting labels on them.)
I’m glad I just linked you back to my Detoxing for Chemo post for those first 5 recipes! Can you imagine how long this post would have gotten??
Sorry for the long-windedness (is it still being long-winded if you’re typing?), but I’m so excited for you to jump in and start making these Top 10 DIY Essential Oil Body Care Recipes for yourself! Your body will thank you!
Let me know in the comments what other nontoxic body product alternatives you’re still looking for. I may have a recipe for you to try!
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As a former University Resident Director, Career Counselor, Certified Personality Trainer, and high school Spanish teacher, Laura has quite the “scattered” background — with one underlying theme: education! She writes to teach and inspire women on topics related to faith, family, and lifework. She is also a resume writer, specializing in resumes for moms, career changers, and new graduates.