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DIY Perfume

 

Essential Oils are used for practical purposes, but from time to time it is nice to be able to use them to make us feel good and smell good. Below are 3 recipes that Plant Therapy’s Certified Aromatherapists really enjoy. And for those of you who took advantage of Plant Therapy’s Day 5  Sale and received the perfume bottle as a free gift, you will love adding these to your recipe file.

 

Woodland Blooms

3 drops Mandarin Citrus reticulata

2 drops Cedarwood Himalayan Cedrus deodara

1 drop Jasmine Absolute Jasminum sambac

6 drops Polysorbate 20

Blend with 10 ml (1/3 oz) of witch hazel or alcohol such as vodka or rum.

 

Peaceful Spring

2 drops Sandalwood Australian Santalum spicatum

2 drops Neroli Citrus x aurantium

2 drops Bergamot Citrus bergamia

6 drops Polysorbate 20

Blend with 10 ml (1/3 oz) of witch hazel or alcohol such as vodka or rum.

 

Vanilla Orange Blossoms

3 drops Orange Blood Citrus sinensis

2 drops Vanilla Oleoresin Vanilla planifolia

1 drop Ylang Ylang Complete Cananga odorata

6 drops Polysorbate 20

Blend with 10 ml (1/3 oz) of witch hazel or alcohol such as vodka or rum.

 

Immortelle Skin

 

Personally, I LOVE the smell of fresh coffee in the morning, so using this scrub in the shower before work gives me that extra boost I need to get up and going.  Plus, it smells delicious….and tastes good too! (Only because I accidentally got it in my mouth, but I DO NOT recommend eating my facial scrub!)

Growing up, I was blessed with blemish prone, oily skin and to this day I still struggle with occasional breakouts of pimples, blackheads, or clogged pores. I always thought that at the young age of 27 (okay, okay ….. 31) I would be over the pre-pubescent era and free of its evil clutches, but sadly many of us still suffer with some form of blemish our entire lives.

So, the challenge began. I needed to find something that would both clean and moisturize my skin without irritating it or drying it up. I tried countless over-the counter products, but they would either be too drying – which would cause my face to over-produce oil, in turn causing more breakouts (defeating the purpose), or too oily which would give me that too “shiny” look in pictures.

As I began working more with essential oils and carrier oils, I learned about the benefits of use and which ones are most effective in a given situation. Also, early in the testing stages, I found salt scrubs to be too abrasive for the sensitive skin on my face; which is why I decided to try a sugar scrub instead.

Initially, when I tried this scrub for the first time, my first thought (while I was rinsing it off) was, “Wow – this is wayyyyy too greasy!” But, after you towel dry and wipe off any excess oil, you will love the way your skin feels. Now that I have used it 3 times this first week, I cannot believe what it has done for my face. My pores feel tighter, my skin feels smoother, more hydrated, and for some reason, my everyday makeup just looks better.

Now before I give you the recipe, let me list some of the benefits of the ingredients I chose to use in this recipe:

Sugar – Sugar helps remove the outermost layer of dead skin and leaves your skin soft and smooth without causing pain or being too overly aggressive on the skin.

Coffee Grounds – The caffeine in coffee helps increase circulation, exfoliates, softens, and smooths skin.

Virgin Coconut Oil – This is the most versatile oil for the body and is extremely hydrating to skin.

Organic Moroccan Argan Oil – Argan is incredibly conditioning and known for its skin rejuvenating properties, rich in Vitamin E, and smooths fine lines and improves skin elasticity. Perfect for those prone to breakouts or those who have sensitive skin.

Near Perfection – This Carrier Oil Blend helps minimize the appearance of imperfections, is skin balancing, softens and conditions irritated skin, and contains Tamanu Oil, which extends to a wide range of natural treatments for blemishes and general oily skin.

Helichrysum Italicum – Also known as Immortelle, alleviates the appearance of bruising, rejuvenates the look of healthy skin, and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars, and stretch marks.

Carrot Seed – Nourishes, rejuvenates, assists with healing,  and softening and smoothing to the skin.

Geranium Egyptian – Well known for the ability to help tone skin and revitalize complexion, and is very skin balancing.

Rose Absolute – Cooling, soothing, perfect for dry skin, helps minimize the appearance of scarring,  calming, and smooths skin.

Elemi – Rejuvenating, helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, skin supporting, and restores healthy younger-looking skin.

Organic Rose Hydrosol – Aids with blemishes, reduces redness, aids in removing dirt and oil in pores, and is safe for spraying directly on the skin. Hydrosols are also safe for children and pets alike.

Ingredients:

1 Cup Organic Brown Sugar

1/4 Cup Granulated White Sugar

2 Tbsp (Used) Coffee Grounds

1/4 Cup Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

1/4 Cup Organic Argan Oil

2 Tablespoons Near Perfection (Blend of Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Tamanu Oil, and Vitamin E)

Rose Hydrosol in a spray bottle

 

 

Essential Oils:

Helichrysum Italicum – 6 Drops

Carrot Seed – 6 Drops

Geranium Egyptian – 6 Drops

Rose Absolute – 3 Drops

Elemi – 12 Drops

Directions:

  1. Combine both sugars in a large bowl and mix together.
  2. Add all carrier oils to the dry sugar blend.
  3. Add all essential oils and mix thoroughly.
  4. Use no more than 3 times the first week – then use once a week to maintain a healthy glow.
  5. Use the Rose Hydrosol nightly as a facial toner.

For the Facial Scrub and Toning System I created, I recommend washing your face first, then using the scrub 1-3 times a week depending the needs of your skin.

Begin by gently wetting your face, then take about a quarter sized amount in your hands and gently massage your face with it for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Rinse well and towel dry. Next, spray the Rose Hydrosol directly on your face (as a nightly toner) immediately following the scrub. You will feel a difference almost immediately; first with how smooth and hydrated your face feels, and then with how tight your pores start to look and feel. I promise you, this is a scrub you won’t want to live without!

For this recipe, I intentionally wanted to keep my essential oil dilution rate below a 1% since it will be used on the face and used frequently.

What are your morning routines that help put a “spring in your step”?

Homemade Gelatin Air Fresheners!

Mmmmmmmmm. These smell divine! In my search for homemade Gift Ideas, I found THIS post about homemade Gelatin Air Fresheners using essential oils! Who would have guessed?! I think they are beautiful, they smell wonderful,  and make the perfect gift for anyone!

What you will need: 

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Directions:

Bring one cup of water to a boil in the small saucepan. Add the gelatin. Whisk until smooth and gelatin has dissolved. Once gelatin is dissolved add the salt and second cup of water. Set aside.

Add the essential oils and food coloring to the jar. Dump the gelatin mixture on top and stir. Allow to cool.

gelatin finished

Aren’t these great! They smell so good and I think they are  so cute. I used a large size gelatin to get a texture. I wanted to be able to stir mine when the smell got low. I love the way it turned out.  Nobody would guess that you made these yourself. Plus, they are not full of all of the toxic perfumes!!

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Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #8

Plant Therapy's Holiday Giveaway
Plant Therapy’s Holiday Giveaway

“Hustle and Bustle Holiday Hot Bath”  

By: Brodie Lapray

Kid Safe: Yes

After all the hustle and bustle of shopping for the holidays a nice hot bath can be relaxing and a wonderful self-indulgent way to the end of a busy day. And, of course, one of the best ways is with essential oils. Hustle and Bustle Holiday Hot Bath is a blend that relieves stress, eases achy legs and feet. It also removes toxins from the body leaving you feeling refreshed and ready to go again the next morning.

What you’ll need;

 

What you’ll do;

Measure out ½ cup of Pink Himalayan Salt and place in a glass dish. In a separate dish mix the Master Blend together. Add Master Blend to salt by using a pipette and making sure to mix constantly. This will make 2 baths by just adding ¼ cup to each bath. Himalayan Salt is one of the purest salts there is and has many healing properties to support a healthy mind and body and when mixed with essential oils, it’s like magic.

 

3 lucky winners will receive all the essential oils to make the master blend.

Includes 10 ml bottles of  Lavender, Frankincense Carteri, and Vetiver; and a 5 ml bottle of Sandalwood.

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #8

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #7

Plant Therapy's Holiday Giveaway
Plant Therapy’s Holiday Giveaway

“Grinch be Gone”  

By: Pat Burdick, Certified Aromatherapist

Kidsafe:  Yes

One of my greatest goals has been to create an environment in my home that made my family want to be there!  Grinch be Gone helps me achieve that goal!  It’s light, clean, and refreshing aroma offers a refuge of peace and tranquility.  It offers an uplifting, energizing experience every time I use it!

Master Blend Ingredients;

  • 20 drops Bergamot (calms the mind and lifts the spirit)
  • 14 drops Sweet Orange (helps with nervous tension, sadness)
  • 3 drops Sandalwood (Helps to quiet mental chatter and is wonderfully calming, which helps reduce nervous tension and agitated emotions)
  • 5 drops Neroli (comforting and effective essential oil when dealing with grief, nervous tension, or exhaustion)

What you’ll do;

Diffuse: Add 5 -6 Drops and enjoy!

Blend: Add 9 drops per ounce of carrier for a 1% dilution.  Use unscented lotion or another favorite carrier to nourish the skin.

Personal Inhaler: Add 15 drops

2 lucky winners will receive all the oils to make this recipe.

Includes 5 ml bottles of Neroli and Sandalwood; and 10 ml bottles of Sweet Orange, and Bergamot!

Plant Therapy's Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #7

 

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #6

Plant Therapy's Holiday Giveaway
Plant Therapy’s Holiday Giveaway

“I call it Heaven!”

By: LeAnna Magee

KidSafe:  Yes

I spent the afternoon yesterday trying to come up with a different idea yesterday. The more I thought about it and cleaned and did laundry. I was thinking that now that the house is all boarded up for the winter I use a lot more of my room sprays as the windows are not open and we do not have the fresh air flowing through the house.

What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Combine ingredients and shake well before use.

10 lucky winners will receive all the essential oils to make the master blend.  Includes 10 ml bottles of: Bergamot and Black Pepper!  

Plant Therapy's Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #6

 

 

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #5

Plant Therapy's Holiday Giveaway
Plant Therapy’s Holiday Giveaway

“Sleigh Ride Recovery Serum”

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

KidSafe:  No

I’ll be using this on dry/reddened/wind burned skin.  The winter is just full of awesome sports, but they are often quite hard on your skin.  Whether you like to ski, snowboard, sled, or even sleigh ride this is an incredible serum to moisturize and repair your skin after weathering the elements.  This is one of those recipes I keep for people to make as gifts for the outdoorsman who has everything!  It’s such a powerful combination of essential oils that work synergistically to keep your skin healthy and nourished.  

Master blend ingredients;

What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Mix all ingredients in bottle.

To use;

Maximize absorbency if you apply when your pores are open, after a warm bath or shower is my favorite, most effective time to apply.  I also carry it with my snowboarding gear so I can use it throughout the day if my skin is feeling a bit tighter than I would like.  It pairs great with a nourishing DIY face mask and DIY night cream.

2 lucky winner will receive all the essential  oils to make this recipe.  

Includes 5 ml bottles of German Chamomile CO2, MyrrhLavender Fine, and Rose Absolute; and 10 ml bottles of Bergamot,  Frankincense Frereana, and Turmeric.

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #5

 

 

 

 

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #4

Plant Therapy's Holiday Giveaway
Plant Therapy’s Holiday Giveaway

“Luxurious Skin Nourishing Hand Soap”

By: Diane Mishler, Certified Aromatherapist

KidSafe:  No

I like this recipe because not only is it fairly quick and simple to make but useful:) This recipe takes advantage of skin-nourishing essential oils that will keep your hands moisturized. These oils are kind and calming and make a lovely, fruity blend. Everyone uses hand soap and what friend wouldn’t want to receive one of these! I would put this blend in a pretty pump bottle and wrap it in cellophane with eye-catching ribbon to make it special. Or put it in a Christmas stocking or a dainty lacey bag with a drawstring. Put a personalized card on it and it’s ready to go!

What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Mix ingredients well and put in bottle. This recipe is for a small amount, but you can double it or more and put in a larger bottle with a pump.

2 lucky winners will receive all the essential oils to make the master blend.

Includes 5 ml bottles of Helichrysum Italicum, Geranium Egyptian, Roman Chamomileand a 10 m bottle of Ylang Ylang Complete.

Plant Therapy's Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #4

 

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Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #3

Plant Therapy's Holiday Giveaway
Plant Therapy’s Holiday Giveaway

“Sleigh Ride Under the Stars”   

By: Lori Chase, Certified Aromatherapist

KidSafe:  Yes

Due to allergies and asthma in my family I have not purchased a live tree for several years. I like my house to smell of Christmas without being overpowering. This crisp, woodsy blend creates the feeling of a sleigh ride through the trees on a starry night. I use it to make candles and also sprays to “liven up” artificial trees, wreaths and garlands.  Either one makes a great gift for family and friends!

Master Blend Ingredients;

Candle: What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Put wick in the center of the candle holder.
  2. Melt wax completely in a double boiler.
  3. Remove bowl from double boiler.
  4. Add essential oil and mix well.
  5. Slowly pour into candle holder.
  6. Make sure your wick is centered.
  7. Let dry completely.
  8. Light the candle and enjoy!

Liven Up Spray: What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Fill the spray bottle almost to the top with witch hazel.  
  2. Add Essential oils and Polysorbate 20 and shake well.  

5 lucky winners will receive all the essential oils to make the master blend.  

Includes 10 ml bottles of: Juniper Berry, Balsam Fir and Spruce

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #3

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #2

 

Plant Therapy Favorite Recipes

“Holly Berries Bath Bomb”   

By:  Emilee Hughes, Certified Aromatherapist

KidSafe:  Yes

After the stressful days of holiday shopping have come and gone we could all use a bit of a reprieve and what better way to relax than by soaking in a soothing and calming bath. Holly Berries is the perfect blend to bring peace to the mind and enhance comfort. When used in a bath bomb this can truly be a gift that keeps on giving.

Holly Berries Description:

Often used during meditation, Juniper Berry provides a sense of calming tranquility. When used in a bath it provides relief from discomfort and aids with the clearing of congestion. Fragonia instills a sense of peace and balance allowing us to feel relaxed and centered. It offers respiratory support to this blend and provides relief from muscle soreness. The addition of Bergamot and Blood Orange uplifts the spirit, discourages sadness, and brings a cheerful note to the mix. The synergy of these joyous and relaxing oils would put a smile on the face of even the Grinch himself.

Holly Berries Master Blend;

What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Measure and mix dry ingredients.
  2. In separate bowl measure carrier oils and mix with essential oils.
  3. Slowly pour oil mixture into dry ingredients and mix well (I added my oil in three different parts).
  4. Firmly press mixture into each side of the mold with extra.
  5. Press sides together.
  6. Tap each side gently with spoon to help remove from mold.
  7. Set on cookie sheet until completely dry.

5 lucky winners will receive all the essential  oils to make the master blend.

Includes 10 ml bottles of: Juniper BerryBergamot, and Blood Orange; and a 5 ml bottle of  Fragonia.

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #2

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