We LOVE essential oils and their uses are endless. While at Essentially NOLA we pride ourselves on creating a superior skin care line using natural ingredients and essential oils.. we do not make everything.
There are several items one can make at home, for a fraction of what a commercial brand costs. This is also a great way to ensure that your products are free of unnatural ingredients and you can customize to your own tastes.
Tips for working with Essential Oils:
- DILUTE. A good quality oil is very potent, so usually around 3% of total volume in drops is sufficient.
- Keep blends to a few oils.. usually sharing similar or complementary benefits.
- Mix into alcohol or a carrier oil. They do not mix with water.
- Make small batches. You will not be using any preservatives, so making a small quality batch is always key.
1. Hand Soap
Most commercial soaps have antibacterial chemicals in them. The problem is, they kill ALL bacteria, even the good ones our bodies need. Making your own hand soap will not strip away the beneficial bacteria and help balance your body's needs.
Rich & Creamy Moisturizing Hand Soap
- 1/2 c. filtered water
- 1/4 c. liquid castille soap ( I LOVE Lavender)
- 2 tbs. carrier oil ( sweet almond. fractionated coconut or olive oil)
- 1 LEVEL tsp. Guar Gum
- 15 drops essential oil of choice. ( I use peppermint)
Mix the carrier oil and guar gum together and set aside. ( Will look like a paste). Combine water, soap and essential oils then fold in oil paste. Stir til combined and transfer to any pump container. You can reuse any liquid soap container you have at home.
Commercial products are made to completely strip the natural oils, which in turn, requires the use of a conditioner to gain moisture back. Meanwhile, the scalp compensates for the loss by making more oil. More Oil..Frequent Shampooing... More Costly.
Our recipe uses a balancing blend of coconut milk and castille soap. Homemade shampoo will be thinner than commercial brands. If you want a thicker soap, you can add 2 tsp carrier oil with 1tsp Guar Gum ( like the hand soap).
- 1 1/2 c. ( 1 can) Coconut Milk
- 1 1/2 c. liquid castille soap ( I use lavender & peppermint)*
- 40 drops essential oil (optional)
- Optional : 2tsp. carrier oil , 1 tsp Guar Gum
Mix all ingredients together and store in a plastic squeeze bottle.
Even though using a natural shampoo is softening, a conditioner can help with smoothness and tangles. This is a SIMPLE recipe using 2 ingredients.. 3 if you add essential oils. Just mix together and store in an 8oz squeeze bottle.
- 4oz Apple Cider Vinegar
- 4oz Water
- 15 drops essential oil
After shampooing, massage thru hair and wait 3 minutes before rinsing. The smell of the vinegar will dissipate once hair is dry.. so no worries.
Do not neglect oral hygiene. When I was a kid, my mother made us use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. While it was effective... it was soooo not pleasant. The following recipe will have your teeth shinning and is easy on the palate. Store in a glass container or squeeze bottle. Avoid cross contamination by using a small wooden spoon to scoop out.
- 1/4 c. baking soda
- 1/4 c. coconut oil
- 1-2 tsp. sea salt
- 5-7 drops essential oil ( peppermint, orange or lavender)
- 1-2 tsp stevia ( to taste)
Mix ingredients together and store in small jar.
5. Linen Spray
Adios Commercial Air Freshener and Hello Natural. This amazing room spritz will make your house smell AMAZING. I love air fresheners, but was never happy with commercial brands. They never smelled right, or were too overpowering that I got a headache. Welcome to essential oils.
DIY Air Freshener ( Spray )
- 3/4 c. water ( tap is fine)
- 2 T Vodka or Rubbing Alcohol
- 1 Essential Combination found below.
10 dr. orange , 8 dr. peppermint
10 dr. lavender, 5 dr. chamomile Use 2 T Vanilla Extract in place of alcohol
8 dr. lavender , 5 dr. geranium , 4 dr. grapefruit
4 dr. tea tree, 8 dr. lemon, 6 dr, eucalyptus