Hi, natural skincare lovers!
Arsy here, from Rubies & Radishes. I am thrilled to be here to share some of my favorite healthy skincare recipes with you. Liz was such an inspiration to me when I transitioned from conventional to natural skincare methods. I learned so much from her blog and her guide!
I love taking the holidays as an opportunity to introduce my friends and family to a healthier lifestyle. This year, I am making them these gift boxes with three of my favorite DIY skincare and household products.
Why do I love making my own skincare?
Because the average person, using conventional products, comes into contact with hundreds of industrially-derived chemicals every day in products like household cleaners, shampoos, moisturizers, air-fresheners, etc. A study by the Environmental Working Group found an average of 232 chemicals in the cord blood of 10 babies born in late 2009! This included things such as BPA, flame retardants, and synthetic fragrances, to name a few.
Scary stuff, right?
I find synthetic fragrances to be one of the worst offenders when it comes to toxic, industrially-derived chemicals in our everyday products. Since any “fragrance” is considered a “trade secret,” companies don’t have to tell us what’s in it. This can often include dozens (if not much more) of synthetic chemical compounds.
Think of all the synthetic “fragrances” we’re exposed to daily: not just perfumes, but candles, air fresheners, fabric softeners, harsh household cleaners, and beyond.
(Liz’s note: it’s no wonder fragrances give me headaches and respiratory irritation!)
I avoid these types of chemicals at all costs and choose to keep myself and my family smelling good with a healthy alternative to industrially-derived smells: with essential oils. Once you smell high-quality essential oils, it’s hard to believe why we would ever use any synthetic version, when mother nature has the most incredible scents available for us. And unlike the synthetic fragrances, essential oils actually have health benefits! When we use them, we benefit from the aromatherapy effects and different plants can even soothe and improve our skin, amongst many other things.
Homemade skincare products make great holiday gifts. They are healthy, easy to make and affordable!
I always recommend using glass when working with essential oils, especially citrus ones, as they can eat through plastic. Store products made with essential oils in a cool, dark place.
Where should I find my essential oils?
Although we give you a few options and modifications for the recipes below, I, along with Liz, love the high-grade essential oils from Young Living. These oils are amazingly potent, and while you don’t HAVE to use them for the recipes below, they’ll be that much more potent if you do!
Young Living is a company based first around education for the proper use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes; and they offer strictly-controlled potency standards that are unique and not available from store-bought EOs. For that reason, the ordering process is a bit different from just hopping over to the health food store! If you’re interested in all the possibilities of EOs, you may want to get started with YL through Liz’s info page here. She’ll tell you all about them!
If you’re not quite ready to jump in to the full EO library (maybe you prefer the Cliff’s Notes version for now), we’ve given plenty of alternative oils you can try! Just be aware: you may need to use a bit more of the store-bought oils to achieve the same aroma & results. The quantities below are based on use of YL essential oils.
Lavender & Chamomile Bath Salts
Makes 1 jar
Both lavender and chamomile have properties that promote relaxation. These bath salts are so soothing and calming. Plus, they are simple to make.
What you’ll need
- 4 ounce glass jars: I like these. These are a little smaller, but they are super cute.
- Labels – I used these awesome dissolvable ones.
3 ounces Epsom salts (find them at any health food store or on Amazon)
1 ounce sea salt (find it at any health food store or grab Redmond from Amazon)
4 drops Young Living Lavender essential oil (or use store-bought or Eden’s Garden on Amazon)
4 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil (or use store-bought or Eden’s Garden)
**Note: if you are a Young Living customer and do not have Roman Chamomile EO, substitute with 4 drops of lemon EO (Lavender & Lemon both included in the YL Premium Starter Kit)
In a mixing bowl, combine Epsom salts, sea salt and essential oils. Transfer to an airtight container and allow the mixture to sit for 24 hours, so the essential oils can infuse the salts.
To enjoy, add 2 ounces of bath salts to warm running water.
Holiday Room Spray
This is the best scent! It will get even the biggest Grinch into the Holiday spirit. This is truly Christmas in a bottle.
What you’ll need
Witch hazel (available at health food stores or Amazon)
4 drops Orange essential oil (Amazon or Liz’s preferred brand)
3 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil (Amazon or Liz’s preferred brand)
3 drops nutmeg essential oil (Amazon or Liz’s preferred brand)
**Note: if you are a Young Living customer and do not have the above EOs, substitute with 8 to 10 drops of Citrus Fresh or Purification.
Using a funnel and fill your 2 ounce spray bottle with with distilled water up to one finger’s width from the top. Add your essential oils. Top off with witch hazel and shake well. Spray in indoor spaces or onto linens and carpets to add a fresh, aromatic boost. I find that the scent improves after it sits for a day or two.
Homemade perfume is one of my favorite gifts to give. Perfume is one of the more toxic products that we put directly onto our skin. With essential oils, it is so easy to make our own lovely smelling combinations. I love this one made with Ylang-Ylang, which has a sweet, soft, floral fragrance. It is very effective in promoting relaxation and bringing on feelings of calmness. If this scent, isn’t your thing, change it up! You can really use whatever essential oils you enjoy to make perfume.
What you’ll need
- 1/3 ounce (approximately 10 ml) glass roll-on bottle
- Stainless Steel funnel
4 drops Ylang-Ylang essential oil (Amazon or Liz’s preferred brand)
3 drops Bergamot essential oil (Amazon or Liz’s preferred brand)
2 drops Cedarwood essential oil (Amazon or Liz’s preferred brand)
Carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil or fractionated coconut oil
****Note: if you are a Young Living customer and do not have the above EOs, substitute with their blends: 10 drops of Joy or 10 drops of Stress Away.
Carefully drop your essential oils into your glass roll-on bottle. Use your funnel and fill the rest of your roll-on bottle with your carrier oil. Tightly place the roller top back on. Allow it to sit for a day so the oils can infuse.