DIY Bath and Beauty Recipes with Mountain Rose Herbs

August 17, 2012
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One of the first places I discovered to shop for natural, organic ingredients online when I first started making handmade soap and my own bath and body products was Mountain Rose Herbs. It has since remained one of my favorite online shops for purchasing natural, organic ingredients when quality is of the utmost importance. Additionally, I also turn to Mountain Rose Herbs for 100% organic loose tea blends, medicinal herbs and spices for cooking.

Natural Organic Bath & Beauty Skin Care Ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs

Since 1987, Mountain Rose Herbs has been known for its uncompromising commitment to organic agriculture, sustainable business practices, and a steadfast focus on the pure aesthetics and freshness of botanical products. Their wide range of certified organic product offerings includes bulk herbs and spices, aromatherapy and essential oils, tea and tea supplies, and natural health and body care. Every aspect of product creation is carried out in accordance with strict quality control and organic handling procedures by employees who care. From fragrant and beyond-fresh organic herbs and spices, to soothing essential oils and delicious herbal teas, the quality and integrity of Mountain Rose Herbs is unparalleled – with smiles guaranteed.

Classic Certified Organic Essential Oil Kit from Mountain Rose Herbs

With that said, if you are wanting to get started using essential oils for the first time, then I highly recommend checking out Mountain Rose Herbs’ Classic Essential Oil Kit. This classic kit is perfect for beginners and features the world’s most renowned and popularly used essential oils in one convenient sampler. It is beautifully packaged with usage guidelines on the back of the liner tray and contains an extra bottle with a glass dropper for experimentation. It contains one .25oz. bottle each of the six following certified organic essential oils:

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) Essential Oil: Cool, clear, and exceptionally refreshing. Effective vapor rub and air disinfectant for colds and flu. Dilates nasal and bronchial passages. Mild stimulant and antiseptic. Beneficial analgesic for sore muscles. Blends will with peppermint, lemon, and lavender.

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) Essential Oil: Highly refreshing and relaxing oil that is clear to light green. Helps the body restore balance and harmony. Mildly sweet, fresh, and warm. Works well with the nervous system. Mild analgesic, sedative, astringent, and skin tonic. Blends well with Rose, Citrus, Rosemary, Lavender, and Basil.

Lavender (Lavendula spp.) Essential Oil: Fresh, floral aroma. Classic ingredient in soaps and perfumes. Helps alleviate stress, induce sleep, and overcome anxiety. Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, spasmodic, anti-depressant, and stimulates new cell growth. Excellent preventative against infections. Mild enough to use by the drop on cuts, scrapes, bruises, sprains, and insect bites. Blends well with many oils adding a smooth, sweet top note.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Essential Oil: Stimulating, refreshing, and bright. Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Used for indigestion and nausea. Excellent for some headaches, fever, colds, and flu. Soothing in steams or massage oils. Classic breath freshener. Blends well with Lavender, Rosemary, Citrus, and Rose.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Essential Oil: Physical and mental stimulant. Blend with carrier oil for a soothing hair conditioner, invigorating massage oil, or bath oil. Effective preservative. Stimulates memory and mental faculties. Good for muscular sprains, arthritis, and rheumatism. Do not use if you have high blood pressure.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Oil: Impressive and powerful oil with anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Used for infections, sunburn, acne, athlete’s foot, and many other applications. Do not use on inflamed, broken, or sensitive skin.

The possibilities of this kit are endless. You can use these essential oils to make everything from salves, soaps, scrubs, and body butters to lip balms, solid perfumes and natural, non-toxic household cleaners. Or simply use them for aromatherapy!

Here are just a few super simple recipes I use essential oils for that you may want to give a try:

DIY Basic Bath Salt Recipe

2 cups coarse sea salt
1 Tablespoon olive oil (or other carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, rice bran, or fractionated coconut oil)
1 teaspoon essential oil or essential oil blend of choice

Combine all ingredients and mix well.

DIY Basic Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

Equal parts shea butter, beeswax (or candelilla/Carnauba wax as a vegan alternative), and sweet almond oil (or other carrier oil)
2-4% of your recipe essential oil or essential oil blend of choice

Melt your shea butter and beeswax, then stir in the carrier oil and essential oil and mix well. Place in molds such as cupcake tin until hardened.

DIY Basic Body Butter Recipe

24oz. refined shea butter
2oz. cocoa butter
1oz. rice bran oil (or your choice of carrier oil)
1/4oz. – 1/2oz. essential oil or essential oil blend of choice

Melt the shea and cocoa butters then stir in the rice bran oil and essential oil. Fill desired containers and allow to cool completely.

DIY Basic Lip Balm Recipe

1/2 oz. (by weight) refined cocoa butter
1/2 oz. (by weight) refined shea butter
2 Tablespoons beeswax (or Carnauba Wax/Candelilla Wax as a vegan alternative)
1Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or other carrier oil of choice)
2-5ml essential oil or essential oil blend of choice

Melt your beeswax and butters then stir in the carrier oil and essential oils. Using a pipette, fill lip balm tubes or pour into tins.

To learn more about Mountain Rose Herbs please visit them online.



  • Kris

    August 17, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I used the thieves essential oil recipe. My interest is using the oils and herbs for medicinal and cleaning/disinfecting uses. I’m interested in making a first aid kits for Christmas presents that’s applicable for uses such as cold, flu, bruises, cuts, rashes, anxiety, sleeplessness. I’m also interested in recipes from common weeds/herbs found almost anywhere.

  • Heather

    August 17, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I would use the kit for making sugar scrubs and soap.

  • Christeena96

    August 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I would be stingy and use it for myself in lipbalm, solid perfume and my diffuser.

  • Sherene

    August 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try their essential oils in soaps and lotions. I have sensitive skin so I want to make my own products without any harsh chemicals!

  • elionwyr

    August 17, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I’d love to try the dream pillow mix..!
    (But the bulk herbal section looks tempting, too.)

  • Stephanie Gradzki

    August 17, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Im new to soaping. I’d love a sample pack so I could find out which scents my family likes!

  • Cari

    August 17, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I would love to try their clays. Clay masks are amazing for your skin

  • Cari

    August 17, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I apparently can’t follow directions haha If I won the kit, I would make soap and bath salts

  • Jamie White

    August 18, 2012 at 12:15 am

    I will use the Classic Essential Oil Kit from Mountain Rose Herbs to create my own beauty products if I win!

  • Sarah George

    August 18, 2012 at 1:50 am

    I’m just starting to get into soapmaking so this Essential Oil Kit would be perfect to let me experiment with different EO’s to see what I like best to scent my soap!

  • ella

    August 18, 2012 at 4:52 am

    I would use the oils for aromatherapy purposes.

  • Heather Paulding

    August 18, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I think I would make a facial cream & use the rest for a bubble bath or air freshener!

  • Anonymous

    August 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    If I win, I’m excited to see how organic essential oils differ from conventional ones.

  • Anonymous

    August 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    After excitedly opening my gift I would treat my nose to an exhilarating olfactory experience. Then I would try my hand at creating the concoctions on this blog. Who knows, this might be the beginning of a golden years cottage industry. Ah – the possibilities…

  • Kelly

    August 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I would try out some essential oils. They have some I’ve never even heard of!

  • Julie

    August 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I would like them to make soap with and I would love to use them as a natural first aid remedy!

  • Natascha

    August 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I was browsing their site and a bit sad that they won’t ship outside the US. Sill looking for something as nice that delivers to Switzerland…

  • Anonymous

    August 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Such a lovely variety with so many delightful uses. I would make my signature sugar scrubs, some skin nourishing body creams and my favorite healing salves just for starters.
    Thank You!
    [email protected]

  • Morphine

    August 18, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    I’d love to make some new room sprays


  • skinnygirl

    August 19, 2012 at 12:24 am

    love to try out the aroma sprays!

    ainaxp at gmail dot com

  • Donna Hollingsworth

    August 19, 2012 at 12:26 am

    If I am fortunate enough to win, I would get started making some Christmas presents for some special friends and family!

  • Emily’s Designs

    August 19, 2012 at 12:47 am

    I would use it in my own soaps and scrubs!

  • SecDoOver

    August 19, 2012 at 2:27 am

    I would like to try out the DIY Basic Lip Balm Recipe.

  • Kristen

    August 19, 2012 at 2:42 am

    I use lavender and peppermint oils when I’m cleaning. I’d also love to try mixing some perfumes!

    hearpere at yahoo dot com

  • Melody

    August 19, 2012 at 5:12 am

    I would make bath salts.


  • janetfaye

    August 19, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I would use the Classic Essential Oil Kit from Mountain Rose Herbs to make bath salt scrubs and to wear as they are.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  • tammy

    August 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Please enter me into your contest for giveaways. I am new to the soap making etc. just gathering info. so I can try to make mine and my families own soaps , lotions etc. The Oil Kit would be a great start, Thanks Tammy [email protected]

  • Danielle

    August 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I would use them to add to my homemade soaps and cleansers.

    The Happy Wife/Danielle Garcia
    Ldsmom2201 (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Twitter: The_Happy_Wife

  • Samantha

    August 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I’d like to give this to my mom who love essential oils!

  • Sonya

    August 19, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I would use the essential oil kit while experimenting making soaps for the first time!

  • Anonymous

    August 19, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    I wear each one like perfume.
    rierie11booger (@)

  • shana

    August 20, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I would like to try to make my own carpet & mattress deodorizer to start.

    [email protected]

  • giggedygeekmum

    August 20, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I would use this for my bath salts.

  • j. bowers

    August 20, 2012 at 12:15 am

    I’d use the essential oil kit to make room sprays to suit my moods!

  • Donna George

    August 20, 2012 at 12:24 am

    I use essential oils to make bath salts

  • herent

    August 20, 2012 at 2:03 am

    I would use the oils for relaxation, baths, and our natural mosquito spray.
    [email protected]

  • Brittney Minor

    August 20, 2012 at 3:00 am

    I would love to experiment with essential oils making home remedies and cleaning products!

  • Christina

    August 20, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Christina – [email protected] – There used to be an herb store in my city a few blocks from where I live called The Archangel. Since its demise I have sorely missed essential oils and would definitely use these for aromatherapy and on my body!

  • Ginger’s Garden

    August 20, 2012 at 4:27 am

    These would be lovely in whipped soap.

  • movaly1

    August 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I would use it to make bath salts.

  • Mary Beth

    August 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I would use them for making natural mosquito/tick/flee repellant for my family and pets, for perfumes, and for home remedies.

  • bitt

    August 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    i use essential oils for healing (like geranium oil is good for skin cancer) and for aromatherapy in the tub and shower.

  • Samantha Oh

    August 20, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    For therapeutic uses
    and to try out the diy’s you just posted, so inspired right now 🙂
    sammybigtoesure at gmail dot com

  • Paula Miller

    August 21, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Oooohhh I love essential oils! Their great for so many different uses.


  • Danielle S.

    August 21, 2012 at 12:45 am

    I’d use the herbs for aromatherapy and to experiment with making my own products

  • Mello

    August 21, 2012 at 2:36 am

    I’d use it for magick

  • elizabeth

    August 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I would use them when I make my own moisturizer!

  • jennydecki

    August 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Wow! A giveaway from one of my all time favorite stores. Super exciting. I used the nettles and raspberry leaves during my pregnancy to make tea. I know it’s not super-recommended for everyone so don’t do it yourself, but it worked great for what I needed 🙂

  • jennydecki

    August 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I would use the aromatherapy oils in my bedroom to create peace with the lavender and use the others in whatever room needed a boost. Which is pretty much all of them. LOL

  • NGS

    August 22, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I am so interested in starting to make my own lip balm and bath salts for gifts and such, but I didn’t know where to start!

  • Di

    August 23, 2012 at 12:01 am

    That’s an easy question! Lavender and rosemary cold process soap. Rosemary, peppermint, and tea tree shampoo bar. Lavender and geranium soap with shea. So many combinations from a handful of oils!

  • Ada Mangoes

    August 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I would use this kit for making soaps and lotions.

  • Andi

    August 23, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I would use it in soap, of course!

  • Jessica Montgomery

    August 23, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I’d use the kit for homemade soaps, air freshener gels, and to get rid of migrains (if there’s peppermint oil). Peppermint oil is the only thing that gets rid of my headaches and migraines without side effects.

  • MaryBT

    August 24, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    I think I would most likely use the essential oils in my sugar hand scrub. (Sugar and mineral oil.)

  • shahida bawa

    August 25, 2012 at 2:42 am

    I’d use it to scent my homemade soy candles that I scatter all around my house! please please?!

  • Megan

    August 25, 2012 at 2:53 am

    I would use this product as a way for me to break into my interest in soapmaking!

  • Marija

    August 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I’d love to use these in my homemade cleaning products.

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

  • Viva

    August 25, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I love to make essential oil bath bombs, and this sampler would be great to try new scents. Thanks!

  • Goddess Tamara

    August 25, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    I enjoy everything I have ever bought from Mountain Rose herbs. The “Melissa” essential oil is my favorite so far. So many good products to chose from. Keep up the good work. Tamara

  • Petite Hermine

    August 26, 2012 at 3:57 am

    So excited for this giveaway! I make a body oil from a mix of carrier oils so my favorite from Mountain Rose Herbs would be the pomegranate seed oil 🙂

  • Courtney Tucker

    August 26, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I have yet to buy Rose Mountain Herbs products…but it is in my books very soon, cannot wait!
    I would use these Wonderful Essential Oils in skincare products such as Sugar Scrubs, Body Butters and Salves!
    Thank You!

    [email protected]

  • Anonymous

    August 26, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I would use the essential oil kit in the Herbalism classes I teach in Southwest Montana!

    toyiarenee at hotmail dot com

  • Dolly Madison

    August 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I’d make soap….and I’m sure I could find a million other uses for them! But soap, definitely. I love handmade soap. 😀

  • missybug

    August 27, 2012 at 4:21 am

    i would use the the kit with oils for soap and scrubs….wow what a great giveaway…

    thanks for an opportunity to win.

    Melissa from Naches, WA

  • Kara May

    August 28, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Just started school for Esthetics!! I could really use these!!!

  • Susan Audrey

    August 29, 2012 at 1:34 am

    So many wonderful things can be done with these! First thing I’d do would be to use them to make sachets for my furniture drawers and closets to freshen them up.

  • mariana

    August 29, 2012 at 4:23 am

    I’ll enjoy making soaps, sachets and deodorizers with these essential oils

  • Taylor

    August 29, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    I would use the oils for cleaning products and laundry soap

  • Lindsey

    August 30, 2012 at 12:54 am

    I would love to try making soap.

  • Cat Hammond

    August 30, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Since my wonderful husband just made me a new wooden soap mold I am itching to try making cold process soap now instead of melt and pour and would love having these oils for use in making the soap.

  • Ashley

    August 31, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I’d make lotion bars.

    mrs.marcus2 at yahoo dot com

  • Stefani K

    August 31, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I’d make solid perfumes, room sprays, and skin and hair treatments.

  • sliverqueen217

    August 31, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    I would make a salt scrub.

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