Manuka Essential Oil Salve Recipe: A Magic Beauty Balm for Natural Skin Care

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Stuck at home searching for ideas for a spa day at home? This manuka essential oil salve recipe is the perfect, natural skin care project! Unlike all those clay mask and bath bomb recipes, this all purpose salve can be used in a number of different ways! Not only does this magic beauty balm replenish and hydrate dry hands, skin and lips, it also promotes healing. So it’s perfect for relief of dry hands and chapped lips. Or throw some mica into the mix for a custom tinted lip balm or a highlighting, makeup primer for glowing skin!

Manuka Essential Oil Salve Recipe: A magic beauty balm for natural skin care as the finishing touch to your spa day at home. This manuka essential oil all purpose salve can be used in a number of different ways! This magic beauty balm replenishes and hydrates dry hands, skin and lips, and also promotes healing. So it's perfect for relief of dry hands and chapped lips. Or throw some mica into the mix for a custom DIY tinted lip balm or a highlighting makeup primer for glowing skin!

Keep reading to learn how to formulate my manuka essential oil salve recipe to enjoy in unlimited ways. It’s perfect for hydrating skin and promoting skin health, as well as giving your makeup looks that extra wow factor. So, it’s the perfect clean beauty solution for happy skin.

What Can I Make for a Spa Day At Home?

The world kind of feels like it’s going crazy at the moment. And, as one meme put it, this year is being written by Stephen King. Yesterday our Governor ordered all non-essential businesses to close. Thankfully, one person asked the right question. Will VA ABC stores stay open? For now, at least, that answer is yes. In times of chaos, it seems, self medicating is king. What this means, however, is that a LOT of people are now stuck at home during the day. I’m also predicting that day drinking will become less of a social stigma as society tries to navigate the continual changes.

Plus, there’s the boredom to consider. As someone who works from home, I’m well versed in entertaining myself. However, if you’re used to daily interaction with people and a fixed schedule, being cooped up at home can be both unsettling and boring AF. 

According to current trends on Pinterest, a LOT (and I mean a LOT!) of you are seeking an escape through self care. Specifically through a spa day at home. While I have tons of holistic skin care recipes for a spa day at home, including face masks, bath bombs, coffee scrubs, sugar scrubs, salt scrubs, bath salts and milk baths, I wanted to share a brand new skin care recipe with you all instead. 

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This manuka essential oil salve recipe is like a magic beauty balm for skin. It has so many applications, and it’s perfect if your skin is dry from repeated hand washing throughout the day. However, you can use it on your skin to relieve more than just your dry hands! It can also be used hydrate dry skin elsewhere on your body, tackle cracked heels and chapped lips, and even soothe cold sores while reducing the severity of symptoms. In addition, my manuka essential oil salve can also be used to add healthy looking color and shine to lips. Or try it as a highlighting face primer for skin. I especially love this essential oil salve as a makeup melting DIY cleansing balm! It’s an absolute dream for my maturing skin AND it helped clear up my hormonal acne.

Use this essential oil salve as a magic beauty balm as your final step to hydrate and nourish skin as a last step after enjoying skin care treatments during your spa day home. Then incorporate it into your everyday skin care routine for natural beauty, as part of your daily self care routine. Also be sure to check out more recipes ideas for a spa day at home after the recipe!

Having a spa day at home? Finish off your natural skin care routine with this hydrating manuka essential oil salve recipe! Learn how to formulate my manuka essential oil salve recipe to enjoy in unlimited ways as a multipurpose beauty balm for clean beauty. It's perfect for hydrating skin and promoting skin health, as well as giving your makeup looks that extra wow factor. So, it's the perfect clean beauty solution for happy skin. Use it as a DIY tinted lip balm or a highlighting makeup primer.

How to Make an Essential Oil Salve for Natural Skin Care

Making my manuka essential oil salve is quick and easy. This beauty DIY is a lot like making homemade lip balms. However, you don’t need to fuss with trying to pour this into tiny lip balm tubes. For smaller applications, you can use three 1 oz. metal tins, or a 3 oz. low profile jar for larger applications, such as all over body care.

Benefits of Manuka Essential Oil

You may be most familiar with manuka honey, rather than manuka essential oil. However, like manuka honey, the essential oil is offers many of the same benefits. It also makes a wonderful substitution for tea tree oil, which is endemic to Australia.

Like tea tree oil, manuka essential oil comes from a plant in the Myrtle family. This small flowering shrub, however, is indigenous to New Zealand. Whereas tea tree is harvested in Australia. Both essential oils are possess antifungal and antibacterial properties.

However, there are some major differences between tea tree oil and manuka essential oil. Unlike tea tree oil, manuka essential oils is a non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing essential oil. Its benefits also extend beyond those of tea tree oil. Manuka essential oil is 20-30 times more active than tea tree oil against gram positive bacteria. It is also several times more effective against strains of fungi and viruses.

Manuka essential oil is generally safe for all ages to use. Therefore, it’s a better choice over tea tree oil in skin care applications for which you desire antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Manuka essential oil helps soothe symptoms of itching skin and dandruff, rashes, eczema and other common skin diseases. It also promotes healing of minor abrasions and eases muscle and joint pain. In addition, manuka also helps to relieve symptoms of congestion or respiratory distress, when utilized in aromatherapy. As such, you’ll find that manuka essential oil makes a wonderful addition to many bath and beauty recipes, including those for skin care and hair care products.

Manuka Essential Oil Salve Recipe: A magic beauty balm for natural skin care as the finishing touch to your spa day at home. This manuka essential oil all purpose salve can be used in a number of different ways! This magic beauty balm replenishes and hydrates dry hands, skin and lips, and also promotes healing. So it's perfect for relief of dry hands and chapped lips. Or throw some mica into the mix for a custom DIY tinted lip balm or a highlighting makeup primer for glowing skin!

Benefits of Bergamot Essential Oil

In addition to manuka essential oil, I also use bergamot essential oil in this all purpose salve recipe. Like manuka essential oil, bergamot essential oil also has anti-inflammatory properties as well as antibacterial and antifungal effects. So it’s great at soothing dry, itchy skin and eczema. And, it can also help with acne and promote healing of minor wounds or abrasions.

It is important to note, however, that bergamot essential oil does increase photosensitivity. Therefore, I don’t recommend using this essential oil salve on your face or exposed areas of the body if you’ll be spending time outdoors in the sun. If you’re a sun lover, you’ll want to substitute bergamot essential oil with patchouli essential oil or even chamomile. Alternately, you can also use a bergapten-free version of bergamot oil.

Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil

Just like bergamot and manuka essential oils, lavender also has antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties when used in natural skin care applications. It’s also great at fighting acne and can help promote healing from acne breakouts and  minor wounds. In addition, lavender essential oil also works great at soothing dry skin and eczema. So it’s a wonderful choice for any essential oil salve.

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Manuka Essential Oil for Stress and Relaxation

Not only do all of these essential oils help to improve skin appearance, fight acne and promote healing, they are also perfect for times of stress. You can easily create an aromatherapy essential oil blend to reduce stress and promote relaxation for your essential oil diffuser. Simply combine 5 drops manuka essential oil, 5 drops bergamot essential oil and 1 drop lavender essential oil in an amber glass bottle. Then swirl to combine. Add a few drops to your diffuser to help ease away stressors and promote calm.

Alternately, you can also add this essential oil blend to a 10 mL rollerball bottle. Then fill the remainder of the bottle with fractionated coconut oil for aromatherapy on the go.

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Excited to make my manuka essential oil salve? Awesome! You will LOVE it! Just be sure to check out the notes after the recipe to learn about simple substitutions or additions you can make to this all purpose salve to best meet your skin care needs.

Natural skin care recipes for clean beauty. Stuck at home searching for ideas for a spa day at home? This manuka essential oil salve recipe is the perfect, natural skin care project! Unlike all those clay mask and bath bomb recipes, this all purpose salve can be used in a number of different ways! Not only does this magic beauty balm replenish and hydrate dry hands, skin and lips, it also promotes healing. So it's perfect for relief of dry hands and chapped lips.

Manuka Essential Oil Salve Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.5 oz. hemp seed oil
.5 oz. sweet almond oil
.5 oz. deodorized cocoa butter wafers
.5 oz. cosmetic beeswax
.25 oz. refined coconut oil
dollop vitamin E oil, optional
10 drops manuka essential oil
10 drops bergamot essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
lip safe dark gold mica, optional

Directions:

Using a digital kitchen scale, weigh out the cocoa butter wafers, coconut oil and beeswax. Combine the ingredients in a double boiler and heat over medium high heat until halfway melted.

Reduce the heat to medium. Then weigh out and stir in the hemp seed oil.

Once all the ingredients have fully melted, remove from heat.

Manuka Essential Oil Salve Recipe: A magic beauty balm for natural skin care as the finishing touch to your spa day at home. This manuka essential oil all purpose salve can be used in a number of different ways! This magic beauty balm replenishes and hydrates dry hands, skin and lips, and also promotes healing. So it's perfect for relief of dry hands and chapped lips. Or throw some mica into the mix for a custom DIY tinted lip balm or a highlighting makeup primer for glowing skin!

Now add a dollop of vitamin E oil. Stir to combine.

Follow with the drops of essential oil, then mix well.

If desired, add a pinch of mica (to color your essential oil salve, if desired) or more if you’d like to use your magic beauty balm as a tinted lip balm or highlighting face primer. Mix well to combine.

Now pour the manuka essential oil salve into the container(s) of your choice.

If you are using mica powder, I recommend using three 1 oz. tins. Be sure to stir the essential oil salve mixture well after each pour. Otherwise, for an all over magic beauty balm with no color, or a cleansing balm, you can use a 3 oz. low profile jar.

Having a spa day at home? Finish off your natural skin care routine with this hydrating manuka essential oil salve recipe! Learn how to formulate my manuka essential oil salve recipe to enjoy in unlimited ways as a multipurpose beauty balm for clean beauty. It's perfect for hydrating skin and promoting skin health, as well as giving your makeup looks that extra wow factor. So, it's the perfect clean beauty solution for happy skin. Use it as a DIY tinted lip balm or a highlighting makeup primer.

Allow the manuka essential oil salve to cool completely. Then cover with the lid and label as desired.

To use your all purpose salve, simply apply to skin or lips as desired, and massage in. I do recommend a less is more approach when using this product as a face primer or facial moisturizer.

Multipurpose beauty balm. An easy essential oil salve recipe that promotes healing and helps with acne breakouts. Use this all purpose salve recipe as a DIY highlighting makeup primer for glowing skin, a DIY tinted lip balm or as a richly moisturizing beauty balm for dry hands to get real dry skin relief. This clean beauty recipe can also help with cold sores when used as a natural remedy. The perfect all-in-one beauty balm for natural skin care with manuka essential oil to promote healing.

More Ways to Use Your Manuka Essential Oil Salve: Swaps & Substitutions

Natural Cold Sore Relief

Because the essential oils used in my essential oil salve are analgesic and antiviral, it’s the perfect remedy for soothing cold sore and reducing pain. It can even lead to faster healing times. By adding neem oil, you can up the ante in the fight against this frustrating skin issue. To upgrade this essential oil salve to use as a cold sore lip balm, simply substitute .1 oz. of the sweet almond oil with neem oil. (Learn more about the skin care benefits of neem oil here.)

Dry or Cracked Skin Relief

If you hands, heels, elbows or lips are incredibly dry or cracked, you can add lanolin to my manuke essential oil salve recipe to further protect and hydrate skin. Simply add .25 oz. of lanolin, by weight, to the double boiler when heating the wax, butter and oils. Alternately, you replace up to .25 oz. of one of the carrier oils with liquid lanolin. (Learn more about the skin care benefits of lanolin here.)

DIY highlighting makeup primer for glowing skin. The best clean beauty tip for natural skin care. This multipurpose beauty balm with essential oils is made with mica powder highlighters for glowing skin. It diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while also moisturizing skin and helping to prevent acne. It also promotes healing from acne breakouts. Make this DIY magic beauty balm for clean beauty with manuka essential oil for your natural skin care routine and beauty regimen.

Facial Moisturizer or Highlighting Makeup Primer

As coconut oil rates high on the non-comedogenic scale, I recommend substituting the coconut oil with fractionated coconut oil, which has a lower rating of 2 and is less likely to clog pores. Additionally, if you have dry or maturing skin, consider swapping all or part of the sweet almond oil with rosehip seed oil. Also be sure to check out my anti-aging serum recipe for maturing skin as well as my recipe for making a DIY hyaluronic acid serum.

Yield: Approximately 2.25 oz.

Essential Oil Salve Recipe

Essential Oil Salve Recipe

This multipurpose essential oil salve with manuka essential oil hydrates skin and lips and naturally promotes healing. Add mica powder to the recipe for a tinted lip balm or highlighting makeup primer, for the perfect all over magic beauty balm.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • .5 oz. hemp seed oil
  • .5 oz. sweet almond oil
  • .5 oz. deodorized cocoa butter wafers
  • .5 oz. cosmetic beeswax
  • .25 oz. refined coconut oil
  • dollop vitamin E oil, optional
  • 10 drops manuka essential oil
  • 10 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • lip safe dark gold mica, optional

Tools

  • Digital Kitchen Scale
  • Double Boiler
  • Utensils for Mixing
  • 3 - 1 oz. Metal Tins

Instructions

  1. Using a digital scale to weigh out the beeswax, cocoa butter and coconut oil.
  2. Heat the ingredients in a double boiler over medium high heat until halfway melted.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium.
  4. Weigh out and stir in the hemp seed oil.
  5. Remove the ingredients from heat once full melted.
  6. Stir in the vitamin E oil and essential oils. Mix well.
  7. Add mica powder to suit, and stir to combine.
  8. Then pour the essential oil salve evenly into three 1 oz. lip balm tins.
  9. Allow to cool completely, before placing the lids on the tins.
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If you like my manuka essential oil salve recipe, then make sure you pin this recipe to Pinterest for later. Then be sure to check out more ways to enjoy a spa day at home below.

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Play Dough Soap DIY: A Fun Kids Activity That Encourages Hand Washing

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Encourage hand washing and make bath time fun with this play dough soap recipe, made with liquid Castile soap. This DIY play dough bath soap is easy to make, and older kids can even make it themselves. Don’t have liquid Castile soap on hand? Try it with body wash or baby shampoo. You can even scent these with kid safe essential oils for aromatherapeutic bath time fun! A creative, kid-approved project to try when you’re stuck indoors, this project is perfect for those who homeschool or have bored children at home.

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Growing up, my son used to spend hours playing with Play-Doh at the table. He would squish, squeeze, and mold the dough into different shapes and then smush it into a ball and start over again. This play dough soap recipe feels just like Play-Doh, but it’s made with the same liquid castile soap you use to wash your hands and body.

Older kids can help make this play dough bath soap recipe, too, and it’s a fun sensory activity. Just be careful that they don’t touch the melted coconut oil, as it is hot. You’ll also want to take care that the oil has cooled before they start kneading the soap play dough.

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What is Play Dough Soap?

Play dough soap feels just like real Play-Doh, but it’s a soap. It lathers and washes your hands and body just like soap, but it’s also fun for kids to play with.

You can mold it into shapes and let it air dry for a custom bar of soap. Or you can store it in an airtight container to use it as a dough. Kids like playing with squishy dough, so they will probably like the softer soap better.

You can also use this play dough bath soap to make shapes to place on top of your melt and pour soap or cold process soap. They don’t get as hard as soap, so they may get dinged up if you are shipping them or transporting them to shows to sell.

How Do You Store Play Dough Soap?

If you keep your play dough soap stored in an airtight container, it will last for a few months. You can pinch off some as needed to use as a soap or to mold into fun shapes.

Keep in mind, however, that play dough soap will dry out if it’s not covered. You can shape it and let it dry if you want. When you want to use it, you’ll just need to get it wet and pinch off a piece to use.

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How to Make Play Dough Soap

Making DIY play dough bath soap is really easy and only requires a few ingredients — many of which you probably already have in your kitchen pantry. The must have ingredients for this soap play dough recipe are cornstarch, liquid soap and coconut oil. Mica powder, which is used as a colorant, as well as essentials oils to scent your soap play doh are completely optional.

Liquid Castile Soap

The liquid Castile soap in this recipe is what really washes your or your child’s skin. I recommend using Dr. Bronner’s Baby Unscented Pure Liquid Castile Soap.

You can use your favorite baby wash or body wash. If you use a scented one, omit the essential oils. Using a body wash will probably give you more lather since they have additives to create more suds.

A true liquid castile soap made with olive oil won’t have a lot of lather. Depending on the brand that you use, there may not be a lot of lather. That’s okay. You don’t need lather to get clean.

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Coconut Oil

I added some coconut oil to make this play dough bath soap recipe more moisturizing. Since coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, it also firms this soap so it’s more like a dough. Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, so the soap will soften as you play with it.

You can add another carrier oil or omit it completely. If you do add a liquid carrier oil, you may need to add more cornstarch. I recommend sweet almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, or grapeseed oil. They are all dry oils that will soak into the skin quickly.

Mica Powder

I used mica powder to color my play dough soap recipe because it won’t stain your hands or skin. Food coloring can also be used, but it will stain your hands as you make the soap dough and when you use it. It can also stain your sink or bathtub when you use the soap.

Mica powder also has a wider range of colors. I wanted the scents to mostly match the colors, and that can be difficult with food coloring.

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Essential Oils

If you’re making this soap play dough recipe for kids, it’s important to use only kid safe essential oils. Essential oils are generally safe for kids over two or kids over ten.

Some fun essential oils for kids are:
Lime essential oil (10+) for alertness
Lemon essential oil (2+) for clarity
Sweet Orange essential oil (2+) is uplifting
Lavender essential oil (2+) is relaxing
Frankincense essential oil (2+) to clear the mind

I specifically used Simply Earth essential oils for my soap dough recipe. They offer quality essentials at great prices. And I’m a huge fan of their monthly essential oil recipe box! (Use coupon code: SOAPDELIFREE when you subscribe to the box for a coupon for $40 off your next purchase. You do NOT have to subscribe to buy individual oils.)

Ready to get started? You’ll find the recipe for making DIY soap dough for your kids below!

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Play Dough Soap Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup cornstarch, plus more for kneading
½ cup liquid Castile soap
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Mica powder
8-9 drops kid safe essential oil

Directions:

 To make DIY play dough soap, place the cornstarch in a medium sized bowl. Then add the liquid Castile soap the same bowl with the cornstarch.

How to make play dough bath soap by mixing coconut oil, liquid Castile soap and cornstarch

Now melt coconut oil in the microwave for 20 seconds. Pour the melted coconut oil over the cornstarch and soap mixture. Stir the ingredients together until the mixture is thoroughly combined. It will be runny.

If you want to make several colors of soap dough, separate the dough into two or more bowls.

Adding mica to color homemade soap play dough bath soap

Then add mica and essential oils, as desired. You want to use 9-10 total drops of essential oils for the entire batch of soap dough. I made three colors, so I used 3 drops per color. If you make four colors, use two drops per color.

Mixing diy soap play doh with extra cornstarch to give it a play doh like texture

Next, put some cornstarch down on a clean surface. Place the soap dough on the cornstarch and start kneading until it turns into a shapeable dough. You can add more cornstarch as needed. I added about 2 tablespoons for each of the three colors.

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How to Use Play Dough Soap:

To use your soap dough, pinch off a small amount and use like soap. It will fully dissolve and disappear in the water.

Storing Play Dough Bath Soap:

You can store this soap dough recipe in an airtight container to keep it soft. It will stay soft for several days, depending on how much it is exposed to the air.

You can also make shapes with it and let it air dry. It will soften once it gets wet again.

I don’t recommend letting your kids play with this in the tub. If it gets wet for long enough, it will dissolve.

Although this soap recipe is natural, don’t let children who put things in their mouths use this soap unsupervised.

Since this dough will dissolve in water, I recommend setting it on a soap dish if you leave it out beside the sink.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups soap play dough

Play Dough Soap Recipe

Play Dough Soap Recipe

Make hand washing and bath time fun with this DIY play dough soap recipe with kid safe essential oils. A kid-approved, DIY play dough bath soap kids craft project for family fun.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • 1 cup cornstarch, plus more for kneading
  • ½ cup liquid Castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Mica powder
  • 8-9 drops kid safe essential oil

Tools

  • Glass bowls
  • Microwave

Instructions

  1. Place the cornstarch in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Add the liquid Castile soap.
  3. Melt coconut oil in the microwave for 20 seconds. 
  4. Pour over the cornstarch and soap mixture, then stir until combined.
  5. Separate the soap dough into three bowls, one for each color you are making.
  6. Add the mica and essential oils. If you are making three colors, use 3 drops per color.
  7. Place additional cornstarch onto clean surface. Place the soap play dough onto the cornstarch. Knead until it turns into a shapeable dough, adding more cornstarch as needed.
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DIY Hand Sanitizer with Alcohol: An Alternative When Hand Washing Isn’t An Option

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This flu season is especially scary. As the Coronapocalypse continues to claim lives and spread throughout the world, it’s more important than ever to take protective measures against this new strain of the flu. The top two ways to do this include handwashing and the use of hand sanitizers when soap and water aren’t available. With hand sanitizer unavailable in many locations due to the outbreak, you can make an effective DIY hand sanitizer at home. Keep reading to learn how to make a simple, 2-ingredient homemade hand sanitizer recipe for use when tested, commercial hand sanitizers are unavailable. 

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With the new virus now a pandemic, people are literally freaking out. Everywhere. And there are three sides to this entire event. At least for those of us living in the United States. They are:

  • The people who believe the reports of the coronavirus are nothing more than fear mongering.
  • Those who have a healthy outlook that most people will be okay, but precautions need to be taken especially if you are in a risk group.
  • And finally, the individuals who believe this is the start of the apocalypse.

There have been a lot of crazy photos and reports on social media. I’ve seen tons of pictures where big box stores and wholesale clubs who are entirely sold out of hand sanitizer, cleaning products and toilet paper. Not that the flu and toilet paper have anything in common necessarily. But there are folks who are literally preparing for the end of days. And while I can see TP being a priority in day to day life, I just never imagined folks would value it like gold when the zombie virus finally takes hold. (Although I’m definitely filing this information for later.)

On the flip side of this, I’ve also seen memes indicating that women ages 30-50 are most likely to carry the virus without symptoms. And therefore, they should quarantine themselves away from men and children, for a period of fourteen days, at their local wineries. With all cell phones confiscated upon arrival. (I mean, why not? We women totally deserve a break from home life.)

In the end, while the Coronapocalypse is indeed a pandemic, it’s not the world’s — or even our nation’s — top killer. That would be cardiovascular disease. And yet, no one is out there panicking about cutting their meat consumption and increasing their intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. No, the coronavirus is apparently a hell of a lot scarier. Perhaps because of its immediacy, and its ability to infect even the healthiest of hosts.

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Of course, the two week quarantine protocol they’re enacting basically everywhere does cause concern. (But as such, two weeks still does not require 96 rolls of toilet paper!) As does the large percentage of deaths that first began in China. And if you’re at risk, either due to age or health issues, then you definitely want to take precautions to avoid becoming one of the 2% of the infected population dying from this new virus. (The flu, on average, kills .2% of those infected during an average flu season in comparison.)

While hand sanitizer is flying off the shelves, and is no longer available in many locations, it’s not the end all be all to flu prevention. It still remains, and the CDC holds to this, that hand washing is the #1 preventive measure you can take against this new virus. (Learn more here.) Still, if hand washing isn’t an option — and when it is you need to do so for at least 20 seconds — then hand sanitizer can offer some level of germ destroying power until you can get your hands on some soap and water. Therefore you may want to keep it in your bag as backup when you’re traveling or attending a public event. Or, simply avoid traveling and events until this whole thing boils over. (Really, why the hell is anyone flying into Colorado for a ski trip while harboring a deadly virus anyway? Am I right?)

It is also important to note, however, that if your hands are visibly dirty, hand washing is necessary. (That hand sanitizer isn’t going to do squat.) In which case, tossing a bar of soap and few bottles of water into your bag, in lieu of hand sanitizer, is probably an even better idea. But, I get it. Staying home isn’t a realistic option for most of us. Jamming your mom bag full of even more crap? Well, we expect that anyway.

(Read the recommendations for utilizing handwashing and hand sanitizers as protective measures against the virus from the World Health Organization.)

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How to Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer

If you can’t find hand sanitizer right now, or there’s some serious price gouging happening that you refuse to tolerate, then you can make your own DIY hand sanitizer. It is important to note, however, that unless your DIY hand sanitizer is at least 60% alcohol, then it’s not going to be effective. You can make your own DIY hand sanitizer using two types of alcohol. One is isopropyl alcohol, which is also known as rubbing alcohol. The other is ethyl alcohol, also known as ethanol. Ethyl alcohol is the type of alcohol used to make the alcohol we drink, such as  grain alcohol, vodka or everclear. Both isopropyl alcohol and ethyl alcohol come with varying levels of alcohol content. As well, they both have drawbacks.

Isopropyl Alcohol vs. Ethyl Alcohol for Making DIY Hand Sanitizer

Isopropyl alcohol is great for disinfecting surfaces. 70% isopropyl alcohol is recommended when sanitizing surfaces. (Source.) So while you may have the 91%+ in your arsenal for melt and pour soap making — hello, fellow soapers! — opt for the lower percentage when disinfecting and sanitizing surfaces. If you already have it on hand, you can use 70% isopropyl alcohol to make a DIY hand sanitizer as well, but with some caution.

It is extremely important to note that isopropyl alcohol is poisonous when consumed. This is especially the case where children are concerned, as isopropyl alcohol can poison children in even small amounts. As such, it’s not recommended that you use a DIY hand sanitizer with isopropyl alcohol on small children who may lick their hands after the application. (You can learn the symptoms of isopropyl alcohol poisoning here.)

Likewise, ethyl alcohol can also poison children through ingestion. (And, unless, it’s been denatured, is illegal in a number of states.) Small children could potentially become drunk or even develop alcohol poisoning through the ingestion of a DIY hand sanitizer made with ethyl alcohol. (I once came across an ex-physician who would drink a gallon of the old school, ethyl alcohol hand sanitizers when working at the hospital to feed his alcoholism.) Therefore, as the coronavirus seems to spare children from death, unlike adults, you may want be diligent about having young children wash their hands, rather than using a hand sanitizer.

It is also important to note, that any DIY hand sanitizer with a high level of alcohol, can be especially drying to skin. As dry skin is prone to cracking, which allows germs to more readily enter the body, you may want to stock up on moisturizers, and not just hand sanitizer, to prevent dryness.

As safety is a concern where children may have access to hand sanitizers, I chose to use vodka with 75% alcohol content, rather than 70% isopropyl alcohol to make my DIY hand sanitizer. However, you may use either one or the other according to your preference, in my homemade hand sanitizer recipe, found below.

Using Alcohol or Vodka to Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Despite Virginia being well known for its moonshine, 190 proof Everclear, which is 95% alcohol, is illegal where I live. Therefore, my homemade hand sanitizer recipe uses 150 proof vodka which contains 75% alcohol. Fortunately, you can readily purchase 150 proof alcohol, providing you’re at least 21 years of age, even if you’re in one of those states where 190 proof alcohol is illegal. This means, however, that you do need to use a larger percentage of vodka in your DIY hand sanitizer in order for it to be effective.

Vodka with a high alcohol content is also important if you’d like to add essential oils to your DIY hand sanitizer. As essential oils don’t mix well with water, low proof alcohol, witch hazel or vinegar, you risk causing irritation, sensitivity and even an allergic reaction if including them in your DIY hand sanitizer. Therefore it’s important to both properly dilute and ensure a solid emulsion when formulating a homemade hand sanitizer, or other skin care formulation, using essential oils. However, there is no evidence that adding essential oils improves the effectiveness of hand sanitizer. 

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DIY Hand Sanitizer with Vodka or Grain Alcohol

You honestly only need two ingredients to make a DIY hand sanitizer. Aloe vera gel and 150 proof vodka or grain alcohol. A formulation calling for two parts 70% alcohol to one part aloe gel was recommended by my local news station, in order to meet the guidelines set for an effective hand sanitizer in that it contains at least 60% alcohol. However, as they didn’t use weights it all gets very confusing. Therefore, I now recommend using a 3 to 1 ratio unless you’re really good at math, and are able to verify the weight of your ingredients, in order to err on the side of caution. (See the addendum below.) If desired, you can also add an essential oil blend as you see fit. You can also substitute the grain alcohol or vodka, if desired with 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Ingredients:

2 oz. aloe vera gel 
6 oz. 150 proof vodka or grain alcohol 

Directions:

Measure out both the aloe vera gel and vodka in fluid ounce. (If you don’t have high proof vodka in your area, you can use Everclear 151.) Combine in a glass bowl.

Then mix the ingredients well, until thoroughly combined. There should be no lumps once the hand sanitizer is evenly mixed throughout.

Once you have a smooth hand gel, spoon your sanitizer into a 6 oz. container (or several smaller containers) of your choice. (I used these containers from SKS Bottle & Packaging.)

Be sure to wash your hands frequently. When soap and water are not available, rub your alcohol based hand sanitizer on hands until dry to help protect against viruses, when a tested, commercial product is unavailable.

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Adding Essential Oils to Hand Sanitizer

Essential oils aren’t necessary for an effective DIY hand sanitizer. The key is, as previously stated, ensuring the alcohol content of your homemade hand sanitizer is 60% or more. There is no indication that essentials oil can or will protect you from the coronavirus, or other cold and flu viruses. If you do decide, however, that you’d like to include essential oils in your formulation, you can add one of the following essential oils blends to my homemade hand sanitizer recipe when blending the alcohol with the aloe gel. You should also increase the alcohol in your DIY hand sanitizer by triple the amount of essential oils added.

Immunity Boost Essential Oil Blend:

Thieves Essential Oil Blend:

It’s important to note that both clove and cinnamon essential oils are known skin irritants. Therefore, this blend is used in a lower concentration, and should be used with caution.

Addendum: The correct way to figure the amount of alcohol needed for a DIY hand sanitizer is to use weight measurements. I used volume to simplify this recipe for those without access to a digital scale. Aloe gel by weight is not 2 oz. It’s 1.75 oz. While vodka seems to weigh less than water, around 1.5 oz. per 2 fluid oz.

I have a screenshot of a chart here that explains the math for figuring out the amounts you need to end up with the desired amount of alcohol in your final product. If you are using a product with 99% alcohol say, you can decrease the recipe to 2 parts alcohol to 1 part aloe gel.

For further reading on how alcohol based hand sanitizers are formulated, you can learn more here

Or check out my natural remedy for cold and flu relief for making fire cider vinegar. You can also learn how to make soap. Or buy some! It’s not sold out yet. 

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Soap Sponge DIY: An Easy Way to Exfoliate Skin & Reduce Plastic Waste

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Learn how to make a soap sponge to use as part of your daily skin care routine. These soaps are dual purpose with an exfoliating sponge and a soap in one product. With proper care, your homemade soap sponges will last about two months. And they offer a number of benefits, not just in skin care, but for the environment as well. Keep reading to discover the benefits of soap sponges, plus how to make your own with just two simple ingredients and a sponge.

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The first time I saw a soap sponge in a soap making group on Facebook, I was intrigued. Was it a solid bar of soap with a sponge inside? Would that even be comfortable to use? How do you make one without making a mess?

Since I love playing with all things soap, I decided to take on the challenge and teach you how to make a DIY soap sponge without making a mess.

I was pleasantly surprised that a DIY soap sponge wasn’t messy or hard to make. It was actually one of the easier melt and pour soap making projects that I’ve done.

Unlike DIY loofah soap, which is a loofah embedded inside melt and pour soap, a soap sponge is a sponge that is infused with soap. It’s still soft and squishy, so it feels like and works like, well, a sponge.

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Why Use a Soap Sponge?

First off, you may be wondering, what is a soap sponge? A soap sponge is exactly what the name implies. It’s soap in a sponge. So like body wash on a loofah, soap sponges lather and cleanse skin when used. But what are the benefit of using a soap sponge over traditional body wash?

They help reduce plastic use.

Going completely zero waste is nearly impossible. Everything comes in packaging even if it’s just the supplies for production. While bar soap and even syndet shampoo bars are a great way to reduce waste in your daily bath and beauty routine, not everyone loves bar soap.

There are a lot of body wash fans out there. This can make reducing plastic waste even more of a challenge. However, an easy way to ditch your plastic body wash bottle is by using a soap sponge! What makes this even more amazing, is that you can make your own DIY soap sponges yourself, at home.

Once the soap is gone from your soap sponges, you can reuse the sponges for household cleaning, such as tackling your grungy toilet or shower door.

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They offer gentle skin exfoliation.

Another benefit of soap sponges is that they offer the added benefit of daily skin exfoliation without any extra steps.

Every day, skin cells die and rise to the surface of your skin before they eventually fall off. These dead skin cells make your skin look dull and sometimes feel itchy. The sponge I used exfoliates the skin to remove this top layer of dead skin cells.

Unlike a body scrub, this sponge is a gentle exfoliant. It’s safe for both kids and adults, even for sensitive skin. It gently removes dead skin cells without causing redness or irritation.

You won’t notice a big difference the first time you use it, but after several uses your skin will start to look brighter and healthier.

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How to Make a Soap Sponge

The Best Sponges for Making Soap in a Sponge

I bought a set of 5 soft sponges to make my soap sponges. They are made with natural fibers and soft to the touch. They also have a rope in them so you can hang the sponges to dry after you use them.

sponges for making soap in a sponge sealed in packaging

These sponges are shipped in a vacuum sealed bag. As soon as I cut open the bag, they puffed up but they were deformed. I soaked them in water and squeezed them, and they looked great. Let them dry completely before dipping them in the soap.

The sponges I used measure 5.12 inches x 3.5 inches x 2 inches. If you use smaller or larger sponges, you may need to adjust the amount of melt and pour soap that you use.

Choosing Your Melt and Pour Soap Base

Since my sponges were multicolored, I decided to use a clear melt and pour soap. I didn’t add any colorant, but you can if you use a solid color sponge.

I used Crafter’s Choice clear melt and pour soap. Their clear soap is very clear and doesn’t set up too fast. It gives a decent lather for a melt and pour soap, so it makes a good soap for the bath. This brand also offers a number of options, including all natural options as well as bases with additives like aloe, shea butter, goat milk and even oatmeal.

While Stephenson’s also offers natural melt and pour soap bases, their bases tend to cool and set up more quickly. Therefore, I do not recommend their bases for this particular project.

Happy Joy essential oil blend used to make DIY soap sponges for natural skin care

Add a Natural Essential Oil Blend

Because I shower in the mornings, I wanted a fresh scent that would lift and lighten my mood. What better way to start a day, right? So I used the Happy Joy blend from Simply Earth. (It’s a recent, and one of my favorite additions, from their monthly essential oil recipe box.)

A blend of geranium, sweet orange, grapefruit, and ylang ylang, this natural essential oil blend works wonders at helping to get me motivated to start my day! It’s a light and fun scent. Plus, it’s also a synergy that can help boost your mood and uplift your spirits. I have a roller with this blend as well, and I keep it by my desk so I can use it while I’m working.

The Happy Joy essential oil blend is only kid safe for children over 10. Therefore, if you’re giving your DIY soap sponges to a child, try a kid safe essential oil blend. Alternately, you can also use a fragrance oil instead.

Ready to make your very first soap sponge? You can find the tutorial for making soap sponges below. But first, I wanted to share a few soap making tips before your get started.

 Bath sponges with ropes for hanging to dry

Tips for Making Soap Sponges

I used sponges with a rope in them. The rope got dipped in the soap with the sponge, and it was fine. It got firm, but it wasn’t completely hard. The soap will dissolve the first few times you use it anyway.

You should be practicing safe soap making even with melt and pour soap. Always use heat proof gloves and eye protection when making a soap sponge because the soap is hot and can splatter. These gloves are PVC coated and liquid and heat resistant.

I put a clothes hanger on my cupboard knob and used S hooks to hang my soap sponges after they were done. They didn’t drip much, but I had newspapers on the counter to catch drips.

You will have some soap left over. Pour it into a small mold to use as a hand soap or save it for the next time you make soap sponges.

Unlike cold process soap, melt and pour soap doesn’t need time to cure. It’s ready to use as soon as it’s cool.

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Soap Sponge Recipe

Ingredients:

2 sponges
8 ounces clear melt and pour soap
½ teaspoon Happy Joy essential oil blend

Instructions:

Use a digital scale to weigh out the melt and pour soap base. Then, using a sharp knife, cut the melt and pour soap into one inch cubes.  

Next, combine the melt and pour soap cubes in a heat safe container. Melt the soap in the microwave in 30 second bursts until melted. You’ll want to stir the soap between each interval to help the soap melt faster, and ensure even heating.

Once the soap base melts, carefully remove the soap from the microwave.  I recommend using a tea towel to handle the container as it may be hot.

Adding an essential oil blend to melted liquid melt and pour soap base

Then, add the essential oil blend to the melted soap base. Stir well for at least 30 seconds to combine.

Dipping sponge into heated melt and pour soap to make a DIY soap sponge

Now, while wearing heat resistant gloves, dip each edge of the sponge into the melted soap.  Then dip the top and the bottom.

Squeeze out the sponge once you dip it into melt and pour soap then repeat to make soap sponges

Squeeze gently to remove excess soap.

Repeat the process until the sponge will no longer hold any additional soap. Each sponge should soak up about 4 ounces of the melt and pour soap base.

If necessary, gently reheat the soap if it starts to solidify during the process.

Once you’ve completed making a soap sponge, hang to dry.

Your DIY soap sponge is ready to use once it’s cooled and hardened completely. However, I recommend waiting a day prior to use.

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How to Use A Soap Sponge

The soap sponge isn’t a solid piece of soap, so it feels more like a sponge than a bar of soap. To use, just wet it and squeeze it to make a lather. Then use it like you would any soap.

How to Care for Soap Sponges

Water is the enemy of melt and pour soap. If you let this sit in water, the soap will dissolve quickly. To help it last longer, set it on a soap dish or hang it where it won’t get hit by water.

If you hang it up between uses, it should last about two months.

Yield: 2 Soap Sponges

DIY Soap Sponge

DIY Soap Sponge

Make a dual purpose DIY soap sponge to use as part of your daily skin care routine to exfoliate and cleanse skin in one easy step for beautiful, glowing skin. An easy melt and pour soap recipe for beginners.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • 8 ounces clear melt and pour soap
  • ½ teaspoon skin safe essential oil blend

Tools

  • 2 bath sponges with rope
  • heat resistant PVC coated gloves
  • knife to cut soap
  • scale to weigh soap
  • microwave
  • bowl

Instructions

  1. Cut the melt and pour soap into one inch cubes.  
  2. Melt in the microwave in 30 second bursts until melted.  Stir between each interval to help the soap melt faster.
  3. Remove the soap from the microwave carefully.  Add the essential oil and stir well for at least 30 seconds.
  4. Wear heat resistant gloves and dip each edge of the sponge into the soap.  Then dip the top and the bottom. Squeeze gently to remove excess soap. Repeat the process until you each sponge is filled with half of the soap.
  5. Hang to dry. 
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More Melt and Pour Soap Projects

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Essential Oil Perfume Recipes: How to Make Natural Fragrances Using Essential Oils

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Learn how to make natural essential oil perfume recipes for beginners. If you love fragrances, but want a non-toxic alternative to synthetic fragrances that can trigger allergies, headaches and skin irritation, then this post is for you! Discover how to make natural fragrances using essential oils with this collection of essential oil perfume recipes, natural essential oil blends for perfumes, and perfume making tips for beginners that will save you money.

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I love fragrances. Unfortunately, not all fragrances love me. Synthetic fragrances, especially, have been known to give me a raging headache. Everything from fake vanilla to heavily scented floral scents can trigger trigger sinus problems, allergies and headaches that last for days. They can also cause unfortunate skin reactions. If you have sensitive skin, then you know just how troublesome skin reactions from artificial fragrances can be. Growing up, I definitely struggle with itchy skin from everything from laundry detergent to lotions. It was not fun.

So rather than risk a reaction from store bought perfumes, I prefer to make my own essential oil perfume recipes. By choosing certified organic essential oils, I know that I’m getting a safe product that I can trust when properly diluted. And, because I know exactly what essential oils I’m using to make my essential oil perfumes, I can avoid those that irritate my sinuses or cause allergic reactions. Store bought perfumes just don’t offer the same transparency. Because fragrances are considered proprietary, I have no way of knowing what chemicals or other ingredients are used to create that particular scent. Therefore, the best way to avoid this is to make my own.

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How to Make Essential Oil Perfumes

I’ve made a number of perfume recipes over the years. Some of those perfume recipes contained fragrance oils I’d used during my soap making days. So I knew they didn’t trigger a reaction. Others, however, I created with only a blend of essential oils. There are a lot of essential perfume recipes online. You can basically use any essential oil blend recipe you like. Simply add it to perfumer’s alcohol, a pre-made fixative base or to a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil (also known as Isopropyl Myristate) or jojoba oil. (Learn more about how to use perfume fixatives for lasting scents.) You can also make a basic salve base, which is 3 parts carrier oil to 1 part beeswax, with the addition of your essential oil blend for a solid essential oil perfume.

Continue reading for my essential oil perfume making tips for getting the perfect scent, even if you’re terrible at blending essential oils. Plus discover my collection of natural essential oil perfume recipes and tutorials to help you create your favorite new, custom scent!

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Perfume Making Tips (That Save You Money!)

I want to start by sharing some easy perfume making tips for your essential oil recipes. I’m sharing these tips first, because if you’re like me, by the time you read through the other stuff you may feel so overwhelmed you decide to give up before you get started. And that is the last thing I want you to do. Sometimes you just need some baby steps to get your feet wet before you’re comfortable going full force into a new art or hobby.

1. Use plant based, all natural fragrance oils for your essential oil perfume recipes.

I am not the best at figuring at top, middle and base notes for my own essential oil perfume recipes. To be honest, I find it all to be a huge challenge. Not to mention the investment of time I don’t have. Therefore, when I make my own essential oil perfume recipes, I’ll often use an essential oil blend recipe that I’ve found elsewhere.

Sometimes, however, I find that I want a more complex fragrance blend than what I can make myself. I mean, perfumery is seriously an art. It takes a lot of time, knowledge and money to perfect the perfect scent. Essential oils on their own are expensive. So messing up when crafting a custom essential perfume recipe can be devastating on several levels. No one wants to blow money on a perfume scent that has to be tossed. Therefore, when I want a more complex natural essential oil blend, I like to turn to plant-based, all natural fragrance oils.

There are a few soap making companies that now offer all natural fragrance oils. While they do cost more than their synthetic counterparts, they’re still definitely a lot cheaper than trying to formulate your own.

Right now, Wholesale Supplies Plus seems to offer the widest range of 100% natural fragrance oils. They were one of the first soap making companies to take notice of the need for all natural fragrances and started offering this line years ahead of much of the competition. While these fragrances start at around double the cost of synthetic essential oils, the quality more than makes up for the difference. There’s also the added bonus of not having to spend a LOT more money buying all the essential oils you’d need to create just a single essential oil blend for your perfumes.

Their natural fragrance oils are plant-based aromatics made using pure essential oils and aromatic isolates derived solely from natural, raw botanical sources. Plus, all of their natural fragrance oils are certified to be free of synthetic ingredients. Their current lineup of all natural fragrance oils includes scents like honey blueberry lavender, green tea & rose, gooseberry & birch water, coconut & white tea, lavender & coconut milk, jasmine vanilla and mango smoothie.

I love that the Wholesale Supplies Plus website is geared towards beginner to intermediate crafters with affordable pricing. So it’s easy to find the IFRA maximum skin exposure levels for each of their fragrances. This allows you to easily determine skin safe dilution for your essential oil perfume recipes. There’s even a fragrance and essential oil calculator located on the product page for each of their essential oil based fragrance oils so you can quickly pick the right ratio for your essential oil perfume formulations.

making diy essential oil perfume recipes for natural fragrances

2. Use a fixative base with your essential oil perfume recipes so they last longer.

Essential oil perfume fixatives are a must for long lasting perfumes and fragrances. Fixatives work in your essential oil perfume recipes to slow down the degradation of more volatile oils used in your perfumes. Thus, they essentially slow down evaporation rates. This ensures that your scents last longer when applied to skin. Therefore saving you money as you won’t need to reapply your perfumes as often.

There are a number of essential oils that function as fixatives in your essential oil perfume recipes. You can find out what essential oils work as fixatives in perfumery outlined here. Each of these essential oils not only extends the life of your perfumes, they also add a distinct note to your fragrances. Therefore it is important to choose which essential oils to use as fixatives based on the notes in your essential oil blends. You’ll want all the fragrance notes, obviously, to work in harmony for the best scents. 

If you aren’t a pro at blending essential oils and don’t have the time or money to further your knowledge and experiment, there is a simple alternative. An easy way to incorporate a fixative into ANY essential oil blend is to purchase a natural perfume fixative base. Essentially, these bases are like little solid perfumes. You simply pick a scent note that works with your essential oil perfume recipes. Then, apply the fixative base prior to application of your perfume. By doing this, you not only extend the life of your perfume, you can also use different bases with the same essential oil perfume blend to create different scents.

I’m fond of the fixative bases available from Wild Veil Perfume. This shop offers a wide selection of fixative bases to choose from in different scent notes. Some of these include botanical musk base notes, earthy base notes, conifer base notes, spicy base notes, tea base notes and more. In addition, you’ll also discover a nice collection of absolutes and resinoids you can use to formulate your own essential oil perfume recipes.

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How to Formulate Custom Essential Oil Perfume Recipes

If you want to formulate your own custom, essential oil perfume recipes, then you first need to learn the art of blending essential oils. As with fragrance oils, you can’t just throw any scents together that you like. They need to work well with another so you get a pleasing aroma.

Essential oils come in a variety of scent notes straight from nature. They can be woodsy or herbal, citrus or grassy, floral or spicy. Learning which essential oils blend nicely together does take some research, however. There’s no magical way to know what essential oils blend well together without taking the time to learn. An easy way to discover which essential oils blend well is to conduct an internet search. You can also purchase books on essential oils that teach you the basics of essential oils and blending. 

An easy way to get started is to pick an essential oil you are fond of to be the heart of your essential oil perfume recipe. A popular choice, for example, is lavender essential oil. Then look up what essential oils blend well with lavender. You’ll get a long list of all the essential oils that blend well with the one you’ve chosen when you search. This gives you a good idea of where to get started in choosing the essential oils to blend with the lavender to compliment the scent.

essential oils in bottles for making natural perfumes and fragrances

For example, Mountain Rose Herbs, a popular source for certified organic essential oils, tells me that lavender essential oil blends well with bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, chamomile, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, marjoram, oakmoss, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, pine, rose, rosemary, tea tree, thyme and vetiver essential oils. It also tells me that it’s aroma is sweet, floral and herbaceous — information that can help me decide how to formulate the essential oil perfume blend.

Unfortunately, blending essential oils is a lot more complicated than that. (And one of the reasons why, as a beginner, you may want to start by using existing essential oil blends for your essential oil perfume recipes.) In short, you need to choose top and base note essential oils that are harmonious with lavender essential oil, which is your middle note.

But here’s more on that.

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Understanding Essential Oil Notes for Basic Perfumery

When using essential oils for natural perfumery, you need to choose your essential oils based on their rate of evaporation, or what is called their volatility. The volatility of essential oils are separated out into three categories. These categories are known as top notes, middle notes and base notes.

Top note essential oils evaporate the fastest as they contain the smallest molecules. While, middle note essential oils typically last several hours. The base note essential oils, on the other hand, contain the largest molecules and therefore evaporate the slowest. The natural fragrance of base note essential oils can last a full day or more.

When formulating custom essential oil perfume recipes, you’ll want your recipes to consist of all three notes for the longest lasting scents and a complex aroma. This can vary depending on your formulation of essential oils used — some essential oils are much stronger than others — as well as personal preference. However, there is a loose guideline for blending top, middle and base note essential oils.

Your top notes in your essential oil perfume recipes should consist of 10%-30% of the essential blend. While the middle notes, which are the heart of your perfume, should make up anywhere from 30% to 50% of your perfume blend. Finally, the base notes should consist of 15%-30% of your perfume essential oils recipes. Many base notes are also fixatives, such as patchouli essential oil. 

Top Notes:

Top note essential oils are typically more light and airy essential oils. They introduce you to the scent of your essential oil perfumes. Usually thin and mobile, top notes often display diffusive, sharp, penetrating, uplifting, refreshing or light properties.

Common examples of top note essential oils include the following:

  • Basil essential oil
  • Bergamot essential oil
  • Eucalyptus essential oil
  • Fir & Pine essential oils
  • Galbanum resin
  • Juniper essential oil
  • Laurel Leaf essential oil
  • Citrus essential oils such as Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Tangerine & Orange
  • Neroli essential oil
  • Palmarosa essential oil
  • Mint essential oils such as Peppermint & Spearmint
  • Petitgrain essential oil
  • Sage essential oil
  • Verbena essential oil
  • Yuzu essential oil

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Middle Notes:

As previously stated, the middle notes are the heart — and most important part! — of your essential oil perfume recipes. These essential oils should be the focal of your essential oil perfume blend, with the other essential oils being chosen around these middle notes. As your middle notes are often full bodied and complex, you want your top and base notes to harmonize, balance and complement with the middle notes you choose.

Popular middle note essential oils used in essential oil perfume recipes include:

  • Black Pepper essential oil
  • Cardamom essential oil
  • Carnation essential oil
  • Cassie essential oil
  • Chamomile essential oil
  • Cinnamon essential oil
  • Clary Sage essential oil
  • Clove essential oil
  • Coffee essential oil
  • Cypress Leaf essential oil
  • Fir essential oil
  • Balsam essential oil
  • Geranium essential oil
  • Ginger essential oil
  • Helichrysum essential oil
  • Jasmine essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Lemongrass essential oil
  • Lotus essential oil
  • Melissa essential oil
  • Orange Blossom essential oil
  • Rose essential oil
  • Rosemary essential oil
  • Tuberose essential oil
  • Ylang Ylang essential oil

It’s important to keep in mind that black pepper, cinnamon and clove essential oils are skin irritants. Therefore, they should be used in very small amounts as part of your perfume formulations.

Base Notes:

The foundation of your essential oil perfume recipes are the base notes. These essential oils tend to have dense, heavy and strong aromas that support your overall perfume formulation. Deep and tenacious, these essential oils may also include your fixatives. (Learn which essential oils are fixatives here.) 

The following essential oils, absolutes and other botanical aromas are popular base notes as part of formulations for essential oil perfume recipes:

  • Agarwood essential oil
  • Fossilized Amber Oil
  • Ambrette essential oil
  • Amyris essential oil
  • Angelica Root essential oil
  • Balsam of Peru essential oil
  • Cedarwood essential oil
  • Cistus essential oil
  • Cocoa absolute
  • Elemi essential oil
  • Fir essential oil
  • Balsam absolute
  • Frankincense essential oil
  • Labdanum resinoid
  • Liquidambar essential oil
  • Liquidambar Oleoresin
  • Myrrh essential oil
  • Oakmoss essential oil
  • Orris root extract
  • Patchouli essential oil
  • Sandalwood essential oil
  • Tobacco absolute
  • Tonka Bean absolute
  • Vanilla absolute
  • Vetiver essential oil
  • Violet Leaf absolute

If you’d like to learn more about creating custom essential oil perfume recipes, then check out this post on how to create custom essential oil blends from Mountain Rose Herbs, as well as this post from Hello Glow on how to blend essential oils. This article on essential oil blending factors from Restorative Aromatics is also incredibly helpful.

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How to Make Essential Oil Perfume Recipes 3 Ways

Now that you understand the basics behind blending essential oils for custom essential oil perfume recipes, you’re probably wondering how to actually make perfume. Obviously you can’t use your essential oil blends neat (or undiluted) on skin. This can cause skin sensitivities and irritation and in general is just a terrible practice. Therefore, you’ll want to dilute your essential oil blends for your perfume recipes so they’re skin safe. 

There are three basic ways to create the perfect essential oil perfume recipes. You can make essential oil perfumes using either oil, alcohol or a solid perfume base. Before blending your essential oil perfume blend you created with oil or alcohol, you should allow your perfume recipe to first age for two to three weeks in a dark or amber glass bottle.

Oil Based Roll On Essential Oil Perfume Recipe

To make an oil based perfume, you simply mix your perfume essential oil blend with a carrier oil of your choice. Jojoba oil, sweet almond oil and fractionated coconut oil are all popular bases for oil based essential oil perfumes. You will want to use a carrier oil with little to no fragrance in order to avoid having it come through with your chosen aroma. Alternately, you can also use 100% cyclomethicone or a blend of equal parts cyclomethicone to your carrier oil of choice. (Cyclomethicone is a synthetic silicone commonly used in cosmetic applications for skin and hair care as well as perfumery.)

Your essential oil blend for your oil based essential oil perfume recipes should comprise of between 15%-30% of your chosen carrier oil. (If you are using essential oils that are known skin irritants or have a lower maximum usage rate per IFRA guidelines, then stick to the lower end of that percentage.)

To make your oil based perfume, simply add the essential oil blend to a rollerball bottle. Then follow with your chosen carrier oil. Swirl to mix, then cap and label your rollerball bottle.

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Alcohol Based Essential Oil Perfume Recipe

Creating perfume using an alcohol base is similar to creating a perfume oil. Simply combine and swirl the essential oil perfume blend at the decided ratio to perfumer’s alcohol in a glass beaker, once aged. Then store your finished essential oil perfume in a glass perfume bottle or spray perfume bottle. (These perfume atomizers are also super cute! As are these best selling quartz gemstone perfume bottles.)

Solid Essential Oil Perfume Recipe

A simple recipe for making a solid perfume base is to combine 3 parts beeswax to one part carrier oil. (You can use carnauba wax as a vegan alternative. However you should reduce the wax in this case by 25% as carnauba wax has a higher melting point.) Once you’ve determined the percentage of your aged essential oil blend you’d like to use, mix the carrier oil you’ve chosen with the essential oil blend in a glass beaker or container. Then set aside.

Now melt the beeswax in a double boiler over medium heat. Once the beeswax is completely melted, immediately stir in the combined essential oil blend and carrier oil mixture. Continue stirring until the beeswax remelts, then pour right away into small glass cosmetic jars.

Let your solid essential oil perfume sit until fully hardened, then screw on the lids.

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Essential Oil Perfume Recipes for Natural Fragrances

Here are some easy and fun essential oil perfume recipes. These recipes are perfect for beginners. While some of these perfume recipes contain fragrance oils in lieu of essential oils, you can swap out the fragrance oils with any essential oil of your choice, using the above guidelines for making essential oil perfumes.

Or get started with a beginner’s natural perfume kit. This DIY essential oil perfume kit contains 36 essential oils that are commonly used to create custom, natural fragrances.

Essential Oil Blends for Perfumes

Alternately, try one of these essential oil blends for perfumes. These essential oil perfume recipes use essential oils that are easy to source and readily available. They are also great essential oil blends for beginner perfumers.

Totally Chill Essential Oil Perfume Recipe
  • 18 drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • 8 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
  • 4 drops Clary Sage essential oil
  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil
Lemon Crush Essential Oil Perfume Recipe
  • 15 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 9 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 6 drops Neroli essential oil
Paradise Bliss Essential Oil Perfume Recipe
  • 18 drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • 8 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
  • 5 drops Clary Sage essential oil
  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil
Unisex Woodland Spirit Essential Oil Perfume Recipe
  • 20 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
  • 10 drops Virginia Cedarwood essential oil
  • 6 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 4 drops Rosemary essential oil
The Spice of Life Essential Oil Perfume Recipe
  • 15 drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 12 drops Sandalwood essential oil
  • 6 drops Vanilla absolute
  • 3 drops Clove essential oil
Men’s Essential Oil Cologne Recipe
  • 12 drops Patchouli essential oil
  • 12 drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 6 drops Vetiver essential oil
  • 6 drops Bay Laurel essential oil
  • 2 drops Neroli essential oil
  • 2 drops Ginger essential oil
Grounded Earth Essential Oil Perfume Recipe
  • 12 drops Virginia Cedarwood essential oil
  • 9 drop Palmarosa essential oil
  • 9 drops Patchouli essential oil
  • 3 drops Neroli essential oil
  • 3 drops Vetiver essential oil
Love is in the Air Essential Oil Perfume Recipe
  • 20 drops Rose essential oil
  • 10 drops Vetiver essential oil
  • 10 drops Lime essential oil
The Sensuous Woman Essential Oil Perfume Recipe
  • 12 drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 10 drops Coriander essential oil
  • 8 drops Neroli essential oil
  • 6 drops Rose essential oil
  • 4 drops Jasmine absolute

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Books on Making Essential Oil Perfume Recipes

Ready to learn even more about making essential oil perfume recipes? Try one of these books on making essential oil perfume recipes to take that knowledge even further.

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