• Homemade Body Care Recipes with Essential Oils

    Posted on June 8, 2012 by in Spa Treatments


    I’m sure you’ve heard the buzz about all the harmful chemicals found in many of the products we use everyday. Seems like word is getting out about the harmful things such as BPA, Parabens, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, etc.

    Check out this list of “Dirty Dozen” chemicals to avoid. And this article lists synthetic fragrances among the most dangerous ingredients- causing allergy, irritation, watery eyes, nausea, mood changes, depression, irritability, anger, memory lapse, and more.

    Even if you aren’t too concerned with the chemical ingredients, making your own body care products is fun. Just knowing you can make something you once thought you could only buy, is pretty great!

    Give them a try and let me know what you think. Do you have other favorite recipes for body care products you like? I’d love to hear them!


    To make the recipes below, you’ll need the following:
    • Epsom Salts
    • Organic Sugar
    • Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
    • Coconut Oil
    • Beeswax
    • Almond, Olive, Jojoba, or Grapeseed Oil
    • Organic Aloe Vera Gel
    • Castile Soap
    • Vegetable Glycerin
    • Essential Oils
    • Glass Spray Bottles, Containers, Mixing Bowls

    Most of these ingredients can be found in your grocery store. Or if you don’t
    want to do the searching yourself, you can check out my Amazon affiliate
    to get most of the items in one place.

    Body Spray:

    1 tbsp. Witch Hazel
    20 drops Essential Oils of Choice
    1 cup Water

    Combine ingredients, and pour into a spray bottle. Here’s a tip to try
    different oil combinations to see what you like- hold open bottles in front of
    your nose and move the bottles around while sniffing. You’ll get a good idea if
    they go together or not.

    Foaming Hand and Body Wash:

    6 cups Water
    1 cup Castile Soap
    2 tbsp. Vegetable Glycerin
    1/4 cup Olive, Almond, or Jojoba oil
    70 drops Essential Oils of Choice (10 or so per bottle)

    I use this recipe to make 7 bottles of hand soap at once. If you need less,
    just reduce the recipe.

    Mix the first three ingredients and pour into foaming pumps. Add 10 drops of
    Essential Oil to each pump. Shake and use.

    Lotion Bar: 

    1/2 cup Coconut Oil
    1/2 cup Shea Butter or Coconut Butter
    1/2 cup Beeswax
    1/2 tsp. Vitamin E Oil
    50 drops Essential Oil(s) of choice

    In a double boiler, combine all ingredients except essential oils. Stir
    ingredients until smooth and melted. Remove from heat and add Essential Oils.
    Stir to incorporate E.O.’s. Carefully pour into molds such as a silicon muffin
    pan. Or pour into a wax paper lined pan and cut into bars when cool.

    Basic Sugar Scrub:

    1 Cup Organic Sugar
    1/3 Cup Olive, Almond, Jojoba Oil
    10 drops Essential Oils of Choice

    Combine all ingredients. You can get creative with your essential oils and
    sugars too. My favorite is grapefruit oil in the sugar scrub. Yummy!

    Basic Bath Salts:

    1 Cup Epsom Salts
    10 drops Essential Oils of Choice

    Just mix your oils into the salts and store in a sealed jar. Try Lavender for a
    relaxing bath soak, try peppermint for an invigorating foot soak, or try a post
    sports muscle soak with marjoram, chamomile, and rosemary.

    Lip Balm:

    1 tbsp. Coconut Oil
    2 tbsp. Almond, Jojoba, or Olive Oil
    1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. Beeswax
    10 drops Essential Oil of Choice

    Chop or grate the beeswax or buy the beeswax pastilles. Place beeswax, coconut,
    and other oils except for essential oils in the upper part of a double boiler
    or place a bowl on top of a pan of boiling water.

    Melt the wax into the oils. Gently stir in essential oils and pour into lip
    balm containers. Have fun experimenting with oils. I like peppermint. You can
    also add a tiny bit of beet juice to tint the lip balm pink.

    Body Butter:

    1 cup Shea or Cocoa Butter
    1/2 cup Coconut Oil
    1/2 cup Almond, Jojoba, or Olive Oil
    45 drops Essential Oil of choice

    In a double boiler melt the shea or cocoa butter and coconut oils together.
    Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes. Gently stir in the other oils
    till combined. Wait until it cools and starts to solidify.

    Add to a mixer and whip until the consistency of butter. Store in sealed glass

    And, since I made labels for the DIY cleaners, I thought I’d make some for these too. You can download the file, print it onto sticker paper and use them to label your creations.


6 Responses so far.

  1. Petula says:

    I love these recipes. Now I just have to see if I can motivate myself to actually make them.

  2. Bekah says:

    Is there anyway I could purchase the labels from you? I am making all of your creations and also a hand salve that I need a lable for. I can’t edit your .jpg file and hate to only handwrite one of the labels. Please let me know :)

  3. Sarah says:

    Do you know the shelf life of the body butter in particular?

  4. Linda Hefferin says:

    My body wash is too runny. What can I do to thicken it up? I feel like I waste a lot of it since its too thin. And I didn’t add any water.