With my background in aromatherapy (I’ve been an Aromatherapist for 20 years – I started when I was very young…. 😉 ) I love making my own skin care/health/beauty products at home. Folk are often asking about how I make these products so I thought I’d share with you a couple of recipes that I use. It only takes me around 20-30 mins to make these 3 products and I try to keep my recipes as simple as possible. These are very easy to make and I feel good just knowing that I’m not putting any nasty chemicals on my skin when I use them.
How to Make My Soothing Aloe Vera Gel, Energizing Coconut Body Scrub and Minty Coconut Toothpaste
These three products can be made with only 5 ingredients: coconut oil, bicarbonate of soda, aloe vera gel, peppermint essential oil, lavender essential oil. Buy the best quality you can afford. Two of my favourite ingredients are aloe vera and coconut oil… if you haven’t heard how versatile and awesome coconut oil is then you’re missing out on the amazing health benefits you can get from using it – that’s a whole other blog post…
Energizing Body Scrub and Minty Toothpaste
4 tablespoons of pure, organic coconut oil
4 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda
80-100 drops of pure peppermint oil
Thoroughly mix all of the ingredients together in one bowl (don’t melt the coconut oil – the bicarb will just sink to the bottom). Then divide the mixture into 2 and transfer into (preferably glass) jars. Keep one jar for brushing your teeth and one for the body scrub. Because there are several of us in this house I label each jar so folk don’t get mixed up! In warm weather you might want to store these in the fridge as the coconut oil will melt.
The best way to use the body scrub is to gently massage it into your skin before getting into the bath or shower. Do be extra careful though and don’t put any on the soles of your feet!
If you don’t fancy or like the thought of a peppermint body scrub you can always indulge in your favourite essential oil(s) instead of the peppermint. Rose and frankincense would make a luxurious treat for your skin. Alternatively, a combination of geranium, sandalwood and grapefruit would be a perfect balancing blend of oils to soothe and uplift. If you don’t want to blend your own essential oils then Beauty Kitchen have a fabulous range of pure essential oils that are pre-blended – my favourites are ‘Chill Me’ and ‘Inspire Me’.