Last week I shared my daily routine that included essential oils (Young Living only, of course!), and I promised recipes soon, so here you go! I’ve included three of the recipes I use daily in this post. Please note that I didn’t create these recipes (sources are included if I remembered where they came from), but these are ones that I found and used and really like…love even!
Besides getting skin care made from safe, quality ingredients at a cheaper price tag than in department stores, you can customize your skin care products using essential oils that meet your own skin’s needs. I love that I know what’s in the products going on my skin, because everything that goes on our skin goes IN our body! Just be sure that for products that you wear during the day (in the sun), that you avoid including photosensitive oils, such as lemon and other citrus oils, for example (some more info on those here). You’ll notice I do have lemon in my face wash but since I’m rinsing that off, I have not been concerned about that one.
Onto the recipes…first, face wash. I’ve tried the face wash pads and liked them, but this lasts me way longer and I’m not wasting the cotton round pads or increasing our trash load (I TRY to be green where I can!). I know people say they like the pads to save time, but I rinsed my face with the pads anyway, so does it really take more time to put some foamy cleanser on your fingers than to remove a pad from a jar? I liked the portability of the pads, but had trouble when I doubled the recipe getting them all soaked through…or soaked too much. I found this to be much easier and probably less wasteful.
Foaming Face Wash (source unknown)
1 cup filtered or previously boiled (now room temp) water
1/4 liquid castile soap (I use Coconut Oil Soap)
5 tsp jojoba oil or another facial oil of choice (the source of this recipe said jojoba didn’t clog her pores and has a low comedogenic rating)
2 tbsp raw honey (great antibacterial that helps calm the skin and eliminate bacteria that cause breakouts)
1 tbsp Young Living Tea Tree EO (antibacterial, antimocrobial, antifungal will help preserve the wash and fight acne)
15 drops Young Living Lemon EO
*I’d be happy to help you get the essential oils as I am also a Young Living distributor! Just contact me for more info!
This combination worked for the blogger who initially created it and works for me, too, but you can adjust things for your skin type (I’m combination). If you have dryer skin, you may need less soap and more water or oil. As she mentions, DIY can be trial and error sometimes!
Add the ingredients in the order listed. Stir gently, mixing everything together. The castile soap and honey will cause the mixture to look cloudy. Put the mixture into a glass foaming soap dispenser (glass is preferable with essential oils) and you’re done!
One or two pumps is enough, and I use it morning and night (or during the day after a workout if needed). I shake it a bit to mix the contents before each use.
DIY Day Cream (adapted from EatSleepBe.com)
*When I made this I made a double batch and it’s lasted me a long time, so I’m struggling to remember exactly what I used. I have highlighted some ingredients that I believe were the ones I used and omitted the rest (like shea butter, water, honey, and some essential oils). I had searched Pinterest and looked at a few recipes, so I think I did a slight combo. You can see the original recipe in the link above.
1/2 cup coconut oil
8 drops Melrose Oil
8 drops Carrot Seed Oil (provides sun protection which I like in my day products)
5 drops Lavender Oil
5 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Oil
10 drops Frankincense
The original recipe says to blend the coconut oil (and shea, which I don’t think I used) in a bowl, but I find that whipping coconut oil in an electric mixer gives it a nice consistency. Once whipped, add the essential oils you want and mix well. Store in a glass jar (I found mine at Natural Grocers but Hobby Lobby and Whole Foods also have great options).
She notes that you can lighten the mixture with 1 tsp of water or a tbsp of aloe, but remember she also used shea, honey and several other oils that I did not use.
*Coconut oil is great for the skin! It’s a natural moisturizer that can help delay the onset of wrinkles. It contains vitamin E which protects skin cells and the fatty acids have antifungal properties. It can feel a bit greasy at first but it will absorb quickly. Including honey adds a great antiseptic that will help preserve the cream (tea tree also does this) and can help with blemishes.
DIY Night Cream (recipe from Midge+Mowgli, cannot find the link on her site now)
1 cup coconut oil
Whip coconut oil in an electric mixer (love my Kitchen Aid!) for 5-7 minutes until is is creamy. Add essential oils, and optional Vitamin E oil if you want. Mix until well blended and store in a small glass container.
There you have it! Those are the recipes I start and end my day with! They all last a long time and feel great on my skin. If your skin doesn’t seem to like something about any of the recipes, be sure to search online because there are so many varying recipes. It’s pretty easy to tweak a recipe here or combine a couple recipes to customize your own natural skin care. How cool is THAT?!
Before I pick up kids from school I’m going to get back to watching this amazing series on “the truth” about cancer. Sadly I can’t say I’m surprised by the info so far, but it truly leaves a lasting impression and makes me even more glad to have learned about natural healing treatments like Young Living essential oils. I highly recommend checking it out while the videos are free!