Spring time puts creativity into full bloom. Open a window, drop some of your favorite essential oil blends into your room diffuser, and whip up some good-for-you all natural skincare blends in your favorite spring scents.
As the weather warms up, you’ll probably crave light, fresh aromas that soothe, cool and invigorate. Florals, spice oils, and musks balance well as a trio when making homemade perfumes.
For spring, think of botanical blends that combine oils from your favorite, freshly scented herbs and woodland plants. Bright basil, cooling peppermint and earthy rosemary, for example. Cheerful, uplifting citrus oils such as lime, lemon, orange and grapefruit blend nicely with heady, woodsy scents like lavender, vetiver, cedar, eucalyptus.
Natural Facial Toner Recipe – Rose Chamomile
Toner is the word we use to describe a substance that firms and tightens. Rose geranium has natural tonic properties, making it an easy choice for homemade natural skincare products.
What you will need:
2-oz. squeeze bottle
1/4 cup Witch Hazel
10 drops rose geranium oil
5 drops rose oil
10 drops chamomile oil
Add all ingredients to bottle. Screw cap on tightly and shake to combine. To use, simply wet part of a cotton ball with this natural, homemade toner and apply to face directly after cleansing with soap and water.
Homemade Face Cleansing Sugar Scrub -“Taste of Thailand”
If you enjoy the flavors of Thai cooking, then you’ll love the aromatherapy version of this balanced mix. Warming ginger meets bright lime with a coconut base. The brown sugar scrubs you squeaky clean while the ginger and lime deliver antiseptic, cleansing benefits.
What you will need:
1/4 cup unrefined brown sugar
3 Tablespoons coconut oil
2-oz. dark-tinted glass cosmetic jar with screw-on lid
3 drops ginger oil
4 drops lime oil
2 drops orange oil
2 drops lemongrass oil
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Use a small spatula to carefully transfer the mixture to a glass jar. Tightly screw on the cap.
To use, take a teaspoon of your homemade sugar scrub and apply to face, gently massing into skin using a circular motion. Take care to avoid the eyes. Rinse away with warm water and a clean cotton wash cloth.
“Orange You Beautiful” Facial Scrub Recipe
Cheerful orange meets calming vanilla for the ultimate, kissable face. Antibacterial and antimicrobial in nature as well as a humectant which means it draws water, raw honey is prized for being amazing for the skin. Add sweet almond for rich moisture, and nourishing oats which act as a gentle exfoliant.
What you need:
1/4 cup natural raw honey
1/4 cup ground oats (process in a blender)
1/4 cup sweet almond oil
5 drops orange oil
5 drops vanilla oil
Two 2-oz. jars with lids
To make, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Use a small spatula to transfer to jar. Cap with lid and close tightly to avoid leaks. To use, place a quarter-sized amount into palm of hand and gently massage into face, avoiding eye area. Gently rinse with warm water and a wash cloth.
MYO Body Butter in “Orange You Beautiful”
This recipe makes two 8-oz. jars full of delicious body butter – one for you, and one for a friend. Smells good enough to eat, but don’t be tempted. Essential oils are generally for external use only, unless the label on your oils specifies that it is food grade. Please do not eat shea butter!
What you will need:
1 cup shea butter
3 Tablespoons sweet almond oil
30 drops orange oil such as sweet orange or tangerine
30 drops vanilla absolute oil
Two 8-oz. cosmetic jars with screw-on lids – dark colors work best to protect the potency of the essential oils
Small electric hand beater
Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Whip together with hand beater on medium setting for 2-4 minutes until desired consistency is achieved. You can add more shea butter one spoonful at a time if you prefer your body butter to be thicker. Or, thin it out with more sweet almond oil if you like.
Use this moisturizing, anti-oxidant rich body butter as an all-over, after-bath treat for your skin.
MYO Fabulous Foot Scrub – Rosemary, Peppermint, Lemon
Show those tootsies some TLC while exfoliating to reveal smooth, soft skin beneath. This fabulous foot scrub made from natural ingredients contains magnesium-rich Espom salts and fresh, cooling essential oils.
5 Tablespoons olive oil
1 cup Epsom salts
4 drops peppermint oil
4 drops lemon oil
4 drops rosemary oil
1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary if desired.
Use a mortar and pestle to crush the fresh rosemary and release its natural oils. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Transfer to a glass container with lid.
To use: clean feet using soap and water. Fill a small basin with warm water. Apply the foot scrub to your feet and massage in thoroughly. Pay attention to those rough spots. Epsom salts will gradually soak in. Rinse in warm water and pat dry.