After suffering from deep cystic acne because I refused to believe that I was allergic to milk, I’ve had to deal with a serious imbalance in my healthy facial oils. In an attempt to balance these oils I’ve noticed that every single product that we purchase in stores can be made at home using some items from the pantry along with key essential oils. Making them can cut out harmful, oil stripping chemicals. These recipes are what works for me, sometimes the consistency is off-putting. Play with the combination of different oils and consistencies until you find the right one for you.
DIY Calming Face Wash Recipe
- 1/4 cup fresh brewed chamomile tea; cooled
- 1/4 cup castille soap
- 3/4 tsp grapeseed oil
- 8 drops orange essential oil
Brew the tea and let cool. Once cooled, add the castille soap and oil and mix. Now add a drop at a time of essential oil until the desired aroma is reached. I choose orange and grapeseed oils because it is ideal for oily skin; if it’s to relieve acne then use cedar wood, tea tree, lemon or frankincense.
DIY Coconut Oil Toothpaste
- 6 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp hydrogen peroxide
- 2 TB coconut oil; melted
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
First add baking soda to desired receptacle, it must be opaque to protect the hydrogen peroxide. Add all other ingredients and mix well until it forms a fine paste. Taste and add more peppermint if needed. If the mixture is dry add more oil, if the mixture is runny add more baking soda.
DIY Sugar Facial Exfoliant
- 1 tsp granulated table sugar
- 2 TB olive oil
- 1 drop rosemary essential oil
Mix all of the ingredients together until the desired thick consistency is reached. Rub onto face and gently rub into skin, wiping away all impurities and removing any bacteria that causes acne with the rosemary essential oil. This makes enough for 1 use.
DIY Orange Coconut Moisturizer
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 20-30 drops orange essential oil
- 1-2 TB olive oil
Add the coconut oil at room temp to the desired container. Drop in the essential oil until the perfect smell is reach and then slowly start adding the olive oil. Mix continuously while adding the olive oil to be sure that the consistency that you’re looking for is reached. The olive oil is simply to make the moisturizer a bit less chunky. If the coconut oil does get chunky simply rub it between your hands before applying.
DIY Moisturizing Hair Mask
- 4 TB Honey
- 6 TB Olive oil
Mix them together, apply to hair and leave for 15-30 minutes. If you live in high altitude, a windy city or perhaps a dry winter town; this is perfect. I’d recommend putting it in while soaking in the bath as to prevent making a mess on clothes or in the house.