How To Make DIY Body Oil Recipes

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It’s extremely quick and easy to mix up a simple, therapeutic, totally pure, additive-free, non-irritant diy body oil recipe with maximum benefits that is tailored to your very own needs and all at a very low cost, in minutes!

However, as with all homemade moisturizers, diy body wraps and other natural skin care recipes making a homemade body oil isn’t just about getting a quality product at a low price; it also enables you to have total control of what goes in it, so you can target those problem areas such as cellulite, Stretch marks or rough cracked skin.

Here’s how body oils work;

  • All moisturizers work by sealing the skin’s surface and trapping the body’s natural water within the skin’s tissue, as oil is far more effective in sealing and moisturizing than water, the more oil your moisturizer contains the better it will work.
  • DIY body oils that have been made with pure essential oils then diluted with the appropriate carrier oil won’t contain any hidden water and has to be one of the best body treatments you can use.

How To Make Body Oil

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  • Important – All your diy body oil should contain 15 drops of essential oil diluted in 12 teaspoons of carrier oil.
  • Never use more than the suggested quantities, essential oils don’t become more effective by using extra, in fact it may even have a negative effect.
  • Try to make your body oil in small batches so that they are always fresh, if however you really must make up a large batch, add 1 teaspoon of Wheat Germ Oil or 1 vitamin E capsule to it (unless of course you happen to be using wheat germ oil as your carrier oil) as the wheat germ oil and vitamin E are both natural preservatives.

Choosing the right oils to match your skin type are particularly important as to how quickly the oils are absorbed into the skin, here is a list of the best carrier oils and essential oils to use for different skin types and individual problem areas.

Best carrier oils for your body oil:

Best Essential oils:

Skin
Oily skin
Itchy skin
Cellulite
Stretch marks
Sensitive skin
Dry skin
Mature skin
Cracked, rough skin
Therapeutic oils
Bergamot
Chamomile
Cypress
Frankincense
Lavender
Myrrh
Rose
Tea Tree
Aromatic oils
Geranium
Jasmine
Lavender
Mimosa
Neroli
Rose
Sandalwood
Violet

As you are going to be covering your entire body with this oil it’s important to create a nice pleasant scent, this will become easier once you become more familiar with each individual scent.

For now, if you feeling a little overwhelmed I’ve listed some excellent combinations for you to try bellow.

Rich Moisturizing Body Oil Recipes

For Mature Skin

7 drops Rose plus 4 drops each of Lavender and Sandalwood

Blended in 2 fl oz (12 teaspoons) of Apricot Kernel Oil

Or

4 drops Galbanum plus 5 drops Geranium and 6 drops of Lavender

Blended in 2 fl oz (12 teaspoons) of Sesame Oil

For Dry Skin

8 drops Myrrh plus 7 drops of Rose

Blended in 2 fl oz (12 teaspoons) of Sweet Almond

OR

5 drops Patchouli plus 5 drops each of Sandalwood and Jasmine

Blended in 2 fl oz (12 teaspoons) of Sweet Almond Oil

For Summer

4 drops of Chamomile plus 4 drops each of Lavender and Sandalwood

Blended in 2 fl oz (12 teaspoons) of Avocado OIl

Or

7 drops each of Rose and Neroli

Blended in 2 fl oz (12 teaspoons) of Grapeseed Oil

For Winter

5 drops of Sandalwood and 5 drops each of Juniper Berry and Petitgrain

Blended in 2 fl oz (12 teaspoons) of Olive Oil

Or

6 drops of Lavender and 4 drops each of Frankincense and Myrrh

Blended in 2 fl oz (12 teaspoons) of Sweet Almond Oil

Light Moisturizing Body Oil Recipes

Oily Skin

8 drops of Lavender plus 3 drops each of Lemon and Petitgrain

Blended in 2 fl oz (12 teaspoons) of Sunflower Oil

Or

5 drops of Bergamot plus 5 drops each of Chamomile and Geranium

Blended in 2 fl oz (12 teaspoons) of Safflower Oil

Itchy or Sensitive Skin

5 drops of Rose plus 9 drops of Chamomile

Blended in 2 fl oz (12 teaspoons) of Sweet Almond Oil

Or

8 drops of Lavender plus 2 drops of Marigold and 5 drops of Violet

Blended in 2 fl oz (12 teaspoons) of Sweet Almond Oil

Summer

5 drops of Bergamot plus 5 drops each of Geranium and Neroli

Blended in 2 fl oz (12 teaspoons) of Safflower Oil

Or

6 drops of Rose plus 4 drops of Jasmine and 5 drops of Mimosa

Blended in 2 fl oz (12 teaspoons) of Sunflower Oil

Winter

4 drops of Sandalwood plus 4 drops each of Patchouli and Myrrh

Blended in 2 fl oz (12 teaspoons) of Sweet Almond Oil

Or

6 drops of Sandalwood plus 4 drops each of Orange and Ylang Ylang

Blended in 2 fl oz (12 teaspoons) of Safflower Oil

Need Something Extra For Those Problem Areas?

DIY Body Oil For Problem Areas

natural skin moisturizers

Need something extra for those problem areas? Not a problem, use the natural moisturizers bellow to target the areas that you feel need it, and remember when making up these ody oils, fresh is best.

However, you can make up some small bottles of mixed oils for convenience, but always add a vitamin E capsule or a teaspoon of wheat germ oil as a natural preservative.

This should give your body oils at least six month shelf life if you store them in a dark glass bottle (you can use clear but you will need to protect them from daylight) and don’t forget to label them!

Natural Body Oil For Your Legs

Cellulite

4 drops each of Lavender, Juniper Berry and Rosemary

Blended in 1 fl oz (6 teaspoons) of Sesame Oil

Stretch Marks

3 drops of Lavender plus 2 drops each of Frankincense and Sandalwood

Blended in 1 fl oz (6 teaspoons) of Sesame Oil

Fluid Retention

3 drops of Cypress plus 3 drops of Geranium

Blended in 1 fl oz (6 teaspoons) of Sweet Almond Oil

Varicose Veins

2 drops each of Cypress, Lime and Marigold

Blended in 1 fl oz (6 teaspoons) of Sweet Almond Oil

DIY Body Oil Recipe For Your Feet

Homemade Skin Moisturizers

Cold Feet and Poor Circulation

3 drops each of Eucalyptus and Ginger

Blended in 1 fl oz (6 teaspoons) of Olive Oil

Callouses and Coarse Skin

3 drops of Lavender plus 3 drops of Sandalwood

Blended in 1 fl oz (6 teaspoons) of Olive Oil

Athletes Foot, Warts or Corns

3 drops of Lemon plus 4 drops of Tea Tree

Blended in 1 fl oz (6 teaspoons) of Olive Oil

Natural Body Oil For Your Knees

Thick Coarse Skin

3 drops of Rose plus 3 drops of Lavender

Blended in 1 fl oz (6 teaspoons) of Olive Oil

DIY Body Oils For Your Arms

Slack Skin on Upper Arms

2 drops of Geranium plus 2 drops each of Lemongrass and Marjoram

Blended in 1 fl oz (6 teaspoons) of Sesame Oil

Rough Dry Skin on Elbows

2 drops of Chamomile plus 2 drops each of Jasmine and Sandalwood

Blended in 1 fl oz (6 teaspoons) of Olive Oil

Body Oil Recipes For Hands

Nails

3 drops of Bay and 3 drops of Sandalwood

Blended in 1 fl oz (6 teaspoons) of sweet Sweet Almond Oil

Skin

2 drops of Lavender and 2 drops each of Geranium and Chamomile

Blended in 1 fl oz (6 teaspoons) of Sweet Almond Oil

Other Problem Areas

Spots and oiliness on the back

2 drops of Chamomile and 2 drops each of Bergamot and Basil

Blended in 1 fl oz (6 teaspoons) of Safflower Oil

Scars

3 drops of Lavender plus 2 drops of Neroli

Blended in 0.5 fl oz (3 teaspoons) of Wheat Germ Oil

Excess perspiration

3 drops of Citronella plus 2 drops each of Lemongrass and Bergamot

Blended in 1 fl oz (6 teaspoons) of Sunflower Oil

Energy

2 drops of Peppermint plus 2 drops each of Rosemary and Lemongrass

Blended in 2 fl oz (12 teaspoons) of Sweet Almond Oil

Relaxation

7 drops each of Jasmine and Neroli

Blended in 2 fl oz (12 teaspoons) of Sweet Almond Oil

Adapting your body oils for other treatments

Now you’ve got the hang of how to mix up your own homemade body oil you can use them to create some other fantastic treatments such as body exfoliates, body packs and body soaks.

I’ve covered the basic methods on each of these treatments bellow but it really is down to individual needs and preferences, so get creative and custom build your own.

Homemade bath salt

Exfoliation

Very rough areas (with sea salt)Use sea salt for very rough areas such as heels knees and elbows.

Place 6 tablespoons of Sea Salt into a glass jar with a tight fitting lid, and sprinkle over 1 teaspoon of your chosen moisturizer mix.

Place the lid on the jar and give it a good shake then leave it overnight before using it.

Rub over damp skin in circular motions, rinse off with warm water and then apply a homemade skin moisturizer afterward.

Dry course skin: (with almonds)Blend or finely chop 2 tablespoons of fresh almonds then add just enough of your chosen moisturizer mix to make a nice smooth paste.

Coarsely chop another 2 tablespoons of almonds and stir into the paste then use immediately.

Rub over damp skin in circular motions, rinse off with warm water and then apply a homemade moisturizer afterward.

Body Packs

For a small area (with oatmeal) This mix is ideal for spreading over small dry patches or spotty areas on the chest and back.

Place 2 teaspoon of your chosen body moisturizer mix into a small pot or jar then heat it up by placing the pot/jar into a larger container filled with boiling water.

Add enough fine oatmeal to the warmed natural skin moisturizer to make a good thick paste.

Always try to use the paste whilst it’s still warm, this will give it an excellent drawing effect. Rinse of once cooled.

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Large areas (with kaolin clay or fullers earth)Great for treating cellulite, fluid retention and varicose veins

Mix enough kaolin clay or fullers earth powder to 12 teaspoons of your chosen body oil mix to make a soft smooth paste.

Immediately spread the pack thinly over the areas you are treating and then leave it to harden.

Rinse off with warm water and then apply homemade body oil moisturizers afterward.

Body Packs

Body Soaks

Skin softener for rough coarse areas This soak is particularly good for softening nails before a manicure or pedicure along with treating rough dry areas of skin (you may need to use a pumice stone immediately after soaking on very rough skin).

Add about 6 teaspoons of homemade body oil to a large bowl of hot water and immediately soak the areas you are treating.

For those tricky areas such as elbows and knees, soak a piece of cotton cloth in the bowl, wring it out then wrap the soaked cloth around the area you wish to treat.

Finish by applying a homemade moisturizer afterwards.

Check out our homemade face moisturizers for maintaining youthful and well-nourished skin!

Learn what combinations work with our organic carrier oils and essential oil use chart.

Find out where to buy essential oils online at wholsale prices.

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