Frankincense Eye Cream

I mentioned before that I recently started using Essential Oils; I’m still LOVING them, and using them everyday!

Today was the day to try out making my very own lotion for those suddenly apparent wrinkles that recently stopped going away when my smile stopped shining. 🙂

So, as you may know, there are about a thousand or more results that pop up when one Googles “Essential Oil Lotion Recipes,” or any variation of those words. I decided to go with this one, by Nouveau Raw, since it was only TWO ingredients (frankincense and virgin coconut oil), and I already had them in my possession. (I did have to order some special little jars to put the lotion in, but that was expected)

I used a handheld mixer to whip up the coconut oil, and lamented the tiny portion I couldn’t remove from the mixer blades. I followed the recipe, but also added vitamin E. The lotion is oily on the skin if you use too much, so I’ve just dabbed it on, and that seems to allow it to absorb better. Also, this probably sounds crazy, I can already see a difference. I’m about to deliver one of these jars to my dear mother and one to my wonderful friend Emily (the latter claims to be really close to starting her own blog, any day now), so I can have more feedback, and also just to share the love.

Here are some photos of the process (please don’t judge my hideous green counters! haha).

Oils! Ooh, la la!

So, I just started using essential oils in my world, and I am pretty amazed at how they work, and how fun they are to use. I will try not to gush too much, but it’s a new love, so, I’m gushing!

 

Aside from diffusing the oils in various rooms in the house (Peace & Calming II with Lavender is quickly my favorite at the moment, as well as Thieves with Lavender, or just Lavender!), I decided I wanted to make my own chapstick! I use Burts Bees and have for many years, so I’m accustomed to the peppermint, and I love it. So, I found a recipe online (Blog Link to Recipe) and I tried it out! I used the following ingredients/amounts:

1/4 cup beeswax

1/2 cup organic, virgin coconut oil (this stuff smells so good I want to eat it)

I melted these two with the double boiler until clear and then removed from heat and added the following:

a dollop of Vitamin E (I didn’t measure it, I just poured some in)

5 drops Lavender Essential Oil

15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

At some point I’ll get into the whole DIY thing, with steps and explanations, but for now, just know that this recipe yielded 20 tubes, and I personally wish I would have put a little more Peppermint in. The lip balm is super soft and slides on the lips beautifully. I gave a tube to my mom and she loves it! Her words, a day later, “I love that chapstick! Lips are so soft, I reapplied several times today.” She’s a dear.

Here is a photo of the finished product:

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This makes me so happy!

Making this took about 15 minutes. I will make more, and with more essential oils:)

If you have questions about oils, or anything I’ve posted, please do let me know! ❤