I started using essential oils eight years ago for two main reasons - to save money through DIYs rather than store bought products, and to find truly effective, actually toxin-free alternatives to all the toxic products in our home we were looking to ditch. I grabbed my basic oils and made just about everything in our home, from cleaners to lotions, to hand soap, to chest rub, to body butter...I was happy to know each an every ingredient going into my family’s necessities, I knew the oils were effective, and I loved that I was paying a fraction of the cost of the items on store shelves because I was able to make bulk batches or use simple, inexpensive ingredients. The more children we’ve had, the less time I’ve made for DIYs, but the Dodge home is coming full circle lately with our homemade personal care and household necessities! I was diagnosed with Celiac in August of this year, and I’ve been learning that wheat/gluten/gliadin containing ingredients are used in *so many* things! It was a little overwhelming, and truly reminded me of how I felt when we began to about how toxic most conventional products are! I had a ready solution though, thankfully, which is just to go back to the basics - DIYs with effective, simple ingredients!
This one is a tried and true recipe for me, with a new addition of Emu oil that makes it incredible! My skin has been loving this luxe, hydrating serum for the last month!
• PUMP BOTTLE : I love the 2oz pump bottle I found on Amazon! I’ve done many, many essential oil DIYs in the past. If you stick your creations in hard to open jars, plastic tubes, complicated dropper bottles...you will *not* use what you created! A frosted glass container like this is so worth it, for the longevity of using your DIY facial serum.
• EMU + GRAPESEED + ARGAN OILS: Each is wonderful for the skin for different reasons - hydrating dry skin and nourishing areas prone to wrinkles are two skin goals for me, and these oils fit those goals! Each of these is also very low or zero on the condomogenic potential. The emu oil is a new addition for me, based on research of finding a light, absorbable oil that matches closely to the make up of our own skin cells!
• YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS: Again, years ago, researching the highest quality, most effective, and most pure ingredients for DIYs lead us to Young Living! There’s simply not a better pick out there. There are also SO many oils great for the skin.
SKIN LOVING OILS: Frankincense, Lavender, Sacred Sandalwood, Rose, Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Manuka, Tea Tree, Neroli, Patchouli, Myrrh; use what you have, and start with the basics! Frankincense and Lavender are all time favorites, favored by both research and historical use!
Mix and melt down your oils - about 1/4 cup is perfect for a 2oz pump, but make it work for your container! You’ll use about 1/3 of each base oil, and despite what Pinterest says, you don’t have to measure everything perfectly with a scale to make your own products. ;-) Add 30 drops total of essential oils - I added Rose, Sacred Sandalwood, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, and Lavender to this batch. Many of the oils I chose help with youthful processes like collagen production and brightening tone, which is where I am at with my 32 year old face! Simple as that, mix the oils and base serum together, and store in your container!