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This year, I sort of dove head first into making my own beauty products. As a creative and crafter, when I discovered essential oils and how they could help me create my own beauty products catered to my own specific needs, I couldn’t wait to try my own stuff. From Lavender Bath Melts, to Orange Creamsicle Lip Scrub, I’ve been creating my own versions of my favorite beauty products, experimenting along the way and sharing my recipes when they succeed.
After making a fruit salad one morning (I used fresh squeezed oranges over the top), I was crazy-Mary-Catherine-Gallagher-sniffing my hands for the rest of the day and realized how neglected my little bottle of wild orange essential oil was. And why? Orange is uplifting and mood-boosting! I created this Wild Orange Body Butter to apply after a shower to help me with motivation and energy. This body butter uses only three, all natural ingredients, which also relieves my anxiety-ridden brain of worrying about chemicals that go into my blood stream after I apply lotion.
To start, I added about a cup of coconut oil to a mixing bowl.
And I added in 20 drops of my wild orange essential oil.
And then about a quarter cup of olive oil.
I used the whisk attachment and blended it all together until the coconut oil became fluffy and had a butter-like texture.
Then I transferred the refreshing Wild Orange Body Butter to a glass jar. When working with essential oils, it’s important to store the product in glass containers as plastic or rubber containers contain components that can be damaged and deteriorated by essential oils. Remember, essential oils are super concentrated and just one drop of wild orange essential oil is equivalent to a dozen oranges.
If you’re just getting into essential oils or your curious, but overwhelmed by what to purchase or where to start, this starter kit was where I began. And it includes the most commonly used oils for making your own health and beauty products like body butter. It does not include the lime essential oil, however you can swap out lime for any essential oil (hello lavender – my fave!).