I have been integrating more essential oils in my life over the last couple years. I had been using a few key ones for a long time but I have been expanding my scent horizons and branching out more. I have experimented with making my own beauty and hygiene products since I can remember. I am a sucker for a super simple recipe that starts with at least some ingredients I already have in my kitchen or bathroom. I have tried the “no-poo” hair cleansing method, the oil method, made countless recipes for homemade deodorant, toothpaste, face wash, perfume, and dry shampoo.  Most of these items use essentials oils and I have been building my collection as I try new recipes.


I have loved having my diffuser that I use to freshen up the house, and my mood. I like to change the scents with the season. After doing some cleaning around the house, basement and yard on a particularly sunny day this weekend, I was inspired to try a new combo. I definitely have my go-to combinations. This winter it has been orange and clove oils, inspired by my favorite Mrs. Meyers scent (I wrote my ode to this line to over on instagram). It felt very much like spring cleaning so I wanted to change up the oils. I went a blend of jasmine and citrus. I was wonderful, floral and fresh!

Spring Cleaning
  • 3 drops of jasmine oil
  • 2 drops of wild sweet orange oil
  • 2 drops of grapefruit oil

 I have not washed my face wish soap in years. I have tired the oil cleansing method off and on, but mostly I just wash my face with warm water and a wash cloth. In the past year I have been using this new brand of facial products called SW Basics.  I have started making the cleanser myself and made my own version of the exfoliant. The ingredients seemed simple enough and I had them all in my kitchen. My favorite thing about this line is that all of their products have five ingredients or less. I have read parts of ,the founder of SW Basics, Adina Grigore’s book Skin Cleanse and I love the recipes. Just like in cooking and baking I almost always change something in a recipe- I guess you could say I have issues with following directions.


After a long day of cleaning in the sun and some time out with the dog I felt like doing a more deep clean face wash. I have occasionally been using a version of Adina’s Squeaky Clean Foaming Facewash with castille soap, jojoba oil and tea tree oil. I used that base recipe and played with some oils I know are good for skin – lemon, lavender, and rosemary. Lemon and lavender are good for problem skin and rosemary is good for aging and wrinkles. I paired this blend with my facial brush called Spin for Perfect Skin from Vanity Planet for a deep cleanse and exfoliation. My face felt smooth and clean, and I loved the smell. This recipe is something I would use occasionally, not everyday. It definitely stripped some of the oils from my skin but after some build up of sweat and dirt, it was just what I needed. Definitely play with the balance of oils to soap depending on your skin.

Deep Cleanser
  • 1/2 cup of Castile soap
  • 2 tbsp jojoba oil
  • 4 drops of lemon oil
  • 3 drops of lavender oil
  • 3 drops of rosemary oil

I put in a recycled soap dispenser and shook it until combined. Squirt on fingertips, a washcloth or facial brush of your choice. Massage onto face and rinse with water.

I am definitely hoping to post some more of the recipes I love. I would love to hear your favorite recipes using essential oils here in the comments or over on instagram.

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