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3 Easy Gifts You Can Make With Essential Oils

Once you get hooked on the essential oils craze, you won’t be able to stop looking for new and exciting ways to use them. Aside from using them for healing and aromatherapy, we’ve also discovered ways to incorporate them into other products we use regularly and replace some of the toxic substances we absorb and inhale.

Do you love candles, but worry about the toxic fumes your family is inhaling? Or scented soaps, but hate putting unnatural ingredients like scents and dyes on your skin?

What we’re about to show you is how to make 3 products you will absolutely love and will also make brilliant gifts!

Ready to get crafty?

Let’s get started!

All Natural Essential Oil Candles

The first product we will teach you to make is a natural alternative to the scented candles you normally buy, and the great thing about these lovely gifts is that they double as aromatherapy products!

You can use any oils that you like, but to get you started, here are a few scents that mingle nicely:

Summer Citrus – lemon, bergamot, orange

Christmas Spice – frankincense, cinnamon, orange

Spa Day – eucalyptus, lavender

Refreshing Clean – peppermint, orange

Ingredients and Supplies:

  • soy wax flakes
  • glass jars
  • all natural candle wicks
  • 1 – 3 essential oils of your choice (30 drops total for a 135 ml jar)

Once you have your scents selected, you will simply melt enough wax flakes to slightly overfill your candle jar according to the directions on the package. In the melted wax, drop your chosen oils in and mix well with a wooden utensil.

Set a wick at the bottom of the candle jar and slowly poor the melted wax around it. If the wick does not remain upright, you will have to secure it at the top. Usually wicks that don’t stand upright alone are made much longer so that you can wrap the end around a skewer to set atop the jar.

Now you will simply let the candle set in a cool area until it hardens.

Believe it or not, you’re done! You now have a beautifully scented candle that you can burn guilt-free any time you wish.

All Natural Essential Oil Soap

Who doesn’t love scented soaps? The problem with the ones you buy is that they are loaded with chemicals, preservatives, perfumes and dyes. All these additives are harmful and drying to the skin.

There are dozens of ways to make soap, some of them more involved than others, but a good way to start is to buy a natural base such as a melt and pour goat’s milk soap base. So for this recipe, that’s just what we’ve done.

Any combination of essential oils can be used, but lavender and lemon are a great for body soap for their skin benefits and naturally clean spa-like scent.

Ingredients and Supplies:

  • melt and pour soap base
  • 5 ml natural honey
  • 20-25 drops of essential oil(s) of your choice
  • microwavable bowl
  • soap mould
  • natural ingredients such as lavender buds, lemon zest, fresh herbs, etc. (optional)

Break the soap base into chunks and microwave to melt in 30 second increments, careful not to let it scorch.

Mix in the essential oils first, then the honey and any natural elements you choose to add.

Pour into moulds and allow to harden overnight. If you’d rather not purchase moulds specifically for soap-making, you can use other containers to shape the soap. Just make sure you choose shallow containers that the finished product can be easily removed from.

“Before-You-Go” Spray

There may be fancier versions of this well-scented liquid made to mask offending odours in the loo, but there will not be one as customised for your own home as the one you make!

A proprietary blend of citrus essential oils spritzed in the toilet before you go creates a film that traps odours and prevents them from entering the air.

Ingredients and Supplies:

  • 15 drops bergamot
  • 15 drops lemongrass
  • small spray bottle

 

Drop the essential oils into your spray bottle and fill with water. Shake well and spray 3-4 times into the toilet when needed.

Wrapping Up

So there you have 3 easy and crafty gifts to make for your friends and family, or to use in your own home. Replacing toxic products you would normally buy doesn’t have to be difficult or costly, but is guaranteed to be a whole lot of fun!

Experiment with your favourite essential oils in your own handmade products and find out what works for you. You may never buy expensive scented products again!

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