Adding Essential Oils to Your Hand Gel
During these times of uncertainty, the best thing you can do to avoid getting ill is using hand sanitiser to keep your hands clean and germ/virus free. Personally though, I’ve found it’s extremely difficult to get a hand gel that is both kind to your skin, and doesn’t smell like a shot of vodka, tequila, or worse.
So what can we do about it? Well, mixing essential oils is a brilliant way to keep the sanitising effect of the gel, but adding your own, preferred smell! Adding essential oils doesn’t affect the gel’s anti-microbial properties in any way, or have any other effect than giving the sanitiser a lovely scent.
Which Essential Oils to Add?
Since the only effect oils in your hand gel will have is to the smell, you can add whatever oils you like. It completely depends on your personal preference, but here are some of my tested favourites. They might not be to your liking, but feel free to give them a go and see what you think.
Orange and Cinnamon Oil
It’s nearly Christmas! Cinnamon and Orange is such a lovely coupling, plus it really helps to evoke all those Christmassy feelings of being cosied up by the fire, with some friends and mulled wine.
Lemon and Lavender Oil
A beautifully natural pairing, and one that’s sure to remind you of springtime. This scent is a wondrous combination of fruity and calming, and definitely designed to walk your mind through Mediterranean fields.
Rosemary and Grapefruit
These two are simply exquisite when placed together, they are both complementary and fresh. The smell is perfect for whisking you back into the summer warmth.
These are only my personal choices, and I would recommend anyone too mix their own and see what suits you. You can combine any oils that you want, but remember that you don’t want the scent to be too overpowering.
How to Add Essential Oils to Your Hand Gel:
- Empty out the gel from the bottle.
- Choose the oil you want to add.
- Add and mix roughly 5 drops at a time, until it develops a scent strength you are happy with.
- Test it for yourself, to make sure you like the gel.
- Refill the bottle, and you’re good to go!
How to Make your Own Hand Gel at Home:You will need:
- 40ml isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol 99%
- 20ml aloe vera gel
- 10 drops of an aforementioned oil mixture (or your own blend)
- A bowl or large mug (to mix everything in)
- 1 travel-size container
To make your own sanitising hand gel, first combine the isopropyl alcohol with the aloe vera gel. You want to do this because the alcohol itself can be very harsh on your skin, but the restorative properties of aloe vera can help keep your hands soft. Once you’ve done this, you’ll have your own gel. Adding the oil is optional, but it does help to make the gel much more pleasant.
Take your chosen blend (my choice would be the Rosemary and Grapefruit) and mix this into the hand gel. You may need to add more than the 10 drops, depending on your preference. If you want a more fragrant gel, then add 5 drops, mix it together, test, and repeat as necessary. When you’ve finally finished developing your homemade blend of anti-bac hand gel, you’ll be ready for the last step.
Pour the gel into the bottle. The last step is to fill up your travel size bottle. Reusing a bottle from previous hand gels is absolutely fine, they’re actually the perfect thing. The close top lid means that your gel will never leak into your bag or pockets. Plus this way, you don’t need to spend time and effort looking for a brand new bottle.
- Feel free to design the bottle however you wish. This step is completely optional, but can be a fun family activity if you have kids. Firstly, you’ll want to paint the bottle in a thin layer of matte paint. The colour is up to you, and should depend on what you want to create. Once it’s dried, get out some pens or paints, and draw away. Once you’re all done, cover it in a clear layer of varnish (nail varnish topcoat should work beautifully) to prevent the image from wearing away easily.