I’m always looking for different ways to incorporate essential oils into our lifestyle. Recently I failed miserably, it was so bad. I had researched different shampoo and conditioner recipes and read the results from each until I reached the dreadful computer screen coma.
That point where you just need to get outside and go for a walk, to breathe in something other than A/C and to see something other than pixels.
I decided to try a coconut milk based shampoo and a conditioner that incorporated coconut oil and shea butter. It was a mess, a complete disaster. I then tried the no shampoo method where you mix water with baking soda and apply to the scalp. You don’t follow with a traditional “conditioner” but instead a rinse of apple cider vinegar and water. It was better but not what I could imagine using on a daily basis. So I threw caution to the wind and dyed my hair silver. I purchased color protective shampoo for myself and Young Living lavender shampoo for my family.
Everyone and their hair is satisfied.
After the shampoo and conditioner failure (before the silver hair) I dusted my knees off and went onto the next oily quest: facial moisturizer
I’m happy to report that it was a success!
My skin feels moisturized, looks clearer, and has a smoother appearance when I wear makeup. I apply it to my face, neck, and chest area after showering/bathing at night and in the morning before I apply my makeup. While I plan to keep the base of the recipe the same, I can already see myself playing around with the essential oil blend each time I make a new batch.
Below is the recipe for the current blend I’m using that has nourished my skin on a whole new level.
Unrefined Shea Butter – Rich in vitamins A, E and fatty acids. Reduces skin irritations, evens out skin tone and wrinkles, and is non-comedogenic so it can be used on sensitive or acne-prone skin
Grapeseed Oil – Contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to treat acne, tighten skin, and relieve dark under eye circles.
Abundance – An essential oil blend by Young Living containing: Orange, Frankincense, Patchouli, Clove, Ginger, Myrrh, Cinnamon Bark, and Spruce.
Melrose – An essential oil blend by Young Living containing: Melaleuca, Melaleuca Quinquenervia, Rosemary Cineol, and Clove.
½ C. Shea Butter
2 T. Grapeseed Oil
20 drops YL Abundance EO
7 drops YL Lavender EO
7 drops YL Melrose EO
• Melt shea butter in a sauce pan over medium heat
• Add in grapeseed oil and stir
• Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl and place in freezer to cool for about 10 minutes
• Add in essential oils and lightly whip with an electric mixer until smooth
• Spoon into a 4 oz mason jar with lid or your preferred glass container
• Apply a dime size amount to face after cleansing or when needed.