Shelf-life of Natural Skin Care Recipes

Shelf-life of Natural Skin Care Recipes

I often receive emails from readers asking for more information on the shelf-life of the natural skin care recipes on this website.

This is an important consideration as none of these recipes contain preservatives, unlike many commercial products on the market.

Each recipe is different, depending on the individual ingredients used. To start with however, you should follow a few simple guidelines around hygiene:

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly before making any of the recipes.
  • Ensure all of the equipment and utensils you are using is clean as well as the bench space you intend to prepare the recipes on.
  • Avoid dipping your fingers into containers as this can introduce foreign germs.
  • Use a small spatula, cotton bud or other clean implements for the purposes of measuring out raw ingredients and mixing.
  • If you intend on making aromatherapy recipes often, consider having a separate set of utensils specifically for this purpose, such as measuring spoons, measuring cups, jugs, spatulas, bowls, and mixers.
  • Choose non-aluminium saucepans such as enamel, Pyrex or stainless steel. Some ingredients such as lemon juice can react with aluminium.
  • Use scrupulously clean jars and containers to store your products in with tight-fitting lids.

Assuming you are vigilant with your hygiene as outlined above, below is an indication of the shelf-life for the different types of natural skin care recipes:

  • Recipes containing raw ingredients such as eggs, fresh herbs, yoghurt, fruits and vegetables are recommended to be made in small batches and used the day you prepare them or no longer than 3 days if stored in the fridge.
  • Moisturizers, creams and lotions can be kept for up to 1 month or 2-3 months if stored in the fridge.
  • Facial clay masks should be used within 2 weeks and stored in the fridge. If they dry out, freshen with distilled or filtered water.
  • Shower gels can be kept for up to 3 months.
  • Facial oils will keep for up to 6 months. It is recommended to refrigerate them unless they contain Jojoba which will solidify if stored in the fridge.

Other considerations:

  • Sterilize your jars and containers for products you intend to store for longer periods.
  • Always label your products with the name and date you made them.
  • Store your products in a cool, dark and dry area.
  • To prolong the shelf-life of creams and moisturizers, consider using a spatula or cotton bud each time you apply them rather than using your fingers.
  • Any products stored in the fridge should be kept separate from food, for example in a salad crisper or in a large plastic box.
  • If a recipe contains water you should always use filtered or distilled water and never tap water.
  • If a product smells bad or off, discard it immediately. Bacteria and mould can be harmful and once a product has spoiled there is no way to recover it.

Did I miss any aromatherapy recipes you’re unsure of the shelf-life of? Leave a comment below or on the Facebook page.

New Reed Diffuser Recipe

New Reed Diffuser Recipe

With the New Year brings a fresh motivation to do those little tasks that never seem to get done. For a few months now, I’ve been meaning to refresh my reed diffuser jars which have all dried up and I’ve been wanting to try a new reed diffuser recipe to do this.

Previously I have used Jojoba along with vodka and essential oils to refill my diffuser jars however a good quality Jojoba oil can be expensive when you have a few reed diffuser jars that need refilling. So for a change I decided to use Dipropylene glycol.

Dipropylene glycol is used as a base for many commercial cosmetics and skin care and I wouldn’t usually use it for aromatherapy recipes, however for a reed diffuser base I believe it has no nasty side effects. I would avoid it in natural skin care recipes however.

The benefit of using Dipropylene glycol in this case is it’s cost effectiveness so I wanted to test it out and see whether it is just as effective as a base for my reed diffuser refills as Jojoba.

I’m pleased to say it’s worked a treat. I made up two refills last week and since then have noticed the beautiful aromas permeating throughout the house. My husband has even requested I make one up for his office!

So here’s the recipe I used:

Aromatherapy Reed Diffuser Recipe

  • 12-16 drops Essential Oils
  • Dipropylene glycol (fragrance grade – DPGF)

You will also need a reed diffuser jar and the reeds. If you don’t already have the jar, the best type is one with a narrow neck. You can purchase the rattan reeds online or from a craft shop.

Simply fill your jar about 75-80% to the top with the Dipropylene glycol. Add your chosen essential oils and mix well so the essential oils are dispersed effectively into the base. Add the reeds to the jar and stir gently if you have enough room, if not gently shake the jar.

You can turn the reeds at this stage or you can leave them as they are and the mixture will eventually makes its way up the reeds to diffuse the scent.

Turn the reeds weekly to refresh the aroma, gently shaking the jar at the same time.

Essential oil suggestions

Uplifting blend

  • 5 drops Basil essential oil
  • 5 drops Lemongrass essential oil
  • 5 drops Rosemary essential oil

Relaxing blend

  • 4 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 4 drops Patchouli essential oil
  • 4 drops Petitgrain essential oil
  • 4 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil

The blends above I used for the different areas of my home. The uplifting blend is perfect for my office and the relaxing blend for the living area which is upstairs so neither aroma interferes with the other.

For an alternative recipe using the Jojoba as mentioned above please see the Reed Diffuser Refill Recipe.

Make Your Own Aromatherapy Gifts Like An Expert

Holiday season is fast approaching, and if you haven’t already started, it will soon be time to get busy shopping for gifts to give your loved ones. But have you ever considered the idea of making your own gifts instead of shopping for them?

There are plenty of aromatherapy recipes on this website to get you started. You can choose from Bath and Body recipes, Natural Skin Care recipes, Aromatherapy Diffusers, even Aromatherapy Holiday recipes.

If you want to try your hand at making your own aromatherapy perfume recipes, you can find detailed instructions as well as over 20 perfume recipe suggestions at the Aromatherapy Perfume recipes section.

You can try blending your own essential oil blends both for perfume recipes and diffuser blends as well as many of the bath and body recipes and other recipes throughout the website. As long as you have an understanding of aromatherapy blends, all you need is your creativity and imagination.

Make Your Own Aromatherapy Gifts Like An ExpertFor an even wider choice of aromatherapy gifts you can make this holiday season, you can check out the Aromatherapy Gifts ebook which has something for everyone. From perfumed bags to scented candles, geranium soap balls, potpourris, aromatic bath salts and much, much more. There is even a section on wrapping paper, cards and gift decorations. You’ll never be short of ideas with this ebook, not just for this holiday season but for years to come.

So why not try making your own aromatherapy gifts this holiday season? You can start off by trying out many of the free recipes already on this website and if you want to take it a step further, consider purchasing the specialized ebook on the subject, Aromatherapy Gifts.

Natural Skin Care

Healthy looking skin is often a reflection of your inner health. Many factors come into play here including diet, exercise, environment and lifestyle. If you lead a balanced, healthy life taking all of these factors into account you’re well on your way to a healthy and radiant complexion.

To further enhance your skin, the use of natural skin care products can make a huge difference to your appearance. Incorporating as many natural ingredients as you can into your skincare regime is not only sensible but satisfying as you know you’re doing your bit for the environment.

Natural Skin CareAromatherapy essential oils are are among the most effective ingredients you can treat your skin to. They should never be used neat on your skin however, but are best included in a specially devised preparation along with other natural ingredients. These could include carrier oils such as almond, apricot, avocado, rosehip, jojoba, wheatgerm, and grapeseed. Ensure you only use high quality vegetable oils such as these and never consider using mineral oils like baby oil which can clog pores and do more harm than good to your skin.

Other ingredients worth noting that are suitable for adding to natural skin care products include beeswax, cocoa butter, floral waters, facial clays, Fuller’s earth and even some ingredients commonly found in your kitchen such as yoghurt, honey, cinnamon, lemon, cider vinegar, cucumber and fresh herbs.

Many of these ingredients have natural healing abilities and you’ll find that using fresh ingredients from your kitchen or garden can be extremely rewarding. The importance of feeding your body fresh, organic foods is well documented so why not treat your skin with the same respect!

Learning how to prepare and blend various natural skin care recipes can be lots of fun and is not as difficult as you may think. You’ll find many aromatherapy essential oil recipes for natural skin care throughout this website. For those of you who would prefer to have an easy-to-follow companion guide all in one place, I have compiled the most popular recipes into a beautiful ebook for a very reasonable price. You can find more information about this new Aromatherapy Natural Skin Recipes ebook here.

Headaches and Aromatherapy

Headaches and Aromatherapy

If you constantly suffer from headaches you know how debilitating they can sometimes be.

Often the cause can be unknown but there are common triggers such as stress, lack of sleep, sinus problems, stomach upsets or excessive alcohol to name a few. Other causes could be spinal issues, eyestrain, dental problems, depression, PMT and some medications such as the contraceptive pill or HRT (hormonal treatment therapy).

Headaches are the result of the membranes and blood vessels around the brain and the scalp muscles tightening or stretching.

Aromatherapy and essential oils can help to ease the pain caused by headaches by aiding in relaxing these tight muscles. Blend the mixture below and gently massage into your temples, scalp and back of your neck. Find a quiet place where you can lay down and relax with your eyes closed, preferably with an eye bag placed over your eyes. Breath deeply and enjoy the aroma of the essential oils and feel them relaxing all your tightness leaving you feeling calm and releasing any pain.

Aromatherapy Headache Blend

30ml sweet almond or apricot oil
15 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops Peppermint essential oil
10 drops Rosemary essential oil

Usually headaches are not linked to any serious disorder however if you suffer chronic headaches or you constantly wake up with an extremely painful headache or if they interrupt your sleep you should seek medical advice.

Mother’s Day Hand Cream Recipe

Why not treat your Mum this Mother’s Day to this special Mother’s Day hand cream recipe? This recipe will sooth and protect hands and help them to stay soft and youthful looking, combating signs of aging.

This uplifting as well as relaxing blend includes the wonderful Melissa essential oil. This month, Mountain Rose Herbs is offering 20% off Melissa also known as Lemon Balm. To check it out, click on the Monthly Specials tab over at their website.

Click here to go to the recipe – Mother’s Day hand cream recipe

If you want another idea for Mother’s Day, try this Mother’s Day Aromatherapy Perfume Recipe.

Aromatherapy in the Kitchen

There are many excellent uses for essential oils which may be past their use by date. Usually after about 2 years, essential oils no longer have strong therapeutic properties, however their beautiful aromas will last for many years.

The kitchen is a great place to use any old essential oils to freshen things up.

Probably the most obvious use is to make a kitchen spray for everyday use. Keep this handy and use to wipe down surfaces or simply to spray in the air to cleanse any bad smells. You can make this up using a spray bottle, fill with water and add 20-30 drops of either one essential oil or a blend of a few. You will find a list of essential oils suitable for the kitchen below.

Aromatherapy in the KitchenYou can add a few drops to your dishwashing up liquid which will make this chore more pleasant when washing dishes. You can even add essential oils to your dishwasher. Before adding the powder, add a few drops into the dispenser and the wonderful aroma will be released during the washing cycle.

Essential oil drops can be added to a bucket of hot water for mopping the floor, not just for the kitchen but the whole house. You’ll have a pleasantly smelling house for a few days when you do this.

For freshening up tea towels and kitchen clothes, soak them in very hot water with a few drops of essential oils added to the water.

Pouring a few drops of essential oils down your drain each day will leave the kitchen sink deodorised.

There are many essential oils suitable for the kitchen including Pine, Thyme, Tea Tree, Basil, Lavender, Geranium, Eucalpytus, Rosemary and all of the citrus oils such as Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange and Petitgrain. Use these essential oils on their own or make up a blend.

Other aromatherapy kitchen recipes on this website include Kitchen bench wipe and Coffee scented kitchen soap.

Valentines Day Aromatherapy Diffuser Blend

Valentines DayThree of the most beautiful essential oils make for a very special valentines day blend for you to enjoy in your aromatherapy diffuser.

Mix together in an aromatherapy diffuser the following essential oils:

  • 2 drops Jasmine
  • 1 drop Rose
  • 2 drops Ylang Ylang

Top 5 Aromatherapy Perfume Recipes

With Christmas looming closer, if you’re stuck for present ideas for your family and friends, why not consider making that someone special their very own Aromatherapy Perfume? Here’s a list of the top five aromatherapy perfume recipes from this website:

Aromatherapy perfume recipesYou can find the instructions here on how to make these gorgeous aromatherapy perfumes.

If you want to be a bit more adventurous and you haven’t already got the Aromatherapy Gifts ebook, check it out for some fabulous new ideas and really impress your loved ones this Christmas.

Best Natural Skin care Recipes

natural skin careHere’s a handful of the best natural skin care recipes that have been on this website for a while and may have got lost amongst all the pages that we have now.

I’ve chosen these natural skin care recipes to showcase as these are the ones I’ve had most the emails and comments about in the past few years so I know they are the most popular. They’re not in any particular order so just click on which ever one sings out to you and go ahead and give it a try – or more than one!

If you have a favorite on your own, leave a comment in the box below.

I get a lot of emails asking me to recommend where to get the various ingredients such as the essential oils themselves or the clay for masks, carrier oils, beeswax and so on. I have a recommended list on the Aromatherapy Supplies page but to make things easier I have listed below my preferred two suppliers.

Bulk organic herbs, spices and essential oils. Sin