When it comes to gifts that are beloved by a wide variety of people, essential oils make an excellent gift for a myriad of different occasions. Whether the addressee has a keen interest in health and wellness, beauty products, or natural living, oils have an incredibly wide appeal.
However, there is something to be said about homemade gifts, especially those crafted with the recipient in mind. Fortunately, you can utilize your best oils with these kinds of presents, too. Here are just a few homemade gifts you can make with essential oils.
One of the more common reasons people turn to essential oils is because of their scent. Not only do essential oils freshen up the air in a room, but the different aromas can also have a profound effect on our mood—from relaxing lavender to the rejuvenating scent of lemon.
You can allow loved ones to take these aromas with them by incorporating them into a body spray. Start with combining a few drops of a few select essential oils and a tablespoon of witch hazel in an 8oz. spray bottle. Fill the rest with distilled water, and you have a chemical-free alternative to store-bought body sprays.
A good dermatologist will tell you that consuming too much sugar can exacerbate skin conditions like eczema and acne. However, applying it to the skin topically through a sugar scrub offers the skin a variety of benefits, such as:
Removing dry skin without damaging sensitive skin
To create a homemade sugar scrub to give as a gift, all you need is two cups of sugar and one cup of coconut oil with several drops of essential oils. Lavender, chamomile, and sandalwood are all good essential oils for the skin.
But exfoliating with a sugar scrub may not be viable for everyday use. For gift recipients with sensitive skin but without enough time to be fully devoted to skincare, body butter may be a good alternative. Body butter is similar to the lotion but with a thicker consistency.
To make it, combine one-part sweet almond oil, one part coconut oil, and one part shea butter. From here, you will have to add at least 30 drops of an essential oil combination of your choice. Melt the ingredients in a saucepan, then chill it in the refrigerator overnight. After taking it out, whip it with a hand beater, and you will be able to use it immediately.
Even if the person you are trying to give a gift to is not interested in skincare, they will likely be able to use a lip balm. For a natural lip balm, combine equal parts of coconut oil, and shea butter, and melt over a double boiler. Mix in fifteen drops of your preferred essential oil, such as peppermint. Then, pour the mixture into small containers and allow it to set.
Bath bombs are a popular gift for those who enjoy a relaxing, rejuvenating experience. Store-bought bath bombs can retail for high prices, but it’s possible to create your own homemade bath bombs by following these steps:
Combine one part corn starch with two parts citric acid and baking soda
Add ten drops of your choice of essential oils
Put the dough in a round, silicone mold and let sit for 24 hours
Soothing essential oils are the best choice, such as lavender, cedarwood, rose, or ylang-ylang. But for a more invigorating bath, citrus-based scents like lemon and bergamot may be a good way to create a more energizing bath experience.
A lesser-known alternative to the bath bomb is the shower steamer. These are placed in the back of the shower and release oil-infused steam. These are especially ideal for helping open up one’s airways, as well as for a quick pick-me-up during one’s normal morning routine.
To make a shower steamer, follow the same steps as making a bath bomb. But instead of using a round mold, look for a rectangular one to avoid the bomb rolling around the shower. Eucalyptus is an excellent oil choice for shower steamers.
Essential oils may also help breathe moisture into dry, damaged hair. Take a cup of distilled water and add a few drops of a few essential oils, such as:
Place the solution in a spray bottle, and you have a natural and aromatic hair revitalizer, perfect for use on any hair texture.
Beard balm is a great gift for the bearded men in your life that helps soften beard hair and moisturizes the skin. To make a beard balm, simply combine equal parts of two carrier oils of your choice with a few drops of essential oils.
Since the goal is to make a balm that is soothing for both skin and hair, it’s best to use one of the essential oils mentioned in the previous section that is beneficial for skin, such as peppermint.
On the opposite end of the spectrum of homemade gifts using essential oils is shaving cream. Store-bought shaving cream can be harsh on the skin, and homemade variations are a good alternative, especially for those with sensitive skin.
Shaving cream is made using the same steps as a body butter. Carrier oils like jojoba and olive oil are good options for shaving cream, and oils like sandalwood, frankincense, and tea tree are good choices for the essential oils you can use.
Candles are one of the more popular gifts to give for their universal appeal. But as popular as they are, store-bought candles often give off harsh fumes when burned due to chemicals contained in the candle. To avoid this, you can make homemade candles with essential oils.
To do so, attach a wick to the inside of a mason jar. Then, melt a small amount of wax combined with an essential oil of your choice. When the wax is ready, hold the wick upright as you pour the wax into the jar. Allow the wax to rest, then trim the wick to your liking.
As the name suggests, linen spray is used to freshen up household linens, such as bed sheets or tablecloths. However, one can also use it for anything in the house made with cloth, such as car upholstery or clothing.
Combine two parts of distilled water with one part of rubbing alcohol or witch hazel. From here, add a generous amount of your favorite combination of essential oils. Any essential oil will work well for linen spray.
Insects are a common annoyance for those who are fond of outdoor activities like camping. But traditional bug repellants can be harsh-smelling and unpleasant, especially if you have allergies.
Fortunately, the right type of essential oils will repel insects without harsh chemicals. Lavender, eucalyptus, geranium, and lemon essential oils are effective against mosquitos, while juniper and rosewood are ticks repellents. Combine two parts distilled water, one part witch hazel, and as many as 75 drops of your choice of oils in a spray bottle.
Gift-giving is a subtle art. When you combine these gifts with one of our DIY essential oil recipes and an extraction machine, you will have the perfect gift for any occasion.