The holidays are the perfect time for you to show off your blending skills by creating a signature blend for everyone on your gift list. You can do this by either making one unique signature blend for all your gifts or by creating a custom blend for each person on your list. This week we are going to focus on diffuser blends, personal inhalers, lotion, body butters and massage oils using a stock blend. For more information on making a stock blend, please read our Stock Blends Blog Post.
Stock blends for diffusers and personal inhalers make a great, unique gift. Some people are intimidated by the thought of creating their own blends, so a thoughtful gift of your blend will be greatly appreciated. Blending is as much an art as it is a science. While we may initially select an essential oil based on the properties of the oil, when it comes to putting the oils together and formulating a blend, you have to trust your instinct and sometimes your nose. A blend that smells pleasant is more likely to be used.
When you are creating a stock blend to use in a lotion, body butter or massage oil, you must keep in mind that some essential oils can irritate the skin and should be used within their maximum dermal dilution. Oils like cinnamon and clove are hot oils and are more likely to cause irritation issues. We recommend keeping the dilution for lotions, body butters and personal inhalers at 2% or less, because these products are used over a large area of the body on a daily basis. For more information about dilution guidelines, please see our dilution page.
When working with unscented bases, we recommend working with a glass or stainless steel bowl and a glass stir rod or metal utensils that have been thoroughly cleaned and sterilized with 70% Iso-propyl Alcohol and allowed to dry to reduce the risk of introducing contamination. Your final packaging should also be sterilized and dried before adding your completed product. Gloves should always be worn when working with essential oils to eliminate the risk of skin irritation and sensitization.
While there are many recipes to be found on the internet for making your own lotions and body butters, unless you are familiar with formulating and comfortable with using the correct preservatives, it is best to avoid these recipes and use a base from a professional formulator. Water based products like lotions and body butters have a high chance of growing mold and bacteria if they are not formulated properly. We recommend an unscented lotion base and an unscented body butter base like ours that have been formulated and lab tested for safety. These bases are easy to use and give you peace of mind that your products are safe for your friends.
Essential oils are a wonderful addition to massage oils and perfumes. Jojoba Oil is a great base for massage oils because it is the closest to your skin's natural sebum. For a lighter alternative you may want to consider Fractionated Coconut Oil, which has no aroma and doesn't stain clothing like some other oils can.
Essential oils can also be used to make lovely perfume blends. Perfumes using essential oils will not have the same lasting power as perfumes formulated with synthetic fragrance oils and will need to be reapplied throughout the day. A roller bottle is an ideal way to package a perfume for easy application. Fractionated Coconut Oil is the perfect base for perfumes because it is light, has no fragrance, and won't stain clothing. To make a roller bottle, you will add 2 drops of your stock blend in a 5 ml roller bottle or 4 drops in a 10 ml roller bottle and fill the bottle the rest of the way with the Fractionated Coconut Oil.