You might have thought that the only things I DIY are parts of my house.
I will DIY just about anything.
I often times get asked why I DIY.
Truth is, there are two reasons DIY’ing exists in my life:
- Cost savings
I typically know what I want. Either I find it, or I don’t.
Sometimes when I find it, to get the quality I want, the price is out of my range (or what my husband tells me my range is).
So instead of settling, I put in the work to get just what I want. Usually at a lower cost.
With house projects, its sweat equity. There will almost always be a return on the work put in.
As for other things outside of house projects, like what I want to share with you today, it simpy fills a void or is merely for personal satisfaction.
Why I make Homemade Bath Products?
Since I was young, I discovered my inability to wear store bought perfume. Most perfumed scents usually lead to migraines for me.
My husband would say it’s because I can smell like a bloodhound. But whatever. The reason it doesn’t work out for me is that I can’t handle strong scents.
I have resorted to body oil versions of some of my favorite perfumes, aromatherapy products or lightly scented body sprays.
Not long ago, I discovered my love for the lemongrass scent. Every time I smell it, It takes me back to a beach massage in Jamaica over Christmas 2014.
I loved the smell, but it was not for sale by that masseuse.
So on my next trip to Jamaica, in summer of 2015, on a girls trip, I bought lemongrass oil. The masseuse that time DID sell it, and made my entire day!
And until now, I haven’t used it.
I used the lemongrass oil in the following recipes to create a DIY bath products – body wash, body spray, and whipped shea butter.
You can use these recipes with your favorite essential oils and do the same.
How to make DIY BAth Products
- Body Spray
- body wash
- whipped shea butter
- 1 ounce distilled or filtered water
- 0.5 ounce witch hazel
- 0.5 ounces vegetable glycerin
- 10-15 drops essential oil
- Mix all ingredients in a small glass bottle like this one.
- Shake well.
Shake before each use.
- Combine all ingredients in a container like this one
- Shake well
*can substitute oil oil, jojoba oil or any carrier oil
- 1 cup unrefined shea butter
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 5-10 drops of essential oil
- Melt shea butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler.
- Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes.
- Stir in almond oil and essential oils
- Wait until oils start to solidify, roughly 30 minutes.
- Using the whisk attachment whip until fluffy and light.
A double boiler is created by placing water in a pot to boil and adding your items in a glass boil that sits in the pot.
This allows it to melt from the heat without being in the pot directly and cooking.