Body oil is excellent for dry skin. It feels extremely luxurious, but need not be kept for special occasions; body oil is a perfect moisturizer for every day use as it hydrates skin exceptionally well.
To use body oil: apply to damp skin after a warm shower (even better if you've used a body scrub).
One side note: It may take a few minutes for the oil to soak into skin, so don't put on and get dressed in your Sunday best in a hurry (or else you may end up with oily stains).
Body oil is also wonderful when used during a massage treatment. Especially if it's infused with lavender.
So relaxing . . .
The recipe I am sharing today is very simple. In fact, it will probably take you longer to get the ingredients out of the cabinet than it will to make it.
Simple Lavender Body Oil
I adapted this recipe from one found in The Herbal Home Spa by Greta Breedlove.
- 1 cup oil (Use Grapeseed, safflower, or sweet almond oil)
Note: It is nice to use a variety of oils to make up the 1 cup. Such as 2/3 cup grapeseed and 1/3 cup safflower. If you have wheat germ oil on hand it is a lovely addition, too. But it does go rancid faster than other oils, so be aware that the shelf life will be shorter. 2/3cup Grapeseed and 1/3 cup wheat germ oil makes a lovely combination (and is recommended in the original recipe).
- 6 drops lavender essential oil
- Scant 1/8 tsp Vitamin E oil (or 10 drops)
Pour all ingredients into a bottle, cap and shake to blend.
Makes about 8 ounces.
The bottle pictured above is only 4 ounces, so I halved the recipe.
If making a larger batch or dividing between smaller bottles, figure the amount needed for each bottle before beginning. It is easier to blend the ingredients in the bottle rather than in a cup and then pouring in. This is because the oils may not stay evenly mixed and one bottle would end up with lots of lavender while the other has almost none.
This would be very nice paired with a sugar scrub or bath salts for a Mother's Day gift (or any other day gift for that matter).
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Originally published on 4/25/2012.
This is Day 22 in the 31 Days of Natural Beauty Series.
I will definitely be giving this a try, thanks for sharing!
i love the combination of lavender and rose, so tha’s what iI would mix it with.
Thanks for sharing your recipe! These Canadian winters are pretty darn dry, will be making this for sure!!
Hi Ellen, this is a little off topic, but I am a fellow Canadian. I am just starting my “natural” journey, but I am having trouble finding good places to buy online where the shipping to Canada doesn’t cost MORE than the actual item I want. Do you know of any good sites I can check out that are Canadian/Shipping friendly?
Being a fellow canadian, i have purchased essential oils either at health food stores and amazon.ca has a vast selection. 🙂
I’m from Ontario, and I purchase my supplies at
Love your site. So informative with great suggestions. Thanks.
i like ur suggestion about natural things plz gv me a recepy of home made painkiller oil of garlic plz i need complete recepie
Thanks for sharing this awesome idea. I will make some to give out for Christmas. Have a great Christmas.
I love lavender and chamomile together.
Me too! Lavender and chamomile is a wonderful combination!
Do you think it would be possible to combine the effects of a scrub with the body oil, for example, using some kind of gritty component akin to exfoliating facial scrubs?
If so do you have any recommendations?
Just wanted to say thank you for this recipe. its wonderful. i got oils in bulk (http://simplelifemom.com/2014/01/03/anti-aging-with-essential-oils/) and when i made this i put it on my daughter that hasnt been sleeping well, and it has really help her relax. its so amazing thanks again.