Last Christmas, I had this exciting idea. Instead of giving out money and things bought from stores or online, I created organic and aromatherapy gifts for my family and friends. It was a challenge to build things from scratch, but the sentiment of doing it and knowing that someone will be happy is the best feeling for me ever. At least, I am productive, and by that, I have a positive mental attitude.
Anyway, I was right! People I gave gifts to were thankful for my sentimental and straight-from-the-heart DIY presents. It was much appreciated, and well, they called me “thoughtful.”
Glycerine and Essential Oils Soaps
- Unscented glycerine soap
- Glass or wooden stirrer
- Microwavable bowl
- Food coloring (makes the soap look better)
- Your desired essential oil (you can use any scented oil you want)
- Petroleum jelly
- Silicone soap mold (you can also use candy mold for fun shapes)
Some use plastic mold instead of silicone, and it’s ok. Just put a bit of petroleum jelly so that the soap is easy to remove.
- Heat up the unscented glycerine soap and melt it until liquefied. It usually takes 15 seconds for a 4-ounce soap bar to melt.
- Stir the liquefied soap, and if you want to put color in it, you can do so now. I used a drop of coloring for every 4 ounces of melted glycerine soap.
- Now, for the essential oil, I used lavender oil, orange oil, and lemon oil. You only need four drops of essential oil for every 4 ounces of soap. If you want the smell to be overpowering, you can use up to six drops.
- Pour the colored and scented liquefied soap into the soap molder and let it stay there for at least 30 minutes. Take it out of the soap molder if it is already in solid form.
- You can also make two-toned soaps or a smaller soap within a bigger and transparent soap for a “cuter” look. Wrap them in see-through wrappers, place it in a gift box, or put a ribbon. Be creative!
Aromatherapy Air Freshener
- Spray bottles
- Distilled water
- Essential oils of your choice
I made two blends which I called “Refresh Me” and “Woodsy”; these mixes were in one gift basket. This was so cheap to create, and it came out posh. I tied ribbons on the bottles with labels as to what aromatherapy blend it contained and placed the bottles in gift baskets. Aside from the two combinations I mentioned above, I added a third bottle which was either pure lavender oil or pure lemongrass oil. It was heaven-scent! (Got that?)
- For “Refresh Me” blend, mix essences of orange oil, sandalwood oil, and clove oil. The ratio is eight drops each essential oil to a cup of distilled water.
- The “Woodsy” blend is composed of tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, and lemon oil. Again, it 8 drops each for the essential oils to one cup of distilled water.
- Pour the blends into a spray bottle and shake before spritzing.
- As for the lavender oil and lemongrass oil, you can put as much as 30 drops for every cup of distilled water.
Aromatherapy Massage Oils
- Base oil like grapeseed oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil or peach kernel oil
- Essential oils of your choice
- Massage oil bottle containers
I made the blends which I called “Total Relaxation,” “Energize Me,” and “Romance” – included all of these mixes in a gift basket.
- To make “Total Relaxation” mixture, I combined 2 ounces of grapeseed oil with 15 drops of jasmine oil and 15 drops of ylang-ylang oil.
- For creating the “Energize Me” blend, I combined olive oil (2 ounces) with 20 drops of lemon oil, ten drops of peppermint oil, and five drops of fir oil.
- “Romance” blend is composed of 2 ounces sweet almond oil, 15 drops rose oil and ten drops clary sage oil.
I enjoyed making these aromatherapy and essential oils blend, and it felt terrific giving them to my loved ones. Concocting these gifts felt wonderful.Indeed, giving is much better than receiving.