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Eco Living: Relaxing Aromatherapy Body Oil
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Written by Li Wong of Earth Alkemie   

Happy Mother’s Day!  Celebrate your mom and Mother Earth with this fabulous, relaxing, all natural aromatherapy body oil!

Ingredients:

1 ounce of jojoba oil

5 drops of mandarin essential oil

2 drops of ylang ylang essential oil

Directions:

Add the jojoba oil to a clean, sanitized 1 ounce bottle.  Add the essential oils, cap, and shake well.  For best results, apply to damp skin.  

 

Notes:

This body oil doubles as a facial serum!  After cleansing and toning your face, apply 2 to 5 drops to damp skin.

There are a few kinds of mandarin essential oil: red, green, and yellow.  You can use whichever mandarin essential oil you like; they are all relaxing.  According to essential oil safety expert Robert Tisserand and chemist Rodney Young, mandarin essential oil is not phototoxic.  So this body oil can be used day or night.  I suggest using only organic citrus peel essential oils.

There are a few fractionations of ylang ylang essential oil, including extra, #1, #2, #3, and complete.  Extra and #1 are the earliest fractionations, and they are the most floral.  Extra and #1 are the favorites of many aromatherapists and perfumers, but they are usually more expensive.  The scent of extra and #1 is floral, sweet, with a slight almond note.  To my nose, #2 and #3 are still floral (but not as floral as extra and #1) but have green and woody notes.  I use all the different fractionations in aromatherapy and perfumery, but I like complete the best.  Complete is either a mix of all the different fractionations or it is a complete, full distillation.  To me, complete smells floral, complex, and well rounded.  You can use any of the fractionations for fragrance and to help soothe anxiety and stress.

Jojoba oil is a liquid wax that is similar to the skin’s sebum.  It is great for all skin types, and absorbs quickly into the skin.  Jojoba has a very long shelf life.  I recommend using cold pressed, unrefined or expeller pressed, unrefined jojoba oil.  Try to use organic jojoba oil, if possible.  If you don’t have jojoba oil, feel free to use your favorite carrier oil.

For best results use this blend up within six months to a year.  Store your aromatherapy body oil in a cool, dark, but not damp place, such as a fridge or a non-humid room.  Shelf life is measured from the time the plants are harvested.  Ingredients are usually a few months old or more by the time they reach your hands, so take this into account when making products.

You can add an antioxidant to prevent oxidation and help keep your blend fresher for longer.  Vitamin E or rosemary oil extract are great antioxidants to use in oil based blends.  The amount of antioxidant to add depends on the manufacturer.  Vitamin E and rosemary oil extract are made in different strengths.  So for some brands you may use a single drop for several ounces of product, and for other brands you’d use a much larger amount for one ounce of product.  

 

 

 

About The Author: 

Li Wong is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and perfume company.  She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy.  Li has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001.  Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception.   She is the all natural beauty website’s Eco Living and DIY Natural Beauty Formulating Expert, and the anb’s mall Eco Living writer. http://www.anbportal.com/meet_the_all_natural_beauty_experts.htm  

For more information on environmental issues, Eco Living, natural cosmetics, aromatherapy, and herbalism check out: Solarkat’s Eco Blog:  http://solarkateco.blogspot.com/

For information on Earth Alkemie's products (skin care, hair care, perfumes, DIY raw ingredients, and containers), properties of natural ingredients, the benefits of natural cosmetics, and green business practices, please visit Earth Alkemie’s blog: http://www.earthalkemie.com/blog  

For Earth Alkemie's news and products, environmental issues, eco living, herbalism, aromatherapy, and crafting tips, visit Earth Alkemie's face book fan page: https://www.facebook.com/EarthAlkemie 

 
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