Enjoy the thought of creating your own one-of-a-kind home spa products? Have wanted to try it but don’t know where to begin? It can be incredibly fun, extremely rewarding and get you by in a pinch, when you’ve run out of your favourite skin care product. It may sound like a difficult and time-consuming task but it is actually quite simple, if you know the right ingredients and how to combine them. For our customers who wish to do it themselves, Chiluna has gathered a selection of natural recipes that will give you the opportunity to mix up your own indulgent body and skin care products that are as effective as they are aromatic.
We have put together this list of handcrafted recipes in a way that is purposely designed to blend natural and simple ingredients into easy formulations. The step-by-step instructions will show you how to use oils, herbs, and other easy-to-find ingredients to make wonderfully nourishing organic skin care recipes. It takes very little time, usually just a few minutes, and the ingredients can usually be purchased at your local health food store. Please be sure to buy organic or wild crafted ingredients whenever possible.
DIY – FACE
OATMEAL FACIAL SCRUB
This is a simple recipe that is super soothing and nourishing for the face. Oats, honey and oils create a powerful combination of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and moisturizing properties to benefit all skin types.
- ½ cup coarsely ground oats (you don’t want a fine grind)
- 2-3 Tablespoons oil – sweet almond, avocado or olive are great choices.
- 1 Tablespoon liquid honey
- 10-20 drops of your favourite essential oil – chamomile, lavender, rose, geranium and frankincense are all soothing for the face.
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix until thoroughly blended. Apply by gently rubbing it in small circles over your face, rinse off with warm water and pat dry. This scrub can be stored in a clean jar or container with a lid and used within 2-3 months.
This version is an absolute favourite for gently removing all of your eye makeup, even that stubborn waterproof mascara. It’s an easy formulation that is completely natural, non-irritating, inexpensive and highly effective.
- 3 Tablespoons aloe vera gel
- 1 Tablespoon jojoba oil
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 Capsule vitamin E
Gently warm water some water in a saucepan on low heat. Add coconut oil to a clean glass jar and place the jar in the saucepan. Let sit until oil is completely liquefied. Remove from stove, add jojoba, aloe and vitamin E and stir until thoroughly combined. Place a lid on the jar and refrigerate to preserve freshness.
To use, scoop out a small amount with a clean utensil, rub between your fingers to melt and gently massage into the skin. Wipe away makeup with a clean cosmetic pad.
Note: If storing it in the refrigerator is not convenient for you then just omit the aloe vera gel completely and blend only the oils together. It is just as effective, just a little more oily.
Tea tree oil is a fabulous alternative for easing the irritation of blemishes. And this beautiful combination will not only help with those periodic breakouts but can be especially soothing to the skin.
- 1 ounce (or 2 Tablespoons) jojoba oil
- 10 drops tea tree oil
- 10 drops lavender oil
- 5 drops rosemary oil
- 3 drops lemon oil
Fill a small bottle (1 ounce size is perfect if you have it) with the jojoba oil. Add essential oils, cover and shake well. To use, apply a few drops to a cotton pad or fingertips and dab on affected area.
DIY – HAIR
DRY SCALP SCRUB
Dry, itchy scalp along is such a common problem, especially during the winter months. Here is another easy to create formula that is refreshing for the scalp, can help stimulate blood flow and help remove product build-up. Once again, Jojoba is utilized as it is intensely nourishing and the closest to our skins sebum.
- 4 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 Tablespoons jojoba oil
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 5 drops tea tree oil
- 5 drops lavender oil
- 5 drops rosemary or clary sage oil
Combine brown sugar and jojoba oil together in a clean glass jar. Add in honey and mix well, then blend in essential oils. Place a lid on the jar and store in a cool place for up to 3 months. It is easiest to use in the shower by scooping out a small amount and applying to scalp, massaging in a gentle circular motion. Leave in for a few minutes before rinsing. Use only once every week or two.
CONDITIONING ANTI-FRIZZ SERUM
Hair serums can help protect your hair from damage caused by heat tools, brushing, combing, and environmental elements. They combat dryness, damage, split ends, and frizz. They make your hair more manageable, less tangled, reduce static electricity, and restore shine. Simply amazing products!
- 3 Tablespoons sweet almond oil
- ½ Tablespoon avocado oil
- ½ Tablespoon castor oil
- 10 drops essential oils of your choice (we really like the scent of spearmint in this formula)
Combine all ingredients into a glass bottle or jar (a 2 ounce bottle would be great if you have one) and shake well before each use. Apply a small amount to damp hair before blow-drying or apply a very small amount to dry hair for smoothing out the frizzies and adding shine.
DIY – BODY
Unlike a traditional shaving cream, this recipe contains no soap. Conventional soap tends to dry out skin, while the oils here will create a moisturizing and protective layer over your skin as you shave.
- 1/3 cup shea butter
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup jojoba or sweet almond oil
- 10 drops rosemary oil
- 5 drops peppermint oil
In a double boiler (or a glass bowl set over a saucepan of water) melt the shea butter and coconut oil over low heat. Once melted, remove from heat and transfer to a heat safe bowl. Add the jojoba (or sweet almond oil) and the essential oils and stir until well blended. Place in the refrigerator until the mixture solidifies. Remove from refrigerator and whip using a hand beater or stand mixer until light and fluffy. Scoop into a clean glass jar with a lid and store in a cool, dry place for up to 3 months.
To use, simply scoop out a small amount and spread on desired area. This cream will melt a bit on your skin as you apply it. This is okay. Just make a thin layer of the oil and shave as usual.
We’ve added this simple recipe for those who like to use natural deodorants. If you use a deodorant that contains baking soda and you’ve developed irritation or rash from time to time this could be an easy solution for you. Often the cause of the irritation can be an imbalance of the pH in the armpit. This imbalance may have been present previously or can be a result of using baking soda. Either way, with a pH similar to skin, apple cider vinegar can help restore and balance your skin’s pH.
- ½ cup distilled or purified water
- 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Mix ingredients into a clean glass jar or bottle and shake well. Place a lid on the jar and refrigerate to preserve freshness. Dab a small amount of balancer onto cotton ball and gently rub into armpits. Wait a couple of minutes (until it dries) and then apply natural deodorant as usual. Apply 1-2 times per week
Note: Some have found this recipe to be completely effective as a deodorant on it’s own and have not gone back to using any other deodorant (natural or otherwise).
HERBAL BATH SALTS
This is a fabulous and rejuvenating formula that is inexpensive and easy to make. The ingredients are simple yet powerful. Benefits include: easing stress, relaxing the body and mind, soothing sore achy muscles and releasing toxins. A must-have for the recipe book!
- 2 cups Epsom salts
- 1 cup sea salt
- ½ cup dried herbs (combine any mixture that appeals to you – chamomile, lavender, mint, lemon balm, rosemary, calendula etc..)
- 3 Tablespoons of oil – jojoba, olive, avocado, sweet almond are all excellent choices
- 30-50 drops of your favourite essential oil, or a combination of your favourites
In a large bowl, thoroughly combine salts and herbs together using a spoon or whisk. Add in oil 1 Tablespoon at a time until completely mixed in. Stir in essential oils a few drops at a time and then transfer entire mixture to a clean glass jar with a lid. Store in a cool, dry place. Add ½ cup of mixture to warm bath water and enjoy!
Okay, so the truth is, you really can’t have big, long-lasting bubble without using surfactants. And that obviously is not a natural or healthy ingredient for the skin and body. This natural recipe, however, is our favourite alternative and it still creates great bubbles, offers wonderful skin-smoothing properties and is a fabulous, aromatic way to relax. Give it a try – we think you’ll be amazed!
- 1 cup pure, vegetable based, unscented castile soap
- ¼ cup pure vegetable glycerin
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 20-30 drops essential oils of choice
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Transfer to a clean glass container with a lid and let sit for 24 hours before using. Add up to ¼ cup to running bath water. Store in a cool, dark place for 2-3 months.