Follow Up Friday

Oil Cleansing Method

Each Friday I will be reviewing my experience with the Make Your Own Monday DIY of the week. This week was the Oil Cleansing Method. I’ve heard about it before Monday, but I’ve been too nervous to try as my skin is very prone to breakouts and is very sensitive. This was just the push I need. I used 20% Castor Oil and 80% Grapeseed oil with 1% Dilution Lavender Essential Oil for my sensitive skin.

To do this, I don’t even remove my makeup first. I add about a quarter-size amount of oil to my hand and rub together to get it warm. It’s really need to feel it heating in your hands! Then apply to your face and massage for at least 3 minutes. I try to let my mind drift and massage as long as possible. Afterwards, use water as hot as you can stand on a wash cloth, ring it out, and lay it over your face. Let it steam your face until the cloth gets cool (about a minute). Repeat with heating the wash cloth and steaming at least once more, but I usually do it three times. On the last time, gently wipe off the remaining oil.

Results? I had three tiny pimples show up, but I understand this is normal when you first start as you’re drawing out the gunk…or so they say. I’m going to keep it up for another week, but this time I’m going to use Sunflower Seed oil as it’s less comedogenic (less likely to cause breakouts).

Over all, I find it relaxing and look forward to it each night. The only downside is you should really use a new washcloth each time, so that creates more laundry. It’s also suggested to not use fabric softener of your washcloths, so that means a separate load just for washcloths.


Dilution? What’s that?

What do I mean by Dilution? I mention it a lot in my recipes.

I base all my recipe dilutions on the chart based on  Robert Tisserand’s Dilution Chart as he, literally, wrote the book on Essential Oil Safety. The chart is gracefully provided by Plant Therapy. Why do I prefer Plant Therapy over other brands? I’ll cover that in another post.

Plant Therapy Essential Oil Dilution Charrt

So, for example, a 2% dilution would be 18 drops total of essential oils for 30 mls of carrier (oil, lotions, etc). The viscosity of the carrier does not impact the dilution rate.

Essential oils should be diluted with very few exceptions. Firstly, essential oils evaporate VERY quickly. Secondly, “neat” use (aka use without a carrier), can cause sensitization. Once you’re sensitized, you can never use that oil again.

Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin

Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin

Adapted from Thank Your Body to fit in 1 deodorant tube. I had a tiny bit I couldn’t fit in the 2.5 oz tube, but it does settle as it cools; so, you could, theoretically, keep it on the stove with the heat turned off to keep it melted and then pour the tiny bit left at the end.

2.5 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1.5 Tablespoons Beeswax
1 Tablespoon Shea Butter
2.5 Tablespoons Arrowroot Powder
0.5 Tablespoons Baking Soda
5 drops tea tree essential oil

In a small saucepan, heat Coconut Oil, Beeswax, and Shea Butter on low until melted. Remove from heat and whisk in Arrowroot Powder and Baking Soda. Add tea tree oil and whisk until smooth. Pour into 2.5 oz deodorant tube and let harden for at least 2 hours.

Results: It was warm for October today, but I wore long sleeves because I’m a crazy person. It DID, however, allow me to sweat a little and really test this out! And……….I still smell fresh!

You can bump up the dilution to 18 drops for a 0.5% dilution or probably even do a 1% dilution if you wanted. I stuck with the recipe’s dilution for my trial run. I’ll increase the dilution next time I make it.

You can use any oils that are good at zapping odor, or use Plant Therapy’s Deodorizing Synergy.

Lemon + Honey Foaming Face & Body Wash

DIY Lemon + Honey Foaming Face & Body Wash

Adapted from A House In The Hills

2/3 Cup Distilled or Boiled Water (cooled to Room-Temp).
3 Tablespoons Castile Soap
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Glycerin
1-2 Tablespoons Jojoba oil
1-1 1/2 Tablespoon(s) Raw Honey
15 drops tea trea oil
15 drops lemon oil
Top with more water if needed

In an 8 oz Foaming Soap Dispenser, add all ingredients in order listed. I had to stir/whisk mine with a fork to get the honey to disperse.

This has been the BEST body wash I’ve ever used. I love how SOFT I feel!

Oil Cleansing Method

Oil Cleansing Method

Each week Plant Therapy writes a blog called “Make Your Own Monday“.

On Fridays, I plan to do a post called “Follow Up Friday” where I try the recipe of the week.

This week the recipe was on the Oil Cleansing Method where you basically wash your face with oil instead of soap in water because Like removes Like, aka, oil removes oil.

Wish me luck! I’m prone to breakouts and have sensitive skin, so I followed Plant Therapy’s guide on which oil is best for me (Grapeseed for oily skin) and Lavender Essential Oil for sensitive skin. I only made a little bit so I could see how my skin reacts. My goal is to do this each night all week and report back with my results on Follow Up Friday!

Vanilla Whipped Body Butter

Vanilla Whipped Body Butter

Adapted from


1 cup Cocoa Butter, grated or discs
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
15 drops Vanilla CO2 Extract
1/2 Cup jojoba Oil or Almond Oil

Heat Cocoa Butter and Coconut oil on low heat just until melted. Once completely melted, remove from heat and add Vanilla EO and jojoba oil. Refrigerate for 30 minutes until 1 hour just until slightly hardened. After the first 30 minutes, check every 15 minutes. Once slightly hardened, whip with a hand-mixer until thick and creamy. Transfer to containers.

I really like this body butter, but I would suggest making it into lotion bars instead of using a container. Since I used containers, I just scoop some out with a spoon and apply.

Massage (Lotion) Candles

DIY Massage (Lotion) Candles

Adapted from Soap Deli News Blog

65 grams soy wax
10 grams shea butter
45 drops essential oils (2% dilution)

I did 15 drops Vanilla CO2 Extract, 15 drops Sweet Orange, 10 drops Ylang Ylang, and 5 drops Sandalwood.

Use a kitchen scale to measure each ingredient and tare (zero) in between. Add ingredients to a small saucepan and heat on low heat just until melted.

Pour into 4 oz tin container and add wick. You may have to trim it to make it stand up on it’s own. Theoretically, you should tie it to something and let it hang straight down, but I’m a rebel.

To wash the pan, soy wax IS water soluble, so you can add soap and barely scrub and then rinse with water. Easy peasy!

I multiplied my recipe by 3 and did all three at once. It came out to three 4 oz containers perfectly.

Once wax is hardened, trim wick to 1/4 inch above wax. Light candle until wax melts a bit and then blow out. Wait a couple of minutes for it to cool slightly and then use as a massage oil or lotion.