Want some DIY gift ideas using natural ingredients and essential oils?
Someone into natural health and beauty would love these items!
Check out these 10 DIY gifts with essential oils:
1. Simple Homemade Cleaner.
As simple as baking soda and essential oils in a pretty jar. I like the oily combination of Thieves, Peppermint, and Citrus. Perfect for cleaning the bathroom and scrubbing your nose. Super safe and smells great! For really good cleaning, add some vinegar.
2. Scented Play Dough.
Add essential oils (or even dry spice blends like Apple or Pumpkin!), glitter, and natural food coloring for pretty fun!
Simple play dough recipe: Mix in warm nonstick pan.
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups warm water
- 1 cup salt
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
Add essential oils, glitter, and natural food coloring and knead until desired consistency. Store in pretty jar with a ribbon. I like Cinnamon, Lavender, Citrus, or Peppermint. I’ve also added Magnesium oil for calming.
3. Beauty Serum.
Great for all skin types and smells amazing. Check out the recipe here. What lady wouldn’t love to find this in her stocking? Great way to get teens into a good skin care routine. Another super easy skin recipe is whipped coconut oil with Lavender.
4. Bath Soothers.
Add about 10-15 drops of any of these essential oils: Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Rosemary, Lavender, Clove, Cinnamon, Peppermint (decide what scents you love) to a baking soda paste (about 1-2 cups of baking soda with about 1/2 c water until it’s pasty like putty). Place in a pretty silicone muffin tray to dry for about 30 minutes. Pop out and store in a pretty bag with a ribbon. (Beware use with children. These are “hot” oils and could irritate lungs.)
5. Roll-on Blends.
Add essential oils to a carrier oil like Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Almond Oil, fractionated Coconut Oil, or V-6 for personalized blends in pretty and easy roll-on bottles. Some of my favorite oils and blends are Cedarwood and Lavender, Frankincense and Lemon, Thieves, Valor, Pine and Orange.
6. Scented Bath Salts.
1 c Epsom Salt, 1/2 c baking soda, 10 drops of a soothing essential oil like Lavender.
Mix and place in a pretty jar! Add a sprig of dried lavender and a little scoop to the ribbon for a pretty and useful present.
7. Scented Salt Dough Ornaments.
Pretty and fun for the whole family. Great for an ornament exchange party!
Recipe for salt dough ornaments:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup water
Add essential oils and natural food coloring to dough. Cut out in pretty shapes. Acrylic paints and glitter (optional). Bake at 225 F for 3-6 hours. Seal with lacquer (optional) but they will last longer and be shiny. Not sure if they will smell as great though. Add a hanging ribbon.
8. Pretty Soap.
You can get a goat’s milk soap base and melt it down. Add essential oils and oatmeal or dried herbs for extra oomph. Place in a pretty soap mold or silicone muffin tin to harden. Pop out and wrap up in pretty paper! See this soap recipe my kids use!
9. Sugar Scrub.
A great pampering gift for anyone! Makes skin smooth and smell great!
Melt coconut oil in a double boiler (I often just use a glass jar). Stir in white or brown sugar until desired consistency. Add essential oil and 1 drop of natural food coloring, if desired.
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 1½ – 2 cups sugar
- 5-10 drops Peppermint oil
I also really love this coffee sugar scrub!
10. Lip Balm.
Pamper those lips!
Recipe: Melt wax, honey, butter, and oil together in a glass jar or double boiler. Remove from heat and add essential oils. While still liquid, pour into a lip balm containers and cool until hardened. You can also use old mint tins or little balm jars.
- 1/4 Cup Beeswax
- 2 Teaspoons Honey
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 Cup shea or cocoa butter
- 10 drops of essential oil (whatever you like – Peppermint, Lavender, Citrus)
Shaun Hoobler says
That’s why I always have a lip balm wherever I go.
This looks so good! What great gifts for family and friends and to enjoy yourself!
Thanks for sharing! Does it keep long?