A beginner’s guide to aromatherapy DIY projects

Sanda Fischer is a student in Humber Colleges public relations program. Fischers interests include: writing, crafting, playing with her cats and trying to figure out a direction in life.


Are you looking for a new do-it-yourself project but don’t know where to start? Look no further — I’m going to introduce you to the world of aromatherapy DIY projects to help spark new inspiration, save you money and improve your personal well-being with fun, low cost projects.

For me, it all started with an idea. Well, a fact really — I needed a new hobby. Bored senseless during my spare time I tried tons of different hobbies. Knitting never worked out of me; any art project I attempted to complete looked like the effort of a six-year-old; I’ve killed every plant I’ve ever owned so gardening was out of the question; and everything else I may have feigned interest in was either out of my price range or inaccessible.

“What kind of hobbies do you have?”  That is one of the most uncomfortable questions to get asked in early adulthood. Most people won’t take “drinking” or “questioning my life choices” as legitimate answer.  I do have interests, but let’s be honest, does anyone want to sit next to you at a dinner party and discuss your cat’s digestive habits? I’m guessing not.

I finally had a breakthrough shopping on Amazon during a shift at work. I found a set of essential oils from Eden’s Garden for a reasonable price. After much debate I decided to bite the bullet and buy a set.

Once the package arrived at my door, my search for a hobby ended. After spending hours researching and testing different uses for oils, today I am here to impart some of my wisdom for those of you who want to get started with aromatherapy and all the fun that comes with it for your own DIY at home beauty and wellness products.


Starting off with essential oils

Here is some basic information about essential oils you need to know before you start creating your own products:

– There are three different levels of fragrances: top, middle and base notes. When using essential oils to fragrance a DIY project you should use a 30/50/20  balance of the notes respectively.

– Use caution with citrus oils and the sun because they will make your skin more vulnerable to sunlight through photosensitizing. Citrus oils should NEVER be used in lip balms.

– Cinnamon and mint oils smell great but they should be used sparingly. They are warming and could irritate your skin, especially in sensitive areas like your face.

– Essential oils should not be used when you are pregnant, breast-feeding or for young children.

– Buy high-quality, therapeutic grade oils from reputable sellers; there are a lot of fragrance oils masquerading as essential oils. While these may be cheaper than pure oils, you will not get the same benefits from them and they may irritate your skin.


Basic Starter Recipes

Below listed are a couple recipes I started with which still remain staples. All supplies should be easy and inexpensive to find. Feel free to try different oils but these recipes are my personal favorites:

Easy Sugar Scrub

  •  One cup sugar (brown, raw, castor or white)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 sweet almond oil
  •  1 tbsp. kiwi seeds (optional, can be substituted with another type of seed)
  •  Sweet orange, pink grapefruit, lime essential oils
  •  One air tight jar
  1. Mix sugar and oil together until they form a paste like constancy. The texture can vary based on personal preference.
  2.  Add essential oils and kiwi seeds. Stir until well-combined.
  3.  Store in an air-tight jar in a dark place for up to eight months.

Tip: you can replace the sugar with salt for more invigorating.


Aromatherapy Cold and Congestion Shower Fizzy

  •  Two cups baking soda
  • One cup citric acid
  •  Witch hazel in spray bottle
  •  Eucalyptus, peppermint and rosemary essential oils
  • Ice cube tray
  1.   Pour one cup citric acid into a medium-sized bowl with two cups baking soda. Mix will. Be cautious if you have a sensitive nose as the mixture will produce dust.
  2.  Slowly add essential oils and combine well.
  3.  Stirring continuously, spray the mixture slowly with witch hazel. It is very important to constantly mix otherwise it will cause your fizzes to prematurely react.
  4. Continue adding witch hazel until the mixture has reached a consistency similar to wet sand.  You should be able to squeeze it in your hand without any crumbling.
  5.  Pack firmly into ice-cube tray and leave to harden overnight.
  6. Pop out the shower fizzy and wrap in tin foil. They are ready for use immediately!

Tip: these fizzes can also be used as bath bombs; however, make sure you decrease the amount of essential oil in the recipe to avoid your skin being irritated.

So if you’re struggling to find a new hobby and want to benefit your mind, body and spirit, try out aromatherapy! Your mind and body will feel better and you’ll smell great too!

If you’re interested in more recipes the best resource I’ve found online is Soap Queen. There are step-by-step tutorials (including videos) for all skill levels and product recommendations from Bramble Berry, a favourite website among soap-makers and DIY-ers.

Have more questions or want to know more information? Post them in the comments below and I’ll help you out! Happy DIY-ing.


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