1/8 cup sunflower oil
1/2 teaspoon argan oil
4 Vitamin E capsules, punctured and drained
5 drops orange essential oil
2 drops cassia essential oil
3 drops copaiba essential oil
I mixed the sunflower oil, argan oil, and Vitamin E together until well combined. Then I played around with the essential oils until I was happy with the scent. Can't get much easier than that!
I'm happy to report that this works amazingly. I've been much better about moisturizing and have been using it every other day after I shower. I towel off just a little and then quickly apply the oil all over, avoiding any sensitive bits. The slight dampness left on my skin helps the oil to soak right in without leaving any greasy residue. It does such a good job moisturizing that I don't find I need to reapply between showers. If you do want to use it on completely dry skin, it takes a little longer to absorb, but it still works great.
The smell is perfect for this time of year too. I shower at night and I can smell the oil on me, at least through the next morning. It also works great as a perfume oil. Once the smell wears off, I've been dabbing a little on my pulse points so I can luxuriate even longer in the warm, cinnamony goodness.
- Make sure you are using high quality essential oils. My choice is still Young Living, since I know they are free of any additives and processed without chemicals.
- You can scent your oil however you like, but take into consideration the individual properties of any essential oils you are using. For example:
- Orange oil is photosensitive, meaning it increases sun sensitivity. I use the oil at night, so I'm not overly concerned, but if you are planning to use it during the day, you might want to avoid citrus oils.
- Cassia is a hot oil. Keep hot oils to a minimum or you risk discomfort or burning on application.
- You can vary the base oils too. I used mainly sunflower oil and boosted it with argan oil and Vitamin E, since I already had those on hand, but other oils like jojoba, grapeseed, sesame, or a mix of more than one of these, would also be effective.
- Store in a glass container. Essential oils can eat through plastic, which aside from being potentially messy, means that the toxins in the plastic can leech into your oil. Not good!
What's your favorite moisturizer? Ever tried making your own body oil?