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Forget Sephora: Winter Skin Care Samadhi Starts with 3 Homemade Products.

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Until recently, I used to purchase all my skincare items at the local drugstore.

Then I came upon an article about essential oils and their beneficial properties.

The literature posited an interesting suggestion: One could create a skin care routine that was effective, relatively inexpensive, and fun to use, by combining essential oils and items which could also be found in the pantry.

I will admit: initially I thought it sounded like a bunch New-Agey hogwash. Couldn’t a radiant complexion only be obtained by dropping $268 for pricey, wallet-busting cosmeceuticals at Sephora? Who puts straight oil on the skin?

The logic is counter-intuitive.

So, I tried it! And I love it! My skin has never felt softer or lighter—and my wallet has never been heavier!

After a bit of tinkering, I have devised a new skin care regimen for late fall. I am…shhhh!….going to share the recipes.

(A caveat: Essential oils are very concentrated. Some people have allergies or sensitivities to essential oils. Please, please be aware of this. Do not test new oils directly on the face. Test each finished product on a small patch of skin before use.)

Face Oil:

1 oz. avocado oil
2 drops ylang ylang oil
2 drops jasmine oil (Or other essential oils of your choice.)

Place in a small bottle with dropper. Shake to blend. Keep out of sunlight. Use several drops per day for cleansing and moisturizing. You will want to keep this away from eyes.

Face Toner:

a few sprays of rose water after cleansing

Toning and refreshing! Keep in the refrigerator if you desire a cold spray!

Under Eye Cream/ Dry Hand Cream:

one tablespoon of high quality, organic coconut oil
one drop essential oil of your choice (I like geranium or lavender)

Voila! Self-sufficiency never felt so fun!

It is best to purchase the highest grade, organic essential oils and oils possible. (I used Aura Cacia and NOW! essential oils.)

 

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Honora Bowen Dec 19, 2014 1:48am

There are a few elements of this article which are concerning to me from a nationally certified massage therapist point of view. Aromatherapy is something which involves a lot of research and generally is taught as a class. These recipes are not safe for everybody.

Take jasmine essential oil as an example. It has a lot of healing properties, such as being an antispasmodic, antidepressant, and antiseptic. However, it is also an emmenagogue, galactagogue, and parturient, meaning it can induce menstrual cycles, milk secretion, and uterine contractions, respectively. It shouldn’t be used by pregnant women, and honestly isn’t the best essential oil for skin care either. Yes, it smells wonderful—but would I use it on a facial product? Absolutely not.

There are much better essential oils for overall skin care. Examples are lavender, rose geranium, and chamomile.

Another thing I would like to point out is that it is absolutely not advisable to use any “essential oils of your choice.” Why? Well, because unless you are an aromatherapist with an education about essential oils, you are basically pretending to be a chemist or herbologist based on whims and smells.

Did you know that if you put one drop of citrus essential oil (such as mandarin, lemon, lime, bergamot, or neroli) on your face and expose it to the sun, you will obtain second degree burns? Well, good thing you’re reading this comment thread, isn’t it?

Safe recommendations: Use salt and olive oil. Start there.

Carlislie Leann Dec 8, 2013 11:54pm

Well written post… whatever the season, healthy or glowing skin is cornerstone of beauty confidence. Thanks for warned me in your post regarding allergies and sensitivities through the use of oils. But, use of oils does tanned my skin so what can I do.. Thanks for sharing this amazing post.

Ali Dec 6, 2013 4:09pm

Even for combination skin with acne? Or is there a certain recipe?

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Marthe Weyandt is a Pittsburgh-based yoga instructor and freelance writer. She enjoys traveling and spending time in the great outdoors. She is currently learning to play guitar, albeit badly and at frequencies only dogs can hear. She believes in the power of the word, creatively and lovingly rendered, to create positive change in the world. She has a Bachelor’s in English and Religion from Dickinson College and a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University. She spent two years as an English instructor with the United States Peace Corps in Madagascar. Check out some of her other work here.