Fall is the perfect time to pamper your skin and hair with nurturing self-care. Essential oils are a great way to do this, as they provide natural and effective solutions for your beauty needs. In this article, you’ll learn about five essential oil DIY recipes that make it easy to create your own natural beauty products right at home. Whether you’re looking for a simple way to relax after a long day or give yourself a spa treatment without leaving the house, these DIY recipes will surely help you embrace the fall season.
Benefits of Essential Oils for Skin and Hair
Essential oils can significantly benefit the hair and skin. They can help reduce redness and inflammation, prevent breakouts, improve the health of your hair and scalp, provide a soothing effect, and ward off bacteria and germs. Additionally, some essential oils have been shown to have regenerative properties that can support the skin’s innate skill to repair and restore.
When using essential oils on the skin or hair, always combine them with a carrier oil before use and conduct a patch test before applying the mixture to a larger area to ensure you don’t have an adverse reaction. Additionally, avoid contact with your eyes and mouth.
Essential Oils to Evoke Feelings of Fall
When we think of fall, certain aromas come to mind, whether that be the smell of a pumpkin spice latte, apple cider, or autumn leaves. Below are some of the best essential oils that can bring the spirit of fall to life, especially when combined.
- Clove Bud
- Black Pepper
- Star anise
Top Fall Beauty DIYs Using Essential Oils
Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite fall-inspired hair and skin beauty DIYs that use essential oils. They are easy to make and use many household ingredients. Try them out yourself this year.
Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm
As the season changes, so does the weather and your skin’s needs. This recipe from Professional Aromatherapist Amy Galper is ideal for the cool fall days as it helps to soothe and restore dry lips.
- Lip balm tubes or tins
- Mini whisk
- Double boiler
- Kitchen scale
- 11 grams of beeswax
- 14 grams of shea butter (refined and deodorized or raw virgin)
- 28 grams of virgin pumpkin seed oil
- 20 grams of vanilla-infused jojoba oil
- 1 gram of buriti oil
- 8 drops of Orange Essential Oil
- 3-4 drops of Clove Bud Essential Oil
- 4 drops of Ginger Essential Oil
Measure the beeswax and shea butter and place them on the top of a double boiler, and wait until the mixture is completely combined and melted.
Add the pumpkin seed oil and vanilla-infused jojoba oil and stir with the whisk.
Remove from heat and add buriti oil, orange essential oil, clove bud essential oil, and ginger essential oils and stir. Pour into your lip balm tubes or tins. Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes. Apply to your lips and enjoy!
Revitalizing Scalp and Hair Oil Treatment
Invigorate and restore an itchy scalp and add luster and shine to hair with this quick and easy recipe from Aromatics International that combines rosemary, cedarwood, lavender, and peppermint essential oils with argan oil.
- 3 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
- 3 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil
- 3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 3 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- 1 fl oz of Argan Oil
Add the essential oils and 1 fl oz of argan oil to a small bottle. Cap the bottle and shake it gently. Massage a generous amount of the blend into your scalp and through the ends of your hair. Avoiding the eyes and mouth. Wrap your hair in a towel and leave it on for 1 to 2 hours and then shampoo and condition as usual.
Apple Orchard Whipped Body Butter
Looking for an all-natural way to moisturize and replenish dry skin? Look no further! This recipe modified from Cliganic combines deeply nourishing skin oils and essential oils for maximum effect. Plus, it smells wonderful.
- Small metal or glass bowl
- Glass beaker or measuring cup
- Stirrers, either metal or glass
- Electric Mixer, like a Kitchenaid, or a hand-held mixer.
- Digital Scale
- Silicone spatula
- 2 (2 oz / 50 gram) glass jars with tight fitting lids
- Blank Labels
- Parchment Paper
- 50 grams if Shea Butter
- 2 tsp of Rosehip Oil
- 2 tsp of Argan Oil
- 20 drops of Vitamin E Oil
- 2 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil
- 3 drops of Ginger Essential Oil
- 8 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil
- 7 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Before starting to make the recipe make sure the area where you will be blending is very clean. That means wiping down counter spaces with rubbing alcohol and putting away any food items and extra clutter. Once your counter space, or table top is clean, line the area with some parchment paper, pull your hair back and thoroughly wash your hands. Set out your digital scale and all other blending tools so they are easy to grab when needed.
Bring out all of your ingredients so they are accessible. Using your small digital scale, and measuring spoons, start measuring out each ingredient separately into their own beaker or measuring cup, until you have every ingredient laid out in front of you. Pour together all the carrier oils and essential oils into a beaker and mix thoroughly and set aside.
Add the Shea Butter to the medium size mixing bowl and start whipping it with your mixer until the butter is light and fluffy. Once the Shea Butter reaches this consistency, slowly start drizzling in your blended carrier oils and essential oils, making sure to scrape down the sides until the butter is velvety and creamed.
Using your spatula, portion out the butter into your 2 glass jars and cap tightly. Create a name for your butter and write the name and the ingredients on your label and affix to your jars. Use as often as needed.
Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Sugar Scrub
Brown sugar, coconut oil, and a variety of aromatic essential oils come together in this body scrub recipe from New Direction Aromatics. It’s great for removing dead skin and leaves your legs, feet, and arms soft and glowing.
- Glass bowl
- 4 oz glass jar with lid
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar (packed down)
- 1/4 cup Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 3 drops Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
- 3 drops Ginger Essential Oil
- 2 drops Nutmeg Essential Oil
- 2 drops Cardamom Essential Oil
Place the brown sugar in the glass bowl. Add pumpkin pie spice to brown sugar and stir. Add essential oils to the fractionated coconut oil and blend in. Combine the oils with the sugar mixture and blend well. Once blended, place the sugar scrub into the 4 oz jar. Gently massage legs, hands, arms, and feet with the mixture and wash off with water.
Autumn is an excellent time for self-reflection and self-care as we move into the year's colder months. Keep your hair and skin in tip-top shape by crafting these DIY recipes and consider making a double batch so you have plenty to use all season. Not sure where to start when it comes to choosing essential oils? Take a look at this article: Essential Oil Buyer’s Guide: How to Select High-Quality Products.