Word of warning – As you start working on your various homemade essential oils recipes to give away as gifts, whether you are making lotion with essential oils or creating unique seasonal diffuser blends, you will be tempted to keep some for yourself. And you should.
When working on things to make with essential oils, make sure you make enough to give away and for yourself too!
Giving gifts using homemade essential oils recipes is a great way to show you care with more meaningful and personalized gifts, especially to friends and family who enjoy a more natural and organic approach to health and beauty.
What Can You Make With Essential Oils?
Wondering what can you make with essential oils? The one word answer is ‘plenty’!
From lip balms and bath bombs to body butters and bath salts, there really are a lot of things to make with essential oils. You can find DIY projects at varying difficulty levels and a wide budget range too.
Here you will find plenty of ideas for things you can make with essential oils. You may want to start with the easier projects if this is your first DIY attempt. If you are a DIY enthusiast, go ahead and try them all!
Ideas for bath and beauty items to make with essential oils include:
- Bath Salts
- Bath Bombs
- Body Scrubs
- Body Butter
- Lip Balm
- Face Mask
- Foot Cream
Ideas for things to make with essential oils for the home & general use include:
- Drawer Sachets
- Room Sprays
- Pine Cones
1. Bath Salts
Everyone loves a little pampering, which puts bath salts high on the list of the best DIY gifts you can make with essential oils.
There are many benefits to choosing bath salts as a DIY gift. For one thing, they are inexpensive and easy to make at home. You need only a few ingredients and there are only a few simple steps to follow.
This is one of those aromatherapy gift ideas that just about anyone on your list is sure to love.
2. Bath Bombs
Bath bombs are the ultimate luxury bath item and make a fun addition to any aromatherapy gift basket. They are fun to make too!
Not only can you make DIY bath bombs in just about any color, design, or size you want, you also have a choice of scents, textures, and types as well.
Word of warning – making DIY bath bombs is addictive so keep plenty of time aside for this enjoyable activity.
Whether you want to make floral, fresh, sweet or decadent bath bombs, it’s super easy to do this with essential oils.
Use these essential oils to get your desired scent:
- Floral bath bombs – Add a few drops of geranium, jasmine or clary sage essential oil.
- Sweet bath bombs – A few drops of lavender, Roman chamomile or rose will do the trick.
- Fresh bath bombs – Add any citrus essential oil to give your bath bombs a fresh energizing scent. My favorites are bergamot, lemon, and grapefruit.
- Decadent bath bombs – A few drops of vanilla are all you need to make bath bombs that are divinely decadent.
3. Body Scrubs
What’s not to love about body scrubs – you take just a little bit, rub gently into your skin for a minute and wash off with lukewarm water. The tiny grains in the scrub slough off the top layer of dead skin cells, leaving your skin looking silky smooth.
Everyone on your list will be excited to receive one of these in their basket, even more so if you use a body scrub recipe with essential oils. The essential oil works its moisturizing and healing magic on the skin while you are rubbing the scrub over your skin.
You can make either salt scrubs or sugar scrubs to give away as gifts. A sugar scrub is similar to a salt scrub, except that you use sugar instead of salt.
Most people prefer one or the other but sugar scrubs are the better option for someone with sensitive skin as they have a softer, finer texture.
You use only a few drops of essential oil so it is not much more expensive. Once you learn how to make sugar scrubs with essential oils, you’ll never want to use any other inorganic substitute.
DIY salt or sugar scrubs made using a body scrub recipe with essential oils make a wonderful addition to any bath and body gift basket.
4. Body Butter
Another personal care gift you can make with essential oils is body butter. A body butter is similar to lotion and other moisturizers, but it is thicker and provides even more pampering.
When infused with essential oils, body butter does more than just soften the skin. As you massage the aromatic essential oil infused body butter into your skin, you also get the therapeutic benefits of the oil that is used.
Slathering aromatic body butter all over is a fabulous way to pamper yourself after you get out of the shower, especially during the winter months.
I’ve got a fabulous recipe for making a Scented Butter with Jasmine Essential Oil. Jasmine oil has a heady, aphrodisiac aroma. Slathering this Jasmine-Scented Body Butter over your skin is a subtle but effective way to ramp up the passion in the bedroom.
5. Lip Balm
A lip balm is a fun beauty product to make with essential oils and other natural ingredients.
These oils give the lip balm a lovely scent, while the other ingredients work to keep your lips soft, and smooth.
Here’s a quick and easy recipe for making your own Luscious Beeswax Lip Balm.
6. Face Mask
A face mask using essential oils does double duty when applied to the skin. The emollient ingredients provide deep moisturizing while the essential oil that you add to it provides its unique therapeutic benefits.
With a little thought, you can truly personalize an essential oil face mask for your recipient. Adding a few drops of tea tree oil will help reduce inflammation and flare-ups for somebody suffering from acne. Myrrh or frankincense are great additions to any anti-aging face mask.
7. Foot Cream
Massaging the feet with a thick, all-natural foot cream is a great way to pamper the feet. It feels like heaven on a particularly tiring day spent on your feet.
Foot creams keep the feet hydrated and prevent dry skin and cracked heels. A few drops of essential oil will add an extra layer of sweet-smelling moisturizing goodness.
Potpourri is one of the easiest things to make with essential oils and the best part about this gift is that everyone who receives it is sure to love it. I have yet to meet someone who does not love potpourri.
Your potpourri gift will essentially consist of dried flowers, leaves, twigs, and herbs that are put together in varying combinations and topped off with a few drops of essential oil.
The most difficult part about making potpourri with essential oils is choosing which oil to use.
Lavender essential oil is an all-time favorite and works well any time of the year. However, if you are making a gift to give during the holidays, you may want to use a seasonal scent to make it smell like peppermint candy or Christmas trees.
9. Drawer Sachets
Drawer sachets are another super easy aromatherapy gift idea to make using any essential oil. They also fit into just about any budget.
If you want to save money on your DIY drawer sachets, you can grow your own herbs and make your own essential oils for the purpose.
These drawer sachets are very easy to make, with some variations requiring no sewing at all.
Although DIY candles with essential oils may seem like a basic gift at first, the beauty of gifting candles is their incredible versatility. There’s no limit to the options you have with gifting candles.
You can personalize the candle for the recipient by choosing seasonal scents and colors.
You can take it one step further by adding a few accessories and transform a simple candle into something special for your recipient.
You’ll be surprised when you see how easy it is to make your own beeswax candles with essential oils.
11. Room Spray
Room sprays are one of the more practical items to make using essential oils. Your recipients will be glad to have an all-natural spray that they can use instead of the other chemical laden alternatives.
Room sprays can be used as a room air freshener to cover up certain odors or to simply imbue the room with a cozy Christmas scent.
They can also be used on linens safely since you will be using all-natural ingredients.
12. Car Air-Freshener
Every driver on your list is going to love your home-made car air fresheners with essential oils.
Air-fresheners made with essential oils are so much healthier than their perfumed alternatives.
They are so easy to make too!
13. Scented Pine Cones
Scented pine cones are easy to make and can be used just about anywhere. Place a whole bunch of them in a bowl on your center or side table, use a few as fillers in your gift baskets, or stick one or two on your wrapped gifts.
Infuse the smells of the season in all rooms of your home by simply placing a couple of your DIY scented pinecones on the mantelpiece, dining table, kitchen shelf and other small shelves around the house.
I’ve put together some easy ideas on how to make scented pine cones with essential oils.
Dare I say, that’s just a small list of things to make with essential oils. The list is not done yet. This is just the beginning.
I am still experimenting and looking out for more ideas of what to make with essential oils and will keep adding to the list.
For LOTS more ideas for things to make with essential oils and other natural ingredients, check out The Handcrafter’s Companion. This book is a treasure trove of recipes for creating your own soaps and other bath and beauty products. If you enjoy making your own spa products, whether for yourself, to give away as gifts or to sell for profit,Click Here to pick up your very own copy of The Handcrafter’s Companion.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to serve as medical advice. Please consult your physician before using essential oils. See Full Disclaimer here.