This is a fun craft to do with the kids or to give as a gift. Decorate the tree with these homemade creations and make the house smell wonderful!
Simply exfoliating your skin can be so refreshing and leave you feeling pampered. Want to do it every time you shower? Here’s an easy way to do it while you soap up—we call them Sugar Scrubbies.
While you are in the shower and ready to wash up, just grab one of these and rub it all over your body like you would soap. The soap helps get you clean, the sugar helps exfoliate your skin, the coconut oil replenishes moisture, and the essential oils refresh the skin and provide a lovely scent. It’s a great way to pamper yourself while showering!
If you find you like them so much that you want to share them, don’t forget that these Sugar Scrubbies make a great addition to any “pamper yourself” gift!
- 1/2 cup unscented soap, shredded
- 1/4 cup (48 g) Coconut Oil
- 1 cup (200 g) sugar (white or brown)
- 2–6 drops essential oil
- Optional additions (see below for some ideas)
- PET Jar or other airtight container
- Put the unscented soap and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 10-second intervals, stirring in between, until melted (or mostly melted). You can also melt the ingredients on the stove top with a double boiler if you prefer.
- Allow soap/oil mixture to cool for a couple minutes before adding in the sugar, essential oils, and any optional additions.
- Press the mixture into a silicone mold, muffin tin lined with paper cups, or a glass dish (to cut into cubes).
- Let sit in the fridge or freezer to allow mixture to firm up before transferring the Sugar Scrubbies to your PET jars or other airtight containers.
- To use, simply rub a Sugar Scrubby over your skin while showering. Rinse off with water.
- Autumn Spice: Use brown sugar. Add 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) maple syrup and 5 drops cinnamon essential oil.
- Pumpkin Pie: Use brown sugar. Add 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) honey, 1 tsp. (2 g) pumpkin pie spice, and 2 drops cinnamon essential oil.
- Peppermint: Use white sugar. Add a drop of red or green food coloring to 1/2 the sugar before mixing with the other ingredients, and add 5 drops peppermint essential oil.
- Lemon Rosemary: Use white sugar. Add 3 drops each of lemon and rosemary essential oil. Add 1 tsp. (1 g) lemon zest and 1 tsp. (.5 g) minced rosemary (optional).
- Grapefruit Mint: Use white sugar. Add 3 drops grapefruit and 2 drops peppermint essential oil. Add 1 drop red food coloring (optional).
- Lavender: Use white sugar. Add 5 drops lavender essential oil. Add 1–2 drops purple food coloring (optional).
- Create your own scent! The possibilities are endless.
These Ribbon Christmas Tree Diffusers are simple to make and incredibly adorable! Hang one up in your car as a diffuser, on your Christmas tree as an ornament, or anywhere else you want to decorate and add a little holiday scent. Gifting one of these is also a great way to introduce a friend to essential oils.
Use This Craft in a Make & Take Class
These Ribbon Christmas Tree Diffusers also make a fun make-and-take project at an essential oil class! Just start with a short lesson about essential oils, and then mingle with your guests as they make their own Ribbon Christmas Tree Diffusers.
Here are the items you will need from AromaTools®:
Other items you’ll need to gather:
- Printed instructions
- Thread or thin elastic string
- Needles (want to make sure your string can fit through your needles.)
- Clear fingernail polish (or other fray-stopping glue)
- Essential oils (such as a Christmas blend or a few single essential oils that your guests can make their own blend with)
- Distilled water
Depending on the number of people attending your class, you can set this up in the following stations:
- Materials Station. This station should include various types of ribbon, rulers or another way to measure out the ribbon, scissors, and a variety of beads (you’ll need small beads to help tie off the string and larger beads to use as the tree trunk). Every ribbon tree requires 2 small beads and 10 larger beads. Make sure to include a list of materials needed.
- Ribbon Tree Assembly Station(s). Have markers, rulers, elastic string, scissors, needles, and clear nail polish at this station with instructions for making the Ribbon Trees.
- Essential Oil Station. This is where your guests can make their own essential oil spray. You’ll need the 15 ml spray bottles, vegetable glycerin, essential oils, and distilled water with instructions for making the sprays. If you have a holiday-scented essential oil blend, it would be easy to just offer that. If not, you can offer a few single essential oils and recipes for your guests to make their own holiday-scented blend. Here are a couple holiday blends you can try: Holiday Diffuser Blends, Citrus Spice Diffuser Blend, Autumn-Scented Essential Oil Blends.
Ribbon Christmas Tree Diffuser
Ingredients & Supplies:
- Permanent marker
- Thread or thin elastic string
- Needles (make sure your string can fit through your needles)
- Clear fingernail polish (or other fray-stopping glue)
Essential Oil Spray:
- 15 ml Spray Bottle (if you are only making one, you can use an old essential oil bottle and this small spray top)
- 1/4 tsp. (1.5 ml) Liquid Vegetable Glycerin
- 4–6 drops essential oil (a holiday-scented blend works great!)
- Distilled water
- Cut a piece of ribbon 19″ (48 cm) long. Use a marker to place a small dot in the center of the ribbon 2″ (5 cm) from one end of the ribbon to mark your starting point. From this point, make additional marks along the ribbon, spacing them apart at these increments: 2 3/4″ (7 cm), 2 1/2″ (6.5 cm), 2 1/4″ (6 cm), 2″ (5.5 cm), 1 3/4″ (5 cm), 1 1/2″ (4.5 cm), 1 1/4″ (4 cm), 1″ (3.5 cm), etc. (the spaces between the marks should gradually get smaller by a 1/4″ [.5 cm] as you move down the ribbon).
- Select your beads. You’ll need 2 small beads to secure the ends and 10 larger beads for the “trunk” of the tree.
- Cut a piece of thread/string about 30″ (76 cm) long (you’ll need about 10–12″ [25.5–30.5 cm] for the tree and extra for the loop at the top). Thread your needle, and tie the ends of the string together.
- Put your needle through the ribbon at the starting point (the mark 2″ [5 cm] from the end), then through a large bead, then through a small bead; continue threading around the small bead, back through the large bead, and back through the ribbon at the same mark. This secures the bottom of the tree. Now put the needle through another large bead, through the ribbon at the next mark, through another large bead, through the ribbon at the 3rd mark, and repeat until all the large beads are gone. After the last bead is threaded, put the needle through the small bead, then around the small bead, back through the large bead, and back through the last mark on the ribbon. Tie a knot, then go back up through the ribbon, large bead, and small bead. Tie another knot a 2–4″ (5–10 cm) above the tree (or however big you want your hanging loop to be), and cut the thread.
- Finish by cutting the ribbon ends to where you think it looks good, and apply clear nail polish or glue to the ends to help prevent fraying.
- Make an essential oil spray by placing 1/4 tsp. (1.5 ml) vegetable glycerin in the 15 ml bottle. Add 4–6 drops of essential oil. Fill the rest with distilled water, and screw on the spray top. Shake to combine.
- To use, spray your essential oil spray on the ribbon tree, and hang wherever you desire. Refresh the scent by spraying the tree again with more of the essential oil spray.
The delicious smell of pumpkin spice in your home is a wonderful way to celebrate the season. This festive spray is chemical free and easy to make!
Pumpkin Spice Room Spray
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) distilled water
- 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) witch hazel
- 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
- 8 drops ginger essential oil
- 6 drops nutmeg essential oil (or use orange essential oil)
- 6 drops clove essential oil
- 3 drops cardamom essential oil
- 1/4 tsp. (1.5 ml) Homemade Vanilla Extract
- 4 oz. Glass Spray Bottle or 8 oz. Glass Spray Bottle.
- Mix ingredients in a glass spray bottle.
- Spray around the house as desired!
Are you looking for some great essential oil–related gifts to give this holiday season? The AromaTools™ Holiday Gift Guide has a lot of fantastic gift ideas for those who know nothing about essential oils as well as for the people in your life who already use oils!
This season of giving is the perfect time to introduce those you know to the wonderful benefits of essential oils! And, if they already use essential oils, then why not give them something they will be able to use with the oils they already have?
The gift guide contains a lot of recipes and ideas for using essential oils, so it could also be a great gift to give! The recipe below is featured in the AromaTools™ Holiday Gift Guide (click to view the pdf version).
Essential Oil Honey-Infused Tea
- Honey Stix
- Hot Herbal Tea
- Snip off the end of a Honey Stix, and stir it into your favorite cup of tea. Try a Peppermint Honey Stix in raspberry herbal tea or a Guardian Blend Honey Stix in chamomile tea.
Due to popularity, we brought this idea back from the archives!
Are you looking for an easy gift to give to neighbors and friends this Christmas? Well, this homemade vanilla extract may just be the perfect one! It’s simple to make and very delicious! However, it does take a few months to properly steep, so you might want to start now.
To make this vanilla extract, you only need a few things—vanilla beans, alcohol (such as vodka, rum, or bourbon), glass bottles, and labels. Vanilla beans can be expensive when bought locally; so to make this gift as inexpensive as possible, consider buying the beans in bulk from an online source like Amazon.com. Our 4 oz. Glass Bottles work really well for this project, and our 4 oz. Glass Bottles with Dropper Caps make it really easy to get the exact amount of vanilla you need when cooking.
The best thing about homemade vanilla is that if you leave the beans in the bottle, it just keeps getting better the longer you let it sit. When gifting this, make sure to leave 1–2 vanilla beans in every 4 oz. bottle so it not only looks authentic, but also so your friends can enjoy a richer vanilla flavor over time.
Make the man in your life this all-natural shaving cream and aftershave lotion for Father’s Day! He’ll love the way the shaving cream helps him get a smooth shave and how the aftershave moisturizes and soothes his face.
The shaving cream recipe is from the Do It Yourself Health: Man’s Guide to Essential Oils Tear Pad, where you can find other recipes and ideas for how men can benefit from the use of essential oils.
This year for Father’s Day, surprise the dad in your life with these delicious strawberry lime cake pops that incorporate pure lime essential oil.
This Mother’s Day, give the special women in your life a nail care kit made with essential oils!
Your nail care kit could include any of the following items:
- Nail clippers
- Nail files and/or nail buffers
- Wooden cuticle sticks
- Homemade Foot Scrub
- Nail polish
- Cotton balls
- Homemade Nail Polish Remover (see recipe below)
- Homemade Nail Strengthening Serum (see recipe below)
- Cute sandals
- Soft microfiber washcloth or towel
Nail Polish Remover with Essential Oils
- 5 drops lemon essential oil
- 3 drops orange essential oil
- 3 drops grapefruit essential oil
- White vinegar or rubbing alcohol
- 2 oz. Glass Bottle with Black Lid
- Add essential oil(s) to the glass bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with white vinegar or rubbing alcohol. Screw the lid on, and shake to combine.
- To use, simply dab some polish remover on a cotton ball. Rub over nail polish to remove.
Nail Strengthening Serum with Essential Oils
- 25–30 drops of essential oil (The following oils help strengthen nails: lemon, frankincense, myrrh, Invigorating Blend, eucalyptus, lavender, grapefruit, and rosemary essential oil)
- Fractionated coconut oil
- 2 oz. Glass Bottle with Black Lid
- Add essential oil(s) to the glass bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with fractionated coconut oil. Screw the lid on, and shake to combine.
- To use, simply dab some of the serum on a cotton ball or washcloth, and rub over nails to soften cuticles and strengthen nails.
Source: Modern Essentials, Sixth Edition, p. 277
Have you ever wanted to try making your own aromatherapy clay jewelry? When you make your own, you can customize it however you wish. The downside of making your own jewelry is that if you are only wanting to make one or two pieces, the cost for the materials may be more than the cost of buying the finished product (you can buy aromatherapy jewelry at AromaTools™). So, here’s a fun idea that can help minimize the cost and allow you to make your own jewelry: host an essential oil jewelry make-and-take class!
Simply invite a few oil–loving friends or even potential oil lovers over for a fun night making clay jewelry. Have them bring a stamp or two and any ribbons or cord materials they may have; and if you are looking to share the costs, you can even ask them to bring a dollar or two for materials.
If you are inviting people who are new to essential oils, you may want to consider preparing a very short lesson about what essential oils are, how they are beneficial when used aromatically, and why aromatherapy jewelry is a great way to achieve these benefits. Present your lesson in the beginning before showing everyone the materials and how to make the jewelry. Then spend the rest of the time making clay pendants and beads, answering questions about essential oils, or simply enjoying the company of friends!
If you are doing this as a class or group activity, just follow steps 1–6 in the recipe below (until they need to air dry); and then let them take their pendants home and finish them on their own.
Here’s a simple breakdown of the process:
The best thing about making your own clay jewelry is that you can make something that is your style, in whatever color you wish, and with whatever design you desire. You can even make something a boy would love to carry around or have in his room! And, you aren’t limited to just jewelry. Even though necklace pendants are pretty popular, you can make charm bracelets, earrings, keychain pendants, car air fresheners, bathroom diffusers, etc. The possibilities are endless, so the hardest part is deciding what to make!
Aromatherapy Clay Jewelry
- Air-dry white or terra-cotta clay (The Crayola Air-Dry brand works well.)
- Food coloring (optional; used for dying the white clay any color you desire)
- Rolling pin
- Cutout object (This can be a circular hairspray cap, small cookie cutters, or anything else to cut out the clay into the shape you desire. When making pendants for necklaces, you will want the size to be less than 1 1/4 inch in diameter. If you are making bracelets, you will want the size to be around 3/4 inch in diameter. Other stationary objects like bathroom diffusers can be larger.)
- Stamps (sized to fit the shape of your clay item)
- Chopstick or shish kebab stick (This is used to make a hole for the cord. It needs to be big enough to fit 2 strands of string through.)
- Wax paper
- Sand paper (Optional)
- Paints (Optional)
- Ribbon, string, cord, or other jewelry-making materials
- Essential oil(s)
- Lay out a section of wax paper on a table to create your work station. This will help with cleanup and make it easier to roll out the clay and move the pieces.
- Optional step: Take a glob of the clay and color it using food coloring if desired. (Note: The clay always dries to be a lighter color.) (*Helpful hint: to make sure the food coloring stays in the clay and doesn’t drip off, create a well in the top of the piece of clay with your finger, drop only 2 drops of coloring in the well at a time, fold the clay so it closes over the well opening, and then continue to knead the clay as normal. If it starts to feel dry, just add a few drops of water.)
- Roll out the clay on the wax paper. You want it about 1/8–1/4 inch for pendants smaller than 1 1/4 inches. If you are creating larger pendant diffusers for a small room, you may want it to be thicker so it doesn’t break as easily.
- Use your cutout object to cut out the pendants. With the remaining clay, you can form beads by rolling it into small pieces and poking a hole through them with the chopstick or other stick.
- Stamp your design on the pendants, and poke a hole through each of them for the cord with the chopstick or other stick.
- Transfer pendants and beads to a paper plate, and allow them to air dry for 2–3 days.
- Once dry, you can sand rough edges with sandpaper, decorate with paint, and/or finish making them into a piece of jewelry.
- When figuring out the length of cord you will need, position the cord around the wrist or neck to the length you desire. Then cut double the length you think you will need. (You can always cut more off if it ends up being too long. We have found that adding any beads or knots takes up more string than you think it will).
- Put the ends together, creating a loop at the other end. String the pendant through the loop and the cut ends through the loop, securing the pendant in the middle before adding any beads.
- If desired, a bead can be used to make a clasp for a necklace or bracelet by tying the bead to one side and making a loop big enough to go around the bead on the other side and securing it with a knot.
- To use, simply place a drop of essential oil on the pendant, and rub the oil around. After a minute, the clay should have soaked up the oil and begun to diffuse. Reapply oil as the scent fades.
Let’s not forget that Mother’s Day is coming up; so think about all the great gifts this project could make for the special women in your life! It is so easy, even a kid could do it! In fact, this would be a great Mother’s Day gift from a child.