Hand “Santa”tizer

These cute Hand “Santa”tizers are so easy to make, and they work great as gifts for teachers, neighbors, and friends.

Hand Sanitizer

  • Servings: 5 bottles
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) Witch Hazel or vodka
  • 40–50 drops essential oil (see blend suggestions below)
  • 1 cup (240 ml) aloe vera gel (use aloe vera juice for a spray hand sanitizer)
  • 5 drops Vitamin E Oil
  • Five 2 oz. plastic bottles with treatment pump, disc top, or spray top (see options below)

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients in order to a glass bowl or measuring cup, stirring after each addition. Use a funnel to pour the mixture into the bottles.
  2. To use, pump or spray 1–2 times into the palm of your hand. Rub hands together until the liquid evaporates.

Essential Oil Blends:

Melaleuca & Lavender:
30 drops melaleuca
10 drops lavender
Citrus Mint:
20 drops rosemary
16 drops lemon
12 drops peppermint
Holiday Spice:
15 drops orange
10 drops clove
10 drops cassia or 5 drops cinnamon
5 drops eucalyptus
5 drops rosemary
Candy Cane Mist:
25 drops peppermint
10 drops orange
10 drops fir
Peppermint Surprise:
30 drops peppermint
10 drops bergamot,
orange, or ylang ylang
First Snowfall:
25 drops wintergreen
15 drops fir

Extra Idea:

  • If you just want to make a single bottle, follow this recipe: Citrus Mint Hand Sanitizer, and add a total of 15–25 drops essential oil.

Bottle and Vinyl Options:

There are several bottle options you can choose from at aromatools.com. Our favorite involves the treatment pump top. This top works so well at getting just the right amount out each time you use it. Other top options include the disc top and the misting spray top (for a hand sanitizer spray). Most of these bottles work well for this project.

Don’t forget to add a cute vinyl label to the bottle! We now offer 5 vinyl label options (including some normal ones to gift during other seasons!):

Another option is to print your own labels with this blank label sheet.

These are our favorite bottle/vinyl combinations:

Which bottle/vinyl combination do you like best?

12 Epsom Salt Bath Blends

Though the name is misleading, epsom salt isn’t really a salt, but rather a naturally occurring, pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Magnesium is used in the body to help regulate the activity of over 325 enzymes, reduce inflammation, help muscle and nerve function, and help prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins, and ease migraine headaches.

Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the associated health benefits. Experts suggest that taking regular epsom salt baths can help you look better, feel better, and gain more energy. And, of course, when essential oils are added to the mix, the health benefits increase and can be customized to your specific needs.

Making your own epsom salt bath blends is really easy! Feel free to use whatever essential oils you feel your body needs.

Epsom Salt Bath Blends

  • Servings: 2–4 baths
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Combine essential oils with salt in the PET Jar.
  2. To use, dissolve 1/4–1/2 cup (60–120 g) of this bath salt mixture in warm bathwater before bathing.

Essential Oil Blends:

Relaxing Bliss:
5 drops lavender
5 drops petitgrain
3 drops fennel
2 drops orange
Soothe Your Troubles:
4 drops lavender
4 drops Roman chamomile
4 drops cedarwood
3 drops lemongrass
Refreshed and Ready to Go:
5 drops peppermint
4 drops lavender
3 drops grapefruit
3 drops lemongrass
Uplifting Bath:
5 drops juniper berry
3 drops orange
3 drops lime
Invigorating Bath:
3 drops cypress
2 drops bergamot
2 drops orange
Refreshing Calm:
5 drops petitgrain
5 drops ylang ylang
5 drops orange
Warming Bath:
2 drops black pepper
5 drops juniper berry
5 drops lavender
Relax in the Woodlands:
1 drop spikenard
1 drop vetiver
5 drops cedarwood
10 drops white fir
4 drops cypress
A Night of Romance:
5 drops ylang ylang
2 drops geranium
2 drops rose
2 drops orange
1 drop sandalwood
Relaxing Bath for Men:
5 drops sandalwood
4 drops orange
2 drops vetiver
Soothing Bath for Women:
4 drops grapefruit
4 drops clary sage
4 drops ylang ylang
3 drops geranium
Good Morning, Sunshine:
4 drops rosemary
6 drops grapefruit
5 drops petitgrain

Tip: If you have a bottle of essential oil that is pretty much empty, remove the orifice reducer and cap, and place the bottle in a cup of epsom salt. Allow it to sit for a couple days, and the epsom salt will absorb all the essential oil remaining in the bottle and scent your bath salts!

Bath salts are something everyone can use, and they make great gifts! You can also use this simple recipe in an essential oil make-and-take class—just provide the epsom salt, jars, essential oils, cute vinyl labels, and recipes; then let your attendees have some fun putting their own bath salts together!

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils
Healing Oils: 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller & David Schiller

Class Idea: Ribbon Christmas Tree Diffusers

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
  • Ribbon
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Beads
  • 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

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Ribbon Trees:

  • Ribbon
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Permanent marker
  • Beads
  • 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:

Instructions:

  1. 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).
  2. Select your beads. You’ll need 2 small beads to secure the ends and 10 larger beads for the “trunk” of the tree.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Kool-Aid® Lip Balm and Holiday Gift Guide

These colored lip balms are so fun to make for any woman, young or old! The Kool-Aid® not only gives the lip balms a vibrant color, but also a fun taste. You can even add peppermint essential oil to give your lips a cooling sensation with each use! With the recipe provided below, you can make a big batch of the same color/flavor, or you can get creative and make a bunch of different ones!

Kool-Aid® Lip Balm

  • Servings: 4–10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Using a kitchen scale, measure out the beeswax and cocoa butter, and place in a double boiler. (Note: you can create a double boiler by placing ingredients in a heat-proof glass dish and placing the dish in a water-filled pan.) Heat over low heat until melted.
  2. Meanwhile, place drink mix in a glass dish, and add just enough hot water to make a paste.
  3. Once the beeswax and cocoa butter are melted, add jojoba oil and honey, and keep warming until everything is melted. Let cool slightly, and stir in essential oil if desired.
  4. Add oil mixture to drink mix, and stir/mash with the back of a spoon until it is thoroughly combined.
  5. Place lip balm in a zip-top bag, and snip off a