As the weather heats up and we start to show more of our skin (finally), it is important that we keep it healthy and as smooth as a freshly polished pearl.
While thick and creamy butters and lotions are what we needed for the winter months, in warmer seasons they can clog our pores and leave behind a greasy film.
This can lead to unwanted blemishes and even acne. One of the best natural body moisturizers is a DIY full body oil. It is simple, effective, and customizable — which is probably my favorite part. You can use it on every part of your body from your scalp to your toes.
The best body oil must smell as amazing as it makes your skin feel.
I add a few of my favorite essential oils, a grapefruit and ylang ylang oil blend. It is a little fruity, a little girly, with a hint of perfume scent that I love.
In this recipe I also use sweet almond oil, which can be swapped for grape seed oil because both are naturally packed with the vitamins and nutrients our skin needs to stay healthy, soft, and beautiful. Both oils are light and are absorbed into the skin quickly, which eliminates the potential of any greasiness.
Here’s how to make the perfect spring and summer full body oil that will stay fresh and ready to use for about 6 months to a year.
DIY Spring Grapefruit & Ylang Ylang Body Oil
By: Latifah Miles
What You Need:
A container with a lid to keep your oil in (a mason jar or small bottle)
1 cup of sweet almond oil (or grape seed oil)
10-15 drops of either grapefruit & ylang ylang oil, or 1-3 of your favorite essential oil scents
Flower petals (optional)
The recipe is incredibly simple. Pour a cup of your oil into a container.
If you are using one essential oil scent, add about 10-15 drops depending on the scent and the intensity you prefer.
If you are blending your essential oils and using two or more scents, experiment with your blends on a perfume strip (or a slice of construction paper) to find the perfect blend. Don’t forget to write your findings down as you go. The great thing about creating your own recipe of essential oils is that people won’t be able to put their finger on what smells so great every time you walk by!
Once you have created a scent that you love, you can add a few flower petals to fancy up your oil and add some extra color and spring beauty.
Tip: Body oil is best used right out of the shower or bath, when your skin is still slightly damp. The oil will absorb into your skin and as the water dries up, the moisture from the oil will last all day.
Have fun with your creation, experiment, and enjoy. You are creating a scent that will be unique and all your own!
About the Writer:
Latifah Miles is the author of Made with Love: Making Natural Hair Products and The Guide To Your First Year Natural. As a seasoned naturalista she is experienced in natural hair care and is the creator of the blog, Youngfabulousandnatural.com. You can follow her weekly newsletter Fresh Ramblings or @Youngfabnatural on social media.