When it comes to creating the perfect DIY sugar scrub, you can customize it in many different ways. For starters, you can vary the sugar in the scrub to promote specific benefits. But, did you know you can also add variety to your scrub by adding essential oils?
What is an essential oil?
An essential oil is a naturally extracted, concentrated oil that carries the characteristics and scents of the plant from which it was derived.
Where do essential oils come from?
All essential oils are naturally derived from plants. However, which part of the plant they come differs for each type of oil. Some oils are derived directly from the flower, stem, or leaves of the plant while others are sourced from the bark seeds or roots.
How are essential oils extracted?
There are different methods for extracting essential oils are extracted using different methods. Generally, the method used is determined by the type of plant that oil is being extracted from.
The two most common methods of extracting essential oils are through steam distillation and cold pressing. Both of these methods offer a pure essential oil because no solvents are used.
Steam distillation is the most commonly used method of extracting essential oils. During steam distillation, fresh or dried plant materials are placed into a still and the essential oils are extracted using a pressurized steam. Steam distillation is used often to extract oil from flowers or other leafy plants.
A cold press extracts essential oils much like making a freshly squeezed juice. First, the peel of the plant is processed and then the rest of the plant is cold pressed to extract the essential oil. Most often, this method is used for fruits like lemon and another citrus.
Essential oils are especially wonderful to use when they are created into beneficial blends. When creating a blend at home be sure to include a base, middle and top oil to balance out the benefits. Plus, you’ll need a carrier oil to dilute the essential oil before applying it to your skin.
A base oil includes notes that are earthy, warm, and sometimes even intense like a wood. Middle oils offer abundant aromas that are generally more floral, yet still warm, such as lavender. Top oils are bright and noticeable, like citrus.
Essential Oils for your DIY Sugar Scrub
When choosing an essential oil to add to your DIY sugar scrub, you can choose an oil that stands alone or create your own blend. You can choose an essential oil that is right for you by looking at the different benefits of each.
An essential oil blend is the perfect way to create a DIY sugar scrub with a unique scent that matches the needs of your body and skin. No matter what essential oil you choose, you can’t go wrong. And, if you don’t like it the best thing about DIY is that you can always try it again.
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