I was fortunate to be able to receive free samples of InstaNatural’s lavender and peppermint essential oils. These oils provided the potency I expected from essential oils. As such, I found them useful to add to my beauty routine.
Safety FirstEssential oils are volatile and will irritate skin if applied directly to it. These two essential oils from InstaNatural are potent! So they should always be diluted in water, a carrier oil, or a cream/lotion with a carrier oil in it. It is best to use a few drops. In fact, according to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy the following ratios should be used:
- Massage Oil: Anywhere between 15 to 60 drops per ounce of carrier oil. That equates between a 2.5% dilution and 10% dilution.
- Facial Creams/oils: 3 to 6 drops per ounce for sensitive skin. 6 to 15 drops per ounce for normal/healthy skin.
- Baths: 2 to 12 drops added to a dispersing agent (oil, milk, honey, etc.). Then that dispersing agent is added to the bath.
- Facial and body mist/sprays: 10 to 15 drops per ounce of water.
RecipesBeauty Recipes using InstaNatural Peppermint Essential Oil For the following recipes, I use InstaNatural Peppermint Essential Oil because of the invigorating tingle and stimulation it gives my skin when massaged into it. The smell is also refreshing and awakens the senses, which is good for the morning to help shake off any grogginess.
Scalp Massage Oil
1/2 ounce jojoba oil
1/4 ounce fractionated coconut oil
1/4 ounce argan oil
3 drops peppermint essential oil
After Bath Oil
8 ounces fractionated Coconut Oil
8 ounces jojoba oil
20 drops peppermint essential oil
Invigorating Foot Lotion
14 ounces unscented moisturizing lotion
2 ounces fractionated coconut oil
30 drops peppermint essential oil
Refreshing Facial Mist
12 ounces distilled water
10 drops rosehip oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
InstaNatural Lavender Essential Oil RecipesThough there have been many claims for the medicinal uses of lavender essential oil, there hasn't been any concrete scientific evidence that lavender essential oil alone is the cure or remedy for these claims. However, it has been shown that the aroma of lavender is calming. When I am stressed or just need calm, I turn to my bottle of InstaNatural Lavender Oil. Here are recipes that allow me to reap the calming benefits of the oil.
Hair Oil Blend (daily moisturization of dry hair)
3 ounces of argan oil
5 ounces of fractionated coconut oil
10 drops of lavender essential oil
Body and Hand Lotion
16 ounces of shea butter lotion
2 ounces of fractionated coconut oil
20 drops of lavender essential oil
1 large bowl
1 bath towel
5 cups steaming hot water
2 chamomile tea bags
1 tsp dried rosemary
15 drops lavender essential oil
Clean and dry your face. Steep the chamomile tea bags in the hot water for 1 minute. Add the dried rosemary and lavender oil. Stir with a plastic spoon. Place towel over your head and lean head over the bowel with towel covering your head and the bowel. Inhale and exhale slowly. Stay like this for 5 to 10 minutes.
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**I received complimentary bottles of the products from the manufacturer for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.**