No need to buy body oils when you can create this simple Patchouli Body Oil with just a few ingredients. Patchouli Essential Oil is commonly used in perfumes, incense, insect repellents, and as fragrance additive to many products. Its rich and deep aroma blends exquisitely well with the citrus oils in this blend.
I recently created this Patchouli Body Oil blend for a friend. She isn't very familiar with essential oils but knew that she liked citrus scents and needed something to help moisturize and nourish her skin.
Sweet almond oil instantly came to mind for a base because it is a great all purpose carrier oil that is has emollient properties. Then I thought...oh patchouli would be FABULOUS with some citrus oils!
Patchouli Essential Oil
A member of the mint family, this sensuous and earthy oil is steam distilled from patchouli leaves. It is a perfume fixative (strong base note), it helps to hold top and middle notes to the skin for longer periods of time.
Here are just some of the many benefits of patchouli oil:
- Promotes a smooth, glowing complexion
- Offers a grounding, balancing effect on emotions
- Reduces the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, and minor skin imperfections
- Its intoxicating aroma has aphrodisiac properties
- Acts as a natural deodorant that helps eliminate body odor
- Improves confidence and clarity of thought
Read More: Patchouli Essential Oil Spotlight
Patchouli Body Oil
- 8 drops Patchouli
- 6 drops Orange (Sweet or Wild)
- 6 drops Mandarin
- 4 drops Tangerine
- 2 oz Sweet Almond Oil
- 2 oz lotion pump bottle
Add essential oils and sweet almond oil to the lotion pump bottle. Place cap on and roll bottle between palms to blend the body oil together. You can use immediately but I find that the aroma is stronger the next day after the oils have had time to "mingle" together. This recipe is a 2% dilution (learn more about dilution here)
If you do not have the three different citrus oils, you can just use a total of 16 drops of what citrus oils you do have. None of the citrus oils in this blend are phototoxic so this blend is safe to use in the sun. Read more about phototoxic essential oils.
How to Use Patchouli Body Oil
As a Moisturizer: Squirt a few pumps of the body oil into palm of hand and apply to skin any time of the day to keep it nourished and healthy. It is especially nice if you can use after showering or bathing because the oil is easily absorbed when skin is slightly damp and warm.
As a Natural Perfume: Apply this body oil simply for the beautiful, luxurious aromas. Makes a great alcohol free, 100% natural perfume, just apply to pulse points and forearms. Related Recipe: Orange Patchouli Solid Perfume
As a Massage Oil: Aromatherapy massages have so many benefits, this body oil can make the perfect compliment to any massage. Sweet almond oil is a perfect base for massage oils, it nourish the skin and absorbs well. Plus you will receive the benefits of the essential oils in the recipe.
As a Bath Oil: Body oils also be used as bath oils when added to the bath water. Try 1 tablespoon of body oil with 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt or pink Himalayan salt. Swirl water to mix into the bath and enjoy!
As a Hair Serum: When hair is dry and frizzy try using the body oil as a hair serum. Rub 1-2 drops of body oil between your palms, and then evenly distribute onto the midsection and ends of hair.
As a Nail Oil: Give your nails and cuticles some TLC, rub a few drops of body oil onto your hands and nails to keep them soft and moisturized. Related Recipe: Rosehip Oil Nail & Cuticle Roller Blend
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