Saturday, November 29th, 2014

How To Make Your Own Body Oil

Published on August 26, 2008 by   ·   19 Comments Pin It

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We love our natural, fancy skin care products as much as the next hot mess, but once in a while it’s fun to get down n’ dirty and DIY. Invite over a couple homies and have a crafting party! The great thing about this is – there is no EXACT science to it. Play around with more or less of a particular ingredient until you reach your desired scent and consistency. Are you broke as a joke? Buy great (cheap) vintage jars at your favorite Salvation Army, or get bottles in bulk from any of the suppliers below. We love the vintage feel and look to old Ball Mason Jars, but some peeps (ahem) are too clumsy to use glass in the shower. Those folks are better off with non-leaching plastic containers. Anyhooters, put together gorgeous scrubs or oils, toss a couple of dried flowers into the mix, make a cute homemade label, tie the lid with brown twine, and OUILA! A fabulous gift for anyone, made with love, without chemicals, and on a dime. Want to get all fancy pants on our ass? Learn more elaborate skill at a potions and lotions class (we did!) at your local YMCA or crafts emporium. For now, try out the basics below; Ready to get started? Good. You can buy supplies through any of the links below, but you may just find what you need sitting in your kitchen right now.

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Make your own;


  • 1 ounce grapeseed oil
  • 1 ounce sunflower
  • 1 ounce wheat germ oil
  • 4 ounce jojoba oil
  • 12 drops of Essential oil (your choice – but some we love are lemongrass, gardenia, patchouli, and Sandalwood)

Combine oils in a bottle, shake gently to blend, then use for absolutely anything from making your bod shine to taming uber wild locks.


  • 1/2 cup Sea Salt, Sugar, or Coffee (yep, any of the three would work)
  • 4 Tbsp Grapeseed Oil
  • ¼ cup Baking Soda
  • 5-6 drops of Essential oil

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Consider yourself done, lazy mo’ fo’.


  • 3 Tbsp Emulsifying wax
  • 3 Tbsp Avocado oil
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable glycerin
  • 1 Tsp Shea Butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 15 drops essential oil

Mix with hand mixer for under 1 minute. Funnel mixture into bottle.


  • 1 part citric acid
  • 2 parts baking soda
  • Witch hazel or water in a spray bottle
  • Coloring of your choice (you can find bathbomb coloring on most of the natural sites above)
  • Essential oil of your choice (depending on how much citric acid/ baking soda you use)

In a large mixing bowl; mix together the citric acid and baking soda very well. Add color. A little goes a long way, wait til later to see the color pop. Add your essential oils. Next use a water bottle to slowly spritz witch hazel or water on your mixture. Roll a ball of the glop into your hands and roll it back and forth (using the spritzer sparingly) to harden it into a very tight, hardly packed ball. This is not the easiest of the recipes, and may take you a few tries ’til you perfect it. Do not get the mixture TOO wet, or it will fizz before you want it to. Still, you will have fun trying and will eventually get used to it. — We will share more of our DIY recipes in the very near future. If your panties are all in a bunch and you want it NOW, Daddy… well hang on Veruca, cuz Momma’s got you covered. Check out this divine recipe for Lavender soap that smells like absolute heaven. And please do use the “comments” to share your own faves, if you so choose. Smell ya later!!!

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Readers Comments (19)

  1. Myndy K says:

    Hey, my fave joint to order essential oils & bulk herbs is Mountain Rose Herbs, Not only are their essential oils the best quality that I’ve found, they have incredible essential oil blends that are to die for. Perfect for any home made body oil, lotion, scrub, home spritzer, essential oil burner, whatever!!! They have a lavender soother blend that I put in water and use as a spritzer in my baby’s room every night (10 drops of the blend + 2 oz. water in a tiny spray bottle). Everything is certified organic & their dried bulk herbs are seriously fresh and very very potent. Also, they are great for a chat on the telly if you have any questions or want to really get into the healing qualities of the herbs and oils. I just love this stuff & thank you Chloe Jo as always for spreading the good word woman! We should all be empowered to make our own beauty juices & jelly & jams!!! Oh & don’t forget pregnant ladies……there are only a few essential oils that are o.k. for you to use so check it out before you go nuts in your home beauty laboratory. I can’t remember what they are but you can google it or look in any aromatherapy book.

  2. OrleeZ says:

    Love the “recipes” can’t wait to create these great all-natural bath essentials! May even make some as gifts for my favorite new moms — thanks for the info. Keep up the great work!

  3. Allison Tray says:

    So Easy! Love these tips! Another thing to try is to dump out the coffee grinds after you’ve brewed your morning cup into a ziplock, add some grapeseed oil, some essential and Voila! Scrub! Natural! xxoo

  4. Allison Tray says:

    ps- in a pinch a little water and a little baking soda make a great scrub too! xx

  5. Bayless says:

    I am making the fizzy bath bombs for my wonderful girl so when she has a hard day – I will drop a bomb on her – a fizzy, fizzy bomb.

  6. Oh I love these recipes, they’re so yummy it makes my skin tingle!!! And what a fabulous idea to use Mason Jars, vintage and cute!

  7. Gabrielle says:

    this is the best way to feel sexy and do your body good! Love It!!!

  8. OMG! I am totally making a bath bomb next week. I love those things. I want mine to be the size of a bowling ball, however. Is that wrong?

  9. Ristres3times1 says:

    Finally, something to save me from spending money on overpriced beauty products.

  10. macdoodle says:

    i used to love mudd mask .

    cant find it anymore.
    know how to make it home -made?

  11. Irene Mills says:

    Nice ideas, but what’s with the language? mo fo’s? uncool.

  12. Chloe says:

    Hey Irene, GirlieGirlArmy is not afraid of “bad” words, and never has been. They get attention, and keep people talking. Almost every time we use a “bad word” or a “controversial” term – it’s in the reclaiming sense. Even the name GirlieGirl Army is tongue in cheek. We are feminist as can be — using the terms “army” and/ or “girlie” as a reclaiming. We have reclaimed “army” as a bunch of progressive, charitable women with a MISSION. Not because we believe in war. Anyone on our mailing list for even one newsletter or takes a few minutes to truly review the site sees that the fashion/ “girlie” thing is just to draw people who may otherwise be afraid of activism – and getting them to care about things FAR more important than make up and clothes! We are proud supporters of all feminist, animal, and human rights organizations and non profits and promote them all regularly. This is not yo Mama’s website. Be forewarned.

  13. Chloe says:

    MACDOODLE: Check out Julyne Derrick’s homemade clay mask recipe:


    * 11/2 tsp green clay (French is preferred)
    * 1/2 tsp kaolin clay
    * 11/2 tbsp aloe vera gel
    * 1 tbsp rosewater
    * 2 drops rose essential oil

    Mix green and kaolin clays together.
    Add in the aloe vera gel, rosewater and oils.
    Refrigerate mixture for up to four weeks.

  14. Nancy says:


    Would like to know if you have to refrigerate bath oil


  15. Chloe Jo says:

    Nope, no need to refridgerate bath oil.

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  17. [...] And let’s not forget your face, Make your own damn body oils, bath bombs, and moisturizer.  It’s really simple and just as fun.  Not to mention, you actually know what’s going on your epidermis.  Here are our favorite body product recipes.  READ: Aromatherapy 101: Make Your Own Aromatherapy Lotions And Potions. READ: Make Your Own Body Oils. [...]

  18. [...] And REMEMBER, you can always DIY and make a body oil from your favorite essential oils. [...]

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