Essential oils are best known for their aromatherapy and emotional benefits, from stress relief to better sleep. But did you know about some of the less conventional ways you can put essential oils to use? 

From playdough to shaving cream, keep reading for 5 surprising things you can DIY at home using essential oils.

Essential oil shaving cream

Create your very own natural shaving cream with natural lubricants and nourishing essential oils! This all-natural shaving cream is perfect for a close, comfortable shave, while also moisturising and protecting your skin.

You’ll need:

  • ⅓ cup shea butter
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup fractionated coconut oil
  • 5 drops sandalwood oil
  • 5 drops peppermint oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil

Melt all ingredients (except for essential oils) together in a double boiler. Once melted, remove from heat and leave for 3 minutes. Add essential oils, stir until combined, and place the mixture in the fridge to cool until hard. Once hard, whip the shaving cream using a hand or stand mixer until light and fluffy, and store in an airtight container.

Essential oil foaming hand soap

This easy foaming hand soap recipe has the added bonus of immunity support, due to the antiviral and antibacterial properties of tea tree oil. 

You’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons unscented liquid castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil
  • 5 drops peppermint oil

Add all ingredients to a small pump bottle. Slowly add water to the mixture, leaving enough room for the foaming pump. Simply add the lid and shake to mix well before use!

Essential oil microwave cleaner

Store-bought microwave cleaners are usually filled with toxins and chemicals. This all-natural version will not only clean your microwave, but also leave a fresh citrus scent!

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 15 drops lemon oil

Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle. Simply spray mixture inside the microwave and wipe away using a damp cloth.

Essential oil playdough

Create your very own fun and fragrant playdough using your favourite essential oils!

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups coloured water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 5 drops of your chosen essential oils

Combine all ingredients (except the essential oils) in a saucepan and stir well. Once combined, place on a medium heat and use a spatula to gently stir until a ball is formed. Be careful not to overcook, as this will create dry playdough! Remove from the heat, let cool on parchment paper,  then knead essential oils into the mixture until thoroughly combined. Store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge in between uses!

Essential oil deep hair conditioner

This nourishing deep conditioner is perfect for dry, damaged hair – leaving your locks soft and silky smooth.

You’ll need:

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 drops doTERRA essential oils (we recommend lavender, peppermint, rosemary, geranium and clary sage).

Mix all ingredients together on a medium/high speed for five minutes or until a thick, creamy consistency is achieved. Apply the whipped mixture to clean, dry hair, using a wide tooth comb to distribute evenly. Let set for 20 minutes before washing and shampooing as normal, and repeat once a week.

When it comes to essential oils, it’s important to only use high-quality oils for best results. You can shop our full range of essential oils and essential oil accessories online with free shipping Australia-wide.

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