I recently received an invitation to sample some essential oils from Aroma Foundry, so of course I immediately broke into my mad scientist laugh and began
plotting world domination planning what I would do with them. *Here* (<- click) is an accurate portrayal of my reaction. No lie. 😉 (Anyone who loves essential oils will completely understand.)
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I cackled and paced my way into some semblance of self-control, and then I whittled down my intentions to a few favorites (which, by the way, I’ve listed below.) Before sharing them, though, I wanted to mention some of the things that are particularly exciting about Aroma Foundry’s Essential Oils. They are:
*100% pure–undiluted, with no synthetic additives
*Sourced in individual locations–in the US or wherever the native habitats are (each source location is shared on the website and individual bottles)
*Hand-bottled in the US (Sunny Cali)
*Guaranteed to be of consistent quality
*Produced in small, artisanally crafted batches
*Reasonably and competitively priced
*Good looking! From the bottles, to the labels, to the individual boxes
*They’d make great gifts (*wink wink, nudge nudge*)
Now, get ready…’cause we’re cookin’ with oils!
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*Warning: cold-pressed Bergamot is phototoxic, which means it can produce a bad burn if left on your skin and exposed to the ultraviolet portion of sunlight. For safety’s sake, I’ve opted to use it in a soap recipe.
Citrusy and Simple Bergamot Soap: (formulated using the lye calculator from soapcalc.net)
8.36 ounces distilled water
3.24 ounces lye (NaOH)
10 ounces coconut oil
8 ounces grapeseed oil
4 ounces olive oil
0.5 ounce Aroma Foundry Bergamot Essential Oil
optional–approx. 1 tsp clay (e.g. rose, kaolin, bentonite, etc.)
optional–mica (as desired, for color)
Directions: add the lye to the water (NOT the water to the lye)–*Important: lye/water solution will heat up quickly and give off fumes, plus it can burn skin (so, do this step in a well-ventilated area, wearing protective eyewear, gloves, etc., and allow the solution to cool quite a bit before using–I find it easiest to work at somewhere between room temperature and 100 degrees F). (Note: lye reacts to aluminum, so don’t use any while soaping.) Melt the oils together over a double boiler, add clay (if using; clay can also be added later, with the essential oils). Once the lye/water solution has cooled, mix into the oils, using an immersion (stick) blender. Add essential oil. Color with mica (if using). Pour into a soap-safe mold and allow at least 24 hours for soap to set and 4-6 weeks before use.
Image via Unsplash/Annie Spratt
Mentholy-Mix Balm: (*adapted from humblebee & me’s “Cool & Clear Eucalyptus Balm”)
.4 ounces beeswax
1.28 ounces olive oil (*mine was infused with broad leaf plantains–I have a how-to video on infusing oils, here)
Directions: melt beeswax into olive oil over a double boiler. Add essential oils, stir. Pour into a container. (*I’ll use one of my Infinity Jars, so it will keep as long as possible.) Allow to cool before using.
Image via Unsplash/Callum Cockburn
Lavender Lotion Bars (*adapted from The Nerdy Farm Wife’s Calendula Lotion Bars)
3 ounces beeswax
3 ounces shea butter (or other butter of your choice)
3 ounces sunflower oil (an infused oil is even better–I used a wild violet infused oil. Watch my YouTube video on infusing oils, here).
10-20 drops Aroma Foundry’s Lavender Essential Oil
Directions: melt beeswax, butter, and oil together over a double boiler. Mix in essential oil and pour into small molds. Allow to cool before use. Refrigerating will extend the life of your bars.
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Ylang Ylang Body Butter (*adapted from Wellness Mama’s Natural Whipped Body Butter)
6 ounces shea butter
6 ounces cocoa butter
6 ounces coconut oil
6 ounces sweet almond oil (or other skin-friendly, light oil)
10-20 drops Aroma Foundry’s Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Directions: melt oils and butters over a double boiler. After heating, stir in essential oil. Chill until oils begin to harden, then whip until light and fluffy. Store in containers and refrigerate to prolong the life of the body butter. *Remember when applying: a little goes a long way; best when used on damp skin.
Hope you have fun with these recipes if you get a chance to try them! Can’t wait to get to work! Mwuhahahahaha…