Saturday, 22 October 2016

Recipes Using Essential Oils

I talked last week about my experiment making liquid castile soap. It worked! I am so pleased as this will save me heaps of money on postage. No point paying postage on water!

I don't know if you can see in the photo, but even after leaving it for a week, it still had lumps. So I tipped it into a saucepan and heated it up.

It turned from the gel into this clear liquid and I was a bit worried I had ruined it.
But when it cooled back down, it was back to a slimy gel, but super smooth, ready to use.

Using my liquid castile soap, I made the Gardener's Scrub.

It smells divine and works a treat. This quantity only makes about half a jar so I will probably double it in future.

Do you love my new measuring spoons and cups?

And who knew that there were actual designated measurements for these terms?!
I also made a Lemon Coconut Pudding, and various Bliss Balls - the recipes will be in my Monday Meal Planning post next week.

As noted there, please do not use any essential oils that you are not 100% sure are certified for internal use.

So why use essential oils in cooking at all? The concentrated taste is unbelievable. Just a few drops give incredible flavour. It takes a lot of lemons to make lemon oil!

Using the liquid castile soap, I also made laundry soap. I have tried this before over the years, with hubby never being quite happy with the results. Fingers crossed this will be a success over time!

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I really wanted to store mine in a pretty glass jar like this.  But I have an outdoor laundry with a concrete floor and I just know it would get knocked over and smashed. So just a plastic bucket with a lid for me.

My daughter spends a small fortune on 'healthy' skin products. Some of these are crazy expensive! And they aren't even healthy, if you read the long list of synthetic ingredients. So I have been looking for some recipes for her to try.

I have also been using this Coconut Salt Scrub. I love that this recipe only has three ingredients and the blog post contains about 20 different essential oil blends to try. And leaves your skin super tingling and refreshed.
My favourites are the ones with citrus and spearmint, like Mojito, Sea Breeze and Chill Out. Just smell divine! And these are in a pretty jar!

Please do let me know if you try any of these recipes, as I would love to hear what you think.


  1. I was so impressed by the idea of melting a bar a soap I put some water over a bar yesterday, I will of course let you know the end result.

    1. I was hoping it would end up smooth after five days of soaking, but still needed extra melting. I'd love to hear how it goes!

  2. Love your measuring cups and spoons. I have been making my laundry detergent for some years now and really begrudge having to buy it. To help with its effectiveness with grubby children I add eucalyptus oil and usually also put a capful of Aldi oxyi action powder. With homemade detergents the lack of optical brighteners may give an appearance of greyness over time but they are perfectly clean. Also adding a soak cycle may help. It's amazing what a little soak for an hour or two can do.

    1. I would love to know what your recipe is, as it must be good if you have been using it for so long! I have tried quite a few different ones and it is very hit and miss.

  3. Nothing fancy. I use the recipe off Down to Earth web site. 1\2 cup each of borax and washing soda plus a cup of lux flakes dissolved in 9 1\2 cups water and 2 caps of eucalyptus oil. I use a 1\3 of a cup for a extra large load plus a lid of oxyaction powder.

    1. Thanks! Mine is very similar, but using castile soap instead of Lux.