I’m trying to stay away from reiterating the things we’re all being bombarded with right now, but my guess is – you’ve been indoors for a while now, like myself. Some days I’m doing nothing and just relaxing, other days I’m busy busy busy. Whatever you choose, that’s okay.
I read somewhere once that smell is the most intense form of memory and I absolutely agree. Especially when that smell has a physiological effect on you, like relaxation. Each time I smell lavender I feel an immediate sense of calm – what the kids call “chill” these days lol. I had a bunch of tired lavender gifted to me so naturally I’m finding all the ways to get that heavenly smell into everything. Cue this easy lavender room and linen spray.
With just a few ingredients, most of which you probably already have lying around the house. It’s easy to make and a little goes a long way. I have a feeling my 2 spray bottles are going to last me a while and I’m not complaining.
What you’ll need:
- Lavender essential oil
- Vodka (or other unflavored alcohol)
- Distilled water
- Dried lavender
- Spray bottle
step one: Mix a few drops of your lavender essential oil with about 1teaspoon of vodka. This helps you create the ideal mixture because the alcohol in the vodka helps make the oil more soluble
step two: Add vodka/essential oil mixture to your spray bottle and shake well to combine
step three: Top off spray bottle contents with distilled water and shake again for better mixing
step four: Add a couple off sprigs of dried lavender into the spray bottle, seal and enjoy!
The best part about this simple creation, is that it has quite a few uses. In addition to using it as a room freshener spray, you can also spray a bit onto your pillow at night time to help you drift off into a calm, blissful sleep.
Pro Tip: You can use this method for or making a spray with other essential oil combinations!
Each year around this time I make a body butter and each year I blog about it. I’m an unfortunate victim of dry skin in the winter so it’s no surprise that months before the season actually comes about, I’m thinking up concoctions to deal with this. Whipped butter always comes to my rescue. This year I’m making both body and hair butters (coming soon in a later post!) but I’m switching up the recipes according to what my skin/hair needs. Also the technique I used to make this whipped butter was different last year, but I think I’ve found a quicker and easier method to make the magic stuff.
what you need:
- shea butter
- coconut oil
- vitamin E oil
- lavender essential oil
step two: Make a double-boiler by placing the mixing bowl in a pot of water on the stove. Allow the oil to melt slightly for about 3 minutes (the shea butter most likely won’t melt much)
step three: Using an electric mixer, whip the slightly melted butters and oil together until smooth and fluffy.
step four: Add 8-10 drops of lavender essential oil and whip some more. Scoop into a container and store!
I told you – it doesn’t take much to make a batch of body butter for yourself! I really like the fact that I know exactly what’s going on my skin. I picked the things that went into my body butter very intentionally. If you’re interested in knowing their benefits:
Raw shea butter: I get mine straight from Ghana so I can trust that it has nothing but shea butter in it. Shea butter is extremely Vitamin A rich, which has amazing moisturizing and healing properties for your skin. It boosts collagen and helps if you have blemishes. Necessary for that glo’ up.
Vitamin E oil: One of the best antioxidants out there, which means it prevents aging and keeps your skin looking youthful. Nothing wrong with that amirite? #foreveryoung
Coconut oil: This is my favorite thing to put on my skin because it leaves it feeling sooooo soft! It’s restorative and strengthening and it has anti fungal properties as well.
Lavender essential oil: Aside from it’s heavenly floral scent, lavender essential oil is so so calming. You can just imagine that relaxing aroma following you around all day – people compliment me on it all day.
Now that you’ve got the body stuff down, look out for my upcoming DIY hair butter!