Have you tried making your own beauty products at home? More and more people are looking to use natural products in place of harsh chemicals, but store-bought organic products can be expensive. I discovered that you can easily make your own lavender-infused oil at home, and then you can use that infused oil as the base for a variety of homemade beauty products. All you need to make this fantastic-smelling oil are dried lavender, coconut oil, a small pan, a jar, and a stovetop!
MAKE YOUR OWN LAVENDER INFUSED OIL
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE LAVENDER OIL
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There aren’t many ingredients in homemade lavender oil. You will be distilling dried lavender flowers into an oil base. You can dry fresh English lavender easily at home or save some time by buying dried lavender buds online.
I used coconut oil as the base for my infusion, but you could substitute one of these other carrier oils of your choice:
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Argan oil
- Sweet almond oil
- Another carrier oil of your choice
You will also need a glass jar or bottle, a mason jar lid ring, and a small pan, to make a makeshift double boiler on your stovetop.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LAVENDER OIL?
If I am being completely honest, I like using my own lavender oil because of its wonderful scent. There are those who claim that lavender essential oil has numerous benefits from treating insomnia to reducing depression and anxiety. It is a popular ingredient in many skincare products and perfumes.
HOW CAN YOU USE DIY LAVENDER OIL?
This oil can be used directly on dry skin or as a base for other homemade beauty products.
- Mix equal parts infused oil and Epsom salt for a soothing and exfoliating scrub.
- Melt equal parts of infused oil and beeswax together to make a luxurious lavender salve for your skin.
- Whip the oil with beaters to create a creamy body butter for dry winter hands.
- Add a tablespoon of oil to a cup of hot water, stirring until the oil melts. Work the mixture into your hair for an incredibly moisturizing hair conditioner.
HOW DO YOU STORE HOMEMADE LAVENDER-INFUSED OIL?
Store the oil in dark glass bottles and/or keep it out of direct sunlight to preserve the oil as long as possible. If you keep the infused oil in a cool, dark place it has a shelf life of about a year.
Coconut oil melts at 72 degrees, so if you bring it into a steamy shower it will turn to a liquid form. The oil will harden again when returned to a lower temp.
HOMEMADE LAVENDER OIL RECIPE
DIY Lavender Infused Oil
- Start by adding a half cup of coconut oil into a glass jar with one or two tablespoons of dried lavender.
- Place a mason jar lid in the bottom of a small saucepan and carefully set the jar of oil and herbs on top of the lid.
This allows water to circulate underneath the jar of oil as well.
- Add water to the pan until it is about half full.
- Bring the water to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low.
- Allow the jar of oil to sit in the simmering water for 1-2 hours so the lavender can infuse into the oil.
- After the oil has infused, carefully remove the jar from the pan of water.
- (Optional) You can strain the lavender out of the oil with a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.
I opted to pour the infused oil and herbs directly into storage containers.