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 delicious smelling oil are dried lavender, coconut oil, a small pan, a jar, and a stovetop!
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, remove the jar from the pan of water. You can strain the lavender out of the oil with a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. I chose to just transfer the infused oil and herbs directly into storage containers.
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 lotion for your skin.
- 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.
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.