One of the first things I discovered when I started drifting towards the natural/DIY side of things was body oil. Well, technically it was a massage oil that my parents had received as a slightly-too-hippy-scented housewarming gift, so I made off with it. But it was basically just jojoba oil (USA / Canada) with some essential oils in it, and it was awesome. After argan oil (USA / Canada), it was my first experience with applying straight oil to my skin, and I liked it. It was brilliant for my dry winter skin, and very little went so very far. I hoarded that bottle of oil for months until I finally figured out how to replace it.


This is how I replaced it—one of the ways, at least. This lovely oil absorbs quickly into the skin and is luxuriously scented with labdanum and lavender essential oils. I love using it right after a bath, or when I need a quick dose of moisture. It doesn’t absorb as quickly as lotion, and its thin consistency makes it best suited for smooth skin (basically not your hands, feet, elbows, or knees).


I chose grapeseed oil with a bit of jojoba so it would absorb quickly. If you don’t have grapeseed oil, safflower oil, or any other quick absorbing oil would be a good alternative.


The best thing about body oils is that they come together in a flash. Just place all the ingredients in a bottle and shake. And you’re done. Nice!

Lavender & Labdanum Body Oil

19mL grapeseed oil
10mL jojoba oil (USA / Canada)
1mL labdanum essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil

Pour all the ingredients into a 30mL bottle. Cap and shake to combine.

To use, smooth a small amount over dry skin.