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 with some essential oils in it, and it was awesome. After argan oil, 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
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.

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