How to Use Essential Oils to Make Personal Care Products

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TLC's Tea Tree Essential Oil

Essential oils provide a wonderful way to create a calming environment and a fragrant aroma in any room.  It's also good to know how to use essential oils to make personal care products that are used on a daily basis. 

We'll walk you through a little background on what essential oils are, how they are used and the ingredients you need to make personal care items. You'll be surprised at how easy it is to make common items.​

Making personal care products that do the same job as products you buy in the store, ensures that you know the ingredients that have gone into the products, and in the long run it may even save you money!

When used in aromatherapy, essential oils are placed in diffusers to distribute the oil into the air, creating the desired mood.  Aromatherapy is also good for calming anxiety and relieving stress after a long day. They are also used during the day in certain environments, to create a specific mood or atmosphere. 

They can be rubbed into the skin when diluted with a carrier oil.  Some essentials are used internally (under the care of a doctor), to help with certain issues.

Today we will focus on how to use essential oils for creams, shampoos and other personal care products.  Essential oils are becoming more popular as people continue to lean away from products that contain harsh chemical ingredients.

Many commercially prepared personal care and grooming products have harsh chemicals and preservatives that are absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream.  When these products are used on a daily basis, the build up of chemicals can have a negative effect over time.  Because of this many are turning to essential oils to make their own personal care products.

Lets focus on a few of the essential oils used for skincare products. You'll see how they can used to make products that provide great results with fewer harmful effects.

What are Essential Oils?

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Essential oil and an aromatherapy diffuser

When learning how to use essential oils, it's important to know what they are and how they are made. 

Essential oils are hydrophobic liquids extracted (distilled) by steam or water from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots or other elements of a plant. 

Hydrophobic means the extracted liquid doesn't mix with water.

Because they come from nature, essential oils are an excellent alternative to chemically infused products for every day uses. They are becoming the #1 choice for a number of DIY personal care and household products that are easier on the environment, the wallet, and the body.

Keep in mind that all essential oils are not created equal.  Some are diluted and because of that you may not get the desired result or aroma when you use cheaper brands.  When purchasing essential oils, make sure that they are 100% pure, therapeutic grade oils for the best quality and results. 

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100% Premium Grade Essential Oils

Visit our Wellness Shop for 100%-pure, premium-grade essential oils, made in the USA. We carry Total Life Changes brand in  Wild lavender, Tea Tree, Blood Orange, Gladiator, Lemon Zest, Peppermint, Uplifting and Frankinsence oils.

How Are Essential Oils Used to Make Personal Care Products?

Essential oils are commonly inhaled to create a calming effect or a certain mood at home or in this office.  They are commonly inhaled using a diffuser like the one shown in the picture above. They are also inhaled  by using steam or mixing a carrier oil and spraying it into the air to create a mood or to freshen a room.

When used with a carrier oil, essential oils can be used to make personal care products as discussed in the next section.  We will give you the components needed to make these items as well as some common oils used for skin care.

Finally we'll provide you with a recipe for a face wash made with tea tree oil.  We also recommend the book, 250 Pure Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Recipes that you can purchase on Amazon.  This book is very affordable as you can see, and it has a great selection of recipes for aromatherapy, foot soaks, diffuser blends, facial cleansers and scrubs, as well as anti-aging moisturizers, toners, masks and more. This book is a must have for your collection, especially if you're just starting out. 

The information found in this book is not just for beginners, it's a great source for pros who are looking for new ideas on how to make personal care products specifically, and how well (or not) different aromas blend with each other.  Keep in mind too that personal care items make much appreciated, affordable gifts during the holidays!

What is a Carrier Oil?

Essential oils are also applied to the skin and absorbed into the bloodstream.  When essential oils are applied directly to the skin, they can cause irritation.  To dilute the oils and ensure that irritation doesn't occur, a carrier oil is added.  A carrier oil is a vegatble oil that is used to dilute essential oils. When using essential oils on the skin, please make sure to use a carrier oil to avoid skin irritation.  Following a recipe to make sure you're using the right proportions is also suggested.

The concentration of carrier oils will vary depending on the oil. from 3-5%.  Some common carrier oils include almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and argon oil for anti-aging properties and glowing, youthful skin.  Shea butter is also a great carrier oil for moisturizing the skin.  Click on the picture below to see all the 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils we carry.

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Some Common Essentials Oils for Skin Care

Here are a few essential oils that are good for the skin. The two oils that come to mind quickly are rose oil and geranium oil.  Some other oils for the skin, include frankincense, and lavender oil.  Geranium oil relieves both oily and dry skin and skin that's congested.  It also helps with eczema and dermatitis.   In addition it helps to balance your hormones and reduces wrinkles. Rose oil also helps with inflamed skin.

Tea tree oil is good for skin conditions like acne, and scalp conditions like dandruff and the skin condition psoriasis. Tea tree oil is also great when used in deodorants as it's gentle on the body and has antimicrobial properties. 

Total Life Changes has a premium grade Tea Tree Oil that is produced by steam distillation of the leaves and twigs of the Tea Tree, Melaleuca Alternifolia.  This oil is believed to be one of the most effective home remedies for acne. Look below the video for an easy tea tree oil face wash that helps with acne.

Homemade Tea Tree Oil/Honey Face Wash for Clear Skin

Total Time: 2 Minutes              Serves: 30



  1. Mix all ingredients together until well-combined
  2. Pour into a convenient bottle and store in cool place.

Tea Tree Oil mixed with honey can be used to produce a face wash that is effective in treating acne.  Simply apply this natural face wash, leave it on for 2 minutes, then rinse off, and then rinse your skin gently.

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