12 June, 2012

A Favourite Corner of my Home: Oils, Butters, and Waxes

Welcome to A Favorite Corner of my Home, where I share with you one of the little spaces of my home that makes me feel especially happy. This week, I'm sharing with you my Oils, Butters, and Wax cupboard!

Admittedly, it's not a great name for a cupboard, but really I couldn't think of a better one. Suggestions are always welcome, if you can think of anything else! 
Also, it's not the whole cupboard that I love. It's specifically the top shelf that fills me with a certain feeling of warm goodness, every time I open it. It's times like these that I am reminded that I'm not a kid anymore...

Really. About 15 years ago, I would have looked at this shelf with a passive air, and certainly wouldn't have been excited about opening it. My, how things change.

I have all these things for dabbling in aromatherapy, soapmaking, repairing broken candles, making new candles and wax and pinecone fire starters, making green cleaning products, and of course making my homemade deodorant. I will be attempting to make my own homemade sunblock in the upcoming week with supplies from this shelf too (hence, the zinc oxide). Occasionally, when I'm feeling very dry, I like to grab a few chunks of cocoa butter from the back and rub them in my hands and on my arms until it's completely melted. Absolutely heavenly.

One of my favorite things to do with essential oils (aside from learning all about them!) is to make my own air fresheners. I enjoy mixing different oils in the oil diffuser, adding a little water to make the scent warm more uniformly and last longer, and finding a great new scent! Recently, I've successfully imitated a candle scent for pennies, when the actual candle cost $30 in the shop! I bought one as a gift for a friend once, and it was heavenly - but I could never justify that expense for myself.

This week I'll share with you my recipe to imitate Henri Bendel's "Lavender Leaves" candle. It's very simple!

15 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops bergamot essential oil
5 drops sage essential oil

Combine oils in the top of an oil diffuser, add a couple tablespoons of water (or more, if yours holds more), light a tea light underneath, and enjoy!

Not very scientific, I know, but we're not making soap here. Just smelling up our homes!

I know it can be hard to source essential oils in Ireland, so in case you're interested, I buy my essential oils from these fine sellers (which are in the UK):

Calmer Solutions 
The Aromatherapy Shop


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