Oils are a part of my every day life. I have dry skin, but instead of using synthetic creams, I use liquid vitamin E oil. It costs about 5 dollars and needing only a view drops, it lasts forever. I buy one about every two years.
I’ve found that the best aftershave in the world for silky smooth, never sticky, legs that glow - coconut oil is king. Again, it’s about 5 dollars and lasts for years. It also makes a great hair treatment and overall moisturizer.
I buy these two at a time, one for beauty purposes and one for food. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, but literally melts on your skin. It’s quite divine. And just like olive oil, it has many health benefits when replacing butter in sautéing or frying.
And then, of course, we have our essential oils, which are so diverse and useful, you’ll never regret buying them.
I’ve been making my own cleaning products with essential oils since I was about 11 years old (about 17 years ago). It’s fun, safe, saves you a ton of money, and you can literally lick the floor and not worry about toxic chemicals or left over bacteria.
My absolute favorite recipe for cleaning everything is:
1 Large Spray Bottle
8 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil
8 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
Fill with HOT water
This spray bottle will last you quite some time, or clean a very large or dirty area. And since I use my oils mostly in cleaning or ritual and not consumption, I buy them once every 5 - 10 years. They last a seriously LONG time depending on your usage of course. But a little goes a very long way.
The above recipe works extremely well on countertops, glass, toilets, linoleum floors, removing carpet stains, and also makes a nice linen spray. All without anything toxic so you’re filling your environment with things that came from nature.
So why does it work?
Lemon oil is a naturally abrasive astringent. It breaks down oils, which is why it’s very drying for the skin. All citrus products are like this, but lemon is by far the strongest. So it also breaks down oils from food, or other biodegradable proteins.
Lavender oil is also an astringent, but more importantly, an antibacterial which means you can forget the bleach when these two lovely oils meet.
I truly do not own one store bought cleaning product and haven’t my entire adult life. I encourage you to learn more about the amazing things you can do with essnetial oils. My favorite book is:
You can find it here.