Essential Oils and The Body Beautiful

Since the dawn of cosmetic history, essential oils have always featured high on the preferred list of ingredients used.

Great beauties throughout the years have taken advantage of these marvelous oils. Firstly, they used vegetable oils with a maceration of flowers and herbs. Then, as distillation came to the fore, essential oils burst onto the market.

Essential oils leave a wonderful golden gleam on the skin. There is no other substance that can manage to reproduce this lustrous quality. Oils perform so much better than artificial body gleamers. They are also much safer.

There is a huge range of choice of both base oils and essential oils.

This means that almost anyone can find that perfect combination which not only moisturizes the skin but has a fantastic aroma and is an eco-friendly choice into the bargain.

When used for pampering, essential oils really feel decadent. This feeling of luxury and cossetting is further amplified by the knowledge that they are doing you good.

Make up your body oils with a ratio of 1 drop of essential oil to 1 milliliter of base vegetable oil.

Some great base oils to use:

  • Almond
  • Safflower
  • Soya Bean
  • Sunflower
  • Grapeseed
  • Apricot kernel

Sesame, olive oil, avocado and wheatgerm oils all smell slightly strong so should be used as part of a base oil blend rather than neat. You can try mixing in evening primrose, jojoba or carrot oil.

If you are stuck for ideas, here’s a blend to get things started…

Take almond and evening primrose as your base oils. Add the essential oils of chamomile German, geranium and lavender. This is a simple but glorious mix.

You can make your body oil as complicated or as simple as you like, really. If you prefer a single oil to a mix of five then choose whatever’s best for you. Essential oils are incredibly fragrant and remarkably flexible.

If you use essential oils in your bath, it’s a nice touch to align the aromas of these with your body oils.

If you just want to add a single drop to your bath then more or less any citrus oil will mix well with the vast majority of blends.

You should add between 4 and 6 drops of oil to your bath for best effect.

Baths and Bubbles

There are 4 main ways in which you can use your oils when bathing.

The most common method is to simple toss them into the water undiluted. This will give off an enticing aroma and maximize the benefits.

You can introduce essential oils into bubble baths, bath crystals and bath oils.

If you look at many of the bath crystals on sale, they are little more than regular washing soda in crystal form. The only addition is a little fragrance and color. You can make your own fuss-free. Just save up some glass jars and add some crushed crystals of washing soda. Mix in some food color and your favorite essential oil and you’re all set!

Many of you find that standard tap water can dry out your skin and you require some bath oil to work against this drying effect.

Very few bath oils are truly dispersible. Turkey Red Oil is an exception. This is castor oil which has been treated. Add your essential oil straight into the bottle much like with any other base oil. Use 1 drop for every 1 milliliter of oil. As the majority of bottles are 50ml so that’s around 50 drops. Each time you have a bath, treat yourself to around a teaspoon.

The alternative is to pour the essential oil undiluted into the bath. Add the Turkey Red Oil afterwards.

Non-dispersible essential oils can be put into baths it just means that the oil floats on top of the water.

You can use any nourishing essential oil. Avocado, apricot kernel, almond or Grapeseed oil are all great.

Alternatively, rack up a blend. Follow the same proportions for mixing and fix 1 teaspoon for every bath.

Nourishing Oil

Sweet almond 30ml

Avocado 10ml

Apricot kernel 10ml

To this, throw in 50 drops of your favored essential oil(s).

Bubble Bath

Sometimes, there’s no more intoxicating a thought than simply lying back in a hot bath brimming with bubbles.

This feeling is enhanced with the fragrant aroma of essential oil wafting around.

This recipe will yield a bubble bath which not only soothes and relaxes but is deeply cleansing, too. Whether you use grated soap or soap flakes, make sure it’s 100% pure.

Get the following ingredients together:

  • Soap flakes/grated soap (225g)
  • Spring water (450ml)
  • Witch hazel (2 tbsp)
  • Almond oil (450ml)


  • Boil your spring water. Melt soap into it
  • In a separate pot, mix the almond oil and witch hazel together. Shake up well
  • Slowly add soap mixture then shake again

These quantities will make plenty of mixture. Simply combine with your best essential oils when needed.

Body and Bath Oils

Normal Skin

  • Palma rosa
  • Geranium
  • Ylang-ylang
  • Sandalwood
  • Lavender
  • Carrot
  • Jasmin
  • Neroli
  • Frankincense
  • Patchouli

Dry Skin

  • Benzoin
  • Patchouli
  • Palma rosa
  • Carrot
  • Chamomile
  • Pettigraine
  • Geranium
  • Rose
  • Bois de rose
  • Lavender

Greasy Skin

  • Chamomile Roman
  • Lemon
  • Ylang-ylang
  • Nutmeg
  • Orange
  • Clary-sage
  • Neroli
  • Bergamot
  • Jasmine
  • Cypress

Blemished Skin

  • Niaouli
  • Geranium
  • Clary-sage
  • Eucalyptus lemon
  • Eucalyptus peppermint
  • Chamomile Roman
  • Chamomile German
  • Lavender
  • Thyme linalol
  • Myrhh


These are just a few ideas for some great ways to use essential oils in the bath.

Explore our site for more great information on all aspects of essential oil therapy.

Leia Chester

Editor at Essential Oil Diffuser Judge, I embrace natural living and aromatherapy with a focus on essential oils.

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