The previous article on kitchen beauty offered several basic recipes for products such as essential oils. While these can be used on their own, such as for perfuming your bath, they can also be used as ingredients in other recipes! You’ll have so much fun mixing up these concoctions that you probably won’t feel the need to visit a pricey spa anytime soon.

Luxurious Body Butter

Body butter

You’ll love this body butter and how nicely it spreads on your skin. You can change up the recipe a bit by adding fresh fruit rather than essential oils, but you’ll want to try to ensure that you’re not adding too much liquid in comparison to the butter and oils.

Materials -

1/2 cup of sweet almond oil or jojoba

1/2 cup of coconut oil

1 cup of shea butter

Essential oil of your choice

Small mason jar or container

Double boiler

Bowl

Mixer (hand or stand)

Step 1 - Melt Coconut Oil and Shea Butter

Over low heat in the double boiler, combine your coconut oil and shea butter until they melt. Turn off the heat, and let it cool down for about a half hour before moving on.

Step 2 - Add Essential Oils

Move the mixture to a bowl and add in both the almond oil and your choice of essential oil. The amount of fragrance you want is up to your personal preference, so add only a few drops at a time, mixing as you go, until you hit the right amount.

Step 3 - Cool

Place this into the refrigerator until it partially solidifies. Don't put it in the freezer to cool faster unless you intend to keep a very close eye on it, as you don't want this mixture to freeze.

Step 4 - Whip with Mixer

Remove the bowl from the freezer once it's cooled and transfer it to a stand mixture bowl if necessary. Whip the butter with your mixer (hand or stand) until you get it to the same consistency as normal butter.

Step 5 - Store

Move your body butter to a proper container, and use as needed. If you added in fruit, you might need to store this in the refrigerator.

Personalized Shave Cream

This smooth shave cream will scent your skin and help moisturize for the perfect painless shave.

Materials -

1/4 cup of almond oil or jojoba

1/3 cup of coconut oil

1/3 cup of shea butter

Essential oil of your choice

Small mason jay or container

Small pan

Heat-safe bowl

Mixer (hand or stand)

Step 1 - Melt Coconut Oil and Shea Butter

Over low heat, combine your coconut oil and shea butter into the small pan and stir until they melt. Then, remove from the heat, and put the melted materials into the heat-safe bowl.

Step 2 - Add Oils

Now, you can add the almond or jojoba oil and essential oil to the mix. Once again, add only a few drops of each until you reach the level of scent you’re looking to get in your shave cream. This may be around 13 to 15, more or less. Stir enough to ensure the mixture is combined thoroughly.

Step 3 - Chill the Mixture

Put the mixture in the refrigerator, and chill long enough for it to become a solid.

Step 4 - Whip Until Fluffy

When your cream is cool enough, take it out and whip it up using a stand mixer or hand beater. You’ll want to try to get a fluffy and light consistency.

Step 5 - Store

Place the finished cream into your chosen container, and seal it. You’ll want to store this in a cool and dry place to help it last longer.

Sweet Lip Sugar Scrub

This sugar scrub will help to remove dry, old skin on your lips to make them kissable soft. Just be sure to use it sparingly to avoid damage, and follow up with the next recipe: lip balm.

Materials -

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

Coconut oil

Vanilla

Bowl

Small container

Step 1 - Create a Paste

Combine the brown sugar, a small drop of vanilla, and a little bit coconut oil to create a paste-like consistency. Start with very little coconut oil and increase the amount gradually until the desired result is reached.

Step 2 - Use as Needed

Place into a container to use later. When you need it, take a small amount out of the jar, rub it against your lips, and let it sit for about a minute. Then, remove with a washcloth. As it’s all natural, don’t worry if any gets into your mouth.

Personalized Lip Balm

Lip balm

You can find twist tubes or little tins to put this in to enjoy. This recipe will fill about seven 0.15 ounce tubes, which you can buy empty online. However, don't don’t feel constrained to use these. You can up-cycle little mint tins or other containers if you want.

Materials -

3 teaspoons of sweet almond oil or jojoba

2 teaspoons of coconut oil

1 teaspoon of shea or cocoa butter

1/2 teaspoon of aloe vera

1/4 teaspoon of vitamin E oil

1/2 ounce of beeswax

Essential oil of your choice

Double boiler

Small tubes or containers

Step 1 - Melt Ingredients Together

Melt your coconut oil, shea or cocoa butter, and beeswax over low heat in a double boiler.

Step 2 - Add Aloe Vera and Other Oils

Once everything is melted and well combined, remove it from the stove, and stir in the vitamin E oil, aloe vera, and about five to seven drops of the essential oil you’re using.

Step 3 - Pour into Tubes or Containers

Pour the mixture into the containers once you’ve stirred it thoroughly. Set the containers aside to cool, which will harden your lip balm.

Refreshing Body Scrub

Mint and cucumber can create a nice refreshing body scrub that can be used all over. Using it on your skin will give you a cooling feeling that can refresh you in the morning or after a hard day. Firmer scrubs can have additional sugar added to get to the consistency you prefer.

Materials -

2 1/2 cups of sugar

4 tablespoons of olive oil

Several mint leaves

Large cucumber

Blender

Bowl

Jars or similar container

Step 1 - Blend the Mint and Cucumber

Slice your cucumber into more manageable pieces and place it and the mint into your blender. Combine them using the "puree" setting.

Step 2 - Add Remaining Ingredients

Pour the puree into a bowl, and add the rest of your ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are mixed well.

Step 3 - Place in Container and Store

Place the mixture into your jar or squeeze bottle, and keep in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.

There you have it, several different recipes that you can make in your kitchen that are improved by ingredients from your garden. The best part about creating these recipes at home is that you can change them up to fit your tastes when it comes to texture and scent! The possibilities are limitless so long as you have the plants to use.