Sniff to De-Stress: How to Make a Homemade Oil Fragrance Wax Balm
People are turning to essential oils to relieve stress and overwhelm, and it’s not a gimmick. It actually works. So if you’ve ever searched any of the following questions…“Can aromatherapy help anxiety?” or “are essential oils good for anxiety?” We’re about to answer your questions with one word: yes!
According to research, scent provokes the production of hormones. The brain is then stimulated by the scent and responds by reducing stress hormones. By inhaling essential oils, you can improve hormonal balance, cognitive function, and stress. Personally, we think a “do-it-yourself de-stress flower fragrance balm,” is a highly customizable and simple gift idea.
However, it’s important to note every scent provokes a different response. To illustrate, smelling bergamot, lavender, or lemon stimulates serotonin and dopamine production in your brain. (Serotonin and dopamine contribute to how happy and capable you feel.) Lavender, however, has been clinically shown to increase alpha wave activity, which leads to a sense of relaxation. Which is why it’s in everything sleep related. In addition to being a powerful scenting plant, you can use culinary-grade lavender in evening tonics.
- Beeswax, Shea Butter, or Hydrogenated Soy Oil (Any of those give your balm the thickness and density needed for the right consistency.)
- Essential oils and/or DIY-infused oil (make sure to choose aromas that suit your specific needs.)
- A carrier oil like avocado, grapeseed, or sweet almond. *Remove if using DIY botanical and herb-infused oil.
- Vitamin E Oil keeps herbs from going rancid and is just good for your skin.
- Petals (Order our beautiful hibiscus petals or dried pink rose petal pieces. Either would look stunning in a natural perfume balm.)
- Choose an eco-certified preservative: Leucidal® Liquid SF, Geogard 221 (Cosgard), or Rokonsal. All will stop mold and bacteria growth for two to three months.
Directions for Making Your Fragrance Balm
This recipe calls for equal parts hard oil to soft carrier oil. So, an example formula needs a ratio of ⅓ cup shea butter (hard oil) to *⅓ cup coconut oil (soft oil.) Combine the two ingredients. Use a double boiler pot or melt in a heat-safe dish within a pot of boiling water. Use low-medium heat and continuously stir while melting.
**If you’re not intending to use essential oils and are instead making a self-made oil infusion, then that will replace using a store-bought carrier oil. With this approach, the amended measurements are equal parts“hard oil” to equal parts of your “DIY herbal oil infusion.” Let us walk you through infusing oils by following this link.
It is also a good time to add the pretty flower petal pieces so they can infuse the perfume wax mixture.
It’s recommended to use 20 drops of essential oil per tsp of wax mixture. And, it takes 6 teaspoons to make an ounce. So if you’re filling a .5-ounce tin with fragrance balm, you’re looking at about 60 drops of essential oil for a mild-smelling perfume wax. If mixing scents do so before adding them to the melted-down wax mixture.
If the wax cools at any time just reheat.
Once the mixture cools to 30ºC/85ºF add the essential oils, preservative, and vitamin E oil. Pour the fragrance balm into its tins, while the wax is still warm and pliable.