Using essential oils for the first time can be intimidating. You have so many options… which brands should I use? Which oils are the best oils for me? What’s a carrier oil? Can I make bath salts or perfumes or whatever? It’s seriously overwhelming. And then you have reps from direct sales company trying to convince you that their oils are the only oils you should buy (I think there’s room for all oils!). It’s overwhelming and frankly, enough to make you want to give up your essential oil journey.
When I first started going down the essential oil rabbit hole, it seemed like there was so many things I needed. I bought a few oils and a diffuser, but soon I wanted to do more with my oils. I wanted to create balms and salves, and baby products, but I had no idea where to start. So I would pick up a few things here and there and hope to create something interesting and of course, be disappointed when it didn’t turn out.
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Simply Earth seeks to solve that problem with their monthly essential oil recipe box. Each month (or quarter), their Essential Oil recipe box is shipped right to your door so you can experience new oils and recipes. Each box contains 4 full size oils plus some crafting goodies and extra bottles. The oils are excellent quality (see their simply pure promise for more details on their sourcing), and because it’s not a direct sales company, there’s no markup on the oils, meaning you get pure, quality oils for a fraction of the price of some of the other top companies. PLUS, they donate 13% of their profits to organizations dedicated to helping stop human trafficking. I’m smitten.
In this month’s box, I received:
Camellia Seed Oil – I’ve tried quite a variety of carrier oils in the past, but this one is new to me. Camellia Seed oil comes from the camellia plant. I loved seeing this in my box, as my late great grandmother had a camellia bush that sprang to life once she passed. The oil itself is a golden yellow color and quickly absorbs into the skin so you aren’t left feeling greasy. It has a minimal scent making it for recipes where you don’t want the carrier oil to have a scent (and we’ll be making a few of these!)
Bergamot Oil – Bergamot is a lessor known plant in the citrus family that is used to flavor Early and Lady Grey teas. With an earthy citrus aroma, it blends well with other deep aromas such as Geranaium, Vetiver and Clary Sage. It can cause skin sensitivity, and is best avoided before sun exposure.
Geranium Oil – Geranium essential oil comes from the leaves and flowers of the geranium plant, common in many people’s gardens. It has a strong floral scent, and blends well with spicy or other floral oils such as rose, nutmeg and patchoili. It’s great for the skin.
Curb Hunger Blend – I assume this must have previously been known as Fit, since a lot of the literature refers to it that way. Curb hunger is blend of of grapefruit, spearment and lavender essential oils. I didn’t honestly have high hopes for this oil, as the blend seems strange, but it surprisingly works really well together. The spearmint and the grapefruit seem to be the more dominanat scents with the lavender, but they mix in a pretty pleasant way.
Angelica Root – Another new oil to me. Angelica root essential oil comes from the Angelica plant. Great for stomach and digestive problems and treating female hormones, it has an earthy, musky scent that pairs well with Frankinsense and Myrrh.
Rollerballs & a Bottle – 3 amber roller bottles and an essential oil bottle. Just enough to make the recipes included in the box (or of course, to make your own!).
Bentonite Clay – Long loved in beauty circles for it’s healing properties, bentonite clay is the perfect ingredient for a healing face mask! I’m unsure as to the exact amount included), but it enough to make the mud mask recipe included in the box several times.
Recipe Cards & Stickers – 6 recipe cards perfect for the beginner. A few recipes call for other ingredients, but they are most likely something you will already have on hand. And stickers!
One of the most intimidating things about making things with essential oils is all the other stuff you need. Carrier oils, witch hazel, bentonite clay, Aloe, Carnauba Wax…. What? It’s easy to get lost at first. I would buy things for one recipe… only to need something else for a variation of that recipe. This box is the perfect way for beginners (or experienced users wanting to try new things) to begin creating things with essential oils.
This box included recipes for 3 rollerballs, a blend, a facial mask and facial scrub; for a total of 6 recipes and yes, I made them all. The crafts are all fairly easy to make, but you will need some extra ingredients for a few such as the oatmeal scrub, but most (such as the oatmeal) are easy to find at most stores. This makes customizing the recipes (for allergies, or preferences) easy. For instance, the oatmeal facial scrub contained milk powder (we’re a dairy free household) so I used full fat coconut milk instead.
Simply Earth is an amazing company with amazing values that offers affordable, pure essential oils. Their subscription box is much cheaper than some of the big oil companies (I’m actually spending less and getting more) and their quality is phenomenol.
You can learn more about Simply Earth and order your first box on Simply Earth’s website. Plus, use my code MAMAHIPPIEFREE to get a $40 gift card emailed to you after subscribing on your first box (SUBSCRIPTION CAN BE CANCELLED ANYTIME). (This is seriously a great deal).