14/08/2014 16:44 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

DIY Beauty: How To Make A Soothing Body Oil With Lavender And Bergamot

The idea that oils will make skin greasy is one of the greatest myths in beauty. Instead, they are brilliant at conditioning and moisturising plus best of all, a little goes a long way.

Homemade body oils are particularly enriching for the skin. Yes, they require a well-stocked cupboard of essential oils to start with, but this lavender and bergamot recipe is the ultimate soothing treat for dehydrated complexions and once made, it will last for a good six months.


Find out how to make your own skin oil with this extract from the Neal's Yard Remedies expert guide to DIY beauty - Cook, Brew and Blend Your Own Herbs.

A relaxing aromatherapy mix of floral geranium, soothing lavender, calming cypress, and fresh, uplifting bergamot is blended into a skin-nourishing base of different vegetable oils to help restore your skin's suppleness and give it maximum protection from moisture loss.

You will need:
4tsp almond oil
4tsp sunflower oil
4tsp coconut oil
4tsp grapeseed oil
2tsp avocado oil
2tsp wheatgerm oil
10 drops geranium essential oil
10 drops bergamot essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops cypress essential oil

1. Blend the base oils with the essential oils.
2. Store in a sterilised dark glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid away from sunlight.

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