Toner Face Pads


1.5 tbs Witch Hazel
5 drops of Copaiba essential oil
5 drops of Melaleuca essential oil
5 drops of Frankincense essential oil
5 drops of Lavender essential oil
1 tsp Water
Face Pads
Container (with lid) for Face Pads

You could substitute the Lavender essential oil for Geranium essential oil (both are great oils for skin).

Or you could use Ylang Ylang essential oil if you have oily skin; Sandalwood essential oil if you have dry skin; or Roman Chamomile essential oil if you have dry, irritated and ageing skin.

Place Face Pads in a container (I reused an old container for eye make-up remover pads). In a small bowl, mix together the Copaiba essential oil, Melaleuca essential oil, Frankincense essential oil and Lavender essential oil. Add the Witch Hazel and Water.

Pour the liquid over the Face Pads and flip them around so that all of the liquid soaks in. Use as necessary, replacing the lid each time.

Sylvia says: “They are so easy to make (less that 30 seconds) and are gentle, cooling and leave your face feeling soft and nourished. I would highly recommend them and I have already made a second batch and included 1/4 teaspoon of vitamin E oil. Rina agreed that the Toner Face Pads were super quick and easy to make and that they leave your skin feeling refreshed and smooth. This is one of our favourite recipes yet!

Grapefruit and Lavender Body Spray


200 mms Distilled Water1 tbs Witch Hazel

13 drops Grapefruit essential oil

4 drops Lavender essential oil

Add the ingredients to a spray bottle (glass or PET plastic), shake and spritz!

Sylvia says: “This is light and fruity spray, perfect for a hot summer’s day. It would also work well as a pillow spray, perhaps increasing the quantity of Lavender essential oil and adding Lemon essential or another oil of you choice”.

Earthy Aftershave


185ml/6fl oz Witch Hazel
1tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
10 drops Sandalwood essential oil
5 drops Peppermint essential oil
3 drops Rosemary essential oil
2 drops Melaleuca essential oil

Place all the ingredients into a small bottle and shake well. Pat onto skin for a natural, great smelling antiseptic and anti-inflammatory aftershave.

Sylvia asked her husband Mike to try out the Earthy Aftershave. Here's what he had to say: 'Well it is definitely different. If you are looking for an aftershave that is different from the rest of them, then this is the one. You won’t get the after burn and the warm glow which comes with a wet shave. You will get a cold refreshing splash along with an earthy smell without the tautness to your recently shaved skin. It probably works better for a dry shave than a wet shave".


Hair Repair Serum


10 drops Rosemary essential oil
10 drops Cedarwood essential oil
10 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops Melaleuca essential oil
5 drops Peppermint essential oil

Put the oils into a 30 ml spray bottle, half fill with witch hazel and the rest with water. Shake before use.

Sylvia used the serum on her fine, short hair. It worked immediately and left her hair feeling soft, non-greasy and manageable. She recommends using it every 2 to 3 days instead of your regular conditioner. Lindsay, Sylvia’s daughter-in-law also tried the serum and had this to say:

“When Sylvia asked me to try out her new hair serum, I was quite willing until she said that I could wash my hair, but not put any conditioner on it. No conditioner???? On my hair???? I was now very dubious about this trial, my hair is a tangled mess when I get out of the shower at the best of times, it is long and thick and uses a lot of conditioner. I could not see this working. It was a Sunday though, and I wasn't going anywhere so I gave it a whirl. Standing in front of the mirror post shower staring at the giant bird's nest on top of my head with the serum in hand, I thought 'no chance'. I sprayed a bit on and sprayed a bit extra on the ends and then gently attempted to comb my hair. Amazing! The comb went through the tangled mess with no problem. After I had dried my hair, it looked no worse for not having had conditioner and it felt really soft, in fact, I think my hair looked better than it usually does. I would definitely recommend this.”


Mint Lime Foot Soak


300g Epsom Salts

Zest of one line

4 drops of Lime essential oil

3 drops of Peppermint essential oil

2 or 3 drops of green food colouring (optional)

Mix all the ingredients together and place in jars. Add a handful to a bowl of warm water and insert feet!

Sylvia says: “My niece and I sat watching the television while our feet soaked for 20 minutes. Verdict? Our feet felt nourished and pampered and no, they didn’t turn a shade of green!


 Hand Sanitiser

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5 tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel
4 tablespoons Water
1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
10 drops of On Guard essential oil
5 drops of Wild Orange essential oil
1 small bottle (I recycled an old sanitiser bottle)

Mix all the ingredients together and place into the bottle (you may need to use a small funnel). That’s it!

Sylvia says: “This is a great recipe. It's easy to make and only takes a few minutes before you have lovely smelling hand sanitiser. It feels slightly sticky for a few seconds but this soon disappears, leaving your hands feeling soft (the addition of Vitamin E oil is a bonus)”.


Bath Bombs

You will need a large mixing bowl and two smaller bowls, bath bomb moulds, scales and a small water spray bottle containing cold water.

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300g Bicarbonate of Soda
100g Citric Acid
A few drops of dōTERRA essential oils
(I used Serenity essential oil, Geranium essential oil, Lime essential oil and Wild Orange essential oil)
Powdered Food Colouring

Mix and sieve the Bicarbonate of Soda and the Citric Acid. Add a small amount of food colouring, a little at a time, to get the desired shade. Mix again, to incorporate all of the powder. Add 6-8 drops of essential oil to each bowl (we used one oil, but you could add a combination of oils) and then spray a little water onto the mix and keep spraying as you combine.

You really do need to mix continuously to avoid it fizzing up, and only add enough water to hold the mixture together when lightly squeezed in your hands. It should just hold together and not be too damp.

Press the mixture hard into the moulds and level the tops. Leave to dry for at least 30-60 minutes. It may take longer to dry, depending on the dampness of the mixture. Remove gently from the moulds.