One of the best reasons for the shift from creams and lotions to body oils is because oils are anhydrous and do not require preservatives, so it is great if you want a natural, chemical free beauty product.
Another great reason is that the oils are more concentrated and not diluted with water, which is the first ingredient in many body lotions. Most body lotions are about 70% water.
Using oils is a beautiful sensory experience. Oil makes your skin incredibly soft and tends to have a much higher concentration of potent ingredients like antioxidants and vitamins, which make skin cells more functional at retaining water and less susceptible to damage.
This body oil recipe is extra special as it doesn’t just offer nourishing and softening properties, but also smells warming, sweet and spicy, making it a very seductive smell.
Refreshing and stimulating cardamom essential oil is sweet and spicy and reputedly offers aphrodisiac properties.
Cinnamon leaf has a spicy and warm smell, it is a natural antibiotic, it can help to relieve respiratory and sinus symptoms, making it great for use during the colder months.
Sweet almond is richer than some of the other oils, this nourishing nut oil is high in oleic acid and omega-9 fatty acids, which are capable of a somewhat deeper penetration into the layers of the skin than other fatty acids. It also have some anti-inflammatory activity due to the presence of quercetin, a flavonoid compound found in the almond skins, and antioxidant activity due to high levels of Vitamin E.
Jojoba oil is perfect for most skin types and is great for improving elasticity, suppleness and protective abilities of the skin. Jojoba oil is a nutrient-dense oil that is more of a wax, similar to the consistency of our skin’s own sebum. When jojoba is blended with other oils, it delivers more substance and helps seal in skin’s natural moisture.
100 ml Sweet Almond Oil
100 ml Jojoba Oil
10 drops Vanilla essential oil (or 1 tbs Vanilla Extract)
5 drops Cardamom essential oil
3 drops Clove Essential oil
3 drops Cinnamon leaf Essential oil (optional)
Combine all the ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle or just a normal bottle with a screw top.
It's best to apply this oil right after a shower so that the oil can seep into the upper layers of the epidermis and hydrate the skin. When skin is a little damp, it's like a sponge, soaking up all the oil's goodness.
When skin is completely dry, the dead outer skin cells do their job of shielding the epidermis from any intruders (even if the "intruder" is well-needed moisture). When it comes to body oils, a little goes a long way, so using a few drops on certain areas should be sufficient.