Sunday, August 16, 2009

Foaming hand soap infused w/ oils, homemade Thieves oil

When I recently placed an order at sunburst bottle company, I noticed that their foaming hand soap containers were on sale for .70 each.

I bought one for each bathroom in the house, and when they arrived, I mixed up a foaming hand soap formula with premade Thieves oil using this formula:

12-16 drops of the oil blend
2 Tbsp hand soap, shower gel, or similar liquid soap (unscented would be best- and avoid the ingredient triclosan.  Bad stuff.)
Water to the top of the container

I heated the water to help the soap dissolve into it, and stirred gently in a large mixing cup before pouring the mixture into the bottle.  That's it!  And now whenever we wash our hands, some of the essential oil formula leaves its scent (and its germ-fighting properties) on our hands.  Fantastic.

I'll be buying more of the containers soon... this project is going to become Christmas presents for our friends and family.  I think Thieves is a great holiday scent!

Homemade Thieves Oil

If you'd like to mix up your own Thieves blend, here are the oils involved in YL's blend:

Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)
Lemon (Citrus limon)
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum)
Eucalyptus radiata
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1,8 cineol).

And here are two recipes available in several different places on the web:

The Easy Recipe:

Equal amounts of eucalyptus, rosemary, cinnamon, clove and lemon.

The Less Easy Recipe: 
(our own Marsha's been very happy with this one)
Clove bud oil 8
Lemon oil 7
Cinnamon bark oil 4
Eucalyptus 3
Rosemary 2

(The ratio numbers can be applied to any measurement you'd like... drops, teaspoons, ml, etc.  There's a total of 24 parts in the recipe-- so if you're using teaspoons, you'll end up with 24 teaspoons of theives oil-- about 1/2 cup.  24 drops of Thieves oil would be about 1 ml, so multiply the recipe by 5 if you want to fill a 5ml bottle.)

Random Oil Fact:

Apparently there are between 20-35 drops of essential oil in each ml (or 100-175 drops in a 5ml bottle), depending on the thickness of the oil/size of the drops.

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Anonymous,  November 1, 2009 at 11:24 AM  

great post! but one thing.. Is that okay , that i make thieves oil without mixed carrier oil? so i can use for cleansing or another.

thanks katey

Fuzzy, aka Kim November 1, 2009 at 9:03 PM  

Katey, thanks for your comment! I'm happy to know that you're reading! I hope the following will answer your question... of course you can make Thieves oil w/o carrier oil in it... that's how I store mine. I put it into the hand soap undiluted, because the water and soap will dilute the "thieves" blend down to safe levels without any carrier oil being needed. However, if you want to use Thieves directly ON YOUR SKIN (rubbed onto a sore throat, rubbed onto your feet, etc), you probably will want to dilute it down QUITE a bit to make sure it doesn't irritate or sensitize your skin. I've learned recently that cinnamon bark oil, one ingredient of our mix, is a huge sensitizer (bad news!) when used on the skin, so you really don't want to use this undiluted. Hope that helps!

Anonymous,  November 2, 2009 at 5:42 AM  

thank you for reply me back :)

I have cinnamon E. oil not cinnamon bark E. oil and how i can measure thieves oil without carrier oil? /\I already made thieves oil with joja oil for my kids and me .

thanks November 28, 2012 at 6:08 AM  

Do you have to mix in a carrier oil with that, when your making the hand soap, or just the oils?

Kim November 28, 2012 at 7:27 AM  

Tessa, I don't use carrier oils in this situation. I believe the dilution of the water and soap makes it safe to do without it. (Of course, oils never dilute thoroughly into water solutions, so use your own judgement there- but soap dispensers pull from the bottom of the container, and the oils would tend to float up and collect at the top of the solution, so I doubt you'd ever be rubbing undiluted oils on your hands.)

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