I love making my cosmetics myself because, in addition to better matching to my needs, it saves me a few more euros. Here are the steps for making home care oils.
The principle of making a home care oil is based on the maceration of plants in a vegetable oil.
The oily macerate requires patience since the mixture must rest between 24 hours and several weeks before we can use it. It is important to always use dried vegetables because otherwise, they ferment in the jar.
Don't forget to dry your pickings before incorporating them into your oils. I had skipped this step in my first preparation, I let you imagine the smell that escaped when I opened my jar.
Just thinking about this memory still makes my eyes sting!
• The Embarrassment of Choice
Different varieties of vegetable oils can be used. Our choice will depend on the type of care that we want to achieve, the desired effects. The most used are sweet almond oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, argan oil, palm oil...
It is possible to add a few drops of essential oils at the end of maceration, but be careful when choosing these essences, some are not at all suitable for dermatological use.
The technique that I am going to present to you is that of a daisy and rose body oil. Very simple and seasonal, it is an oil with multiple virtues and uses. The daisy has firming properties, the rose has an anti-aging and toning action and will give a delicate smell to our oil.
In care for the bust and décolleté, it will restore the skin's elasticity and tone for a beautiful and firm breast. In massage on the hips, stomach, buttocks and thighs it will firm the skin and revitalize it.
◘ Rose/Daisy Slimming Oil.
An airtight glass jar, a pretty glass bottle that will be used to hold the finished product (as it will go in the bathroom, as much as it is pretty...), a small funnel, 2/3 gauze compresses, a container type jam jar.
30 g of dried daisy flowers (in organic stores, or to pick, dry and remove the stems) 125 ml of sweet almond oil, a handful of very fragrant rose petals.
Pour the sweet almond oil into our airtight jar, immerse the flowering tops of the daisies (the dried flowers without the stems), the rose petals, mix everything and close the container.
The maceration stage
It is crucial for the success of the rose/daisy slimming oil. Place the pot on the edge of a sunny window, but away from drafts for 21 days.
From time to time, we do not forget to mix our macerate by gently shaking the jar.
For this step we will place the compress that will serve as a filter on the opening of the jam jar. The filtering operation will be able to begin. Pour the flower and oil mixture through the compress into the jam jar.
Above all, if the gauze shows signs of weakness or no longer lets the mixture filter through, we don't hesitate to take a brand new one, but we don't throw away the flowers and our compresses.
As in a liqueur, the fruits stuff themselves with alcohol, here the flowers are soaked in oils. We are going to squeeze these flowers in the gauze to recover as much as possible of this oil overloaded with active ingredients.
Our filtered oil is now in a jam jar. Not terrible terrible as a bottle for my pretty bathroom! To have cool bottles, I collect and clean small bottles of olive oil for my homemade oils and lotions. All I have to do is pour my new slimming treatment inside using the small funnel.
• Practical idea
We can tie a label bearing the name of our care with a little raffia. Not stupid, and especially practical if like me, we are a little head in the air!
• Last Tip
Oily macerates are sensitive to oxidation. So we keep our bottles away from light, away from any source of heat for a maximum of 6 months.
Now you know how to prepare macerates at home. Don't hesitate, be inventive and come and explain your own recipes to us in the comments.
An equivalent treatment in the trade sells from 11€90 for 100 ml . Sweet almond oil can be found from 4€ for 250 ml, dried flowers in herbalism vary between 4€ and 20€ for 100 g. The choice is quickly made!