In the Pacific Northwest, we look forward to summer all year. The warm weather inspires camping trips in the wilderness, swimming in clear cool rivers, hikes to remote mountaintops with breathtaking views, outdoor barbecues with friends, dancing at outdoor music festivals, foraging excursions to pick juicy wild berries, and brings us bountiful harvests of nourishing tomatoes, peppers, and other veggies harvested fresh from our gardens.
When engaging in summertime activities, it's important to remember to take care of our skin and provide it with the moisturizing and protection that it needs. I've handpicked this collection of some of my favorite summertime recipes from previous articles on our blog, plus added some new recipes. I think you'll agree that these are the perfect complement to warm summer weather!
Sweet Summer Perfume
A relaxing and warming blend reminiscent of summer, with a lightly floral aroma complemented by hints of spice and cedar. Especially useful during times of stress, occasional anxiety, and irritability. A great lift-me-up!
- 10 drops organic Lavender essential oil
- 5 drops organic Roman Chamomile essential oil
- 4 drops organic Cardamom essential oil
- 1 drop organic Atlas Cedarwood essential oil
- 1 drop organic Geranium (Rose) essential oil
- 1 tsp organic Jojoba Oil
Drip all essential oils into a glass bottle, and roll between palms to evenly mix the oils. Add Jojoba oil and roll again. Add additional essential oils if you desire a stronger perfume.
Tangerine & Ylang Ylang Body Oil
Refreshingly light with a hint of citrus and sweetness. Pour a little directly into bathwater, massage into the skin after bathing, or apply whenever skin feels a little dry.
- 1/2 cup organic carrier oil of choice. My favorite choices are Sweet Almond, Apricot Kernel, Sunflower, or Jojoba
- 60 drops Tangerine essential oil
- 10 drop organic Ylang Ylang essential oil
Pour all ingredients into a bottle and roll between palms to distribute the oils evenly.
Refreshing Flower Water & Aloe Spray
This blend is so useful! You'll find that it has an infinite number of applications. Apply liberally to sunburns, bug bites, rashes, and other skin irritations. Aloe Vera offers immediate relief and shortens healing times, Lavender essential oil is known for its skin healing properties, and Peppermint is cooling and refreshing. Depending on which you choose, flower waters can help soothe, heal, and cool minor burns, rashes, and hot sores.
- 2 oz Aloe Vera Gel
- 2 oz organic Peppermint, Cucumber, Lavender, or Lemon Balm Hydrosol (or other hydrosol of choice)
- 2-5 drops organic Peppermint essential oil
- 5 drops organic Lavender essential oil
Mix all ingredients, pour into a 4 ounce bottle, and apply to the skin as often as desired. Store in the refrigerator - the coolness will provide additional relief to hot, sunburned, and irritated skin.
Brown Sugar & Vanilla Body Scrub
A sweet smelling body scrub which will leave your skin feeling silky smooth.
- 1 cup organic brown sugar
- 1/2 cup fine Sea Salt
- 1/2 cup + 3 TBSP organic Sunflower oil or other carrier oil of choice
- 1/4 tsp organic Vanilla flavoring extract (learn how to make your own!)
Blend sugars together in a bowl, add oil and vanilla extract, and mix well. Package in jars, and enjoy! Note: the oil in this recipe will make your tub slippery, so use with caution.
Grapefruit Coconut Cocoa Lip Balm
Crafted from a medley of Grapefruit, Coconut, and Cocoa, this lip balm smells divine and is nourishing for dry, parched lips. If you live in a hot climate, then increase the amount of beeswax so that the lip balm doesn’t melt as quickly. And, make sure to keep this out of hot cars or direct sunlight – the lip balm will melt quickly. If it does melt, place it in a fridge, freezer, or in an air conditioned area so that it will re-solidify.
- 1 Tablespoon organic unrefined Coconut Oil
- 1 Tablespoon organic Cocoa Butter or 4 organic Cocoa Butter Wafers
- 2 Tablespoons organic Sunflower or organic Macadamia Nut Oil
- 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Beeswax
- 20 drops organic Grapefruit Essential Oil (increase or decrease as desired)
- A few drops of Vitamin E Oil (optional, but recommended)
Coarsely chop the beeswax or use beeswax pastilles. Place beeswax and oils in a small pot or glass Pyrex measuring cup and gently heat in the top of a double boiler until the beeswax has melted. Once melted, remove from the stove top and add essential oils and Vitamin E Oil. Immediately pour the mixture into lip balm containers. You can purchase lip balm tubes and jars, or you can reuse glass or plastic containers. Allow to cool completely before placing caps onto the lip balm containers. Your lip balm is finished! Makes approximately 1.5 oz of lip balm, enough to fill 10 lip balm tubes, 6 of our 1/4 oz plastic jars, or 3 1/2 oz tins or plastic jars.
Note: Like most citrus oils, grapefruit essential oil can cause sun sensitivity and photo-toxicity. This can make the skin more sensitive to UV light which may cause skin to burn or damage more easily. If concerned, feel free to omit the essential oil or substitute with other essential oil(s) of your choice and adjust the quantity accordingly.
Rejuvenating Facial Serum
Facial Oils nourish the skin at a deep level. The recipe below is for a rich and soothing facial oil ideal for mature, dry, or aged skin. If you are in a pinch, then plain Rosehip Seed or Pomegranate Seed oil are superb when used by themselves. During the summer, I like to use this facial serum before going to bed, to help repair my skin and regenerate skin cells while I sleep.
- 1/2 oz organic Rosehip Seed oil
- 1/4 oz organic Jojoba oil
- 1/4 oz organic Pomegranate Seed oil
- 5-10 drops Vitamin E Oil
- 10 drops organic Lavender essential oil
- 3 drops organic Helichrysum essential oil
- 2 drops organic Carrot Seed essential oil
Drop essential oils, Vitamin E Oil, and Rosehip Seed oil into a 1 oz glass bottle and roll bottle between your palms to evenly mix the oils. Top with other oils and roll again. Use daily for best results.
Soothing Facial Toner
Toners help adjust pH levels, remove any residues left on the skin after cleansing, and moisturize. This recipe will create a calming, hydrating, and healing herbal facial toner. Perfect for skin that is parched from dry, hot weather or that needs some soothing and nourishment.
- 4 oz distilled or filtered water
- 1/8 cup organic steel-cut or rolled Oats
- 1 tsp dried organic Chamomile flowers
- 1 tsp dried organic Lemon Balm
- 2 dried organic Calendula flowers
Boil water, pour over oats and herbs, and steep until cool. Strain, and place in a 2 oz. bottle with fingertip mister. Store in a refrigerator for up to a week to ensure freshness. Shake before each use.
More Sun Inspired Recipes!
Want more sun inspired goodies? Here are some of our other favorite summertime body care recipes:
No time to make your own summer remedies? We've got you covered!
Enjoy the weather!