Olive Oil Citrus Scrub or Misadventures in DITY Essential Oils

I tried to make my own essential oil and kind of succeeded, but mostly failed. There are many methods available including ones using crockpots, oil infusions, etc.

The first one I attempted was a rosemary essential oil using a crock pot. I washed off the rosemary, placed it in a crockpot, covered it in distilled water and left it to cook on low for 24 hours. An unintended consequence was that the house smelled wonderful for those 24 hours (if you like rosemary). Following the 24 hours of cooking, I left it to sit in a dark room, uncovered for one week. An oil was supposed to have gathered at the top, this did not occur. I ended up dumping the whole concoction.

The second “experiement” involved infusing olive oil with grape fruit. A friend had given me a dozen, beautiful, organic grapefruits. I peeled the skin off, removing any of the white pith. After leaving the peel to dry for about 12 hours, I placed the peel in a dark bottle and covered it with olive oil. I left that to sit in the cupboard under my sink for a whole week. I then strained the mixture into a bottle using a coffee filter (a cheese cloth was recommended, but I do not own own). I used a spoon to press the remaining oil out of the peel. The resulting mixture did not resemble any essential oil  that I have used before and the odor of the olive oil overpowered the delicious grapefruit scent. However, the grapefuit did soften the olive oil scent so all was not lost. I created a graprefuit-olive oil- sugar scrub to be used on arms and legs as an exfoliant and moisturizer. Next time I will try this using a different oil such as sunflower oil. I realize grapefruits are not on my Terrific Twenty list; lemons would work as well.

Grapefruit-Olive Oil-Sugar Scrub

What You Need

  1. Peeling device
  2. Grapefruit (or other citrus fruit) peel
  3. Olive Oil
  4. Dark, glass jar with air proof lid
  5. Cheesecloth or coffee filter

What To Do

  1. Peel the citrus fruit, avoiding the white pith.
  2. Dry the peel for about 12 hours on a baking sheet. A good idea is to place it in the oven, but don’t turn it on.
  3. Place the dried peel in the dark, glass jar.
  4. Cover the peel with olive oil (I used olive oil, but a different oil might work better).
  5. Seal the jar.
  6. Place jar in a dark place and let it sit for one week.
  7. Strain the contents into a second jar using a cheese cloth or coffee filter.
  8. Add some sugar to the grapefuit infused olive oil.
  9. Use the scrub on your arms, hands, legs and feet as an exfoliator and moisturizer in the shower.

I never thought I would be the sort of person who was into essential oils, but I was converted after buying a little bottle of thieves essential oil from a friend who is a Young Living consultant. To be honest, I am not a fan of all the offshoots of tupperware parties that have become so big in mom circles in the United States. It has become almost comical with everyone having their item to sell to each other, whether it be scented candles, books, jewlery, cooking ware, etc. Why can’t we just be friends? HAH. That being said, over the past year I have acquired lavendar, peppertmint and thieves essential oils and use them on a daily basis. This is why I wanted to try and make my own. I am determined to find some better methods and may even update my Terrific Twenty list to reflect what I learn.


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