aromatherapy gift ideaI have a great aromatherapy gift idea to share with you!

You can make your own essential oil diffuser blend for someone, and offer them a unique way to diffuse it with Aroma-Spheres.

Aroma-Spheres are small pieces of clay pottery hand crafted into different shapes. Some are imprinted with words or designs. They are made with natural-colored clays, and look beautiful displayed in a small bowl. They’re made by Essential Elements.

When you drop essential oils onto the Aroma-Spheres, the clay absorbs the oil, and then releases it into the space over the next few hours. It’s like clay potpourri! They’re a unique alternative to popular aromatherapy gifts like candle oil burners.

Aroma-Spheres are perfect for smaller spaces, like bathrooms, your office or the entryway to your house. Putting a bowl of them in your closet can leave just the right amount of scent lingering on your clothes.

To make an aromatherapy diffuser blend, I suggest using a 5 ml orifice reducer bottle (I like getting bottles from Aromatics International). When you purchase orifice reducer bottles, the dropper-top isn’t yet secured into the top of the bottle. Instead, it’s temporarily lodged up inside the cap. Once your bottle is full, you screw on the cap, and the dropper-top locks into place on the bottle. Then you can unscrew the lid, and the orifice reducer remains in place.

Here is a great blend you can make for a holiday aromatherapy gift:

  • 20 drops White Pine (Pinus strobus)
  • 35 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 15 drops Cardamom (Ellettaria cardamomum)

This blend smells like a sweet and spicy orange pomander and evergreen boughs!

A 5 ml sized bottle holds about 75 drops of essential oil (depending on the thickness of the oils). If you have ideas for your own blend, I suggest going drop-by-drop to make sure that you like the aroma of what you’re creating. It takes more time, but it’s much better than using 75 drops of essential oil and then realizing that the oils don’t complement each other!

When you’re ready to diffuse your oils, just drop 5 to 10 drops right on the Aroma-Spheres.

If you make a blend you love, please share it in the comments below!

PS: We asked Essential Elements to make us special Aromahead Aroma-Spheres, just for fun . . . and we love them!

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Peppermint Mandarin Holiday Lip Balm Recipe

by Andrea Butje on December 8, 2014

orange and peppermintMake a holiday lip balm with Peppermint and Mandarin essential oils.

Do you reach for your lip balm more often during the winter than at other times of year?

When I lived in a climate that turned cold during winter (I live in Florida now), I noticed my friends doing that all the time! Another thing I noticed was that people love to receive handmade aromatherapy products as gifts. (Okay, I noticed that a long time ago!)

So I thought, why not make a holiday lip balm recipe and share it with friends? I created a lip balm with Peppermint essential oil, and hints of citrus, cocoa, and vanilla. It’s delicious!

This holiday lip balm makes about 18 tubes. (Plenty to share!) You can get lip balm tubes at Aromatics International. You can also get a lip balm tube tray, which holds the tubes in place and prevents spills as you’re pouring the hot liquid balm into them. (I prefer to transfer the liquid to the tubes with a plastic pipette, like the ones you used in chemistry class.)

The ingredients are:

  • ½ oz (14 gm) beeswax (Cera alba)
  • ½ oz (14 gm) cocoa butter (Theobroma cacao)
  • 1 oz (30 ml) vanilla-infused jojoba wax (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil (Mentha x piperita)
  • 10 drops Mandarin essential oil (Citrus reticulata)

I like to keep the concentration of Peppermint to about 1 drop for every lip balm tube. The right amount of Peppermint is refreshing and cooling, but too much can get hot and irritating.


  • First set up all your open lip balm tubes, so they’re ready to receive hot liquid. If you have a lip balm tube tray, load the tubes into the tray. (You’ll be so grateful this step is done when you’re ready to pour or pipette the hot liquid!)

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  • Measure all your ingredients. A kitchen scale works best for this. Be sure to tare your scale so you’re not measuring the weight of the bowl as well.
  • Put your Pyrex in a cooking pot that is filled ¼ with simmering water. It’s a makeshift double boiler trick!

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  • Melt your beeswax in the Pyrex.
  • Add the vanilla-infused jojoba and stir until melted.
  • Add the cocoa butter. Stir until melted.
  • Remove the Pyrex from heat, and add your essential oils. Stir the oils in gently with either the flat end of a spoon or a glass stir stick.
  • Pour the liquid into the lip balm tubes very carefully. I use a plastic pipette for this part. That way I’m not trying to pour from a large container into something with such a small opening. You can also use a funnel, if you have one of those on hand.
  • As soon as the lip balms are solid (which should take a few minutes), remove the tubes from the tray and gently place the caps on the tubes so the essential oil does not evaporate.
  • Let your lip balms cool and solidify for several hours.

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Peppermint essential oil makes this holiday lip balm a little cooling, which is a nice effect. It’s also a protective, healing blend that can support you against getting sick.

I like to make fun labels when I make holiday lip balms. You can name your lip balm, list the ingredients, and put fun stickers on it!

Want to learn more about making natural products? I am offering a free webinar and sharing five simple and effective aromatherapy blends to help you quickly reduce allergies. Sign up here.


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