As we embrace fall we are reminded of all the great smells associated with this cozy and inviting season. We love incorporating the citrus of Organic Sweet Orange Oil, the herbaceous notes of Organic Sage Oil, and the spicy backnotes of Organic Ginger Oil into these inventive fall DIY recipes. From potpourri to inviting hand soaps, we’ll help you fill your home with autumnal scents all season long.
Paradise Springs Fall Favorite RecipesSweet Orange and Spice Stovetop Potpourri
The fragrant scent of fall is five minutes away with this simple potpourri. Perfect for bringing some autumn warmth into the home, simply place this potpourri pot on the back burner and let it simmer. Try putting this wonderful recipe on the stove about 30 minutes before having friends and family over- the scent of fresh picked apple, sweet orange, and spices will fill up the house for a wonderful aroma.
What You’ll Need:
- ½ lemon, sliced
- ½ an apple, sliced
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon Paradise Springs Sweet Orange Oil
Place all ingredients except the Sweet Orange Oil into a medium sized saucepan. Top with enough water to cover ingredients and add essential oil (adjusting quantity for desired strength). Let simmer on the lowest setting and enjoy the fragrant aroma of fall. Once done, try repurposing the dry ingredients by adding them to a bowl of pinecones and adding a few more drops of Paradise Springs Sweet Orange Oil for a lovely fall scent and autumnal decor.
Sage and Sweet Potato Body Scrub
This easy-to-make body scrub is perfect for sensitive skin and those feeling the effects of harsh and drying weather. Though typically a common Thanksgiving staple, sweet potato actually packs a punch when it comes to beauty benefits- it’s brimming with nutritious Vitamin A, C, and E- all of which work wonders on the skin! Combined with the herbaceous scent of Sage Oil, nourishing honey, and aromatic cinnamon, this sweet and spicy sugar scrub is sure to be your new fall staple.
What You’ll Need:
- ½ cup mashed sweet potato
- 2 tablespoons coarsely ground oatmeal (uncooked)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 10 drops Paradise Springs Sage Oil (adjust to desired strength)
- ¼ cup olive oil, or hydrating oil of choice (coconut oil and avocado oil work wonderfully, too)
- ½ teaspoon Vitamin E oil (optional)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix well. Apply finished mixture to wet skin in a gentle, circular motion. For additional softening, try leaving the sugar scrub on for 5-10 minutes before rinsing. Store in a glass jar.
Additional tips: Instead of boiling sweet potato, try baking it to retain more nutrients.
Gingerbread Bubbling Bath Salts
Ease away your stress with this bubbling bath salt recipe. Featuring skin-softening ingredients and essential oils, this mixture combines the luxury of a traditional bubble bath with the detoxifying benefits of Epsom salt. The combination of Ginger Oil and natural fall spices makes for an irresistible Gingerbread scent to help you soak into sweater weather.
What You’ll Need:
- 2 cups Epsom salt (find it at your local grocery store or drug store)
- ½ cup baking soda
- ½ cup citric acid (find it on Amazon or Etsy)
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch (grocery store)
- 2 Tbsp Paradise Springs Almond Oil or your favorite light nourishing oil
- 8 drops Paradise Springs Sweet Orange Oil (optional)
- 6 drops Paradise Springs Ginger Oil
- 2 tablespoons of SLSA (available on Amazon and Etsy)
- 1-2 whole cloves, grinded
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1-2 teaspoons witch hazel (find it online or at your local drugstore)
- <1 teaspoon (a few sprays) of rubbing alcohol
- Add the Epsom salt, baking soda, citric acid and cornstarch to a large glass or ceramic bowl. Mix ingredients until well-combined, breaking up any clumps.
- Add the Almond Oil, Sweet Orange Oil and Ginger Oil (do not stir). Add the SLSA on top of the oils and gently stir until blended.
- Add the spices and stir
- Spray the top of the mixture with 1-2 teaspoons of witch hazel, distributing well and blending (the mixture will begin to fizz a little once sprayed, this is fine).
- Finally, add a few sprays of rubbing alcohol (this will evaporate quickly and make the mixture clumpy).
- Spread the mixture out on parchment paper to dry (this can take a few hours up to 2 days, depending on humidity). Once dried, store in a glass jar.
Scoop about ¼ - ½ cup of bath salts and put in tub under running hot water for a regular size bathtub. Run your hand back and forth in the water to help dissolve the salt mixture and make bigger bubbles.
Bonus Recipe: Autumn Breeze Exfoliating Hand Soap
Do you love our fall go-to essential oils as much as we do? Try this fall-inspired exfoliating hand soap recipe that combines all three of our favorite picks! This melt and pour exfoliating soap is not only simple to make, but an easy way to impress friends and family as a holiday gift or guest bathroom staple. The soap softens the skin while poppy seeds gently exfoliate away any dryness brought on by the change of season.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 pound of melt and pour soap
- 15 drops Paradise Springs Sweet Orange Oil
- 10 drops Paradise Springs Sage Oil
- 5 drops Paradise Springs Ginger Oil
- 2 tablespoons poppyseeds
- Cut the melt and pour soap into small chunks.
- Melt the soap in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until completely melted (approximately 90 seconds). Alternatively, you can use a double boiler and melt the soap on the stove.
- Allow the soap to cool and thicken slightly (the poppy seeds stay evenly distributed if the soap is slightly thicker)
- Add the essential oils and poppy seeds. Mix well.
- Pour the soap into silicone molds.
- Allow soap to completely cool and solidify before removing.
- We like to spray the tops of the molds with 91% rubbing alcohol while the soap is cooling off in the molds- this keeps it from sweating and gives it a smooth, solid finish.
- Try adding liquid soap dyes for a personal touch- get creative! We like adding swirls of red and orange for this fall recipe.