How to Make Aromatherapy Body Powder?

Ask the Aromatherapist:

I'm just learning about aromatherapy and I tried a recipe I saw for making body powder. It said to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to cornstarch. I have tried different variations and the powder still doesn't come out of the holes of the container very well. I also tried adding baking soda but I don't like that "grainy" feeling. Do you have any suggestions on how to make a "soft" body powder. Thanks in advance.

To make an aromatherapy body powder with cornstarch, collect the following items:
  • a jar with a tight-fitting lid
  • a new, unopened box of cornstarch
  • essential oil(s) to scent the powder
  • a flour sifter or fine-mesh sieve
  • a bowl
  • a funnel
  • a body powder shaker container
Fill the jar no more than 2/3 full with cornstarch, and add a few drops of the essential oil(s) you selected for your body powder. Close the jar tightly, and shake it vigorously to mix the essential oils into the cornstarch.

It's best if you can allow the jar to sit for several days so that the essential oils fully infuse into the cornstarch. Shake the jar well at least once a day.

After the cornstarch is well infused with the essential oils, use a flour sifter or a fine-mesh sieve and sift the powder into a bowl. This should help eliminate any chunks, and leave you with a silky, soft powder. Use the funnel to transfer the sifted body powder into the powder shaker container.

Be sure to keep the shaker container tightly closed, especially if you store it in the bathroom where it will absorb moisture. If you notice the powder starting to get lumpy from moisture absorption, you can simply sift it again.



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