CAROLINE WACHSMUTH'S BALANCE BODY OIL

Earlier this year, I purchased Beauty Maven Caroline Wachsmuth ’s book, Seasons, and immediately fell in love. Her gentle, practical, and creative approach to holistic beauty care is motivating and inspiring. Today, she shares her balance body oil with us. Its centering, grounding, and immune boosting properties will calm your nerves, lift your mood, and prepare your body for flu season.

C | This is one of my favorite recipes out of the Fall section of my DIY book Seasons. All my recipes are of course created according to my experience, each time suggesting safe dosages, but you can always use a bit more essential oils if you feel like it, know them well and also have no allergies to either ones. But don’t forget to always look at my safety use recommendations at the back of the book.

Balance body oil

This is an oil to warm the body, balance emotions and restore vital energy. It is ideal to use it when Fall starts, as our bodies are a bit more vulnerable trying to adjust to the change of Season. This, of course, goes together with a slight change in diet, focusing on warm food such as homemade soups, steaming seasonal veggies and always keeping your healthy fats (nuts, avocados), sleeping a bit more and allowing some time to go inwards. This will lower stress levels and help your body to adjust.

What you need

A 100 ml glass bottle (preferably a dark glass to protect the oils from the light)

4 to 5 tablespoons of sweet almond oil (Prunus amygdalus): anti-inflammatory, softens and fortifies the skin

4 to 5 tablespoons of avocado oil (Persea gratissima): hydrates, regenerates, excellent for dry skins and to strengthen the hair.

Essential oils

2 drops of eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus): anti-viral oil that works wonders on respiratory conditions, infected sinuses, colds, flus, and bacterial infections; clears the head and strengthen the nervous system.

5 drops of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia or vera): calming, sedative, anti-inflammatory, helps clear mucus and regenerate the respiratory system. It also regenerates the skin, soothes sunburn and rashes.

5 drops of sweet orange (Citrus sinensis): calms the stomach, balances oil production, uplifts, revives.

2 drops of cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica): astringent and antiseptic, very helpful in healing bronchial and respiratory ailments.

Create

Pour all ingredients in the bottle. Shake it well to ensure proper mix of the oils. Apply to the whole body after showering or after a warm bath. Massage the lower back, kidney area and solar plexus. You can do this in the morning or in the evening (or both), depending on how you feel.

ART: Isabelle Rivoire-Grange

San Francisco based, Swiss-born green beauty guru Caroline Wachsmuth is a bespoke skincare, body care and fragrance designer. Caroline started off as a beauty and health journalist, then embarked into Massage and Aromatherapy studies in South Africa and in the US, before launching her first organic beauty and spa brand in Paris, in 2002. Now enjoying a new kind of creative freedom, she wrote her first DIY beauty recipes book SEASONS and brings her creativity and experience to various brands, artists and privates in California, Paris and New-York. She is also a dedicated Ashtanga Yogini, a form of Yoga that she has been practicing since 2001 and privately teaches as a hobby. She regularly shares beauty and health DIY recipes on her personal website and Instagram.