Cyclomethicone is a silicone oil that is incredibly versatile in a number of bath and body recipes. You'll see it on lots of ingredients labels.
One of the easiest, and coolest uses of it for the person making their own bath & body products is as a "dry" oil spray or roll-on. You can create a bit of portable aromatherapy with it. Or if there is a particular fragrance or essential oil blend that you want to wear all day, this will work. In the summertime, it makes a great base to mix a mosquito repelling essential oil blend into!
Time Required: 15 minutes
- Using it is easy.
You can mix it with fragrance or essential oils anywhere from about 1:3 to 1:6 ratio - depending on how strong you want it. I generally recommend about 1:5 for roll-on fragrances.
- I got these little roll-on bottles from Bramble Berry. They hold about 6 ml of liquid each.
- So...a 1:5 ratio of fragrance to Cyclomethicone would give you:
- 1 gram of fragrance
- 5 grams of Cyclomethicone
- 10 grams of fragrance oil
- 50 grams of cyclomethicone
- Important note: Measure the cyclomethicone first and then add the fragrance or essential oil. For some reason doing it the other way makes the mixture cloudy. Measuring the cyclomethicone first and adding the fragrance to it keeps it clear.
- Measure the cyclomethicone and then add the fragrance or essential oil. Mix it gently, and pour it into your bottles.
- That's it! See...I told you it was easy!
- Cyclomethicone can stain some fabrics. Be careful of it on certain clothes or linens.
- Make sure the skin you are applying the mixture to is clean. The cyclomethicone acts as a protective "layer" on the skin, sealing all of the good oils...but also any "bad" stuff in.
- If you're using a particularly strong fragrance oil, use a higher ratio (i.e. less total amount of fragrance). If you're using a light essential oil blend - or want a strong product - use a lower one.
- I make up a few of these and keep them around the house. I have one with just lavender essential oil in it on my desk. When I'm feeling stressed out at the computer...I just roll a little on my hand or neck. Instant aromatherapy! And they're very handy for a light-duty bug repellent blend.
What You Need:
- Fragrance or Essential Oil
- Bottle to put it in. (Use Glass, HDPE or PET.)