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12 Days of Christmas DIY Thieves Hand Purifier

This is day five of the 12 Days of Christmas DIY Recipes series, showing you how to use your essential oils and make your own essential oil infused gifts. Today’s project is a DIY version of Thieves® Waterless Hand Purifier.

Thieves essential oil has been combined with a unique blend of all natural ingredients to create a safe and effective waterless hand purifier. Thieves® Waterless Hand Purifier utilizes powerful essential oils to clean and purify hands. Moisturizing emollients, Aloe Vera and vegetable glycerin, enrich our formula and add their hydrating benefits. It provides me all the cleaning power and protection I need. I always carry a bottle of it with me in my purse. I use it every it time I go shopping to apply to my hands and the shopping cart handles at the grocery store. Surprisingly their small 2 oz containers lasts a long time and it only takes a tiny drop to do the job. No commercial hand sanitizers for me with their chemicals and harmful ingredients!

DIY homemade version Thieves hand purifier

I was happy to find a homemade version to be able to prepare at home. Although I normally avoid placing essential oils in plastic it is okay to use in this instance as the essential oils are highly diluted. I love to reuse and repurpose whenever possible. I kept the empty Thieves Hand Purifier containers so that I could refill them in the future. I encourage you to try making your own homemade version and keep in mind that these would make cute stocking stuffers or gifts this holiday season. The recipe below is very cost effective and makes enough to fill a small family sized bottle plus 3 of the empty Thieves 2oz bottles and then some, but it isn’t waterless!

ingredients DIY homemade version Thieves hand purifier

1 cup Aloe Vera Gel
18 drops Thieves
3/4 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
1/4 to 1/2 cups distilled water
Argan oil (optional)
Small squeezable plastic container

Note: Essential oils can be stored in plastic containers if the essential oils are highly diluted. Make sure they are high quality if you do use plastic containers.

Pour Aloe Vera Gel into 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup (or small glass bowl)
Add Vitamin E and Thieves essential oil to Aloe Vera mixture; stir well to mix.
Add 1/4 cup water and mix well to combine; add additional water as needed if thinner consistency is desired.
To thicken add additional Aloe Vera, or vegetable glycerin if desired

Pour into containers, including travel sized ones, to carry with you in your gym bag, purse or car. And the last step which is optional but I believe well worth it… is to add Argan oil. Its very moisturizing and leaves your skin feeling silky. Add a very small amount to each container as desired… and presto- you’re done! I only used about a 1/4 tsp for the small Thieves bottle.

argan oil
NOTE: I didn’t have vegetable glycerin but in the future I would like to try reducing the Aloe Vera Gel to 3/4 cup and add 1/4 cup vegetable glycerin to make this recipe a closer approximation of Young Living’s formula. I may even try making this without the water next time just to see how it comes out. That’s the thing about making your own versions- it gives you the flexibility to play around and experiment with them.

To make a smaller amount try this recipe…

At Young Living, we encourage everyone to live healthy, chemical free lifestyles… ones that includes the use of our therapeutic-grade essential oils. We like to call it living an “Oil Infused Lifestyle”. Those people who experience the best results with essential oils are the ones using their oils everyday. Remember, if you’re new to essential oils be sure to check out this page. Begin slowly and wait to see how you respond to them. Do you want to experience the same amazing results that you see and hear being experienced by others? Then use them consistently. Every. Single. Day.

Blessings on your journey… and happy OILING!

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