When I was looking on-line for hand-sanitizer recipes, I found one that barely used any essential oil and one that used way-too-much oil. (Spice oils are potent. I use them sparingly. Plus, you are going to end up touching your face or eyes at some point, so do you really want to have a ton of cinnamon oil or clove oil on your fingers when you do.) And so I decided to make my own, with an amount of essential oil that I am much more comfortable with. It smells like a warm spiced cake, perfect for winter.
4 drops Lemon essential oil
2-4 drops Lavender essential oil
1 drop Clove essential oil
1 drop Frankincense essential oil (optional)
And 1 or 2 drops Cinnamon Leaf essential oil.
(I also added 10 drops Vanilla essential oil, which is already pre-diluted to be used straight on the skin. So I don’t think it adds to the strength of the oils. It just adds scent. And I added 1 drop Rosemary essential oil, but this shouldn’t be used on kids under 10.)
Shake well. It will shake down to about 3 ounces of gel. Then fill a small squeeze bottle or two with it. I bought a small, travel-sized, squeeze bottle of hand sanitizer, and I squeezed the alcohol-based sanitizer into the garbage and reused the bottle.
(If there is no preservative in your aloe base, you may want to add a bit of vitamin E oil to help keep it fresher longer.)
(The condensation on the inside of the clear bottle is because I keep it in the fridge. I keep the smaller one in my purse. I wrote the recipe on the small bottle, but one recipe made enough to almost fill both bottles.)