Tuesday, August 11, 2015

InstaNatural Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils [Review]

When I first received these products they were in a small box, wrapped carefully with plastic and bubble wrap.  Thanks to the careful packaging, nothing was cracked and I didn't notice any leaking, but there was still a STRONG peppermint scent to the whole box.  So strong that I'm sure the postman's truck was probably filled with it.

I was actually surprised at how big the bottles were.  The other essential oils I've seen have all come in tiny little bottles that can fit in your palm.  These were like economy size at 4oz. in glass bottles with a dropper cap.  Since I've never used essential oils before, I was really taken back at how strong both scents were and how even just a few drops made the scent last all day.

The lavender oil is said to be calming and therapeutic so I put a few drops on my pillows.  It did give it a nice relaxing smell to fall asleep with.  I also put a drop on my wrists a couple times because I read it would alleviate stress during the day but I didn't notice much difference.  Maybe I'm supposed to put it on my boss?  I don't know.  I was thinking it would probably be great to add a few drops to a bath but, well, I don't have a bathtub.  Whatever.

Now, the peppermint oil is probably my favorite.  It has a strong, crisp, clean scent that really makes me feel more energized.  I remembered having a shampoo that smelled like peppermint and how much I loved it so I started massaging a few drops of peppermint oil in my hair after showering.  The peppermint smell stays in my hair all day long so every time I take my hair down or whip it around and run my fingers through it, BAM!  That crisp, energized scent hits my nose and recharges me.

I've had these oils for a few months now but I just haven't gotten around to writing my review because I'm still not sure of how to use them.  I mean, there are hundreds of articles and opinions on the best uses for all the different essential oils (put them in an oil diffuser, rub them on your feet, soak a cotton ball with it and place it wherever, etc.)  But, besides the peppermint oil in my hair, I don't know if I actually have a need or care for them.  It's just not really my jam.

What do you think?  Do you or have you used essential oils before?  What are some ways you use them?  What are some of your favorite scents?


  1. LOLOL to putting the oil on your boss!!! I am dying over here! I like mint scented stuff in general and feel like it is a great tool in the natural route basket :)

  2. I have peppermint and lemon essential oils as well. I'm not sure what to do with them either! I've put a couple drops of peppermint and lemon into my shampoos, to give them a little bit of a boost.

    xo Denysia Yu

  3. i use EOs on the reg. i make the following (all SO easy) with my oils:

    -foaming hand soap (or just regular liquid soap)
    -bar soap
    -add a bit of oil to coconut oil for an all natural, refreshing moisturizer!

    -you can also add a few drops right to your laundry

  4. Lavender and peppermint oil are two of my favorite scents! My mom has DoTerra oils. I've never used these ones before!


  5. Head lice in School is getting ridiculous in the states...

    to keep lice away...I put peppermint oil with water in a water sprayer and spray my kids with it...they hate it but I love it. Its comforts me that im doing something than nothing to avoid those pesky little suckers.


  6. Weirdly enough, I've been wanting to learn more about and experiment with essential oils in the last couple of months. Still haven't gotten to it, obv. I just want to do some research but my initial inspiration is to find something to calm my nerves and act as a destressor. Maybe I'll try spraying my entire workplace with it... haha But I love the idea of adding peppermint to shampoo! One secret my friend told me about the lavender oil - adding a drop or two to the toilet before a #2 to mask the smell ;) haha


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