Lose Inches with DIY Body Wraps

Body wraps seem to be all the rage.  At first, I was pretty sure that they were a gimmick so I decided to dig in and do a bit of research.   I don’t pretend to be an expert by any means but, I’ll tell ya, based on what I read, I was convinced that there was something to the crazy wrap thing.

There are several theories that indicate that rippled skin may be a result of toxic build-up. If this is the case, logically, a good detox would reduce rippling and leave a smoother skin appearance.   Grapefruit essential oil  is known to be great at helping the body to flush. It also supports a healthy metabolism.  And we’ve all heard of the grapefruit diet, right?    Many of the commercial and spa body wraps are based on botanicals and contain essential oils so, again, grapefruit is just the logical choice.  This all seems so logical, right?

How to make a DIY body wrap.

In a 4 ounce glass bottle or container combine the following:

  • 1/2 bottle of Metabolic Blend
  • 1/2 bottle of Grapefruit Oil

Fill to the top with your carrier oil of choice.  I prefer fractionated coconut oil.

Instructions for wrapping the waist:

  1. Take a hot shower.  This opens your pores making the essential oils more easily absorbed into the skin.  Use no body lotion.
  2. Take measurements.  When wrapping your waist, take 3 sets of measurements.  Measure your waist right at the belly button and about 2 inches above and 2 inches below.  Use a Sharpie to  mark your measurements spots if needed. 
  3. Massage the oil mixture oil onto your waist.  When massaging, stroke in the direction of your heart.  This stimulates the lymphatic system and improves immune function.
  4. Cover your body with a light fabric such as a thin sheet of muslin or an old tee shirt.*
  5. Drink at least 2 glasses of water while your wrap is on and at least 8 glasses the following day.  This helps to flush out all of the toxins.
  6. Leave in place at least 45 minutes but as long as overnight.
  7. Remove wrappings and measure.
  8. Bask in delight at your smooth, soft skin and be amazed that the inches that you lost.

I experienced a bit of a tingling sensation.  It wasn’t unpleasant but I definitely felt, well, tingly.  For additional cellulite reduction, check out dry brushing techniques.  This is great to incorporate along with your body wraps.

There will be enough body wrap lotion for at least 10 applications.  This is roughly $3 per wrap which is significantly less than the $100+ cost at your local spa or even the popular wraps on the market.

So, get to wrapping and let me know your results!

Are you  ready to get slim & sassy?   Message me and I will tell you the brand of essential oils that I use and love.


  1. Sarah says

    Great article. Can’t wait to try. Just wanted to point out you spelled “loose” when you really meant “lose”. :)

  2. Julia says

    Hi Stephanie! I have all of my ingredients and will be doing my first wrap tonight! Just worried my t-shirt won’t be thin enough. Any advice on how to wrap my upper arms?
    Thanks! Julia

    • Stephanie says

      How did the tee shirt work? And for your arms….I wouldn’t worry about wrapping. Just do a massage. And let me know how it works!

    • Stephanie says

      Krystal, I would not. I tend to err on the side of caution. As this releases toxins, they could always come out in the breastmilk. Plus, try not to focus on your weight at this time in your life. Just eat well and enjoy your babe. :)

    • Christina says

      I agree. I wouldn’t worry about your weight while breastfeeding. The breastfeeding alone will help you lose weight. I am going to try this now as I haven’t been breastfeeding for a while and have gained weight back.

    • Stephanie says

      I’ve never seen a 5 ml bottle before. But essential oils work amazingly well when diluted. Often when diluted down to 5%. So feel free to add less. My thought is that it would still work!

  3. Lori Maxwell says

    You shouldn’t use Saran Wrap in this process, at all. When you sweat your sweat will soak through the muslin and reach the Saran Wrap. Your body will leach the oils. If the sweat, mixed with oils, can reach the Saran Wrap it will break it down and leach out toxins. If the sweat can go one way the toxins can travel in the other. Any synthetic material-ace bandages-will all have toxins that the citrus will leach out. Petrochemicals make up plastic and synthetics. Nasty toxin. Dr. Hill has advised against the use of Saran Wrap. I believe there are some ace type bandages available that are stretchy and made from cotton or another natural fiber-cotton, flax, silk, wool, rayon…

    • Stephanie says

      Jennifer, I have a girlfriend who did this repeatedly and I think she did it once a week. Be sure and stay fully hydrated!

    • Stephanie says

      Hey. I would not use it when breastfeeding. You are releasing toxins and they can be released into the breastmilk. Enjoy this time with your baby. There will be plenty of time in the future to focus on baby weight. Just my 2 cents. :)

    • Stephanie says

      I would really try to stick with the Slim & Sassy. You can always make a blend using each of the singles in S&S though.

    • Stephanie says

      Grapefruit is also good at increasing glutathione levels and that increases antioxidants. So add a drop or 2 to your water and drink up!

  4. Daisy says

    I just finished doing the wrap but I’m a little concerned how much oil mixer should I have used?…..I use both doTERRA oils in the mixer plus I added massage olive oil as my preferred oil. So I’m concerned how much oil should I use next time, meaning should it be really oily or just enough where it’s all over the area? Please Help, thank you : )

    • Stephanie says

      Hey Charlene! If you look at the tab called “shop” at the top of this website, you will see a few options to purchase. Let me know if you have any questions.

  5. slg says

    I have never tried making my own wraps. If you could tell some exact recipes would be great. I’m not sure of what essential oils to use or how much. TIA

  6. Helen says

    It have been using it works body wraps, they say to put plastic wrap over my wraps. Is this wrong? I need to make this work for me, daughter is getting married in Mexico in November and I want to look and feel good,please let me know the right way, my rep. Is new so I don’t know if she gave me the right info, she didn’t tell me about the hot shower antill after my first wrap.. Thank you

    • Stephanie says

      I’m not exactly sure about the IW wraps. Maybe you can check with someone else in IW who knows a bit more. Good luck!

  7. Jessica says

    Hello quick question I’m thinking of using the Muslin with the ace bandages how do I go about cleaning them do I soak in boiling water or just wash a s normal or would I need to buy new fabric and ace bandages each time I wrap? I’m going to be trying it for the first time this Thursday and want to make sure I go about it the right way! Thank you!

  8. Alyssa says

    I like the idea of using slim and sassy with grapefruit, I saw another website that calls for an array of oils including slim & sassy,eucalyptus, wintergreen, peppermint, lavender and grapefruit.

    What would you say the difference would be?

  9. Cherri says

    My gym has a sauna, do you think just wrapping with the muslin then sitting in the sauna would be good or do you think that would be too much?
    I’m currently Breastfeeding so I won’t be able to do this for at least another year (I hope) but a girl can plan lol

    • Stephanie says

      You know, I’m not sure. That’s an interesting idea. But definitely not while breastfeeding.

  10. Mary says

    Couple questions 1) would you do the massage at the same time as the wrap or would that “overload” your system? 2) would you just massage the oils for the arms and thighs and just use the wrap around the waist? Thanks

  11. Marge says

    Why couldn’t you use a men’s tank undershirt that fits snug, may be one a size too small and forget about the saran wrap.

  12. Sherie says

    I’m using the slim and sassy solution with muslin wrap and then large spa sizes body wrap ace bandages! No plastic wrap! I’ve read some reviews that used warm wer muslin when wrapping! And suggestions ??

  13. says

    I just returned from a cruise today. While on the cruise, I went to a seminar on detoxing the body. I learned all sorts of amazing things about weight loss. The body needs to be in a more alkaline state as opposed to acidic…as most of us are. The increased acids in our bodies cause toxins and fluid build up in our lymphatic system (primarily around upper arms, neck, tummy and groin (upper thigh) areas. I am a nurse, and the seminar made SO MUCH SENSE to me. I asked the gentleman giving the seminar about using essential oils in the detox process….he advised me that the external process actually uses juniper and lemon essential oils! The program also includes many seaweeds and algae. I purchased the program, but he was 100% in favor of the Slim & Sassy and Grapefruit EO wraps. He also gave me a recipe on using EO as a detox soak (great to do BEFORE the wrap) of a few drops of juniper and a few drops lemon in a cup of sea salt in a hot bath for about 20 minutes. This can be done a couple times each week (the soak). He also recommended cutting up 2 lemons, 2 limes, a few sprigs of peppermint leaves and a cucumber, chop in a blender and add to a gallon of purified water and keep in the fridge and drink it every day. He said EOs can be used for the lemon, lime, and peppermint. I’m starting my detox tomorrow! I just wanted to share this with everyone!!!

  14. says

    I’m a massage therapist and I use Young Living.., no where in there did I read if you have high blood pressure or on heart meds.. YOU CAN NOT USE GRAPEFRUIT. Also if you go out in the sun CAN NOT USE ANY CITRUS. All citrus are photogenic the sun will burn you..

    • Stephanie says

      Michelle, there is a difference between the flesh of grapefruit and the essential oil that comes from the rind. The flesh contains naringin which makes it bitter and this had an impact on the absorption of certain meds. Naringin is not in the essential oil. The chemical composition is completely different. Of course, anyone can choose to avoid grapefruit essential oil. It’s a personal choice.

      If you want to learn more about photosensitivity, you can read my post here. While many essential oils do cause photosensitivity, bizarrely, many of them also block UV rays. It’s pretty interesting.


      • Stephanie says

        Hey Ashley. The oil and the fruit are two totally different chemical constituencies. The oil comes from the rind and not the flesh. You are correct. It’s always good to check with your doc. Take care!

  15. Sherry says

    Can the same wrap be done on thighs? I carry most of my weight there. I am working on weight loss in order to have hip replacement surgery. I am near my goal but it is so slow because I can’t exercise. I thought maybe the wraps would help.

    • Stephanie says

      I think it’s always best to wrap with a thin fabric or tee shirt. That way no plastics leach in. Best to you!

  16. Tesa says

    If I just want to try the wrap ONCE to see the results before using up 1/2 bottle each of the oils and a LOT of carrier oil, can you suggest proportions for a single use?

  17. says

    Trying this now. I have done it with just S/S but never had added the grapfruit. We will see if it makes a different. If so, GOOD deal. If not, oh well, so much for hubby’s tshirt HAHA

    • Stephanie says

      Hey, Annemarie. Actually, I would avoid the plastic wrap altogether and just use an old tee. Oils can break down toxins in plastics and the tee is just safer. :)

  18. Tess says


    Your blog sign up is diving an error message. It says for youd to contact the company who manages this page I think. Anyway, I could not sign up for your blog feed via my email.

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