Homemade Fur and Skin Conditioner

Giving your pet a bath can be messy, tedious, and time-consuming. Maybe your pet loves baths, maybe he/she hates them. Either way, getting your pet into a bathtub or to stand under a hose could be an Olympic sport.

When your pet gets into mud (or something worse) a bath is definitely necessary. But sometimes, your pet just needs a bit of a freshening up. In those cases, going through the full on process of a bath doesn’t seem worth it.

That’s why we created our Fur and Skin Conditioner Recipe. This super simple recipe will not only freshen up your pet’s scent, but also help balance the oil in their fur and repel ticks and other insects.

Here’s what you need it:


In a one-ounce container, add 10 drops of Juniper Berry Essential Oil

Add Juniper Berry Essential oil

Next, add 6 drops of Ginger Essential Oil.

Add Ginger essential oil

Then add 6 drops of Citronella Essential Oil.

Add Citronella essential oil

Lastly, add 4 tablespoons of Almond Oil.

Add Almond oil

Give it a good shake to mix them all together.

Shake to mix oils together

To use, massage a small amount into your pet’s coat to help balance and lock in your pet’s natural skin oil. This can also be applied to dry patches of skin on your pet.

Fur and Skin Conditioner ingredients

A little goes a long way with this recipe! A pea sized amount will be enough for a small dog. If your pet is prone to dry skin, apply this recipe to their coat before a bath to help lock in moisture and prevent dry skin.

What I love about this recipe

This recipe has so many benefits! Ginger Essential Oil works as a natural deoderizer while Juniper Berry and Citronella work fighting bacteria, repelling insects, and balancing your pet’s natural oils.

Safety Precautions

  • Start slowly when introducing essential oils to your pet. Let them smell the combination of oils before using this recipe. If your pet reacts negatively, using it could cause them emotional discomfort.
  • For using essential oils with cats check out this blogpost
  • For using essential oils with dogs Check out this blogpost
  • Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor.

What’s the craziest thing your pet has gotten into? Comment below to tell us about a time when your pet really needed a bath!