*Before purchasing and using essential oils, please do some research and learn about them first, some can be extremly dangerous. When using the suggested blends in this section, you may want to dilute them in a carrier oil like any vegetable oil before adding to the the bath water. These are for adult use only, please protect yourself by reading safety procedures for each essential oil before preceding with the recipe.
Scented Bath Bag
1 oz. Rolled oats
1 oz. Dried lavender
1 oz. Dried lemon balm or lemon verbena leaves
½ oz. Dried orange peel
½ oz. Dried lemon peel
2 dried bay leaves
2 dried rosemary sprigs
8 small muslin bags
In large bowl mix the oats, lavender and lemon balm. Using a mortar and
pestle, lightly crush the orange and lemon peel and bay leaves and add
to mixture in bowl. Break up the sprigs of rosemary and add to mixture.
Divide mixture between the 8 bags and fasten with string.
To use, hang the bags from the hot tap of running water. You can
continue to use the bag until fragrance is no longer evident.
Chamomile Herb Bath
1 TB each of
cheesecloth or muslin
Place herbs in cloth. Hang from tap and when tub is full put in water.
1 oz. Rose water
½ oz. Dried mint
pinch crushed clove
Put in bath sachet. Tie to tap and soak.
Lavender Bath Bag
1/4 c. Lavender buds
cheesecloth or muslin
Fill bag with lavender and place bag in bath.
1/4 c. Each of
2 C. Boiling water
Place into bath sachets and steep in boiling water for 10-15 minutes.
Add to bath water.
Basic Bubble Bath
1 quart water
1 bar castille soap, shredded
2 oz. Glycerin
3 drops fragrance oil
Add castille soap to warm water. Mix until you have a liquid solution.
Add glycerin and mix. Add fragrance.
3 parts Epsom salts...........(1 4# box)
2 parts baking soda............( 1 1# box)
1 part borax ................( 1 cup borax)
food coloring or soap coloring
2 T EO (fruit ones or lavender smell great)
Mix thoroughly. ( I mixed in a zip lock bag.)
Lay out on paper lined cookie sheet for a day or so to dry out. Once dry
it shouldn't clump when you store in airtight container.
Bath Fizzies a la Iris Emily
10 Tbsp baking soda
5 Tbsp cornstarch
5 Tbsp citric acid
5 droppers full FO or EO
2 Tbsp ~approx~ melted cocoa butter (I added some almond oil to the melted cocoa butter to keep the cocoa butter in a liquid form when I added the oil to the dry ingredients)..I think you will be using a little more than 2 Tbsp
Get lumps out of soda & cornstarch either by sifting
or stirring down. Add dry ingredients together in food processor (I used a blender). Now the tricky
part...drizzle the oil into the dry ingredients in order
to "bind" the dry ingredients together. This is where
I also added my FO. As I used a blender Ireached a point where I took the mixture from the blender and put into a bowl. I continued to add oil and mixed with my fingers. You want a consistency where the mixture "starts" to cling together whenpressed together to form a ball. You won't get a ball that will hold together well, but shows the start of it. Now is time to pack into molds. I used Wilton candy molds and packed down very hard. I then put the molds into the freezer for about 2 hours. I then popped the fizzies out and put on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. I put the sheet into the oven set at 100 - 150 degrees and left for about 45 minutes. Let cool before touching. When I took them out of the oven they were hard enough to pick up without crumbling. I left them on the cookie sheet to continue to harden. The detail of the molded fizzies is unbelieveable. You can see every line and design of those very small plastic candy molds. I used some of the pearlescent powder that came
from Walmart's M&P products (used violet)...added this while I was stirring the dry ingredients together. I also added some dark purple Wilton's edible glitter at the same time. I now have lovely pale violet (with specks of dark purple glitter), finely detailed bath fizzies sitting on my kitchen counter which smell wonderful. I wrapped some in purple saran wrap, took to work and gave out to my guinea pigs. About molds, try to avoid any that have shallow surface area...I used Wilton's rose molds...some of the rose designs have petal tips that are too weak to stand up to being handled. I must say that I'm impressed with how these
came out. I think that using melted cocoa butter that
starts to solidify and binds the dry ingredients
together is the key to this along with the packing
into molds. I never got an exact measure on the amount of oil I used but went by touch when mixing
with my fingers (I made two batches).
Cucumber Moisture Treatment for Bath
1 c. Lard
1 tsp. peppermint extract or lime essential oil
Melt lard over low heat. Wash the cucumber in hydrogen peroxide rinse to
remove impurities. Put cucumber in blender. Strain the juice into the
lard. Whisk well then remove from heat. When cool, chill it until all
the lard can be carefully lifted from the liquid underneath. Transfer
the liquid into a mason jar and add scent. Shake to mix.
Pour 1/4 c. Into bath water.
Cleansing Body Polisher with Jojoba
1 cup fine sea salt
1/2 cup jojoba
1/2 cup liquid soap
1/2 tsp lavender essential oil or peppermint for footsies
I poured about 1 1/2 cups of boiling water over a bunch of grated
homemade soap. I stirred it and smushed it until it cooled off enough
to mush it with my hands. Then I poured it through one of those cone
shaped colanders (used for canning) with the petistal (sp?) that comes
to a point at the end. I pushed it through the strainer and then
strained it again, this time removing most of the remaining soap
particles. Then I measured ½ cup of the liquid to use in the Body
Polisher recipe. This one came out liquidy and would work best in a
plastic bottle with a flip top lid so you could pour it. This one I
used on my face.
Cleansing Body Polisher with Olive Oil (Peppermint):
1 cup fine sea salt
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup melted Melt and Pour base
1/2 tsp. peppermint essential oil
This one I just mixed all together. It made a thick paste (when it set
up) that I put in a wide mouth jar to dip out with your fingers. I
think I would use this more as a foot scrub or a hand/body scrub, but
not on my face.
Bubble Bath (moisturizing)
1/2C soap flakes
1C boiling water
3T sweet almond oil
few drops EO's (optional)
Dissolve soap in boiling water. Immediatly add almond oil to water
the EO. Stir constantly while you add 4-5 T of the solutoin to your
The rest can be used later, but must be remixed. Shelf life one month.
Ancient Formula Milk Bath
1C powdered milk
2T almond meal
2T barley or oat flour
few drops EO
Mix all in bowl... Sprinkle directly into the tub....about 2T is
recommmended for a bath ... soak in bath for 20 min ... when your
wrap yourself in a warm towel && enjoy the cleaniness & softness the
imparts....store room temp... shelf life 2-3 months
(OK, I love the idea of this bath, but I have trouble imagining actually
soaking in the tub for 20 min. The only time I have is when I fell
in the tub! *S*
Stress Relieving Bath Salts
1C epsom salts
1/4C concentrated sea salt
1t sweet almond oil OR apricot oil
A few drops of lavender (or other relaxing
scents....borage,chamomile,geranium,Jasmine,lilac,liliy of the
mix salt, stir in oil a few drops at a time, add, EO's, mix till evenly
distrubuted. Use 1/4C in bath, adding under warn water. Store in pretty
container w/ lid & scoop. Shelf life 2-3 mo.
3T table salt
3T fine sand, ground pumice, *or* loofa bits, it says you can grate your
loofa w/ a sharp cheese grater)
1t liquid shower gel, shampoo, or soap
Few drops EO, if you wish. (I used Peppermint)
Using a spoon, mix ingredients in a bowl. Dip a washcloth into mixture &
scrub calloses to remove them. DO NOT over do this. Callouses should
ONLY be removed a little at a time. Shelf life 6mo. Store in decorative
container, stir before each use.