Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Bath Products You Can Make

I haven't tried any of these yet, but you can bet they are alot cheaper than Bath & Body Works!

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Bath Products You Can Make

Soothing Bath Oils
Recipe #1
* 1 cup honey
* 2 cups milk
* 1 cup salt
* 1/4 cup baking soda
* 1/2 cup baby oil
* Fragrance oil of desired scent
Combine honey, milk, salt and baking soda in a bowl. Fill your tub and pour the mixture in. Add the baby oil and a few drops of the fragrance.

Recipe #2:
* 1 whole egg
* 2 tablespoons honey
* 1/2 cup baby or mineral oil
* 1/4 cup whole fresh milk
* 2 teaspoons liquid soap or dishwashing liquid
* 1/4 cup vodka
* Fragrant oil (optional)
Mix all ingredients in a blender for 30 seconds. Use only one or two tablespoons of this oil in a bathtub of water.

OR, try this...
Turkey-red oil (a derivative of castor oil) acts as an emulsifying agent for other oils so they won't coat your skin or the tub. Mix 3 parts turkey-red oil to 1 part fragrance oil. Add a few drops to your bath.

Instant Bath Salts
* 1 cup salt
* 1 cup Epsom salt
* 1 cup baking soda
Add a little of the mixture to your tub for a revitalizing bath.
For bubbles, just add 1 cup of shampoo. For a nice scent, add a few drops of fragrance oil.

Bubble Bath
* 2 cups soap flakes or grated soap
* 1 gallon water
* 1/4 - 1/2 cup glycerin
* 2 cups shampoo or liquid dishwashing detergent
* Scented oil of your choice
Mix the soap flakes, water and 2 tbs glycerin in a pot and set over low heat, stirring occasionally until the soap has dissolved. (This liquid soap can be stored in a covered container and used as an all-purpose soap or hand soap in the kitchen.) In a bowl, add 2 cups of this mixture to the rest of the glycerin, shampoo and add a few drops of your scented oil. Put into a quart container and store covered at room temperature. When you're ready to bathe, add about one cup to your tub as it's filling.

Herbal Bath
Add herbs to your tub by either making an infusion of them (see How to make and use herb preparations) and adding directly to the bath water, or putting the herbs into a muslin bag and tie it directly under the tap as the water is running. You can also add scented oil to the mixture if you want to.
Here are a few ideas for herbs to use:
* Chamomile - soothing and cleansing
* Comfrey - rejuvenating
* Lovage - deodorizing and cleansing
* Lady's mantle - soothes skin irritation
* Black tea - relieving sunburn pain
* Mint - soothing and relaxing
* Lavender - relaxing and aromatic

Easy Milk Bath
Just add 1/2 - 1 cup of dried milk to your bath water for a softening and soothing bath.

Milk Bath #2
* 2 cups dry milk powder
* 1 cup cornstarch
* 1/8 teaspoon fragrance oil of your choice
Blend all ingredients in blender. Add 1/2 cup of mixture to hot bath water.

Here is another tip I just found:
VINEGAR -is one of the most versatile ingredients known to man. It can be used to fight dandruff and dry scalp when mixed with equal parts warm water. A rinse of this with equal parts cold water will make your hair shine without expensive shine serums. A tablespoon in 8 ounces of water makes an excellent toner for your skin.

2 comments:

PJ said...

Carolyn, I could spend all day writing about salt scrubs and sugar scrubs. They are truly amazing bath experiences that rejuvenate the skin, polish you up, and make you feel younger. I love dem.

Susie said...

I found your site..I've recently become addicted to making my own bath products! I hope you will too!