Bath Oil is a great way to pamper your skin and replenish lost moisture. Using Bath Oils is also a wonderful way to help you relax at the end of a hard day. The only ingredient in the bath oil you make at home is essential oils. You use a different essential oil, depending on the skin issues you have or what emotion you want to have as result of your bath. Some essential oils are more energizing while some are more calming.
Scented bath oils can turn a simple bath into an experience. Essential oils require only tiny amounts to impart their scent. Adding essential oil to a carrier oil will add further moisturizing benefits to your handmade bath oil. Some examples of carrier oils are mineral oil, coconut or almond oil.
As you are no doubt aware, oil and water do not mix. When using small amounts of oil or simply essential oil, the amount is not sufficient to create a problem. Using more oil, in an effort to make a maximum moisturizing effect, can result in an unsafe, slippery mess. To prevent this, you must use an emulsifier, to disperse the oil throughout the water. Two options are Polysorbate 20 or 80.
Figure your recipe using about 20% Polysorbate 80 or 20, and 80% bath oil. Add in 3-5% fragrance or essential oil.
- 2 ounces of Polysorbate 80 or 20
- 8 ounces of sweet almond oil
- 0.5 ounces of essential oil
- Measure the Polysorbate 80/20 into the bottle.
- Add the fragrance/essential oil and mix gently.
- Add the almond oil and mix gently.
Here are a few examples of some Bath Oils you can try.
Neroli oil is great to use if you need to promote relaxation and sleep. It is known to have a sedative effect. Put 10 drops directly into warm bath water and then sit back and relax.
If you suffer from back or joint pain add 2 drops of thyme essential oil to your bath as well as 4 drops of eucalyptus oil. Soak in the bath for at least 15 minutes.
To help relieve dry skin, add 4 drops chamomile essential oil, 4 drops palmarosa essential oil, 2 drops patchouli essential oil and 1 drop lavender essential oil to one teaspoon of vegetable oil and add to your bath water.