Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Bevy of Bath Stuffs

I have recipes for you today! But don't eat them!
Nope, today I'm making bath products instead of baked goods, some while there are divine smells in store they are strictly for smells and bathing, not ingesting. ;)

Now, I don't personally use many bath products because I have an oversensitive nose. I prefer everything unscented, and if I can't have unscented I like things with names like "rain" or "fresh" or "clean." However, I know and love many people who love bath products, so I made some batches of goodies for the holidays this year. If you're one of those lovely people feel free to stop reading and be surprised, everyone else - read on! Below are recipes or links to make the same bath & body indulgences I did. Enjoy!

Everything I used to make all 6 recipes.

Shower Jellies
These are super easy and very pretty. They're a great way to try your hand at spa products, and make nice quick gifts.

Ingredients & Tools
2 cups boiling hot water
4 packets gelatin
12 oz bath gel
mixing bowl & spoon
silicone molds or glass jars

In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in hot water, then slowly stir in bath gel until fully combined.

Pour into silicone molds or glass jars. If there are bubbles you can either leave them, or spritz with rubbing alcohol to make them pop.

Refrigerate until firm (give it at least a few hours), then peel out and package! That's it!

Mocha Body Butter & Buffing Bars
That's a lot of B words, I know. These bars are a combination of exfoliator and skin conditioner, to be used in the shower.

Ingredients & Tools
4 oz cocoa butter
4 oz coconut oil
1/8 cup coffee grounds
1/8 cup ground oats
1/8 cup ground rice
double boiler
silicone molds

Melt cocoa butter and coconut oil in double boiler on med-low heat. Once melted, stir in other ingredients. Remove from heat and let cool.
Pour into silicone molds, then refrigerate until firm (at least an hour). Pop out and package!
Note: these will do best if kept in the fridge until you start to use them. I mean, leave it in the shower between uses, but leave unopened ones in the fridge.

Easy Bath Bombs
These are the fizzy bombs you drop in a full tub that get all effervescent and yummy smelling. They're a little more finicky to make, but do yield a nice finished product.

Ingredients & Tools
1 cup citric acid (either order online or try stores that cater to brewers)
2 cups baking soda
1 cup corn starch
essential oil
cosmetic coloring (you can use food coloring, but there's a risk of it getting on your tub - with the cosmetic grade stuff that won't happen)
mixing bowl & whisk
molds - I used mini muffin tins

Mix citric acid,  baking soda, and cornstarch with a wire whisk, breaking up any lumps, until well combined.
Drip in your essential oils, about 10 drops at a time. Stir well. Continue until the scent is as strong as you'd like it. Remember, it will dilute in the bath, so a strong scent is a good thing.
Add cosmetic coloring (I used about 10 drops) and stir in.
Once it is a good color and scent, you just need to get it a little damp to hold shape. You want it just damp enough to hold together when squeezed, but don't want to add too much water, as it will activate the bomb and you'll spend all you fizz. Try whisking with one hand and adding just a few drops of water at a time. As soon as it starts to look clumpy starts testing it by squeezing.
Press into your molds and let dry. A nice long drying time, like overnight, is best. Just set them somewhere where they won't get damp. Pop out and package!

Sugar Scrub
This one is great for experimenting and is the one I actually use most myself. The basic recipe is very simple, but allows for a lot of customization and experimentation.

Ingredients & Tools
2 cups sugar (white sugar, brown sugar, organic sugar, etc)
1 cup skin-friendly oil (almond, coconut, olive, sesame, etc)
1 tsp Vitamin E oil (either from a bottle, or you can break a few capsules)
essential oils (as desired)
mixing bowl and spoon
Mason jars or something else for storing your finished product

That's a pretty loose recipe, as you can see. Here's what I made:
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup almond oil
1 tsp Vitamin E oil
15 drops sweet orange essential oil

Mix sugar and oils. Add scent. Stir well and jar.
Experiment! This is great from trying out new scents and oil combos since it's so quick and has ingredients that are pretty easy to find.

I made 2 other bath goodies as well, but I'm just going to refer you to the recipes I followed for those, because I have no improvements. They're fabulous as they are!

Lemon Peppermint Foot Soak by Planet Forward
Sore Muscle Soak by Suburbia Unwrapped

These bath goodies make wonderful gifts or personal indulgences. Try them out and let us know your favorites!


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