Enter: DIY Scented Bath Oil
Although essential oils are used frequently in the environmental and yoga worlds, it's important to remember that "natural" does not always equal "safe". If used properly, essential oils are a wonderful addition to your green and yoga lives.
General Safety Guidelines:
- Do not place directly on your skin. Essential oils are very concentrated and should be diluted for topical use.
- If you have a serious medical condition or you are pregnant (congratulations!), please consult your family physician (or Naturopathic Doctor) prior to using essential oils.
- Do a test patch of bath oil on your skin prior to bathing... immersing your entire body in a allergic reaction in waiting doesn't sound like fun eh?
- Some essential oils can be toxic to our drinking water supply (i.e. tea tree oil), please check prior to disposal.
(For more detailed guidelines- check out Mountain Rose Herbs.)
DIY Scented Bath OilSTEP ONE:
Choose a vegetable carrier oil that will feel lovely for your skin. I used Sweet Almond oil because it was affordable and I can use it in my whipped body butter. Other options include jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, argan oil, apricot oil and even olive oil (although the smell of olive may come through your essential oil blend).
Choose your essential oil(s). In a glass (or ceramic) bowl mix in about 15-30 drops (depending on strength of scent) of your essential oils until the combination and scent is what you wanted. What I have recently discovered: anise+vanilla+cocoa=marshmallow. Just saying.
Add in about 2-3 oz (ish) of your carrier oil. Mix with a spoon. Give it another smell to make sure the strength of scent is what you'd like.
Pour mixture into a clean, dry small glass container. I happened to have a few random jars from previous products all cleaned out. If you really want to assure that your oil will last for months, store in a tinted glass jar that has been sterilized (boiled in water and set to dry- like canning jars). Store in a cool dark place.
In the running water of your bath, pour about 1 tablespoon of oil. Make sure your bath water isn't too hot as your oil will also heat up.
Please note- when getting out of the tub be careful!! Everything will be super slippery.
Enjoy a beautiful, synthetic chemical free moisturizing scented bath!