recipes for bath & body

Safety Warning for recipes and using essential oils:
Always dilute essential oils in a base oil (such as olive or almond oil); when undiluted, they can be extremely irritating applied directly on the skin.
Certain essential oils should not be handled by anyone who may be pregnant or who has an existing medical condition. If in any doubt, seek medical advice. Wear rubber gloves when handling the concentrated oil and spice blends to avoid any irritation.
To make sure that your homemade cosmetics do not cause an allergic reaction, do a patch test by spreading a small amount on your inner arm and leave for 24 hours to see whether there is an adverse reaction, such as a rash.
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Basic Bath Salts Recipe

– 1 cup Epsom salts

– 1 cup coarse salt

– 10 to 20 drops fragrance oil

– 10 drops food coloring

Place the salts in a large bowl and mix well. Scoop out about 1/2 cup in a small bowl. Add the drops of fragrance oil and food coloring to the salts in the small bowl and mix well. Add the blended mixture to the large bowl a little at a time until you are pleased with the color strength. Pour your salts in a clean glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake every day for one week before packaging/using.
Makes 6 to 8 applications.

To use:
Draw a warm bath and add 1/4 cup of the fragrant salts to the running water. Hop in and relax, inhaling deeply to experience the soothing qualities of aromatherapy.

Recipe Source: “Natural Soapmaking” by Marie Browning


“Sea Salts” Bath Salts

– 1 cup Epsom salts

– 1 cup sea salt

– 10 drops peppermint oil

– 5 drops eucalyptus oil

– 5 drops blue food coloring

Place the salts in a large bowl and mix well. Scoop out about 1/2 cup in a small bowl. Add the drops of fragrance oil and food coloring to the salts in the small bowl and mix well. Add the blended mixture to the large bowl a little at a time until you are pleased with the color strength. Pour your salts in a clean glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake every day for one week before packaging/using.
Makes 6 to 8 applications.

To use:
Draw a warm bath and add 1/4 cup of the fragrant salts to the running water. Hop in and relax, inhaling deeply to experience the soothing qualities of aromatherapy.

Recipe Source: “Natural Soapmaking” by Marie Browning


“Soothing” Bath Salts

– 1 cup Epsom salts

– 1 cup coarse salt

– 1 tablespoon glycerine

– 10 drops chamomile oil

– 5 drops ylang-ylang oil

– 3 drops clary sage oil

Place the salts in a large bowl and mix well. Scoop out about 1/2 cup in a small bowl. Add the drops of fragrance oil and food coloring (if desired) to the salts in the small bowl and mix well. Add the blended mixture to the large bowl a little at a time until you are pleased with the color strength. Pour your salts in a clean glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake every day for one week before packaging/using.
Makes 6 to 8 applications.

To use:
Draw a warm bath and add 1/4 cup of the fragrant salts to the running water. Hop in and relax, inhaling deeply to experience the soothing qualities of aromatherapy.

Recipe Source: “Natural Soapmaking” by Marie Browning


“Old-Fashioned Garden” Bath Salts

– 1 cup Epsom salts

– 1 cup coarse salt

– 1 tablespoon glycerine

– 5 drops jasmine oil

– 5 drops honeysuckle oil

– 5 drops violet oil

Place the salts in a large bowl and mix well. Scoop out about 1/2 cup in a small bowl. Add the drops of fragrance oil and food coloring (if desired) to the salts in the small bowl and mix well. Add the blended mixture to the large bowl a little at a time until you are pleased with the color strength. Pour your salts in a clean glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake every day for one week before packaging/using.
Makes 6 to 8 applications.

To use:
Draw a warm bath and add 1/4 cup of the fragrant salts to the running water. Hop in and relax, inhaling deeply to experience the soothing qualities of aromatherapy.

Recipe Source: “Natural Soapmaking” by Marie Browning


“Victorian Rose” Bath Salts

– 1 cup Epsom salts

– 1 cup coarse salt

– 1 tablespoon glycerine

– 10 drops rose oil

– 3 drops lavender oil

– 2 drops clove oil

Place the salts in a large bowl and mix well. Scoop out about 1/2 cup in a small bowl. Add the drops of fragrance oil and food coloring (if desired) to the salts in the small bowl and mix well. Add the blended mixture to the large bowl a little at a time until you are pleased with the color strength. Pour your salts in a clean glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake every day for one week before packaging/using.
Makes 6 to 8 applications.

To use:
Draw a warm bath and add 1/4 cup of the fragrant salts to the running water. Hop in and relax, inhaling deeply to experience the soothing qualities of aromatherapy.

Recipe Source: “Natural Soapmaking” by Marie Browning


“Fresh Floral” Bath Salts

– 1 cup Epsom salts

– 1 cup coarse salt

– 1 tablespoon glycerine

– 10 drops bergamot oil

– 5 drops jasmine oil

– 5 drops rose oil

Place the salts in a large bowl and mix well. Scoop out about 1/2 cup in a small bowl. Add the drops of fragrance oil and food coloring (if desired) to the salts in the small bowl and mix well. Add the blended mixture to the large bowl a little at a time until you are pleased with the color strength. Pour your salts in a clean glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake every day for one week before packaging/using.
Makes 6 to 8 applications.

To use:
Draw a warm bath and add 1/4 cup of the fragrant salts to the running water. Hop in and relax, inhaling deeply to experience the soothing qualities of aromatherapy.

Recipe Source: “Natural Soapmaking” by Marie Browning


“Silk Milk Bath” Bath Salts

– 1 cup instant powdered skim milk

– 1 tablespoon powdered orris root

– 3/4 cup sea salt (preferably Dead Sea salts – they are an elegant, exotic addition)

– 10 drops jasmine oil

– 7 drops ylang-ylang oil

– 5 drops bergamot oil

Place the powdered milk, orris root and salt in a large bowl and mix well. Scoop out about 1/2 cup in a small bowl. Add the drops of fragrance oil to the salts in the small bowl and mix well. Add the blended mixture to the large bowl and combine. Pour your salts in a clean glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake every day for one week before packaging/using.
Makes 6 to 8 applications.

To use:
Draw a warm bath and add 1/4 cup of the fragrant salts to the running water. Hop in and relax, inhaling deeply to experience the soothing qualities of aromatherapy.

Recipe Source: “Natural Soapmaking” by Marie Browning


Basic Bath Oil Blend Recipe

– 1/2 cup almond oil

– 1/2 cup castor oil

– oil from 6 to 8 vitamin E capsules

– 1 cup either safflower oil OR sunflower oil

– 20 to 30 drops fragrance oil

Optional additions:
– a few slivers of candle dye melted in 1/4 cup almond oil
– dried herbs or flowers

Blend all the oils together. Place in a clean glass container with a tight-fitting lid and shake or stir every day for a week (this helps blend the fragrances and allows you to make adjustments). Before bottling, add coloring oil and dried herbs or flowers, if desired.
Makes 2 cups fragrant bath oil.

Recipe Source: “Natural Soapmaking” by Marie Browning


Cinnamon Orange Bath Oil

– 1/2 cup almond oil

– 1/2 cup castor oil

– oil from 6 to 8 vitamin E capsules

– 1 cup either safflower oil OR sunflower oil

– 20 drops sweet orange oil

– 10 drops cinnamon oil

– dried orange slices

– broken cinnamon sticks

Blend all the oils together. Place in a clean glass container with a tight-fitting lid and shake or stir every day for a week (this helps blend the fragrances and allows you to make adjustments).
When final bottling, place dried orange slices and cinnamon sticks in the bottle before pouring in oil.
Makes 2 cups fragrant bath oil.

Recipe Source: “Natural Soapmaking” by Marie Browning


“Golden Jasmine” Bath Oil

– 1/2 cup almond oil

– 1/2 cup castor oil

– oil from 6 to 8 vitamin E capsules

– 1 cup either safflower oil OR sunflower oil

– 20 drops jasmine oil

– 10 drops bergamot oil

– 1 sheet gold leaf (packages of gilding gold leaf are available at art supply and craft stores)

Blend oils and add fragrance. Tear sheet of gold leaf into pieces. Place pieces in the bottle before pouring in the bath oil. Cover with a tight lid.

Recipe Source: “Natural Soapmaking” by Marie Browning


“Chamomile Blossom” Bath Oil

– 1/2 cup almond oil

– 1/2 cup castor oil

– oil from 6 to 8 vitamin E capsules

– 1 cup either safflower oil OR sunflower oil

– 15 drops chamomile oil

– 10 drops lavender oil

– 5 drops rose oil

– 5 drops sage oil

– 1/8 cup dried chamomile blossoms

Mix oils and fragrance oils. Place 1/8 cup dried chamomile blossoms in bottle and pour in bath oil. Cover with a tight lid.

Recipe Source: “Natural Soapmaking” by Marie Browning


Champagne Bubble Bath Recipe

– 1 bottle (about 3 1/2 cups) clear, mild, dish-washing detergent with added vitamin E

– 1/4 cup glycerine

– 1 tablespoon sugar

– 20 to 30 drops fragrant oil (such as rose, jasmine and lavender or spicy, citrus blends)

– 10 drops food coloring

Mix together all ingredients gently until sugar is dissolved. Bottle and use in a relaxing, warm bath for luxurious bubbles.

Recipe Source: “Natural Soapmaking” by Marie Browning


Massage Bar Recipe

– 1/2 cup melted cocoa butter

– 10 capsules vitamin E oil

– 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil

– 10 drops rose oil

– 8 drops peppermint oil

– 5 drops ylang-ylang oil

Mix all ingredients. Let cool a bit, then pour into soap molds and let harden. There is no need to condition the molds before pouring.

Recipe Source: “Natural Soapmaking” by Marie Browning


Basic Blend Massage Oil Recipe

– 1 cup sweet almond oil

– oil from 6 to 8 vitamin E oil capsules

– 20 drops essential oil (scent of your choice)

– dried botanicals of your choice (optional, but they add a decorative touch to bottled liquid massage oils)

Blend oils. Put dried botanicals in your chosen bottle before pouring in the massage oil. Cover with a tight lid.

Recipe Source: “Natural Soapmaking” by Marie Browning


Rose Massage Oil

– 1 cup sweet almond oil

– oil from 6 to 8 vitamin E oil capsules

– 20 drops rose essential oil

– dried rosebuds

Blend oils. Put dried rosebuds in your chosen bottle before pouring in the massage oil. Cover with a tight lid.

Recipe Source: “Natural Soapmaking” by Marie Browning


Lavender Massage Oil

– 1 cup sweet almond oil

– oil from 6 to 8 vitamin E oil capsules

– 20 drops lavender essential oil

– dried lavender buds

Blend oils. Put dried lavender buds in your chosen bottle before pouring in the massage oil. Cover with a tight lid.

Recipe Source: “Natural Soapmaking” by Marie Browning


Rose Bubble Bath Recipe

– 1 bottle (about 3 1/2 cups) clear, mild, dish-washing detergent

– oil from 5 to 6 vitamin E oil capsules

– 1/4 cup glycerine

– 1 tablespoon sugar

– 20 to 30 drops rose fragrance oil

– 10 drops red food coloring

Mix together all ingredients gently until sugar is dissolved. Bottle and use in a relaxing, warm bath for luxurious bubbles.

Recipe Source: “Natural Soapmaking” by Marie Browning


Baby Rose Oil Recipe

– 1 cup baby oil

– 20 drops rose oil

– miniature dried roses

Combine baby oil and fragrance. Place miniature dried roses in a clear glass bottle and add in your Baby Rose Oil.

Recipe Source: “Natural Soapmaking” by Marie Browning


Ramomile Bath Soak Recipe

– 1 tablespoon organic oats

– 2 tablespoons dried chamomile flowers (or use the contents of a good quality organic chamomile tea bag)

– square of muslin

Mix the oats and dried chamomile flowers together and place on a square of muslin.
Tie up the muslin and hang the parcel under the hot tap of the bath, letting all the goodness into the bath as the water runs.
Add cold water to suit your preferred bath temperature.
The oats in this soak add a skin-softening element and also have a calming effect on dry, itchy skin. The chamomile itself is calming and soothing, and will help any inflammations.

Recipe Source: “Treat Yourself Natural” by Sof McVeigh


Lavender Footbath Recipe

– 1 handful of lavender flowers

– 1 crushed garlic clove

– 3 torn sage leaves

– small pan

– water to fill the pan

Fill the small pan with water, then add the lavender flowers, garlic and sage leaves.
Bring to a gentle simmer for 10 minutes, stirring. Then take off the heat and strain, keeping the liquid. Let the liquid cool, then add to a footbath. Soak feet for 10 minutes.

Recipe Source: “Treat Yourself Natural” by Sof McVeigh


Aromatherapeutic Milk Bath Recipe

– 1 cup instant powdered whole goat’s or cow’s milk

– 1 tablespoon apricot kernel, jojoba, or extra-virgin olive oil

– 8 drops essential oil of chamomile, lavender, rosemary, spearmint, or rose

Pour the powdered milk and oil together directly under the running bathwater. Add the essential oil immediately before you step into the tub. Swish with your hands to mix, and relax.

Recipe Source: “50 Ways to Pamper Yourself” by Stephanie Tourles


Softening Hair & Body Rinse

– 1/2 cup tightly-packed and chopped fresh sage (for brunettes) or whole chamomile flowers (for blondes and redheads)

– 1 teaspoon borax

– 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

Add your chopped sage or chamomile flowers and borax to a medium-size saucepan and pour in 6 cups of boiling water. Cover and steep for 15 minutes. Add 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar. Strain and cool.
Use 1 cup as a final rinse after shampooing (and conditioning) to soften and add sheen to your hair.
Refrigerate leftovers for up to 10 days.

Recipe Source: “50 Ways to Pamper Yourself” by Stephanie Tourles


“Touch of Venus” Bath & Body Oil

– 1 cup sesame oil

– 5 drops orange blossom oil

– 3 drops rose oil

– 3 drops amber oil

Combine oils and bottle. To use as a bath oil, pour into a steaming bath and meditate upon your evening plans. You may also use this Venusian oil mix on yourself by dabbing a bit on your pulse points, your wrists, ankles and the base of your throat. This is said to attract stimulating new people that will be very drawn to you.

Recipe Source: “The Book of Kitchen Witchery” by Cerridwen Greenleaf


“Sea Siren” Bath Salts

– 1 cup sea salt or Epsom salts

– 1 tablespoon powdered kelp (available at health food stores)

– 5 drops jasmine oil

– a few drops of blue food coloring

– a resealable bag

– small seashells

Put salt, kelp, oils, and food coloring in the resealable bag, and press any air out. Seal the bag and massage the contents until they are well-blended. Place in an airtight, nonporous container and store in a dark, cool place for three days. After the salts have cured, place in a glass jar.
Add a few tiny seashells to your jar when finished for a charming, decorative look/gift.
Use 2 to 3 tablespoons per bath.

Recipe Source: “Garden Witchery: Magick From The Ground Up” by Ellen Dugan


“Garden Witch” Bath Salts

– 1 cup sea salt or Epsom salts

– 2 drops rose oil

– 3 drops lavender oil

– 1 drop orange oil

– a few drops of pink or purple food coloring (or combine colors to desired tint)

– a resealable bag

– 3 tablespoons dried lavender flowers

– dried pink rose petals

Put salt, oils, and food coloring in the resealable bag, and press any air out. Seal the bag and massage the contents until they are well-blended. Place in an airtight, nonporous container and store in a dark, cool place for three days. After the salts have cured, place in a glass jar.
Add lavender flowers and rose petals to your jar when finished for a charming, decorative look/gift.
Use 2 to 3 tablespoons per bath.

Recipe Source: “Garden Witchery: Magick From The Ground Up” by Ellen Dugan


“Clairvoyant Cleansing” Bath Salts

– 1 cup sea salt or Epsom salts

– 4 drops lilac oil

– 3 drops lavender oil

– a few drops of purple food coloring (or combine colors to desired tint)

– a resealable bag

– a few small amethyst tumbling stones

– sprigs of dried lavender

Put salt, oils, and food coloring in the resealable bag, and press any air out. Seal the bag and massage the contents until they are well-blended. Place in an airtight, nonporous container and store in a dark, cool place for three days. After the salts have cured, place in a glass jar.
Add amethyst stones and sprigs of lavender to your jar when finished to help clear the aura and clean off negative energy.
Use 2 to 3 tablespoons per bath.

Recipe Source: “Garden Witchery: Magick From The Ground Up” by Ellen Dugan


“Magick Man” Bath Salts (For Men)

– 1 cup sea salt or Epsom salts

– 4 drops patchouli oil

– 3 drops rosemary oil

– a few drops of green food coloring

– a resealable bag

Put salt, oils, and food coloring in the resealable bag, and press any air out. Seal the bag and massage the contents until they are well-blended. Place in an airtight, nonporous container and store in a dark, cool place for three days. After the salts have cured, place in a glass jar. These bath salts have a resinous, pine forest-type scent.
Use 2 to 3 tablespoons per bath.

Recipe Source: “Garden Witchery: Magick From The Ground Up” by Ellen Dugan


“Passionate Practitioner” Bath Salts

– 1 cup sea salt or Epsom salts

– 2 drops rose oil

– 1 drop lavender oil

– 1 drop ylang-ylang oil

– 2 drops jasmine oil

– a few drops of pink food coloring (or combine colors to desired tint)

– a resealable bag

– a couple rose quartz crystals

– red rose petals

Put salt, oils, and food coloring in the resealable bag, and press any air out. Seal the bag and massage the contents until they are well-blended. Place in an airtight, nonporous container and store in a dark, cool place for three days. After the salts have cured, place in a glass jar.
Add rose quartz crystals and rose petals to your jar when finished for attracting passion and romance.

Recipe Source: “Garden Witchery: Magick From The Ground Up” by Ellen Dugan


Aphrodisiac Massage Oil

– 7 tablespoons grapeseed oil

– 1 teaspoon wheatgerm oil

– 5 drops rose essential oil

– 3 drops ylang-ylang essential oil

– 2 drops jasmine essential oil

Mix oils together and bottle. Use for a relaxing, sensual massage over the entire body.

Recipe Source: “The Ultimate Rose Book: The Complete Guide To Growing, Decorating And Creating Beautiful Gifts With Roses” by Peter McHoy


Harmonious Massage Oil

– 4 teaspoons jojoba oil

– 7 tablespoons unrefined sunflower oil

– 13 drops rose essential oil

– 2 drops sandalwood essential oil

– 2 drops clary sage essential oil

– 3 drops geranium essential oil

– 3 drops ginger essential oil

Mix oils together and bottle. Use for a relaxing, uplifting and refreshing massage over the entire body.

Recipe Source: “The Ultimate Rose Book: The Complete Guide To Growing, Decorating And Creating Beautiful Gifts With Roses” by Peter McHoy


Luxurious Body Scrub

– 1 tablespoon powdered orange rind

– 3 tablespoons ground almonds

– 1 tablespoon oatmeal

– 6 tablespoons almond oil

– 5 drops rose essential oil

– bowl and spoon

Simply mix all the ingredients in a bowl when you require the scrub. After a bath, dry yourself thoroughly and rub the mixture into your skin, paying particular attention to dry skin areas. Leave it to dry on the skin and then rub off using a soft flannel.

Recipe Source: “The Ultimate Rose Book: The Complete Guide To Growing, Decorating And Creating Beautiful Gifts With Roses” by Peter McHoy


Rose Hand Oil Recipe

– mixing bowl

– 1/4 cup jojoba oil

– 1/4 cup almond oil

– 6 drops rose essential oil

– 4 drops sandalwood essential oil

– airtight dark bottle

Mix oils and bottle. Use to massage hands daily, making sure to get the backs of the hands to protect against the damaging effects of the sun. The combination of these essential oils is particularly suited to drier and more mature skins.

Recipe Source: “The Ultimate Rose Book: The Complete Guide To Growing, Decorating And Creating Beautiful Gifts With Roses” by Peter McHoy


Rose Nail Oil Recipe

– mixing bowl

– 1/4 cup almond oil

– 2 teaspoons apricot kernel oil

– 5 drops geranium essential oil

– 2 drops rose essential oil

– airtight dark bottle

Mix oils and bottle. Use to massage the base of your nails every day to encourage healthy growth. You can also use this oil as part of a manicure, soaking the nails for at least 10 minutes after you have thoroughly cleaned them.

Recipe Source: “The Ultimate Rose Book: The Complete Guide To Growing, Decorating And Creating Beautiful Gifts With Roses” by Peter McHoy

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