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100 Relaxing DIY Bath Recipes

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100 Relaxing DIY Bath Recipes

1. Apple Tart Soap

  • 4oz. Clear Unscented Glycerine Soap
  • 1 Tablespoon Liquid Soap
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Glycerine
  • 1/2 teaspoon Apple Fragrance Oil
  • 2 Drops Red Food Color
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  1. Melt soap in a small pan over low heat or in a glass cup in the microwave.
  2. Add Liquid Soap and glycerine and stir gently but well.
  3. Add fragrance, color, and cinnamon.
  4. Stir and let stand a couple of minutes, just enough to start to thicken so when you stir again the cinnamon will be more evenly distributed.
  5. Pour into molds.
  6. Allow setting completely (in or out of the freezer).
  7. Wrap in plastic wrap or use cellophane candy bags.

2. Apricot Freesia Tarts

Ingredients For Tart:

  • 1 lb White Glycerin Soap Base
  • 12 Drops Cosmic Color Canary Yellow
  • 11 Drops Cosmic Color Red
  • 1 t. Apricot Freesia FO

Ingredients For “Whipped Cream” Topping:

  • 4 oz White Glycerin Soap Base
  • 1/4 t. Apricot Freesia FO
  • A “Shake” of Super Sparkle Gold Sparkle DustTM
  1. Melt soap base for the tart in a double boiler.
  2. Once melted, add color and fragrance.
  3. Pour into a muffin tin and allow to harden.
  4. Remove from tin.
  5. Melt soap base for topping and add a shake of Sparkle Dust.
  6. With an electric mixer, mix until thick and bubbly.
  7. Spray tarts with rubbing alcohol and spoon the topping onto the tarts while allowing some to run over tarts.
  8. Top with a dash of Sparkle Dust if desired.

3. Aspen Dreams Bath Salts

This scent is very woody and is suited for soothing your muscles and relaxing in the tub. It is very masculine in scent, I think. I enjoy this after a long day at work, it makes me feel comfortable and content. Women love it as well as men do.

The ingredients are:

  • 2 cups of Epsom salts (or a mixture Epsom/sea)
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda

Essential oils:

  • 5 drops of rosewood
  • 2 drops cedarwood
  • 2 drops Chamomile

A nice jar with a tight-fitting lid

To make the salts:

  1. Mix the salts and baking soda in a bowl very well.
  2. Mix oils in a small cup.
  3. Take them and pour them evenly over the salt.
  4. Mix the two very well.
  5. Let sit for over an hour before placing in a jar and sealing.
  6. If you are going to color these use yellow and red to make a light brown.

4. Balancing Bath Salts

Choose 3 or 4 oils from these essential oils: Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Palmarosa, Rose, and Rosewood. Add sea salt, baking soda and oils to jar. Gently shake to mix, mix well. Add to tub of running water.

5. Balancing Epson Salt Bath

  • Epson Salt–2 tbsp
  • Sea Salt–1 tbsp
  • Baking Soda–3 tbsp
  • Essential Oils–8 drops
  • Jar–4 oz
  1. Choose 3 or 4 oils from these essential oils: Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Palmarosa, Rose, and Rosewood.
  2. Add sea salt, baking soda, Epson salts and oils to the jar.
  3. Gently shake to mix, mix well. Add to tub of running water.

6. Balancing Fizzy Bath Salts

  • Sea Salt–3 tbsp
  • Baking Soda–3 tbsp
  • Citric Acid–1 tbsp
  • Essential Oils–8 drops
  • Jar–4 oz
  1. Choose 3 or 4 oils from these essential oils: Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Palmarosa, Rose, and Rosewood. Add sea salt, baking soda, citric acid and oils to the jar.
  2. Gently shake to mix, mix well.
  3. Add to tub of running water.

7. Balancing Red Earth Salts

Sea Salt–2 tbsp Baking Soda–3 tbsp Powdered Red Earth Clay–1 tbsp Essential Oils–8 drops Jar–4 oz

  1. Choose 3 or 4 oils from these essential oils: Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Palmarosa, Rose, and Rosewood.
  2. Add sea salt, baking soda, powdered red earth clay, and oils to the jar.
  3. Gently shake to mix, mix well.
  4. Add to tub of running water.

8. Balancing Seaweed Salts

Sea Salt–2 tbsp Baking Soda–3 tbsp Powdered Kelp–1 tbsp Essential Oils–8 drops Jar–4 oz

  1. Choose 3 or 4 oils from these essential oils: Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Palmarosa, Rose, and Rosewood.
  2. Add sea salt, baking soda, powdered kelp and oils to the jar.
  3. Gently shake to mix, mix well. Add to tub of running water.

9. Basic Bubble Bath

Ingredients:

  • 5 drops fragrant oil or essential oil (your choice)
  • 1-quart water 1 bar Castille soap (grated or flaked)
  • 1 1/2 ounces glycerin

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Store in a container.
  3. Pour in running water.

10. Basil and Lime Bath Salts

You will need:

  • 5 cups of Sea Salt (or Epsom salt, or a combination of both)
  • 1 Tsp. of Baking Powder
  • 2 Tsp. of Almond Oil
  • 5 drops Lime Scented Oil
  • 4 drops Basil Oil
  • 1 drop green coloring
  • 1 drop yellow coloring
  1. All you have to do is mix the salt and the baking powder in a bowl.
  2. In another smaller bowl mix together all liquids and add to salts, stirring well.
  3. You should let them sit so they can soak up the scent and the coloring all of the ways through.
  4. After they have sat for about two hours take them and place them in jars with cork stoppers.
  5. To create a good seal dip the cork in melted wax (green to match salts) and put a cork into the bottle.

11. Bath Cookies

  • 2 cups finely ground sea salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tbs. light oil
  • 1 Tsp. vitamin E oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 5-6 drops essential oil
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix together all the ingredients.
  2. Take a teaspoon of the dough and roll it gently into a ball about 1″ in diameter.
  3. Continue doing this with all the dough and place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet. (You can decorate the cookies with clove buds, anise seeds, or dried citrus peel if you wish.)
  4. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, until they are lightly browned.
  5. Do not overbake. Allow the cookies to cool completely. To use, drop 1 or 2 cookies into a warm bath and allow to dissolve.
  6. Do not eat! Yield: 24 cookies, enough for 12+ baths.

12. Bath Bombs / Bath Fizzies

  • 2 tbs. the citric acid (you can get this at a pharmacy)
  • 2 tbs. cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 3 tbs. coconut oil (or any other emollient oil like almond, avocado or apricot kernel oil)
  • 1/4 tsp. fragrance oil
  • 3-6 drops of food coloring (if desired) Paper candy cups
  1. Place all of the dry ingredients (first 3) into a bowl and mix well.
  2. Place coconut oil into a small glass bowl and add fragrance and food coloring.
  3. Slowly add oil mixture into dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Scoop up small amounts of the mixture and shape into 1″ balls.
  5. Let the balls rest on a sheet of waxed paper for about 2 to 3 hours, then place each ball into a candy cup to let dry and harden for 24 to 48 hours. Store bombs in a closed, air-tight container.
  6. To use, drop 1 to 3 bombs into warm bath water.

13. Bridal Bath Salts

(in 4 layers ~ makes 16oz.)

  • 2 Cups Rock Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Each Fragrance Oil Rose, Sage, Lavender, Rosemary Food Color Divide salt into four equal amounts, place each in a container with sealable lids.
  • That’s 1/2 cup in each container or for 8 ounces of bath salts use 1/4 cup in each container and half the amount of fragrance oil and food color.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon Rose fragrance oil and 4 Drops of red food color (or you can leave it white), put the lid on and shake well.
  • To the next one add 1/2 teaspoon Chamomile-Sage (or just sage if you have it) and 4 drops of green and 2 drops of blue food color and shake. To the third add 1/2 teaspoon Lavender fragrance oil, 3 drops of red and 4 drops of blue food color and shake well.
  • To the last container add 1/2 teaspoon Rosemary fragrance oil, 4-8 drops of green food color and shake.
  • On separate pieces of wax paper, spread out each color and air dry for several hours.
  1. When the salt is the completely dry layer it in the container.
  2. Rosemary ~ Lavender ~ Sage ~ Rose (on top)
  3. To speed up the drying process you can put the wax paper on a cookie sheet and put it in the oven and let the pilot light work on it or for an electric oven, pre-heat at the lowest temperature and turn off before putting salt in the oven.

You have just made lovely layered bath salts that also has special meaning. Red Rose – Means Unity White Rose – Represents Pure Spiritual Love Sage – Represents Good Health and Long Life Lavender – Means Devotion Rosemary – Lasting Friendship and Remembrance

14. Bubble Bags

Used in the shower, when there is no time to take a soaking bath.

  • 2 parts oatmeal
  • 2 parts of dried herbs
  • 1 part grated soap

Place ingredients in a cloth bag and use as a washcloth

15. Candy Cane Bath Salts

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of Epsom salts
  • 3 Teaspoons of Sweet Almond Oil
  • 9 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 1 drop of red food coloring ( more if you like)
  • 1 drop of green food coloring

To decorate:

  • several jars with turn lids or cork seal red, green and white Christmas ribbon several gift tags shaped like candy canes OR several candy canes (small ones)
  1. To make the salts separate each of the three cups of salts into three bowls.
  2. Separate each teaspoon of almond oil into three bowls.
  3. Into one bowl of almond oil add the drop of red food coloring
  4. Into the second add the green.
  5. Into each of the three bowls of oil add three drops of peppermint oil.
  6. Mix each bowl well. After mixing pour each of the bowls of oils and coloring into one of the bowls of salt.
  7. This will leave you with a bowl of green a bowl of red and a bowl of white scented salts.
  8. Let sit for a few hours covered.

To create the candy cane effect layer layers of each color, a layer of red, a layer of green, a layer of white, over and over until you fill the jar.

16. Candy Cane Swirl

  • You will need 1/2 lb. MP opaque base
  • 1 tsp. Stearic acid red colorant Candy Cane fragrance oil candy cane cookie cutters wax paper lined pan or tray **you could also use the Wilton mini cake pan candy cane mold
  1. Melt the MP base and stearic acid separately.
  2. Combine them when they are both liquefied.
  3. Whisk well.
  4. Add the fragrance oil and pour into a wax paper lined pan or tray.
  5. Take a bit of red coloring (just a bit on the tip of the toothpick) and swirl into the soap until it is marbleized.
  6. When it is firm enough, take a cookie cutter and cut out candy cane shapes.

These are great for Christmas!!!

17. Chamomile Fields Shampoo

  • 4 bags of chamomile tea (or 1 handful of fresh chamomile flowers)
  • 4 tbs. pure soap flakes
  • 1-1/2 tbs. glycerin
  1. Let the tea bags steep in 1-1/2 cups boiled water for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bags and with the remaining liquid add the soap flakes.
  3. Let stand until the soap softens.
  4. Stir in glycerin until mixture is well blended.
  5. Pour into a bottle. Keep in a dark, cool place.

18. Champagne Bubble Bath

  • 1/4 C foaming concentrate
  • 3/4 C distilled water
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt(not sea salt)
  • 1 TBSP. glycerin
  • 1/4 tsp. Champagne or white wine fragrance oil
  1. Buy a split of champagne- drink it or toss it but keep the bottle.
  2. Heat water(not boiling just hot), stir in concentrate and glycerin until completely dissolved.
  3. Add fragrance oil and stir well.
  4. Add salt stirring until dissolved.
  5. Allow mixture to cool.
  6. If it is not as thick as you would like to add another 1/4 tsp. salt stirring until dissolved.
  7. Pour into a clean champagne split and seal bottle.
  8. Using a pink or white paint pen create labels for the front and back on gold stickers with a square of candy, foil cover the cork, twisting at the neck

19. Camphor and Clary Sage Soap

  • 2 c. M&P soap base
  • 2 T. camphor oil
  • 1/4 c. clary sage infusion AND/OR 1 Tsp. clary sage oil
  1. Combine melted soap and herbal ingredients.
  2. Stir until blended, and pour into molds.
  3. Keep soap wrapped or store in a cool dark place.
  4. It will be good for about 18 months.

Note: This also works well for poison Ivy.

20. Cherry Berry Bubble Bath

  • 1/2 cup unscented shampoo
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (regular table salt is fine)
  • 15 drops cherry fragrance oil

Pour shampoo into a bowl and add water. Stir gently until well mixed. Add salt, and stir until mixture thickens. Add cherry fragrance oil and place in a decorative bottle. Can also be used as a body wash!

21. Cherry Cheesecake Soap

(Makes Two 4-1/2 inch cakes – 4 slices each)

  • 1-1/2 lbs. White M & P Base
  • 1/2 lb Clear M & P Base
  • 2-1/2 tsp. Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Fragrance
  • 1 tsp. Blending Vanilla
  • 1 Tbs. Cherry (not Maraschino) Fragrance Dash of Lemon Fragrance
  • Red Colorant Green Colorant
  • Yellow Colorant 1-2 Tbs.
  • Finely Ground Oatmeal Life of the Party Mold – AO52
  • 4-1/2 inch springform pans

Melt 1/2 lbs white base. Add sufficient coloring to make as dark red as possible, add 2 tsp of Cherry fragrance. Pour at least 30 “cherries” in the mold (it looks like it makes two halves of a 1-inch Christmas ball). Allow cooling, unmold and set aside.

Melt 4 oz of clear base. Add 2 drops of green and 2 drops of red colorant. Will turn brown. Add 3/4 tsp of Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Fragrance. Mix in oatmeal. Pour evenly into two of the springform pans.

Melt 1 lb of the white base. Add a few drops (only) of yellow colorant. Add 1-3/4 tsp of OM&H Fragrance, 1 tsp of blending vanilla (will add amber glow) and a small dash of lemon fragrance. Mist brown base with alcohol and pour creamy base evenly into pans – be sure to leave about 1/4 to 1/2 inch headroom. Allow cooling about 20 minutes until the surface is fairly solid.

Spray top of “cake” and bottom of “cherries with alcohol.

Arrange about 15 cherries on each cheesecake. Melt 4 oz of clear base. Add red colorant to make deep red, add 1 tsp of Cherry Fragrance. Spoon over cherries, covering them and allowing excess to flow around them.

Allow cakes to cool about 30 minutes. Pop springform pan and enjoy.

22. CHOCOLATE SOAP

  • 12 oz grated soap 5 oz water
  • 1/4 cup instant cocoa powder
  • 1/8 oz Chocolate Fragrance oil

Combine the grated soap and water in a saucepan, and set on medium heat. When the soap has melted, add the cocoa powder, and chocolate fragrance. Stir well, then pack into molds and let sit until hardened.

23. Citronella Soap

  • 1 cup grated Castile soap
  • 1/2 cup water 10 drops citronella essential oil
  • 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 T. dried, crushed pennyroyal leaves

Mix the ingredients into the melted soap/water mixture. With an electric mixer, whip the soap until it has doubled in volume. Spoon the soap into the prepared molds, pushing it into the molds as best you can (the beating action cools the mix, so work quickly). If the mixture has cooled off and thickened so much you can’t put it into the molds, hand mold the soap into large balls.

24. Citrus Yum

You will need:

  • 1/2 lb. Transparent MP base
  • 1/2 TB. Coconut oil
  • 3 drops lemon oil
  • 3 drops grapefruit oil
  • 3 drops orange oil fruit wedges mold orange/yellow colorant

Melt the MP base and coconut oil. Remove from heat and whisk well. Add essential oils and whisk well. Add a few drops of yellow/orange dye. I mixed red and yellow food coloring. Pour into molds. When I want to do each the “correct” color and flavoring for each fruit wedge, I use plastic leftover yogurt cups, pour my base into it (after heated) then do the color mixing and flavoring.

25. City Shampoo (Removes Impurities from Hair)

  • 3/4 cup distilled water
  • 1/4 cup shampoo concentrate (or substitute with 1/2 cup unscented shampoo and increase salt to 1 tsp.)
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt 1 tbs. dried thyme
  • 1 tbs. dried peppermint
  • 1 tbs. dried lavender
  • 1 Tsp. witch hazel
  • 1 Tsp. almond oil
  • 7 drops cinnamon oil
  • 3 drops ylang-ylang oil

This shampoo is known to be effective in removing impurities such as smog and city grime from the hair. In a heavy saucepan, bring the water to a boil and add the dried thyme, peppermint and lavender. Remove the pan from the heat and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain the herbs from the water and pour the herbally infused water into a ceramic bowl. Add the shampoo concentrate and stir until well mixed. Add the salt, witch hazel, almond oil, cinnamon oil, and ylang-ylang oil to the mixture, stirring until thick. Bottle and close.

26. Cookie Cutter Soaps

Melt and Pour soap base(opaque) Scent (optional) Color (must be liquid, like gels) cookie sheet (must have at least a 1/2 in. edge on it) knife (to swirl your colors!) cookie cutters

Meltdown the soap base and scent. You can give the main base color if you wish or leave it white. Pour the base on the cookie sheet and add colors and swirl them all over – be creative! When this dries, pop the block of soap out of the cookie sheet. Use cookie cutters to cut up the soap.

There are lots of different things you can do with this…

Some ideas:

Christmas Soap: Swirl red & green into white and use cookie cutters Candy Cane Soap: Swirl red into white with peppermint scent and candy cane cutters Easter/Spring: Swirl multiple pastels and find some fun cookie cutters 4th of July: Patriotic white soap with a beautiful red & blue swirl (find a nice star cutter!

27. Cold Cream Soap

  • 4 oz M&P soap
  • 2 tsp cold cream
  • 10 drops fragrance oil
  • 1 drop coloring (optional)

Melt soap, then add cold cream and stir until melted. Remove from heat; add fragrance and color, and then mold.

28. Cranberry Bubble Bath

  • 8 oz. unscented liquid soap
  • 2 oz. distilled water
  • 7 drops bergamot oil
  • 5 drops lime oil
  • 3 drops vanilla fragrance oil
  • 2 drops gardenia fragrance oil

Mix all together and pour into a container.

29. Creamy Rosemary

You will need:

  • One Pound Soap Base (any variety) One Cup of Whole Milk
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Rosemary Pure Essential Oil

(see EO caution below) One-foot length of PVC pipe with one end cap or other tubes This is a wonderfully creamy soap to wake up to in the morning! And everyone LOVES the scent of pure Rosemary! Men even go nuts for it! Make sure you spray your mold with a vegetable spray. Pour all of the soap mixtures into the mold. After a couple of hours, push it out of the mold and slice the soap into round soaps!

***Rosemary EO is not recommended for individuals with high blood pressure or epilepsy.

30. Chocolate Cookie Soap

You will need:

  • 1 lb. Opaque MP 1 TB. Cocoa butter Cocoa powder for colorant (or brown dye)
  • 1 TB. Chocolate FO Round or cookie molds

Melt the MP soap. Remove from heat and slowly stir in the cocoa butter and enough cocoa powder to make it a pale brown or tan. Add fragrance oil. Reserve enough of the soap to make a darker brown color. Pour the lighter shade of brown soap into round/cookie molds. Add more cocoa powder to the reserved batch of MP base to make a darker brown. Marble into the pale brown soap.

31. Cinnamon Soap

You will need:

  • 4 oz. MP base 10 drops cinnamon oil
  • 1 drop red food coloring (optional)

Melt MP base. Remove from heat and stir in the cinnamon oil and coloring until well mixed. Pour the soap into a mold and let set for three hours.

32. Citrus & Calendula Soap

You will need:

  • 1 # M & P transparent soap base A handful of calendula petals (dried)
  • About 1/4 cup
  • 15 drops of yellow food coloring
  • 3/4 tsp. grapefruit EO
  • 1/2 tsp. tangerine EO
  • 1 TBSP melted shea butter ..melted separately
  1. Melt the soap base and at the same time melt the shea butter in a custard cup placed in a pan of boiling water or in the microwave.
  2. Add calendula petals to the melted base, a few drops of yellow food coloring, the EO and then the melted shea butter.
  3. Try to have this the same temp as the melt and pour. Keep stirring the soap/shea butter mixture. As it starts to set up a spoon into heart molds. ( By spooning you have more control how many of the calendula leaves go into each mold.) I like to let my molds set at room temp until they are skimmed over fairly firm then I chill them in the freezer for about a half hour before removing them from the mold and place them on a rack to finish drying completely.

This is a very pretty soap. Makes 8 heart soaps. Enjoy!!!!

*****By stirring the soap/shea butter mixture as it cools the butter will not float to the top and make little circles of butter which might look like mold to those that don’t know.

33. COFFEE & CREAM SOAP

  • 1 4oz. bar glycerin soap
  • 1 teaspoon ground espresso
  • 1 teaspoon powdered milk 10 drops coffee fragrance oil

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the bar of glycerin soap until liquefied. Remove from heat and stir in ground espresso, powdered milk, and coffee fragrance oil. Pour soap into a mold and let set for three hours or until hardened.

34. Coffee and Cream Soap 2

You will need:

  • 2 tsp. Coffee beans (can replace with 1 tsp. instant espresso) 4 oz. MP base
  • 1 tsp. Heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. Aloe vera gel

Grind two teaspoons of your favorite coffee beans to espresso grade in a coffee grinder. Melt the MP. Remove from heat and add the ground coffee, whipping cream, and aloe vera gel, stirring until well blended. Pour the mixture into a mold and let set for three hours or until hardened.

35. Creamsicle Soap

You will need:

  • 8 oz. MP base (divided into 4 oz. quantities)
  • 10 drops orange oil 1 drop orange food coloring
  • 3 TB. Heavy whipping cream
  • 10 drops vanilla fragrance oil

Melt soap and remove from heat. Add the orange oil and food coloring, stirring until well mixed. Pour half of the mixture into each soap mold and let it set for on hour. When the orange soap has set, melt the second half of MP base. Remove from heat and stir in the whipping cream and the vanilla fragrance oil. Pour the melted soap into the molds on top of the orange soap. Let it sit for three hours. Your finished bars should come out half orange and half white. Enough for 2 bars.

36. Cucumber Loofah Soap

  • 3 oz. opaque soap
  • 2 tsp. powdered loofah
  • 15 drops cucumber fragrance oil
  • 1 T. Aloe Vera gel green coloring mold

Shred the soap in a food processor and set aside. Boil 1/2 cup of water over low heat and stir in the shredded soap. Continue stirring until the mixture becomes a sticky mass, approximately four minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the aloe vera gel, the fragrance oil, and the coloring until well blended. Spoon the mixture into a mold and let set for six hours or until hardened. Wrap finished soaps in cellophane.

37. Custom – Scented Bath Crystals

  • Rock salt or sea salt (you can also use water softener salt for this; it is much cheaper than sea salt)
  • Essential oils
  • 1/2 quart glass or clear plastic jar with a tight-fitting lid

Add approximately 4 teaspoons of the essential oil to the rock salt in a 1/2 quart container. If the container is larger or smaller, add or subtract oil as needed. Cap the lid tightly and wait at least two days before using.

38. . Custom – Scented Bath Oil

Sunflower oil Essential oil or potpourri refresher oil in your choice of scent(s) Corked container Crystal beads, dried flowers, little seashells, etc. (optional – for bottle decoration)

  1. Pour sunflower oil through a funnel into the corked container, leaving a little space at the top, at least an inch.
  2. Add 4 teaspoons of the essential oil per 1/2 quart. Cork the container and agitate the bottle gently.
  3. Let it sit for 2 to 3 days before using.
  4. You may add things to the container to make it as pleasing to the eye as it is to the nose… whatever you want or will match the decor of your bathroom.

39. Custom – Scented Bath Powder

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tbs. arrowroot powder
  • 2 tbs. baking soda
  • Few drops of essential oil of your preference

Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Let stand a few days to dry, then sift through a flour sifter. Pour into a powder shaker/container.

40. Custom – Scented Bath Salts

  • 1 cup Epsom salt 1 cup sea salt
  • 2 cups baking soda Essential oil(s)
  • 10 drops food coloring (optional)

Combine the first 3 ingredients in a large bowl, then add 4 teaspoons of essential oil in any fragrance or combination. Stir. You may also tint the bath salts if you so desire by adding 10 drops of food coloring to the bowl after you add the essential oils. Stir again. Store bath salts in a tightly capped container for 2 to 3 days before using. You can also divide the bath salts equally between 2 large bowls, tint them different colors, and then carefully pour them into a clear container, making what appears to be “sand art”. Or tint one red, and scent both containers with peppermint oil, then layer it in a clear container and wrap with red ribbon. This “peppermint stick” makes a great Christmas gift!

41. Custom – Scented Bubble Bath #1

  • 5 drops fragrant oil or essential oil (your choice of scent)
  • 1-quart water
  • 1 bar castile soap (grated or flaked)
  • 1-1/2 ounces glycerin
  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Store in a container.
  3. Pour into running bath water.

42. Custom – Scented Bubble Bath #2

  • 2 cups soap flakes or grated soap
  • 1-gallon water 1/4 to 1/2 cup glycerin
  • 2 cups shampoo or liquid dishwashing detergent Scented oil of your choice
  1. 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 also.)
  2. In a bowl, add 2 cups of this mixture to the rest of the glycerin, shampoo and add a few drops of your favorite scented oil.
  3. Put into a quart container and store covered at room temperature.
  4. To use, add about 1 cup to your tub as it’s filling.

43. Custom – Scented Shampoo

  • 3/4 cup distilled water
  • 1/4 cup shampoo concentrate (or substitute with 1/2 cup unscented shampoo and increase salt to 1 tsp.)
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt 20 drops fragrance oil of the choice Food coloring of your choice (optional)

Warm the water and pour into a ceramic bowl. Add the shampoo concentrate and stir with a wire whisk until well blended. Add the salt, fragrance oil and food coloring and stir until well blended. Pour into a bottle and close.

44. Custom – Scented Shower Gel

  • 1/2 cup unscented shampoo
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 15 drops fragrance oil
  • Food coloring (optional)

Pour shampoo into a bowl and add the water. Stir until it’s well mixed. Add the salt, fragrance oil and food coloring. Suggestions for scents: kiwi extract, raspberry extract, strawberry extract, coconut extract, vanilla extract, etc… (I personally like the raspberry and vanilla mix… smells so good!)

45. Deep Conditioner for Beautiful Hair

  • 1 small jar of real mayonnaise
  • 1/2 of an avocado

Put ingredients together in a medium bowl and squish together with your hands until it’s a minty green color. Smooth into hair all the way to the tips. Put on a shower cap or wrap your head with saran wrap. Leave on for 20 minutes. For deeper conditioning put a hot, damp towel around your head over the shower cap or saran wrap. If you have really long hair and only need conditioning at the ends, cut the ingredients in half and apply only to the ends and just wrap them.

46. Desert Sands Layered Bath Salts

  • 5 drops yellow food coloring
  • 4 drops red food coloring
  • 4 drops musk oil
  • 3 drops Jasmine fragrant or essential oil
  • 3 cups Epsom salts
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 2 tsp. glycerin

Combine baking soda, Epsom salt, and glycerin until well blended. Add scents until there are no clumps, just a fine powder. Divide the mixture evenly into 3 separate bowls. In the first bowl add 3 drops yellow food coloring, in the second bowl add 3 drops red food coloring, and in the third bowl add 2 drops yellow food coloring and 1 drop red food coloring. Stir each bowl until the color is well mixed. Allow the air to dry it for a few hours before placing in a bottle. Once dried, layer the colors… red first, then orange, then lastly yellow.

47. Detox Bath

Place in a warm tub of water:

Epsom salts–2 handfuls Organic sea salt–1 handful Sweet Almond Oil–2 teaspoons Rosemary–4 drops Violet Leaf–4 drops

48. Dry Shampoo

1/2 cup cornstarch Fragrance oil (optional)

Sprinkle cornstarch into your hair and massage into hair and scalp. Allow it to absorb for a few minutes, then brush through hair. Repeat if necessary. This is wonderful to freshen-up your hair in a pinch between shampoos… or great to take on camping trips when fresh water is unavailable for using liquid shampoo. You can also add a couple of drops of fragrance oil to the cornstarch for a nice scented dry shampoo.

49. EARTH ANGEL BATH CRYSTALS

You will need

  • 1/2 cup Epsom salts
  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 2 tsp. almond oil
  • 20 drops patchouli oil
  • 15 drops cypress oil
  • 5 drops rose oil green food coloring ( one or two drops)

Mix it all together very well.

Sometimes it helps to add wet together separately in another bowl before adding to baking soda and salts. You will need to use a few heaping tablespoons to your tub to use

50. Earth Bath Salts

  • 1/2 cup Epsom salts
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup rock salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vitamin E
  • 2 tsp. light oil (almond, sunflower, etc…)
  • 20 drops Patchouli essential oil
  • 15 drops Cypress essential oil
  • 5 drops Vetivert essential oil Green food coloring

Mix all salts and baking soda together. Then combine oil, essential oils, vitamin E and a few drops of coloring in a separate bowl. Add liquid to salts and mix thoroughly. You can add more green food coloring if desired, but I find it nicer when it’s very light green as it does not look as artificial. To use, add a few heaping tablespoons to the bath.

51. Earth Clay Soap

  • 1 lb. vegetable glycerin soap
  • 1 T. Clay
  • 2 T. Jojoba Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Distilled Water Colorant and Scent

Be sure to mix the clay separately. I put the T. of clay in a dish and spoon a small amount of the melted soap and mix it into a paste, then add it to the soap. This eliminates lumps of clay and makes a nice smooth soap

52. Earth Harvest Bath Salts

  • 1/2 Cup Rock Salt (available in the baking section of your market for ice cream makers)
  • 1/4 Tsp. Apple Fragrance Oil
  • 1/4 Tsp. Orange Fragrance Oil Burgundy, Golden Yellow, Green, Brown and Teal Food Color
  1. Divide salt into two bowls. Add the apple fragrance oil to one and the orange to the other.
  2. Stir each until well blended.
  3. Divide the orange salt into two bowls. Color one with the burgundy food color and the other with the golden yellow.
  4. Stir until color is evenly distributed (about 2 minutes).
  5. Repeat with the apple salts coloring one bowl with the teal food color and the other with the brown and green. Stir these well, too.
  6. Leave the colored, scented salts uncovered for 6 hours or until dry.
  7. Stirring a couple of times during the process. When dry, layer the four colors into a glass jar.
  8. You could also use four different fragrances to go with the four different colors.
  9. Tie a bow with a small wooden scoop.

53. Easy Valley Blossom Bath Salts

You will need:

  • 1 cup liquid Ivory soap
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil or Grapeseed Oil
  • 2 drops of food coloring, one blue, one red.
  • 9 cups of Sea or Epsom Salt
  • 20 drops of Orchid Fragrance Oil
  • 8 drops of Vanilla Extract
  • 4 drops of Chamomile Essential Oil

Firstly you should mix together the soap, salts, and oil in a bowl. Second, you will add coloring to fragrance in another bowl, mix them well. You can use more food coloring if you like a richer color. Add color to the salt mixture and stir very well until evenly colored and scented. Allow salts to sit in the bowl for about 5 hours for the soap and the fragrance to disperse for the best results.

After this you can place them in jars with turn fastening tops or cork seals. Make sure the seal is airtight to keep the salts fresh. You can add a teaspoon of glycerine if you live in a very humid area to stop clumping.

54. Easy Milk Bath

  • 2 cups dry milk powder
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp. fragrance oil of your choice
  1. Blend together all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Add 1/2 cup mixture to hot bath water.

55. EGG SHAMPOO

  • 1 egg 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 T. castile soap or mild unscented shampoo
  • 1/2 C. water
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and whip until smooth.
  2. Use shampoo immediately, and follow up with a hair rinse.
  3. Save any remaining shampoo in the refrigerator and use the next day.

56. Euphoric Bath Salts

  • Sea Salt–3 tbsp
  • Baking Soda–3 tbsp
  • Essential Oils–8 drops
  • Jar–4 oz

Choose 3 or 4 oils from these essential oils:

  • Champaca absolute
  • Clary Sage
  • Grapefruit
  • Jasmine absolute
  • Linden absolute
  • Myrrh, Patchouli
  • Rose
  • Ylang Ylang.
  1. Add sea salt, baking soda and oils to jar.
  2. Gently shake to mix, mix well.
  3. Add to tub of running water.

57. Euphoric Epson Salt Bath

Epson Salt–2 tbsp Sea Salt–1 tbsp Baking Soda–3 tbsp Essential Oils–8 drops Jar–4 oz

Choose 3 or 4 oils from these essential oils: Champaca absolute, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Jasmine absolute, Linden absolute, Myrrh, Patchouli, Rose, and Ylang Ylang. Add sea salt, baking soda, Epson salts and oils to jar. Gently shake to mix, mix well. Add to tub of running water.

58. Euphoric Fizzy Bath Salts

Sea Salt–3 tbsp Baking Soda–3 tbsp Citric Acid–1 tbsp Essential Oils–8 drops Jar–4 oz

Choose 3 or 4 oils from these essential oils: Champaca absolute, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Jasmine absolute, Linden absolute, Myrrh, Patchouli, Rose, and Ylang Ylang. Add sea salt, baking soda, citric acid and oils to jar. Gently shake to mix, mix well. Add to tub of running water.

59. Euphoric Red Earth Salts

  • Sea Salt–2 tbsp
  • Baking Soda–3 tbsp
  • Powdered Red Earth Clay–1 tbsp
  • Essential Oils–8 drops Jar–4 oz

Choose 3 or 4 oils from these essential oils:

  • Champaca absolute
  • Clary Sage
  • Grapefruit
  • Jasmine absolute
  • Linden absolute
  • Myrrh
  • Patchouli
  • Rose
  • Ylang Ylang.
  1. Add sea salt, baking soda, powdered red earth clay and oils to jar.
  2. Gently shake to mix, mix well.
  3. Add to tub of running water.

60. Euphoric Seaweed Salts

Sea Salt–2 tbsp Baking Soda–3 tbsp Powdered Kelp–1 tbsp Essential Oils–8 drops Jar–4 oz

Choose 3 or 4 oils from these essential oils: Champaca absolute, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Jasmine absolute, Linden absolute, Myrrh, Patchouli, Rose, and Ylang Ylang. Add sea salt, baking soda, powdered kelp and oils to jar. Gently shake to mix, mix well. Add to tub of running water.

61. Fields of Gold Milk Bath

4 cups powdered milk 1 cup boiled water 1/2 cup dried chamomile or 5 chamomile tea bags

Steep chamomile in water for 20 minutes. Strain liquid. Mix liquid with milk and add to bath water. Especially nice after a long day.

62. Fizzy Bath Crystals

8 oz. cornstarch 8 oz. citric acid 16 oz. baking soda 1 tsp. fragrance oil

Mix cornstarch and citric acid together thoroughly. Add fragrance oil as desired. Blend in baking soda. Package and label. Use 1/4 to 1/2 cup per bath. Enjoy!

63. Fresh Aloe Vera and Nettle Leaf Soap

  • 1 c. glycerin soap base
  • 1/8 c. aloe vera gel
  • 2 T. crushed dried nettle leaf OR 2 T. simmered, macerated fresh leaf

Mix together all ingredients and pour into molds. Once cooled, pop out of molds, and store them in a dark cool place.

64. Foaming Vanilla Bath

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of liquid soap
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract

Instructions:

Thoroughly blend all of the ingredients together and store in a decorative bottle or jar. Shake well before each use and pour about 1/4 of a cupful under the flow of your warm running bath water.

65. Foaming Bath Oil Balls

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 2 tbs. citric acid or ascorbic acid (powdered vitamin C)
  • 1 tbs. borax powder (for softening) 2 tbs. powdered sugar (for binding)
  • 2 tbs. sweet almond oil
  • 1 tsp. vitamin E oil (preservative)
  • 1/4 tsp. fragrance or essential oil
  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and stir until well blended.
  2. Drizzle in almond oil and stir until mixture is moistened.
  3. Add vitamin E oil and fragrance and stir until well mixed.
  4. Take teaspoon size globs of mixture and form into ball shapes with fingers. (Mixture will be VERY crumbly and fragile, so do the best you can. Add a little bit more of the vitamin E oil… I find that helps.)
  5. Place the balls on a sheet of wax paper and leave alone for 2 to 3 hours.
  6. After 2 to 3 hours, reshape balls. Let the balls air-dry and harden for 10 days.
  7. Store balls in a closed container to protect from moisture.
  8. To use, plop a ball into your bathtub in warm water!

66. Fragrant Honey Milk Bath Oil

  • 1 cup honey 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup baby oil Fragrance oil of the 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.

67. FRUITCAKE SOAP

  • 3 – 4oz. Glycerine Soaps
  • (12 oz) Food Color Fragrance Oils (Tangerine, Cherry, Pineapple, Lime, Gingerbread and Cinnamon)

You can use rectangular soap molds, small loaf pans or small bundt pans. Melt 4 ounces of soap and pour into 4 square or rectangular soap molds. Immediately add the following in this order:

Mold 1:

  • 3 drops red food color and 5 drops Cherry fragrance oil

Mold 2:

  • 2 drops red, 1 drop yellow food color and 5 drops Tangerine fragrance oil

Mold 3:

  • 3 drops yellow food color and 5 drops Pineapple fragrance oil

Mold 4:

  • 3 drops green food color and 5 drops Lime fragrance oil
  1. Allow the 4 soap to set completely.
  2. Remove them from the molds and cube.
  3. Divide the colored cubes into soap molds.
  4. If you are using pans spray with a very light coat of vegetable spray and wipe out with paper towel.
  5. Melt remaining soap, when melted stir in 1/4 teaspoon Gingerbread fragrance oil and 5 drops Cinnamon fragrance oil.
  6. Add 5 drops caramel food color or brown paste food color just to create a ’fruitcake’ color.
  7. Pour soap slowly into molds over the cubes.
  8. Set for at least three hours.
  9. Just as the soap is starting to set stir them to spread the cubes around.
  10. Unmold.
  11. If you have trouble removing them from the pans, use a hair dryer to heat the molds slightly.

68. Gentle Uplifting Bath Salts

You will need:

  • 1 cup of sea salt (or Epsom Salts)
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 3 drops bergamot oil
  • 3 drops rose geranium oil
  • 3 drops lavender oil
  • 2 drops frankincense oil

To color these use light pastel colors, to continue the uplifting feeling. I like light green or yellow personally.Take the oils and mix them together in a separate the bowl that you have the salts in. Mix the oils well.Mix the bath salts and baking soda. Add the two together. Store in a clear jar with a cork top lid preferably. These are great for gift giving.

69. Golden Milk Bath

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of milk powder
  • 1 cup of boiled water
  • 1/2 cup of dried chamomile or 6 chamomile tea bags

Instructions:

Steep the chamomile in water for about twenty minutes. After twenty minutes strain off the liquid if you used the dried chamomile and then mix the strained or tea bag liquid with the milk powder and then add it to your warm running bath water.

70. Gardening Soap

  • 8 oz. M&P base
  • 2 T. white cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 T. fine pumice
  • 1 T. bentonite clay
  • 2 tsp. of citrus essential oil (orange, lemon, etc.)

Melt base and scent. Stir in cornmeal, pumice, & clay continually until it gets to the point where it will stay suspended in the soap. By this time the soap will be quite thick and cool. Pour into molds.

71. Green Apple and Aloe Vera Shower Gel

  • 3/4 cup distilled water
  • 1/4 cup shampoo concentrate (or substitute with 1/2 cup unscented shampoo and increase salt to 1 tsp.)
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt 2 tbs. aloe vera gel
  • 15 drops apple fragrance oil
  • 1 drop green food coloring (optional)

Warm the water and pour into a ceramic bowl. Add the shampoo concentrate and stir until well mixed. Add the aloe vera gel, salt, apple fragrance oil and coloring. Stir until thick and well blended. Pour into a squeeze bottle and close

72. Hawaiian Bath Oil

Ingredients:

  • 1/8 cup of canola oil
  • 1/8 cup of apricot oil
  • 10 drops of mango oil
  • 10 drops of coconut oil
  • 10 drops of gardenia oil

Instructions:

Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly together, bottle until ready for use. When ready add to the warm running water as you fill your bathtub and then simply enjoy the wonderful tropical aroma as your body soaks up the oils.

73. HERBAL GLYCERIN SOAP

  • 1 pound Glycerin
  • 1/2 ounce fragrance oil or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon essential oil, the amount depends on oil used.
  • 1 T. herbal powder of your choice and/or 1 T. dried flower of your choice
  1. Melt the glycerin in the microwave until completely dissolved. This usually takes one to two minutes.
  2. Avoid stirring as much as possible because stirring causes bubbles.
  3. Pour in herbal powder, dried flowers, and fragrance oil while still in liquid state.
  4. Stir lightly to evenly distribute the ingredients.
  5. Pour in the mold of your choice and let set for 1 to 2 hours or longer if desired. If you have trouble with the bar releasing from the mold, place in the freezer for a few minutes and the bar should release easily.

I have found that the bar of soap lathers better when it is allowed to cure for 3 to 7 days before use. This recipe yields 4 – 4 ounce bars of Glycerin Soap.

74. Herbal Milk Bath

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of dry milk powder
  • 1 cup of cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons of your favorite herbs

Instructions:

First combine the milk powder and cornstarch together in a blender, when its all well combined add your herbs and blend once more. It is now ready to enjoy simply by adding 1/2 cup of the mixture to your warm running bath water

75. Herbal Shampoo (For Dry Hair)

  • 1 tbs. dry comfrey root
  • 1 tbs. dry rosemary
  • 1 tbs. dry chamomile
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2/3 cup baby shampoo
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1/3 cup milk

Combine herbs and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 20 minutes. Strain out the herbs and mix herbal water with the baby shampoo, egg and milk. Pour into a plastic squirt bottle or jar.

76. Herbal Shampoo (For Oily Hair)

  • 2 tbs. dry peppermint
  • 2 tbs. dry spearmint
  • 1 tbs. dry sage 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup baby shampoo

Combine herbs and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 20 minutes. Strain out the herbs and mix the baby shampoo with the herbal water. Pour into a plastic squirt bottle or jar.

77. Honeyed Bath Salts

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups of Epsom Salts (or rock sea salt)
  • 1/3 cup of honey (liquid honey)
  • 2 drops of yellow food coloring
  • 3 drops essential oil (optional, honey gives off a nice scent)

To create:

  1. Take the salts and place them in a bowl with the honey.
  2. Stir them together very well. It will seem a little sticky.
  3. Add your two drops of yellow food coloring to the essential oil if you choose to use it.
  4. Oils that are good would be chamomile, rose or jasmine. Take the oil and color mixture and stir it into the salts.
  5. Cover in bowl for about 30 minutes so that they all mix well.
  6. Use 1/4 cup of recipe for each bath, drop into hot running water.

78. Honey Bee Soap

  • 4 oz. Opaque MP soap
  • 1 T. beeswax pellets
  • 1 T. honey

Melt beeswax and keep warm/liquid. Melt soap base and then mix in beeswax. Add honey and keep stirring until melted. Pour into mold. This recipe looks neat in a similar mold – Milky Way Molds have a bee and a flower. I’ve also seen a great bee/honey mold (it looks like beeswax sheets on the surface) at other places.

79. Honey Egg Shampoo

  • 1/4 cup honey 2 tablespoons liquid soap
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon wheat germ oil or almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon rosewater or cologne

Place all the ingredients in a screw-top jar, cover and shake well. Makes about 2/3 cup

80. Honey Herbal Hair Conditioner

1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup glycerin 1/4 cup sage, and 1/2 cup dried chamomile flowers

OR

  • 1/2 cup nettle leaves and 1/4 cup rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 cup witch hazel
  • 1 tablespoon liquid lecithin

Place all the ingredients in a screw-top jar. Shake well and let sit for 1 hour. Strain to remove herbs, discard the herbs and pour the liquid back into the jar. Makes about 1/2 cup.

81. Honey-Pollen Shampoo

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup glycerin.
  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel
  • 1/4 cup orange flower water or cologne
  • 2 tablespoons bee pollen
  • 1 teaspoon liquid soap
  • 1 tablespoon alcohol

Place the ingredients in a screw-top jar, cover and shake well. Makes about 1… cups.

82. Honey-Milk Conditioner For Oily Hair

  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • cup glycerin
  • 2 tablespoons liquid lecithin
  • 1/4 cup Sage 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons dry buttermilk powder

Combine the hot water and sage, and let sit for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid, and discard the sage. Add the remaining Ingredients to the strained liquid, and mix well. Apply to freshly shampooed hair, let set on hair for about 2 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Makes about 1/2 cup.

83. Honey Treatment for Very Dry Damaged Hair

  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Stir for a minute or so until the mixture is smooth. Apply to freshly shampooed hair, and let soak in for 10-12 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Makes enough for 1 application.

84. Jojoba Oil M&P Soap

  • 1 lb. M&P Soap
  • 1 T. jojoba oil
  • 1 tsp. beeswax

Melt all ingredients together and pour into your mold. It makes a very nice, hard bar that is long lasting. Because it is much harder, it takes longer to lather.

85. Kosher Bath Salts

  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 2 tbs. glycerin

Place ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Put in a decorative container.

86. Lavender Beeswax Soap

4 oz. Unscented glycerin soap 10 drops lavender scent purple coloring 1 tsp. beeswax mold

Melt the soap over low heat until liquefied. Add the grated beeswax and stir until melted. Remove from heat and add the scent and the coloring. Stir until well blended. Pour the mixture into a mold and let set for three hours or until hardened.

87. Lavender Citrus Soap

  • 2 cups grated soap
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 vitamin E capsules
  • 1 T. ground dried lemon verbena leaves
  • 1 T. dried lavender buds 10 drops lavender oil
  • 20 drops sweet orange oil
  1. Melt soap with water.
  2. After it has melted, add vitamin E oil and remaining ingredients.
  3. After the soap has cooled and thickened, scoop out a small handful of the soap and roll into a ball.
  4. Flatten the ball to create a disk shape.
  5. As the soap cures, press the soap into a firmer and smoother shape.
  6. If you like, mix a little orange oil on your hands and polish the soap smooth.
  7. This soap will discolor if the lavender buds are added too soon to the melted soap.
  8. If you do not like the rough surface and the darkened color, omit the lavender buds and add extra lavender oil. Or, after a week of curing, you can slice thin shavings from the soap to smooth it and remove any dark patches.

88. Lavender Flower Bubble Bath

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz of unscented bubble bath or an unscented shampoo
  • 1 bunch of fresh lavender flowers tied in a bunch
  • A strainer 5 drops of lavender oil
  • 1-quart size canning jar

Instructions:

Take your canning jar and place your bunch of lavender flowers, head first, down into the jar so that the stems are at the top opening. Now pour the unscented bubble bath or shampoo over the lavender flowers in the jar and then add your 5 drops of lavender oil. Close the lid securely and give the jar a good shaking. Leave the mixture to rest on a sunny window sill for about two weeks. Shake the jar every day while it is sitting and at the end of the two weeks period, you can then strain the mixture through a strainer and then bottle your bubble bath liquid.

89. Lavender Dreams Bubble Bath

Ingredients:

  • 1-quart water
  • 1 bar Castille soap (grated)
  • 3 ounces glycerin
  • 3 drops lavender fragrant or essential oil

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together. Store in a container. Pour in running water.

90. Lavender Milk Bath

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of milk powder
  • 3 drops of lavender oil

Instructions:

Thoroughly mix the lavender oil into the milk powder and when well combined add it to your running bath water.

91. LAYERED SOAPS

  • 2 4oz. bars glycerin soap
  • 10 drops fragrance oil (your choice)
  • 10 drops fragrance oil (your choice, different than choice above)
  • 2 drops different colored food coloring (your choice)

In a heavy saucepan over low heat, melt one bar of glycerin soap until liquefied. Remove from heat and stir in one drop food coloring and 10 drops fragrance oil. Pour half of the mixture into two soap molds, filling each mold halfway. Wait twenty minutes. Melt your second bar of glycerin soap until liquefied. Remove from heat and stir in the other drop of food coloring and fragrance oil. Pour this second layer on top of the first layer (already in molds). Let soap set for three hours or until hardened. Your finished bars should come out half one color and half another.

92. Lemon Loofah Soap

You will need:

  • Dried loofah sponge (1 square inch)
  • 4-ounces MP base
  • 1 tsp. liquid lanolin
  • 1 Tsp. aloe vera gel
  • 15 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop yellow food coloring

With a pair of sharp scissors, cut off one square inch of loofah sponge. Shred the loofah sponge into tiny pieces, either in a coffee grinder or with scissors, and set aside. Melt MP base. Remove from heat and add the lanolin, aloe vera gel, lemon oil, and food coloring, stirring until well mixed. Immediately add the shredded loofah and stir until evenly distributed. Pour into a mold and let set for three hours or until hardened. Makes one bar.

93. Lemon Pie Soap

  1. Melt 1 pound of white soap in a double boiler.
  2. A fragrance with 1/2 teaspoon of Lemon Poundcake Fragrance Oil.
  3. Color with 4 drops of Cosmic Color Canary Yellow.
  4. Pour into an 8-inch metal pie pan.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap.
  6. Melt 1 pound of white soap in a double boiler.
  7. A fragrance with 1/2 teaspoon of Lemon Poundcake fragrance oil.
  8. Color with several drops of cosmic color canary yellow (you will want this layer much darker in color than the first layer).
  9. Uncover the pie pan and spritz the soap with a light layer of rubbing alcohol.
  10. Slowly pour the second batch of soap into the pie pan.
  11. Help the layers blend slightly by briefly running a knife through the mixture.
  12. Allow the soap to harden.
  13. Melt … a pound of soap and color it a dark caramel color. Pour on top of the mold. This will become your pie’s crust.
  14. Allow the soap to harden.
  15. Place the hard soap and mold in the freezer for 15 minutes. This will allow the soap to shrink slightly and then come out of the mold more easily. Some soap bases will not tolerate being placed in the freezer. Wholesale Supplies Plus has a soap base that can be placed in the freezer without damaging the soap.
  16. Take the soap out of the freezer and unmold. If the soap is difficult to unmold, turn upside down and run warm water over the mold.
  17. Once out of the mold set aside.
  18. Melt ‰ pound of white soap in a double boiler.
  19. Add … a teaspoon of cosmetic glitter to the melted base.
  20. Leave the soap in the melting pan and mix with an electric mixer. Start with the lowest speed possible and work up slowly.
  21. Once the soap base is thick and bubbly, place spoonfuls of the base on top of the unmolded pie.
  22. Immediately freeze for 15 minutes.
  23. Allow returning to room temperature. 24. Cut into pie pieces the next morning.

94. Lemon-Egg Shampoo for Bounce and Shine

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 3 tbs. unscented shampoo
  • Fragrance oil of your choice

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Shampoo into your hair and rinse well. The egg will act as a conditioner and the lemon juice will bring shine to your hair!

95. Lemon Twist Bath Oil

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of almond oil
  • Use 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of lemon oil
  • Use 1/4 teaspoon bergamot oil
  • 2 teaspoons of zest from a lemon

Instructions: Place all of the ingredients in a sealable glass container or jar and combine them together by shaking them up well. This one will create a very interesting effect as the oils and the vinegar will keep separating from one another. Just remember before using to give it another good shake-up.

96. Lilac Sensational Bubble Bath

Ingredients: 1-quart water 1 bar Castille soap (grated or flaked) 3 ounces glycerin 5 drops lilac fragrant oil Directions:

Mix all ingredients together. Store in a container. Pour in running water. * a few drops of red & blue food coloring may be added for color.

97. Lotion Bars (Solid Bath Oil Bars)

  • 2 oz. deodorized cocoa butter or mango butter
  • Use 2 oz. beeswax, refined beads
  • 2 or 3 oz. liquid vegetable oil such as jojoba, sunflower or sweet almond
  • 2 tsp. essential oil or fragrance oil of your choice
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. of Jojoba
  • Wax Spheres in color of your choice for coloring
  1. Melt cocoa or mango butter and pour 2 ounces into an 8 ounce Pyrex measuring cup.
  2. Add 2 ounces of beeswax beads (total of 4 ounces in a cup).
  3. Add jojoba wax spheres. Melt together in the microwave.
  4. Now add the liquid vegetable oil.
  5. Use 2 ounces for a hard bar, which would bring your total to 6 ounces… OR use 3 ounces for a softer bar, which would bring your total to 7 ounces.
  6. Stir to mix thoroughly. Add essential or fragrance oil when the mixture has cooled slightly.
  7. Pour into small soap molds.
  8. Pop out when cool, about 2 hours. For best results, put in the refrigerator a few minutes before popping out of the mold.

Some uses include: Rub on body when getting out of shower while still damp, wet hands and rub with lotion bar, use as a drawer sachet, cut off a sliver and let melt in hot bath water, massage into cuticles to soften them, rub onto elbows and knees, or use for massage (softer bar recipe).

98. MECHANIC’S HAND CLEANSER

  • 1 c. borax
  • 1-2 t. pure turpentine
  • 1 t. sweet orange essential oil
  • 1 c. ground soap

With very clean hands, work the turpentine and essential oil into the borax until there are no lumps left, then work into the soap. Keep it in a wide-mouthed jar or tin that’s easy to open.

99. Milk and Honey Bath Soak

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of milk powder
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil

Instructions:

Combine all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl and when thoroughly combined place the mixture under the warm running water of your bath and enjoy.

100. Milky Bath Salts

This recipe is different because it combines the beneficial aspects of a milk bath with that of the minerals you can get from using bath salts.

You will need:

  • 4 1/2 cups sea salt
  • 3 cups Epsom salts
  • 3 cups powdered milk
  • 10 drops vanilla
  • 5 drops strawberry
  • 3 drops sweet orange
  • 2 drops rose (i.e. 9 tablespoons of scent)

To Create these lovely bath salts simply put it all together and shake in a large container. If your jars are not big enough to accommodate such a large recipe that I suggest mixing salts and milk in one bowl, combining the oils in another and then stirring the two together with a metal spoon. These will need to sit about 30 minutes before being placed in jars to let the scent absorb properly. I like to jar these in simple square bottles with a little raffia around the neck fastening the ingredients and name tag. I do not suggest coloring these salts, they look nice as is.

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I am on a mission to transform the health of millions worldwide. Check out my website at staceychillemi.com. I am a popular and recognizable health and lifestyle reporter and expert, columnist and health host. Author of The Complete Guide to Natural Healing and Natural Remedies for Common Conditions, along with 20 other published books. I am the founder of The Complete Herbal Guide and a recognized health and natural remedies expert, with over 20 years in practice as a Health Coach. I write for the Huffington Post, Huff Post, Thrive Global and Medium (Owned by Arianna Huffington). I have been a guest on the Dr. Oz Show, local news, and numerous radio shows. My focus is on natural healing, herbal remedies, alternative methods, self-motivation, food for medicine, nutrition, fitness, natural beauty remedies and the power of positive thinking.