Apothecary Cosmetic Bath Salts

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Nourishing Bath Salts
by wendell hildebrand

These bath salts are very subtly scented and they relax you immediately. These are a favorite in our house. These make a great gift also, or a craft show item. You can easily make this recipe larger, and it may be a good idea because they go fast.

You will need to gather up the following:
3 cups of Sea Salt
3 tablespoons Sweet Almond
2 teaspoons Apricot Kernel
2 teaspoons Avocado Oil
1/4 cup baking soda
20 drops Sandalwood
20 drops Rosewood
10 drops Ylang Ylang
5 drops of Chamomile

This is a very easy mixture. If you want to combine them quickly simply toss all of the ingredients into a ziplock bag and shake very well.

For those of you who are more refined and like to do things meticulously add salts and carrier oils as well as baking soda to a bowl and stir very well

Add all of the essential oils together in another bowl and stir.

Pour over salt mixture and stir very very well.
To give as a gift seal in a tight sealing jar with a cork or turn top. If the climate is humid add a teaspoon or two of glycerine so they won't clump.

Harvest Peach Bath Salts
by wendell hildebrand

These are very great salts. My wife and young daughter use them often. They leave a scent that will trail you for some time. Let me know what you think.
Your ingredients will have to include:
3 cups of Epsom Salts
1 cup of sea salt
1/2 cup baking soda
10 drops of peach fragrance oil
10 drops of bergamot Essential Oil
7 drops of vanilla Essential Oil
3 drops of orange fragrance oil
1 jar with a tight sealing lid or cork top.
1 or two drops each of red and yellow food coloring

Take the salts and the baking soda and stir them together. You can also shake them up in a ziplock bag.
In a small bowl combine oils and coloring. Stir.
Add oil/coloring to the salt mixture and stir/shake well.
Let it stand for some time before placing it in container. This will allow color/scent to spread evenly all the way through.

Jar this and seal tightly to keep moisture out. It is a nice step to use a canning jar with peaches molded into the shape of the glass. One with oranges is also useable. Always tag and label ingredients.


You can make your own bath salts simply and economically, and formulate your own scents from essential oils for therapeutic or beautifying purposes. Here are four basic recipes to which you can add essential oils (or perfume) and food coloring. Be sure to add the coloring drop by drop and to stir well after every drop! It takes only one or two drops to color a cupful of salts.
Bath Salts 1

Mix 2/3 cup sea salt (ground to even sized crystals) with 1/3 cup Epsom salts. Add 1/2 tsp glycerin.

Bath Salts 2

Mix kitchen salt and bicarbonate of soda in equal quantities.

Bath Salts 3

Mix 1 cup Epsom salts, 4 drops glycerin.

Bath Salts 4

Grind washing soda crystals to small, evenly sized crystals.

Bubbling Bath Salts

Combine several drops essential oil with 1/2 cup cornstarch. Add 1/2 cup citric acid and I cup bicarbonate of soda. This mixture will froth and bubble when added to water.

Candy Cane Bath Salts

2 cups epsom salts
1/2 c. sea salt
4-6 drops peppermint oil
2-3 drops red food coloring.

Place one cup of epsom and 1/4 cup sea salt in a bowl or resealable plastic bag. Add 2-3 drops peppermint oil.

Place the remaining ingredients in a second bowl. Mix all ingredients well. Layer the red and white salts in a clear bottle or jar. Tie with a ribbon and some small candy canes. This makes a great holiday gift for friends.

Messages Messages Help Reply | Forward | View Source | Unwrap Lines Message 6368 of 9561 | Previous | Next [ Up Thread ] Message Index Msg # From: "Lyz" Date: Fri Mar 15, 2002 3:22 pm Subject: COSMETIC GIFT RECIPES COSMETIC GIFT RECIPES Rose Moisturizing Cream This moisturizer works best if you use it everyday. It is especially good for people with dry or sensitive skin. Materials List 2 tablespoons rose water (see below for recipe) 1/2 cup almond oil 1/3 ounce beeswax, finely chopped 2 tablespoons lanolin 1 vitamin E capsule, 400 IU 4 drops geranium essential oil 2 drops red food coloring (optional) nonreactive saucepan wooden spoon 6 - 1 ounce jars or 3 - 2 ounce jars or 1 - 6 ounce jar (The jars can be fancy or plain but all of them should have tight fitting lids. Instructions 1. Sterilize jars in boiling water for 10 minutes at altitudes of 1,000 feet above sea level or less. Add 1 minute for each 1,000 feet above this. 2. Warm the rose water in the saucepan. 3. Warm the almond oil in a double broiler. You can make a double broiler if you don't have one by placing a small saucepan in a larger saucepan. Fill the large saucepan with water without running over once you add the smaller saucepan. 4. Add the beeswax (the finer it is chopped, the quicker it will melt) 5. Add the lanolin to this mixture as well, combining and mixing all well. 6. Remove almond oil, beeswax, lanolin mixture from the heat. 7. Add the rose water, drop by drop and beat the mixture until all the rose water is added, and the mixture is smooth and cool. 8. Add the contents of the vitamin E capsule, the geranium oil and the food coloring (if you want to add the coloring) and mix into mixture until it is well blended. 9. Spoon the mixture into jars and seal. 10. Store in a cool, dark place. 11. Add a note with this gift that lists the ingredients and the best way to use this product. Tip: If your skin is oily, you might add a few drops of lemon juice to your mixture when you add the geranium oil. This is best applied with light gentle strokes. Place a dollop on your fingers and gently apply to face moving fingers in a circular motion. Do not pull or stretch the skin. You fingers should glide over your face. After 15 - 20 minutes, remove the excess moisturizing cream with a cotton ball. Dab it off; don't rub it off your face. Rose Water Recipe: Steep Rose petals in boiling water for 20 minutes up to an hour and let cool. Strain out petals. The more roses you use and the longer you let it steep, the stronger your rose water will be. The sooner you use the mixture, the stronger the scent will be as well. Preparing a day in advance works well. Use approximately 1 ounce of dried rose petals per pint of water. Use dried materials instead of fresh. Fresh rose petals contain a lot of water and thus are less potent. Tips: Use glass, ceramic, pottery or an enameled pot to make your rose water. Use pure spring water only. Completely boil your water before you add your rose petals. Cover the pot tightly. You don't want those oils escaping into the air; you want them in your water. Lavender Bubble Bath For Children
This wonderful bubble bath is great for soothing children and preparing them for bed. Not only does it remove the filth from the day but the refreshing scent of lavender leaves them feeling sleepy and relaxed. This recipe makes approximately 20 ounces.
2 tablespoons of dried lavender
2 tablespoons of dried rose petals
1 = cup baby shampoo
12 drops of lavender oil
1 < cups boiling water
2 bowls
a sieve with fine mesh
Sterilized plastic bottles with lids that seal

1. Make an infusion with the lavender and rose petals. In one of the bowls, add dried lavender and dried rose petals to the boiling water and cover allowing the mixture to steep for 20 minutes.
2. Strain out petals and lavender flowers.
3. Mix baby shampoo and lavender oil together in the other bowl.
4. Add the infused mixture to this bowl.
5. Pour this mixture into the plastic bottles and shake vigorously.
6. This mixture should be close at hand in the bathroom in a cool dark place.
7. Shake before using and add three tablespoons to running water.

Foaming Vanilla Honey Bath

Banish the winter blahs and dissolve away the harshness of the day by relaxing in a soothing bath. Honey is natures silky moisturizer and guaranteed to sweeten your mood!

1 cup sweet almond oil (light olive or sesame oil may be substituted)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup liquid soap (plain or flower scented)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Measure the oil into a medium bowl, then carefully stir in remaining ingredients until mixture is fully blended. Pour into a clean plastic bottle with a tight-fitting stopper or lid. Shake gently before using. Enough for four large luxurious baths.

Swirl desired amount into the bathtub under running water—then step in and descend into a warm, silky escape.

Skin Softening Bath-- Add 1/4 cup honey to bath water for a fragrant, silky bath.

Basic Bath Salts

1 cup mineral (epsom) salts or sea salt
1 teaspoon glycerin or vitamin E oil
15 - 20 drops essential oils of your choice
few drops of food coloring if desired.

Mix all ingredients together, stirring well to blend.
Store in an airtight container. Add 1/4 cup or
more of the mixture to running bath water.

Bath Salts

2 cups Epsom salts
1 cup sea salt, rock salt or coarse salt
food coloring (optional)
1/4 teaspoon glycerin
essential oil for fragrance

Combine salts in a large glass bowl. Mix well. Add food coloring, a few drops at a time, until desired color is achieved. For plain white salts, skip this step. Add glycerin and essential oil, (4 or 5 drops) and mix together well. Spoon salts into containers and seal. When giving as a gift, attach a tag to salts describing the scent and instructions to use 1/3 to 1/2 cup in the bath.

Herbal Bath Crystals

1/2 cup Sea Salt
1/2 cup Epsom Salts
1/2 cup fresh herbs leaves or flowers
1/4 cup Baking Soda
few drops essential oils

Blend the above ingredients in a food processor or blender. Some oils to try: Lemon Balm, Rosemary, Patchouli, High John, Rose, Geranium & Grapefruit. Place 1/4 cup of the mixture under running warm water for fragrant herbal bath.

Grandmother's Fizzy Bath Salts

16 oz Baking soda
8 oz Cornstarch
8 oz Citric acid
10 drops Lavender essential oil
5 drops Patchouli essential oil
5 drops Rosemary or Bayberry essential oil

Blend together the dry ingredients. Blend the oils
and add them one drop at a time to the dry
ingredients. Mix with your hands, then rub the
mixture thru a fine sieve to further distribute the
oils into the dry ingredients. Store tightly covered
for 2 weeks before using to fully develop the scent.