Free skin care recipes to create natural bath products.

These natural skin care recipes have been used for years with success. Making your skin care products allows for a newly inspired version every time you create. Make sure to write down your tailor-made recipe in detail, it could be the perfect one!

Mineral/Bath Salts Recipe:

It's good to use Epsom Salts as they are reputed to have therapeutic values in relaxing muscles. But try to add some other salts such as solar, celtic, dead sea, etc, and avoid table salts as they are perceived as being unhealthy.

For 2 cups of your salt blend, you could add one or any combination of the following:
1 - 2 T of finely grated cocoa butter;
1/4 - 1/2 tsp of essential oils or a blend of;
1 T of ground rose petals or other flower petals;
1 T of detoxifying green clay;
1/4 - 1/2 tsp of natural coloring, a color that would match the scent.

For a specific scented salt, consider the following, using a 2 cup salt-blend base:

Lavender scented salts:
1/2 - 1 tsp Lavender essential oil,
1 T dried lavender petals,
and 1/2 tsp or less of natural liquid coloring (ie: ratonjot or indigo).

Rose Scented Salts:
1/2 - 1 tsp of Rose Geranium essential oil,
1 T pink clay,
2 T dried rose petals,
1 tsp Madder Root powder.

We are all very accustomed to scents having a complimentary color. If your lavender bath salts are green, people may not be able to tell what scent it is by smell alone, or may think something has gone wrong with their item. When in reality, the essential oil color of lavender is clear.

Bath and/or Massage Oil Recipe:

The carrier oil blend that I love and got rave reviews about was:
1 cup sunflower oil;
1/2 cup sweet almond oil;
1/2 cup grapeseed oil.

Essential oils of your choice, from 1/2 - 1 tsp of scent. Some scents are alot stronger than others and this is why there is no standard measurement.

This blend is great for a massage oil as it does not quickly absorb like some massage oils do. The molecules in the sunflower oil are larger than other oils and therefore absorb alot less quickly. Sweet Almond and Grapeseed Oils are in any skin care product. But, any oil in a bath may create a slippery surface and sides to your tub, so use caution.

In the above oil recipe, colorants do not blend into the oil completely and you may have a spotty oil. But because scented oils tend to be without a color, you can omit the coloring without anyone thinking something is wrong with it.

Body Scrub Recipe:

I always used a natural raw sugar as my exfoliant. White sugar works, raw sugar tends to have more appeal, and while a brown sugar is nice too, the scent of brown sugar doesn't always blend with your essential oil. Lavender is a good example of that.

Depending on the level of oil you desire, start with 1/2 cup sugar to 2 T of carrier or specialty oils. Mix well. Too much oil may cause a layer of oil on the bottom of the jar.

Add directions your sugar scrub to use it first in the bath or shower, then bathe as usual. The excess oils are rinsed away leaving the perfect amount of moisturizing. This simple but tried and true recipe is great for any skin care regime.

Massage Melts or Cocoa Butter Melts:

Perfect for spot moisturizing by rubbing on those specific dry areas like heels. These recipes can be a little flexible, in that you can add some specialty oils or butters without creating too soft of a melt. For every 1 ounce of cocoa butter, you can add 1 tsp of shea or mango butter, or jojoba oil. 1 ounce of massage melt would require little scent, start with 1/8 tsp at first. Cocoa Butter is a luxurious yet inexpensive butter, the ultimate moisturizer for any skin care.

Melt your butter and oils on very low heat, stir in your scent and place in a small mold. Flexible molds work best for popping out the melt. Your finished product will be similar to the texture of chocolate.

The only concern in making these is to not use a high temperature for melting the butters, for when they cool from this temperature, they will cave in at the top's center, which will probably be the bottom of your finished melt. The other insider trick here is to place the melts in the fridge as soon as possible. Cooling these fast, and for 24 hours, tends to prevent any caving in. Handle while just out of the fridge to avoid getting smudges on your new melts. Wrap in a foil type wrap so they don't easily melt when someone carries it.

The scent of these melts tend to be 'locked in' the melt, and when used, the aroma is quickly released.

Lip Balm Recipe:

Again, these measurements are approximate depending on the type of balm consistency you like. Luckily, if you don't like the finished product, it is easy to melt and adjust. My recipe is:

2 ounces of cocoa butter;
1/2 ounce of a carrier oil like jojoba;
1/8 - 1/4 ounce of bee's wax.

Often, a couple drops of peppermint essential oil is added.

Melt on low heat, blend together and pour into a little lip balm pot or similar.

Natural skin care is also about knowing that any natural as possible product you can make is going to be far superior than any mass-produced chemical-filled jar of marketing exaggeration.

Author's Bio: 

Courtney Findlay is a professional soapmaker, having had her own successful little soap shop on her hometown's main street. Natural soap and other bath products were created, wholesaled and retailed, all from the store's premises. As well as creating up to 45 varieties of soap, Courtney also made lotions, therapeutic creams, bath oils, mineral bath salts, perfume oils, solid perfumes, body butters, lip balms, massage melts, and essential oil blends.

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