Spring has definitely sprung. We're noticing that suddenly people are smiling a bit more and saying "good morning" while out on our early dog walks. The nicer weather seems to make strangers more friendly and friends more social. Last minute invitations have been springing up on sunny days. We thought of creating a little stash of hostess gifts to have available when someone graciously invites us over for an impromptu gathering. Regular hosts consistently put others before themselves. So here is a little something to remind them to pamper themselves in return for treating others.
We never contemplated becoming professional bath testers until now, but we're thinking about adding it to our job responsibilities after creating this MAKE idea to share with you. The concept for an aromatic bath salt blend kept evolving with each step to become this incredibly hydrating and soothing bath sachet to which you just need to add water... and yourself. Here are our testing/texting notes from the tub.
This was a fun collaborative effort. While Whisk blended four unique ingredient combinations, Thread stitched up some reusable sachets. Since these are for gifts, we went "luxe" with colored silks and tulle. The tulle showcases the pretty contents and allows only the soluble ones to easily permeate the bath water. If you want to keep your sachets simple, we suggest typing "drawstring organza bags" into your search engine or checking out your local craft store. These bags are inexpensive, quick to find, and easily customized to your preference. You could also create a small jar of the salts with essential oils, and stash a muslin bag on top, ready to be filled.
It's usually our COOK recipes that make our studio smell good. This is our most aromatic project yet and we never even turned on the stove. Amazing how scent can alter your mood. We put together four aromatherapy "recipes" to enjoy in the bath, depending on what kind of mood you desire. Relaxing (lavender and eucalyptus), Soothing (rose and ylang ylang), Uplifting (lemongrass, bergamot, frankincense) and Invigorating (rosemary and mint). Other ingredients borrowed from the kitchen are ground rolled oats, milk powder, baking powder and coconut oil to sooth and moisturize your skin after a combination of epsom and other salts detoxes and soothes your muscles.
soothing aromatherapy bath sachets
(Makes 10 bath sachets)
Planning ahead for multiple opportunities to relax, we created a base recipe that provides enough material for 10 bath sachets. Customize each individual bath depending on how you feel, or want to feel, by adding the essential oils to the salts before you hop into the tub. Put together a sachet or a mason jar full for a hostess gift.
1/2 cup rolled oats, ground
1/2 cup milk powder
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup coconut oil
5 cups epsom salt (coarse grain)
2-1/2 cups kosher salt (coarse grain)
1/4 cup Himalayan pink salt
10 drawstring organza bags (4 1/2” x 7”)
5 drops rose essential oil
5 drops ylang ylang essential oil
8 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
4 drops lemongrass essential oil
4 drops bergamot essential oil
3 drops frankincense essential oil
7 drops rosemary essential oil
3 drops peppermint oil
To make moisturizing bath biscuits, combine the rolled oats, milk powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Add the coconut oil to the bowl. It works best if the coconut oil is solid and at room temperature. Cream together the coconut oil and powdered ingredients with a wooden spoon or spatula until thoroughly combined. It will look like pie dough. Turn the dough out onto your counter and flatten until it is about 1/2 inch thick. Either cut into 10 pieces with a knife or use a cookie cutter to make into shapes. Allow to dry for several hours or overnight.
For a salt mix designed to detox and sooth your muscles, combine the three salts in a large bowl and set aside until ready to use.
To divide into individual portions, use a small bowl to combine 3/4 cup of the salts with desired essential oils as indicated above, or create your own signature scent combination. Pour into a drawstring organza bag (or make your own bag) and add a bath biscuit. Alternately, add the essential oil enhanced salts and moisturizing biscuit directly to your bath while water is running.
We love adding rose petals to the Soothing Bath and lavender buds to the Relaxing Bath. The splash of color and extra layer of scent enhances the sachet especially if you are gifting it. Capturing the mixture in a drawstring organza bag also eliminates the need to clean flowers out of your tub so you can keep relaxing after the water goes down the drain.