bath melt - you bottle it, and add it to your bath as you need it. We add the emulsifier to the oils to help them disperse through the water, rather than floating in a greasy mess on top of the water. There are a few different types of solubilizing type emulsifiers you could use for this recipe - Cromollient, polysorbate 80, or other liquid emulsifiers - but I'm choosing polysorbate 80 as it's inexpensive and easy for me to find at my local suppliers.
This recipe is rated E for everyone, and is fantastic for beginners, those who don't wish to use preservatives, or those who are seeking an all natural product. The shelf life of this product is dependent upon the shelf life of your oils.
BASIC BATH OIL RECIPE
78% oils of choice
20% polysorbate 80 (emulsifier)
2% fragrance or essential oil
Mix your oils together, add the polysorbate 80. Add 2% fragrance or essential oil. If you are using oils with a 6 month or less shelf life, please add 0.5% to 1% Vitamin E to the bath oil.
Your oil choices will depend upon what kinds of oils you have and like in your workshop. This blend is a combination of avocado oil (dryish feeling), sesame oil (medium weight, greasy, non-staining to fabrics), and olive oil (medium to heavy weight, greasy) because those are the oils I had and I liked the idea of having a heavy weight, moisturizing bath oil with a vanilla scent. These oils have nice long shelf lives, so the bath oil should be good for up to 9 months or so.
SWIFT'S BATH OIL RECIPE
18% avocado oil
30% sesame oil
30% olive oil
20% polysorbate 80
2% vanilla fragrance oil
Mix the oils together, add the polysorbate 80 and fragrance oil. Pour into bottle. Rejoice!
Bath oils offer a great chance to play with some awesome fragrance or essential oils. Try citrus for an uplifting bath, lavender and rosemary for calming and relaxing, cream cheese frosting or pink sugar fragrance oils for a really girly bath, and so on! Mint is not a good choice for in-the-bath products - the tingle is great for some products, but not for a soaking blend!
Join me tomorrow for fun formulating oil based body sprays!