As someone who loves to indulge in a good bubble bath after a long day, I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting bath recipes to try. When I used to work at Whole Foods, I would often imagine how to create dupes out of some of the bath and beauty products we sold. Seeing as how I worked in the “whole body” department, you can guess how often that happened!
One of the most intriguing products we had for sale was a lavender bath concentrate that smelled absolutely divine. It was unlike any other scented bath product I had ever used in the sense that it didn’t sit on the water’s surface like most essential oil products, but rather absorbed into the water. This would create an intoxicating experience that not only scented the entire bathroom but your entire person as well.
I don’t know about you, but that sounds amazing! All too often I’ve tried naturally scented bath products only to have little to no lingering scent afterwards. So, if you’re like me and you like to smell good after a luxuriant bath, then making your own bath milk concentrate is exactly what you’ve been looking for.
How to Make a Forest Bath Milk Concentrate
Now, this recipe may be called “forest bath milk concentrate” but I assure you that you can make absolutely any scent you like.
The recipe is so simple that you can easily swap out the oils I’ve used with pretty much any other essential oil you desire. Though I would be wary of using “hot” essential oils like cinnamon, clove, oregano, thyme, etc. as they can burn sensitive areas and since, ya know, the oils are going to be fully dispersed into the water there’s a VERY good chance those oils will make it to some particularly undesirable areas – if you get my meaning. So perhaps stick with gentler EOs.
I highly recommend trying a lavender version, especially if you suffer from insomnia or other sleeping issues. The scent of the lavender is super relaxing and will help reduce stress and encourage restful sleep. Adding a touch of rosemary and lemon is especially uplifting and will actually help alleviate allergies to boot!
However, today I want to share with you a delicious forest inspired blend that will have you dreaming of enchanted woodlands and fairy groves. The scent is coniferous, resinous, fresh, and offers up its grounding, comforting, uplifting, and meditative properties. All good things while soaking in the bath if I do say so myself!
Here’s what you’ll need to make my forest bath milk concentrate:
• An accurate kitchen scale like this one
• A small funnel
• 1 15ml essential oil bottle (empty and clean)
• 56 drops black spruce essential oil
• 28 drops juniper berry essential oil
• 28 drops cedarwood essential oil
• 14 drops vetiver essential oil (since this oil is super thick, you may need to sit it in a mug of warm water to thin it out)
• 10 drops douglas fir essential oil
• 7 drops bergamot essential oil (FCF)
• 5g turkey red oil (this is what allows the essential oils to fully dissolve in water)
• 3g vegetable glycerin (softens and hydrates the skin)
• 2g sweet almond oil
• 1/64 tsp of silk peptides (about a tiny pinch, but you can use these spoons to measure.)
If you’re making your own blend, just be sure to measure 6g worth of essential oils.
Loving Preparation – Forest Bath Milk Concentrate
1. Begin by deciding which essential oils you would like to use. 6g of essential oils is roughly 140-150 drops, so you can use that to figure out ratios and whatnot for your unique blend.
2. Once you’ve decided on the EOs, you’re going to need to use an accurate kitchen scale to measure them out. Do this by placing the empty 15ml EO bottle on the scale, set to grams, and then press tare. Now add each essential oil until you reach 6g worth of essential oils. Make sure the vetiver essential oil is coming out of the dropper easily before you begin as it’s a thick and resinous oil and waiting too long while measuring will result in your scale turning off.
3. Once that’s done, you can choose to use a small funnel to add the next ingredients. Hit tare again to zero out the scale and add the vegetable glycerin, sweet almond oil, and silk. (I suggest mixing these in a separate dish first to dissolve the silk completely)
4. Next add 5g of turkey red oil (aka sulfated castor oil).
5. Cap the bottle closed and shake well to mix. You will notice that the blend tends to separate over time, so just make sure to give it a good shake before each use.
Run a nice hot bath and add 10-15 drops of forest bath milk concentrate to the running water. Since the mixture is thicker than essential oil, I just give it a forceful shake towards the bath water to get the drops out and it works fine. You can add additional bubbles, bath bombs, and any other bath item to the water if you desire for a super luxurious experience!
You will notice that the bath water is totally infused with the scent of essential oils and your skin will feel super smooth and silky.
Enjoy your wonderfully relaxing bath and dream of deep forests!
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