Bath Cookies

Almost good enough to eat.

Ingredients:

2 cups finely ground sea salt
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoon light oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil OR get capsules and squeeze the oil out
2 eggs
5-6 drops of fragrance oil

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  2. Mix ingredients.
  3. Take a teaspoon of the dough and roll it gently into a ball (about 1inch).
  4. Continue doing this with all the dough and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Optional -Decorate the cookies with clove, anise or dried citrus peel.
  6. Bake 10 minutes or until lightly browned (do not overbake).
  7. Allow the cookies to cool completely.
  8. Store in decorative tin marked Makes 24 cookies.

To use: Drop 1 to 2 cookies into a warm bath and allow to dissolve.

Bubble Bath Recipe

Remember!

Use no more than 15 drops of essential oils to 30 ml of carrier (bubble bath)!

(12 drops being very safe.)

Ingredients:

Soap Flakes or Grated Soap–2 cups
Water–3,8 Litres
Glycerin–1/4 to 1/2 cup
Shampoo or Liquid Dish Soap–2 cups
Essential Oil of Choice

Mix the soap flakes, water and 2 tbsp glycerine in a pot over low heat, stirring occasionally until the soap has dissolved. (Store this liquid soap in a covered container, used as an all-purpose soap or hand soap.) In a bowl, add 2 cups of this mixture to the rest of the glycerine, shampoo and essential oil. Pour into a one litre container. Store covered at room temperature.

When you’re ready to bathe, add about one cup to your tub as it’s filling.

Spicy Winter Bath

bathA soothing bath mixture which also helps to stimulate your circulation, with warm spicy aromas to relax you after a chilly day.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup baking soda

2 tablespoons brown sugar (white can be used if you do not have brown)

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon crushed vanilla pod

 

Method:

  • Mix together all the ingredients until well blended.
  • Store in an airtight container and keep in your bathroom to use when needed.

Useage instructions:

Add about 2 tablespoons of the bath mix to a warm tub of water, you can use more or less as per your preference. Should make enough for 2 to 4 baths, I often double the ingredients as I love this type of bath during the cold winter months.

 

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Cocoa Butter Body Lotion

piccreamWinter always tends to dry our skin out quite a bit, this is a lovely rich but surprisingly light cream to leave you with smooth soft skin.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons grated cocoa butter

2 tablespoons castor oil

2 tablespoons vodka

1 or 2 drops of orange fragrance (optional)

 

Method:

  • Mix together the cocoa butter and castor oil, and heat gently to melt the cocoa butter.
  • You can do this in the microwave or on a double boiler.
  • Add vodka and fragrance and stir well.
  • Allow the mixture to cool and stir once more to blend the lotion.
  • Place in a container of your choice – a wide brimmed jar is the best.

Useage instructions:

Use after a bath or shower by massaging gently into the skin. The lotion will harden between uses so place your container into some warm water to remelt the cocoa butter and shake to reblend.

 

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Whipped Shea Butter

Over the years I have come to realize that we ingest a lot of harmful ingredients into our bodies. Whether it is via food or the cosmetics we are using, and to be quite frank with you I don’t like it, not one bit. So I have taken it upon myself to slowly change a few things on my life to change that. One of the thing I have changed is what cosmetics I buy and how I use them.

Shea butter is one of my favorite ingredients to use as it is just so easy to make into something beautiful, below I want to give you the simple steps in making your own whipped Shea Butter. You can use Shea Butter raw but I find that the whipped version is more comfortable to use.

So you will need to get some Shea Butter, most health shops do stock it, if not there are many online stores that can sell you a good quality Shea Butter. Just make sure that you are buying raw Shea Butter that has not been mixed with anything. You can see it straight away as Raw Shea Butter has a lovely golden creamy color and isn’t white. You can also get some carrier oil if you like a to make your butter go further or give it a smoother texture, as well as an essential oil of your choice if you would like to make it smell good.

Shea Butter is great because it can mix with almost anything without a problem. Just be careful of using synthetic or chemical types fragrances in your recipes as it can decrease the natural properties of the Shea Butter.

Ingredients for Whipped Shea Butter:

Raw Shea Butter (As much as you would like to make)shea-nuts-and-butter

  • Some carrier oils e.g. almond, apricot kernel etc. (Optional)
  • Essential oil for scent (Optional)

Utensils:

  • Fork
  • Hand mixer
  • Glass bowl (Glass cleans better and doesn’t retain the scent unlike plastic)
  • A container to place your finished product into

Steps for making Whipped Butter

  1. In a glass bowl take the raw Shea Butter and break it up with the fork, breaking up the big pieces as you go along, you will see after a while it starts to actually get slightly creamy. This step is important so that you don’t over work your mixer and damage it.
  2. Once the Shea Butter is broken up and slightly creamy add a small amount of your carrier oil as well as a couple of drops of your essential oil if you are using one.
  3. Mix it on medium to medium high with your mixer until all lumps are gone, you will see it actually starts to puff up a bit.
  4. Once you are done take a small amount between your fingers and see if you are happy with the texture and scent, if not then you can beat it for longer or add a bit more oil or essentials. Don’t add to much as it will make it to liquid.
  5. Once you are done, bottle your Shea Butter.

Ta-Da! It’s that easy, have fun experimenting with various scents and oils as Shea Butter is very versatile and such a lovely rich cream that I have used it on body and face.