June 04, 2020 3 min read

Body & Bath Oils

 

We’re all struggling with dry winter skin, and what better way to add in some moisture factor than in your bath or shower time - when your skin is warm and pores are open to receive the nourishing oils.

 

Initially I was keen on making a foaming shower oil, like the ones you can buy in the shops but with natural ingredients. However the surfactants need to have certain properties such as to be able to foam in a water free environment. This makes sense as a shower oil is an  oil  based product. I tried my formulation with the surfactants we have and you do get a small amount of foam action when lathered up in water, but I wasn’t happy enough with the end result to publish it. So we will stick with plain luxury oils made into a post-shower application product, or you can add them to your bath water for an indulgent soak. The recipes are super quick and easy to make and the end results make for stunning gifts too.

 

The Oils

For bath oil products, because some of the oil will be lost in the water, we prefer to go with carrier oils that are cost effective yet still really good for skin.  Grapeseedalmondapricot kernelsafflowerrice branhemp oilcaprylic/capric triglyceride and  avocado oils are all great choices here. But you can absolutely use any oil of your choosing. 

 

For body oils, all the product will be going directly on your skin so you can go a bit more high end with your oil choices if you desire. We still like sticking to a good, hard working base oil such as almond or safflower, and then adding in some fancier oils for that ‘something extra’. Try adding in some  coffee bean oilaloe oiljojobaprickly pear seed oilmoringa, or  tamanu oil into your body oil for a touch of luxury.

 

Adding essential oils to your body and bath oils makes the experience therapeutic and you can customise your scent.  We really like these combinations:

Ylang ylanggrapefruit and  geranium

Vetiverchamomile and  sandalwood

Bergamot and citrus oils

 

Recipes

Bath Oils

Bath oil = carrier oils + essential oils. It’s really as easy as that!

 

Basic Bath Oil Recipe

30ml  capric caprylic triglycerides

30ml  almond oil

30ml  safflower oil

A few drops of  Vitamin E oil

5ml  essential oils of your choice

Add everything together in a bottle and shake gently to combine. To use, pour out a little into your running bath water then soak and enjoy.

If you like, you can try adding OliveM 300. This will make the oil soluble in the bath water.

 

Water Soluble Bath Oil

40%  OliveM 300

60%  carrier oils of your choice

A few drops of  Vitamin E oil

A few drops  essential oils of your choice

Add everything together in a bottle and shake gently to combine. To use, pour out a little into your running bath water then soak and enjoy.

 

Body Oils

You can customise your body oil according to your favourite oil, or do a combination of oils, or you can even choose an oil that suits your particular skin type or if you have a skin problem such as eczema. 

70% carrier oil base such as  almondgrapeseed or  safflower oil

30% carrier oil(s) such as  jojobacoffeebaobabargan, etc

A few drops of  Vitamin E oil

A few drops of essential oils of your choice

Add everything together in a bottle and shake gently to combine. To use, pour a very small amount into your palm, warm in your hands then massage all over skin. You will be surprised how little oil goes a long way! Use just enough to moisturise your skin and also sink in. Don’t use too much oil or it may come off on clothing.

 

Body and bath oils make the perfect gift, either to yourself or a loved one.

SHOP THE TOP INGREDIENTS:  capric caprylic triglyceridesgrapeseedjojobaVitamin E oilOliveM 300, and  vetiver essential oil.


6 Responses

Juliette
Juliette

May 24, 2021

Hi Liz, that’s an interesting question! An emulsifier will not do much just with oils, BUT say you had an emulsifier in your body oil and then applied it to wet skin, it might emulsify the water on your skin and turn everything into a lotion-like consistency. Which might be quite nice :) Let us know how it turns out if you try it!

Liz
Liz

May 24, 2021

Hi Juliette
Would there be any benefit in adding an emulsifier to a post bath body oil? Would it improve the absorption of the oil at all?
Thank so much for an interesting post.

Juliette
Juliette

February 16, 2021

Hi Faye, oils typically last a good while, especially when stored correctly out of direct sun. I have never noticed any rancid oil scent in my products. So your shelf life is likely in the 12-18 month range

Faye Gounder
Faye Gounder

February 16, 2021

what is the shelf life to the bath and body oils above , will i get a old oil smell after a while

Juliette
Juliette

January 25, 2021

Hi Amanda, you can use any oil combos for both body and bath :) There’s no rules about this one!

Amanda
Amanda

January 25, 2021

What would you suggest for a product that can be both body and bath? So a Body & Bath oil?
Thanks
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