Sorry I haven't been on much.
It's "dead week" at school. Basically what my school calls the week before exams because there are so many tests, homework, reviews, and work that we're dead by the end of the week. Then next week is finals so i won't be on much then either!
But here are some DIY bath recipies! I love lush bath stuff but it's so expensive and they also use artificial perfumes and glitter which can irritate your skin.
(found on websites, i didn't come up with these)
1) DIY Bath Melts
Cooking needs: a double boiler, or a pot and metal bowl.
Something to set the bath melts- an ice cube tray will work, but silicone muffin cups are fantastic. Sometimes you can find really neat ones at Value Village.
2 teaspoons of cocoa butter
2 teaspoons of coconut oil
6 teaspoons of sweet almond oil
1 teaspoon of jojoba oil
(any other types of liquid-y oil would work here if you wanted to substitute)
5-8 drops of essential oil of your choice
1 vanilla bean inside bits (if you want vanilla scent, I think it would go nicely with a lemon or orange-y scent)
In the double boiler melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil together. Then add the liquid oils. Pour into a ceramic or glass bowl and add your choice of essential oils and vanilla bean bits. Pour into the container and place into the fridge for a few hours. Voila! Prep time is max, 30 minutes. You may only need half of each melt depending on the container. I'll be cutting mine in half or maybe even quarters. Store in the fridge to assure they stay solid.
Because you essentially only have oil (unless you use the vanilla bits) these should keep a long time.
Cappuccino Bath Bomb-
1 1/4 cups of Baking soda or Bicarbonate of Soda
1/2 cup of Citric acid
2 tsp of Almond Oil or Apricot kernal oil
1/2 tbs of Water
1/8 cup of Instant Coffee
1/8 cup of Milk powder
10-15 drops of Coffee fragrance oil for added scent
Makes 7 medium sized bath bombs
Combine the dry ingredients in bowl and stir until well mixed.
Next drizzle in the almond oil and stir until mixture is moistened. Add more oil and fragrance and stir until well mixed.
If mixture is crumbly then add more oil or a dash of water.
Roll the mixture into a ball using your hands or press it into a lightly oiled mold, such as a Bath Bomb mold or a chocolate mold.
For a decorative finish try pressing in a few coffee beans on the top.
Let it slip out from the mold.
put the ball/shape on a sheet of wax paper and leave it to dry till it is hard. It make take several days.
Store them in a airtight container.
Bath Jelly Recipe-
1 packet of Unflavored gelatin 15g (1tbs)
1 tsp of Salt
1/2 cup of Liquid soap
3/4 cup of Water
Fragrant oils or essential oils
Plastic storage jar with lid
Empty the packet of gelatin into a bowl and set aside. Boil 3/4 cup of water using a saucepan or kettle.
Carefully pour the hot water into a mixing bowl and mix it with the gelatin powder. Let the gelatin dissolve completely.
Next pour the liquid soap into the gelatin mix.
Add 2 drops of food coloring into the mix and also add your fragrance oil. Add about 5 drops and stir it very gently so the bubbles do not become too agitated.
Add any remaining ingredients.
Pour the mix into a clean storage container and allow to set for several hours in the refrigerator.
Add a small toy into the Jelly before it sets to give the kids an incentive to get to the bottom of the Jelly soap.
Dispose of the jelly after several weeks or if mold is present. Avoid mold by keeping it in an airtight container in a cool place at all times.
Add a plastic spoon to the jar to make use easier.
4) Bath Melts
Cocoa butter (1/4 cup): This can be found at many health stores, or any other store that sells soap or lotion making supplies.
Sweet almond oil (2 Tbsp): This can be found at many grocery stores and health stores.
Essential oils (10-20 drops): These not only give your bath melts their own unique scent, they also add the benefits of the essential oil you use to your bath melt creations. Some essential oils that work well are peppermint (especially good with the chocolate aroma of the cocoa butter for creating a mint-chocolate bath melt!), geranium or lavender
Pack cocoa butter into a one-fourth-cup size measuring cup until it is packed level with the top, then dump the cocoa butter into a heat-proof measuring cup (such as a Pyrex™ brand measuring cup).
Place the heat-proof measuring cup in a large frying pan that is filled with 1" of hot water.
Place the frying pan and measuring cup on the stove and turn the burner on low.
Stir the mixture in the measuring cup with a popsicle stick or bamboo skewer every couple of minutes until the cocoa butter is just melted (about 5-10 minutes).
Add 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil to the melted cocoa butter and stir together.
Turn off stove and carefully remove the measuring cup from the frying pan and place the measuring cup on a towel on a counter-top or table.
Allow the mixture to cool slightly (about 3-5 minutes).
Add 10-20 drops of your chosen essential oil or blend and stir.
Pour the mixture into small candy or soap molds (an ice-cube tray also works if you don't have candy molds). Carefully place the candy molds with the bath melt mixture in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the bath melts have solidified all the way through. Don't leave them in the freezer too long, or else your bath melts will freeze, causing them to crack and split apart. Tip: the flexibility of the candy molds can make it difficult to move them with the liquid mixture without having it spill out of the molds. It is quite a bit easier to place the candy mold on a small cutting board, baking sheet, or other stiff tray before filling, and then to move the tray with the filled molds sitting on top into the freezer.
Remove the solidified bath melts from the freezer and pop them out of their molds. If desired, wrap with colored foil squares or tissue paper while still cold. Store your bath melts in a cool location. This recipe makes about 10-12 small bath melts.
To use the bath melts, place one or two (depending on the size of the bath melts and the desired strength of aroma) in a hot bath and enjoy! The bath melts will quickly melt in the warm water, leaving behind a wonderful aroma, and the skin conditioning properties of the cocoa butter, almond oil, and any essential oil you used.