I have come up with a few favourite bath and massage blends over the years and I like to make a bottle up so it is ready to use when I’m in the mood.
You can make your own blend up with the following instructions or use the recipes I have shared below:
100ml Bath & Massage Blend Recipe
100ml of your choice of vegetable oil (eg. almond, apricot, or simply olive oil from your kitchen!)
50 drops or 2.5ml of your choice of essential oil
~these can be one or a combination of oils, but keep the totals to 100ml for the vegetable oil and 2.5ml (50 drops) for the essential oil.
Directions: If the vegetable oil you have is in a 100ml bottle, then you can simply add the essential oil(s) to this and give it a shake to disperse evenly. You may need to pour a tiny amount of the vegetable oil out first to allow room for the essential oils. If you have a larger container of vegetable oil you can either adjust the amount of essential oil you add (eg. double if you have a 200ml container), or measure out the 100ml in a kitchen measuring jug, add the essential oils and stir, and then pour into a 100ml bottle or container. Ensure the container you use is completely dry, as if the oil blend mixes with any water it will go off. You can usually buy empty bottles at chemists, department stores, or Muji in London, or you could try antique shops for some elegant glass containers.
Use: Add 1-2 tea-spoons in the bath (add just before you step in for maximum benefits). See ‘Essential Oils in the Bath’ blog post for more on using your bath blend.
Turkish Delight Bath and Massage oil Blend ~Nurturing, relaxing and refreshing.
100ml Argan oil
Rose essential oil, 5 drops
Black Pepper essential oil, 25 drops
Cardamom essential oil, 20 drops
Vanilla Orange Bath and Massage oil Blend ~Soothes and eases tension, and great for the skin.
100ml Almond oil
Benzoin oil, 27 drops (this is quite a thick oil so you will need to shake well for it to mix evenly)
Orange essential oil, 16 drops
Neroli 7 drops
Each recipe above gives you a blend strength of 2.5%, which is appropriate for most skin types. I would recommend dropping this blend strength to 1% (20 drops/100ml) for children, elderly and those with sensitive skin.
These blends should last for 12 to 18 months, but keep them in a cool dark place to ensure they stay fresh because the oils are sensitive to heat and light (so a bathroom cupboard would be suitable, but not a sunny windowsill or shelf above a radiator).
They can also be used as a massage oil directly on the skin, or for moisturising after taking a shower, you should notice it makes it easier to apply the oil to slightly damp skin and you also seem to use less of it.
As I cover more of the properties and effects of different essential oils, you will develop more of an idea on how to mix a blend up for specific purposes, in the mean time, please feel free to ask any questions or advise on making your own blends.