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                                 Bath and shower treats

Basic bath bomb


Ingredients

450g baking soda

226g citric acid

5g colouring

6g essential oil/fragrance oil

witchhazel (in a mister bottle)

Mould

Method

Blend very well the baking soda and citric acid.

Add colour and fragrance and blend.

Spritz with witchhazel and blend until it is the consistency of wet sand.

It should clump in your hand when you squeeze it.

Pack very tightly into the 2 halves of the mould. Press together. Wipe away any excess mixture.

Press the mould gently and the balls will pop out.

Leave to dry for 48 hours.



Basic bath salts.



Ingredients

1 cup Epsom salts

1 cup Dead Sea salt

20 drops fragrance or essential oil

10 drops food colouring (optional)

Method

Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and blend until you are happy with the colour.

Pour the salts into a clear glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake every day for a week.

To use in a bath: Add 1⁄4 cup of the salts to running water.




Bath bomb with cocoa butter


Ingredients

450g baking soda

226g citric acid

6g melted cocoa butter

6g colouring

6g essential oil/fragrance oil

witchhazel (in a mister bottle)

Mould

Method

Blend very well the baking soda and citric acid.

Add melted cocoa butter, colour and fragrance and blend.

Spritz with witchhazel and blend until it is the consistency of wet sand.

It should clump in your hand when you squeeze it.

Pack very tightly into the 2 halves of the mould. Press together. Wipe away any excess mixture.

Press the mould gently and the balls will pop out.

Leave to dry for 48 hours.



Bath melts with cocoa butter


Ingredients

96g baking soda

64g cocoa butter

32g citric acid

4g essential/fragrance oil

Method

Melt the cocoa butter, add the baking soda and citric acid and pour into little chocolate-type moulds or ice cubes.

Leave to set.

Pop one in the bath and watch it fizz and melt. Enjoy the divine aroma.

If you use our organic natural cocoa butter you won’t need any other fragrance as the cocoa butter smells so divine.

If you want to add a fragrance, then use our deodorised cocoa butter, so the cocoa butter odour doesn't overwhelm your fragrance.



Bath milk


Ingredients

1 cup powdered instant milk

1 tbsp orris root powder

1 cup Dead Sea salt

10 drops jasmine essential oil, cosmetic grade

7 drops ylang ylang essential oil

5 drops bergamot essential oil

Method

Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and blend well.

Pour the salts into a clear glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake every day for a week.

To use in a bath: Add 1⁄4 cup of the salts to running water.




Fresh flower bath salts


Ingredients

1 cup Epsom salts

1 cup Dead Sea salt

10 drops bergamot essential oil

5 drops jasmine cosmetic essential oil

5 drops rose fragrance oil

10 drops red food colouring

Method

Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and blend until you are happy with the colour.

Pour the salts into a clear glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake every day for a week.

To use in a bath: Add 1⁄4 cup of the salts to running water.




Bath oil


Take 1 tbsp of almond oil and to it add a few drops of essential oil. Pour this blend into your running bath water.

Uplifting bath oil

15ml almond oil

3 drops each of: Roman chamomile, peppermint, rosemary, juniper, eucalyptus radiata.

Oily skin blend

15ml almond oil

2 drops lemon essential oil

1 drop each of cypress, geranium and cedarwood essential oils.

Sensitive skin blend

3 drops lavender

1 drop each of cedarwood, sandalwood and Roman chamomile essential oils.



Vanilla bath truffles


360g baking soda

180g citric acid

Mix these together and add:

50g macadamia oil

30g organic natural cocoa butter, melted

1/2 tsp vanilla essential oil

Stir well.

Divide the mixture in half. To one half add:

1 tsp bronze satin mica

Mix well.

Press the mixture into the disk moulds in whatever colour combination you fancy.

Put on the lids and leave to set.

When set, they pop out of the moulds really easily.


Lavender shampoo . . . and showergel

(Makes approx 2kg)


1kg Decyl glucoside

250g Lauryl glucoside

340g Organic herb extract (20g dried herbs in 340g water; pour boiling water over herbs and strain after 15 mins minimum)

40g Cocoglucoside & glyceryl oleate

10g Organic lavender essential oil

20g table salt

5g Citric acid solution *

1kg Water

10g Geogard 221

Method

1. Heat the 2 glucosides plus 500g of water until they are blended.

2. Add the herbal extract and cocoglucoside & glyceryl oleate.

3. Leave to cool.

4. Add the essential oil, table salt and citric acid solution. Blend.

5. Add the last 500g of water until desired viscosity is reached. You may need more or less. It will thicken over time too.

*To make citric acid solution: Dissolve 5g citric acid in 50g water. Add 5g of this solution to this recipe and keep the rest for next time.

To make a showergel, use the same recipe but leave out the cocoglucoside & glyceryl oleate.



Luxurious conditioner

(Makes approx 3kg)


Step 1

2.5kg water

60g organic dried herbs

Step 2

350g conditioner pellets

Step 3

250ml cocoglucoside & glyceryl oleate

100ml hydrolysed wheat protein

20ml essential oil

20g Geogard 221

Method

1. Boil the water in Step 1 and pour in the herbs. Let them infuse until the water cools. Strain the herbs and keep the water.

2. Add the Step 2 ingredients to this herbal infusion and heat until the pellets have melted. The water will boil.

3. Blend off and on until the mixture cools down and starts to thicken.

4. Add Step 3 ingredients and blend.

5. Pour into bottles while still warm.




Mild and creamy rose shampoo

(Makes 400g)


Heat the following on the stove top until the SCI is melted:

220g water

50g SCI powder

40g cocoglucoside

20g decyl glucoside

Add:

40g aloe vera gel

20g glycerin

8g hydrolysed wheat protein

8g D-panthenol

4g rose geranium essential oil

2g Geogard 221

Pour into a bottle with a lotion pump while it is still warm, before it gets too thick.




Natural hair conditioner


This conditioner formulation contains jojoba oil and grape seed oil, rich in omega 6 and vitamin E. It has excellent detangling and wet combing properties.

I have found it wonderful for conditioning the dry ends of my hair.

(Makes 1kg)

Step 1

775g water

90g conditioner pellets

Step 2

40g organic jojoba oil

30g organic grape seed oil

30g organic avocado oil

40g glycerin

10g vanilla essential oil

5g Geogard 221

Method

Gently heat Step 1 ingredients in a pot until the pellets have melted.

Blend off and on until cool and starting to thicken.

Add Part B ingredients and continue blending until thick.

Pour into containers.

Summer hair repair

(Makes 200g)

Ingredients

100g rapeseed oil

40g conditioner pellets

30g shea butter

20g hazelnut oil

10g polysorbate 20

Method

1. Combine everything in a pot and melt gently on the stovetop.

2. Stir to blend and pour into a wide-mouthed container and leave to set.

To use:

1. Comb a liberal amount through dry hair and wrap in clingfilm. Leave on for 30 minutes or overnight. Shampoo out.

2. Comb through dry hair before going to the beach. It will protect your hair and will shampoo out.



Solid shampoo bars - lemon


(Great for holidays and going to the gym where liquids can be irritating.)

Makes 400g

In a double boiler, heat the following:

240g SCI surfactant

60g decyl glucoside

40g cocoglucoside

20g conditioner pellets

12g cetearyl alcohol

8g mango butter (any oil or butter will be fine)

When the above pellets are melted (it looks slushy, not liquid):

Add

4g hydrolysed wheat protein

4g D-panthenol

4g cococaprylate

4g litsea cubeba essential oil

Mix it all up using a spatula and press into moulds.

Unmould when it's cold and hard, in about 24 hours.



Solid conditioner bars - lemon


(makes 2x 100g bars)

200g conditioner pellets

30g cocoa butter

Melt the above and add:

10g glycerin

6g hydrolysed wheat protein

5g litsea cubeba essential oil

4g D-panthenol

2g Geogard 221

Pour into moulds (Go Native's framed rectangle is good for this) and leave to set.

To use: Swipe through wet hair, massage scalp, rinse off. conditioner bar-130

Solid conditioner bars

(makes 2x 100g bars)

170g conditioner pellets

30g cetearyl alcohol

30g cocoa butter

Melt the above and add:

10g glycerin

6g hydrolysed wheat protein

4g D-panthenol

2g Geogard 221

Pour into moulds (Go Native's framed rectangle is good for this) and leave to set.

To use: Swipe through wet hair, massage scalp, rinse off.