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Check Out These 5 Exotic Do-it-yourself Bath Products

Pallavi Srivastava


When the summer is upon us, there can be nothing more refreshing than a relaxing bath. What's more, if your bath water contains luscious scented oils and bath salts, it can make you feel like you are in a spa - totally de-stressed and completely relaxed. The best part is that you need not spend a couple of thousands to use these exotic products. Just get hold of a few ingredients (most of them are available in the local market) and you can have a refreshing, spa-like bath experience right at home.
These do-it-yourself bath products also work great as perfect gift items. All you have to do is add some luxurious, moisturizing body lotions and scrubs to the mix, and you're done. All these DIY bath products are scented using essentials oils, such as lavender, rose, tangerine, ylang-ylang, jasmine, cedar, grapefruit, cinnamon, sandalwood, and mint. Find a scent that suits you or the person to whom you are giving it as a gift, and revel in the exotic appeal of these homemade bath products.

1. DIY Bath Salts
For a detoxifying, stress-free, and tension-relieving experience, an Epsom salt bath soak is the best. Scents like jasmine, lavender, and cedar make for a calming bath while citrus scents like orange, grapefruit, lemon or tangerine give you joy and clarity.

What you need
· 3 cups of Epsom salt
· 2 cups of sea salt
· 2 tbsp essential oil
· ½ cup baking soda

How to do it
In a large bowl, mix the salts together and then sprinkle in the essential oil. Use a whisk to mix it well and break up any clump that may have formed, with a fork. Add baking soda and mix well. Pour into decorative glass jars or bottles.

2. DIY Bath Milk
Milk baths are soothing and luxurious, and have been popular since the Roman era. You can scent your milk bath with just about anything that suits your fancy.

What you need
· 1 ½ cups powdered milk
· ½ cup Epsom salt
· Essential oil of your choice
· ½ cup flower petals (optional)
· Food coloring to suit the essential oil and flower petals (optional)

How to do it
Mix the Epson salt and the powdered milk together. Add 2-3 drops of food coloring and mix well, so that the color is uniform. If you are a stickler for details, go that extra step to see that the scent matches the color. For instance, if you are choosing rose or grapefruit scents, you can add a drop of red color for a soft pink hue. Orange color is great for a vanilla-tangerine bath while you can try light purple for lavender.
Once you have mixed the salt and the milk, and put in the colorant, add 5-8 drops of essential oil of your choice. If your milk bath is a floral one, you can try putting in half a cup of flower petals for that special touch. After you have mixed it well, decant it into a pretty glass bottle or jar and you are all set.
If you are using a chamomile or lavender bath milk, be sure to use cheesecloth or a tea strainer before you bathe. Otherwise, you will have to deal with the floating petals and it can be rather frustrating to collect those.

3. DIY Bubble Bath
Is there anything more decadent than soaking in a warm bubble bath after a tiring day? Just try this out.

What you need
· 1 cup clear, unscented, liquid castile soap or dish soap
· 2/3 cup liquid vegetable glycerin
· ¼ cup water
· 3-4 drops essential oil of your choice
· Food coloring (optional)

How to do it
Mix the glycerin, liquid soap, essential oil, and water together in a measuring cup that has a spout. At this point, add a few drops of food coloring of your choice. Try and match it to the bath scent (like you did for the milk bath). Next, decant it into a decorative bottle or mason jar and use as desired.

4. DIY Bath Bombs
These little balls are fragrant, fun, and make the perfect gift for any occasion.

What you need
· 2 cups baking soda
· 1 cup citric acid
· 1 cup corn starch
· ½ tsp essential oil
· 1-3 tsp olive oil or sweet almond oil
· Dried flowers complementing the essential oil you're using
· 5 drops of food coloring (optional)
· Water in a spray bottle
· Mold to shape the bombs

How to do it
Mix all the dry ingredients, and add the oils and the food coloring. To make the mixture slump together, spray it with water until it has the consistency of wet sand. When it is mixed well and feels damp to the touch, pack them into the molds as tightly as possible, pop them out, and let them rest for about 2 -3 days so that they dry out.

5. DIY Rose Petal Body Scrub
If you love to spend time in the bathroom chilling out, you are going to love this homemade rose petal body scrub recipe. You cancustomise the scent to whatever suits your fancy and it is also a great product for exfoliating your skin. If you like to smell like sugar cookies, add a few drops of cinnamon essential oil to the basic brown sugar and vanilla scrub. But this rose petal-and-coconut oil scrub is also great, as it not only smells amazing, but can moisturize as well.

What you need
· 1 ½ cups of brown sugar
· 1 cup of coconut oil
· 1 tbsp of sweet almond or jojoba oil
· Petals from one rose (pink or red)
· 1 clean mason jar with a lid

How to do it
This scrub needs a couple of days to come of age. So, if you are planning to give it to someone, you will have to make it at least a week ahead of time. Put the coconut oil in the jar and follow it up with a handful of rose petals. Next, add the sugar and some jojoba or almond oil. You're done! Before you use it, be sure to mix them well. Now massage it on your skin and rinse well.

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