Last year for my birthday, I got a sample set of Balm Balm bath oils. I love bath oils (possibly because I’m lazy and it means I don’t have to remember to moisturise separately) and these were great; they smelt amazing and my skin felt really soft afterwards. My three favourites were Relax, Calm, and Indulge. Unfortunately they were tiny – there was really only enough for a couple of baths each – and I quickly ran out.
Whilst they aren’t overly expensive, they felt like they should be the type of thing I kept for a treat and so I asked for some more for Christmas – only my husband couldn’t find them anywhere. I was lucky enough to get some Aromatherapy Associates bath oil instead but now that’s gone too so I started the hunt for something else that smells great and feels lovely on my skin.
A couple of different bath oils later, none have quite hit the mark so, with the make-it-myself kick I’m on still strong, I decided to do just that and I have to say, I don’t think I’ve done a good job. What I’ve created isn’t an exact copy but it smells good and feels good on my skin and I’m rather proud of it. So, if you would like an indulgent bath tonight or any night, you will need:
- 30ml of grapeseed or other light carrier oil, e.g. sweet almond
- 6 drops of Clary Sage
- 5 drops of Ylang Ylang
- 4 drops of Patchouli
Mix together in a glass bottle, ideally dark, or store in a cool dark place when not in use. You should get about five baths from this.
The oils themselves are all “soothing” but work in provide slightly different benefits:
Clary Sage: Soothes the nerves and aids a deep and restful sleep
Patchouli: Grounding, reviving and therapeutic (in times of shock). It is good for dry skin.
Ylang Ylang: Sensual and floral, it soothes the nerves and relieves emotional stress.
p.s. although I have taken a course on aromatherapy and use essential oils regularly, I am no expert. If you haven’t used oils before or want to know more about how best to use them safely, I’ve found this site really useful: www.aromaweb.com