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Budget Beauty: DIY Shower Oils For Smooth, Supple Skin

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Bath oil is a body care product that is designed to be added to a bathtub. It is readily available in body care and bath stores, and people can also formulate their own relatively easily for a specific blend of oils or scents.

Regu;ar use of bath oil will help to soften and nourish the skin, eliminating dry and rough patches, because the warm water of the bath opens up the pores to help the skin absorb the oil. Users can follow a bath with a toner or cold water rinse and then moisturize thoroughly to keep the skin healthy.

The base of a bath oil can be made from coconut, olive, sesame, nut, jojoba, or vitamin E oil. The cost of the product will vary depending on the base; vitamin E based oils, for example, tend to be quite expensive.

Nut oils such as sweet almond are very common, so if consumers have nut allergies, they should read the ingredients of each product carefully. A plain, unscented product will often contain a blend of oils formulated to improve the condition of the skin.

Most bath oils are scented with the addition of essential oils, which include lavender, ylang ylang, rose, citrus, lemon verbena, bergamot, and yarrow.

Below is the list of essential oils and its properties:

Vanilla: Aphrodisiac, balances mood, reduces stress, relaxes
Ylang-ylang: Antidepressant, relaxant, aphrodisiac, reduces anger
Lavender: Reduces stress, invigorates, relaxes, eases tension
Rose: Elevates mood, aphrodisiac, calms, purifies
Sweet orange: Sedative, relaxant, relieves anxiety
Peppermint: Invigorates, energizes, stimulates, awakens the mind, eases nausea
Lemongrass: Stimulates, antidepressant, deodorant
Grapefruit: Calms the psyche, relaxes, energizes
Frankincense: Reduces anxiety and tension, encourages a meditative mind and inner peace
Bergamot: Eases depression, stimulates, encourages mental clarity
Cinnamon: Alertness, mental clarity, mood lifting (should be used sparingly, as it can irritate the skin in high doses)

Instead of spending a ridiculous amount of money on bath oils, you can definitely make them yourself at home. Here are the Top 3 recipes for luxurious shower oils to pamper yourself:

Each of these recipes will make 1 cuo shower oil – and that’s actually a whole lot.

Simply Lavender Body Oil
1 cup sweet almond oil
1/8 cup jojoba oil (optional)
40 drops lavender essential oil
20 drops vanilla essential oil (optional)
Sprig of lavender (optional)

Combine all oils in a small glass bottle. Shake well. Add the sprig, if you’d like, for decoration. In lieu of the vanilla essential oil, add a vanilla bean to the bottle instead. It’s a beautiful touch, and it will infuse the vanilla into the oil over time!

Cinnamon Spice Body Oil
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
1/4 cup jojoba oil
1/4 cup olive oil
15 drops cinnamon essential oil
20 drops vanilla essential oil
5 drops clove essential oil
Cinnamon stick (optional)

Combine all oils in a small glass bottle and shake well. Insert the cinnamon stick into the bottle, cap, and you’re done!

Refreshingly Minty Body Oil
1 cup grapeseed oil
35 drops peppermint essential oil
15 drops lemongrass essential oil
2 capsules vitamin E (or 1/4 tsp liquid vitamin E)
Fresh peppermint sprig (optional)

Combine all oils in a small glass bottle. Poke a hole in the vitamin E capsules (or measure out the vitamin E) and pour it into the bottle. Shake well. Add the peppermint sprig, if desired.

Alternatively, you could peel a small strip of rind off of a lemon and curl it decoratively, placing it in the bottle instead. Enjoy!


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