by Melissa Barrett July 31, 2018
Let’s talk about using essential oils in the bath safely. As most of us know oil and water simply don’t mix. When we drop essential oils straight into the bath they will just float around on the surface - undiluted. So unless you want those sensitive parts down under to come straight into contact with undiluted essential oils it is best not to do this! This also means any part of the skin that the essential oil touches, it is going to be in an undiluted form as well - not cool!
The dilution rate for bath products is usually 1 – 4% but you must keep in mind the maximum levels for safety for specific essential oils.
Add essential oil/s to a carrier oil
Add 5-15 drops total to 15mls of carrier oil (jojoba and fractionated coconut are good choices for a less slippery bath)
|Add essential oil/s to a solubiliser||
Polysorbate 20/80 – 1:1 ratio
Natural solubiliser 1:5 ratio
|Add essential oil/s to a surfactant||
Bubble Bath Base 5 – 15 drops in 15mls of bubble wash base.
If you are making bath salts in a jar – you will need to add the essential oil to the carrier oil and them mix through the salts. Don’t use a solubiliser at it breaks down the salts and you will come back to a liquid mess.
Essential oils should always be diluted (not only just in the bath) more on this next time.
If you want to learn more, check out this article from the Tisserand Institute
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