Work With Me Wednesday: The Egyptian Bath Salt


Welcome back to Work With Me Wednesday where you tag along in the lab. Today, I'm formulating The Egyptian Bath Salt.
Bitter orange and sandalwood powders.
Before I formulate any product, I weigh everything first. Each ingredient represents a percentage of the formula. The total formula must equal 100 percent. I'm meticulous about this calculation. I always follow the carpenter's rule of thumb--measure twice, cut once.
More measurements.
When measuring essential oils, I use a scale that measures to 1/100th of a gram. It's important for a precise measurement because too much of a good thing ceases to be good.
I always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil. This makes the essential oils more effective on the skin and helps avoid skin reactions.
Diluting the essential oils.
Next, I combine the essential oils with the organic baobab oil. This is the dilution process. I use baobab oil because it:
  • contains essential fatty acids,
  •  contains beta-Sitosterol, which is an antioxidant that reduces free radical damage to skin,
  • contains vitamins A, D, E, F,
  • is non-drying, non-irritating, non-sensitizing,
  • helps treat dry, damaged, eczema-prone skin, and
  • softens, restores, and moisturizes skin.

 

Salts mixture ingredients.

At this point, I think like a chef/baker. I mix my dry ingredients first. This is a combination of epsom salt, Dead Sea salt, and baking soda. Collectively, these ingredients:

  • calm, reduce skin irritations and symptoms of eczema,
  • decreases skin itching,
  • soften rough, dry skin,
  • remove dead skin cells, and
  • boost skin health by addressing inflammation.

 

Added bitter orange and sandalwood powders.

Do you know why chefs/bakers mix dry ingredients separately before adding wet ingredients? Once you add the wet ingredients, you don't want to over-mix the flour because it can make your dough tough. Nobody wants tough baked goods.

Closeup of finished bath salt.

This is where I wear my herbalist hat. When I add the diluted essential oil blend to the dry salts mixture, I massage (with gloved hands, of course) the blend and set my intentions for the end user.

I think the universe was feeling the good energy and vibes, too. As I was channeling intentions for this batch, Anita Baker's song, Caught Up in the Rapture (of Love) started playing on Pandora.

I wish whoever receives The Egyptian Bath Salt from this batch much love and happiness.


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