I may watch too much Downton Abbey, but I feel like this is the sort of bath oil Lady Mary would use. Fragrant, gentle, and luxurious, it smells like an English garden in the summer, and makes for a lovely break from dark winter days.

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The base of the bath oil is a combination of Turkey Red Oil and olive oil. Turkey Red Oil self emulsifies in water, and will take the olive oil with it (to a point, of course). This makes for a moisturizing bath that doesn’t present a serious safety hazard when you go to climb out of your tub. If you don’t have Turkey Red Oil  you can use more olive oil in its place, but do be careful when you get up after your bath, and make sure you wipe it down afterwards so you don’t catch the next bather by slippery surprise 🙂

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Up next—essential oils. I’ve chosen a medley of floral scents and blended them with some citrussy scents to cut the sweetness. Rose geranium mingles with bright lemon, dry petitgrain, and intoxicating neroli to create a rich, decadent scent blend that isn’t overwhelming.

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Well, what are you waiting for? Grab a book, draw a bath, and indulge.

English Garden Bath Oil

35g Turkey Red Oil
30g olive oil

40 drops rose geranium essential oil
15 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops petitgrain essential oil
9 drops neroli essential oil (3% dilution)

Combine all ingredients in a bottle and stir or shake to combine.

To use, draw a hot bath and add a few tablespoons of the oil while the tap is still running. Enjoy with some light waltzes playing in the background, and perhaps a few candles.

Because of the lemon essential oil, be sure to rinse off thoroughly if you are going outside within a few hours of your bath so you don’t get a sunburn. No worries if you’re off to bed, though.

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