Bath Recipe #1: Vanilla & Cardamom Bath & Body Oil
November 6, 2012 by beautyrevolution
Body oil is wonderful for moisturizing and softening skin, especially in the dry winter months. For this project I have chosen to infuse a natural oil with vanilla and cardamom to create a sweet smelling bath and body oil. It can either be applied directly or added to a bath. I sourced all of the supplies from a bulk ingredients store (Bulk Barn), grocery store, and craft store (Michael’s).
You will need:
– 500 ml natural unscented oil like grape seed, almond, or sunflower (grocery store)
– 1/4 cup of cardamom pods (Bulk Barn)
– 2 vanilla beans (Bulk Barn)
– cute labels (Michael’s)
– 4 x 100 ml bottles (Michael’s)
– small saucepan
Grind cardamom pods in a mortar and pestle or chop them finely with a large kitchen knife.
Mince vanilla beans as fine as possible.
Pour oil into saucepan and add the vanilla and cardamom. Heat at the lowest temperature possible for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cover. Allow the mixture to sit for a day or two in order for the essential oils to meld with the oil.
Strain oil through a sieve or tea basket (such as the one in the photo) and into a container for pouring. There might be some particulate so you can additionally add cheese cloth, paper towel or a coffee filter to ensure that the oil is clear. It’s your preference.
Using a funnel, carefully pour oil into each of the 100 ml bottles. The extra 100 ml will have been lost to absorption by the vanilla and cardamom.
Apply your labels and voila – a beautiful, sweet smelling gift handmade by you.