A bath oil – for the uninitiated like I was until recently – is oil in bath water. The idea is to harness the skin softening properties of the chosen oil while having a soak.
I’ve never tried bath oils because I only receltly noticed them, and I hardly ever have a soak. In fact the only thing that gets soaked in water for lengths of time is our laundry 😀 Plus I think the clean up of the bathtub would totally undo my enjoyment of the experience so it wasn’t on my “to try” list.
I was reading about dispersion of oil in water with the aid of an emulsifier and I thought “hey, how about a soluble bath/shower oil”
The solubulizer/emulsifier I used is Ploysorbate 80. Mixed with the oil at a 1:4 ratio, it turns into a creamy rinse off solution as soon as water touches it.
To use it, massage a little oil into dry skin from ankle to shoulder and then rinse off in the shower. It feels like washing with a very light conditioner (depending on the oils used). It rinses off without leaving an oil slick on the skin or on the shower floor. I was surprised at how cleansing it was without drying out my skin.
My 11 month old has also used this oil in his baby bath soak. I put about a tablespoon in his warm bath water and it immediately dispersed releasing the soothing chamomile I used as fragrance.
I will definitely be trying out different combinations of oils and butters. Oooh my soaps are going to get cleansing-envy 😀