In no way does this compare with some of the sophisticated stuff I have seen in here, but I was pretty happy with how this turned out. I made these up to be part of a package for a swap recently. It was a tea/coffee swap, and I wanted to add something that was tea/coffee related, but not, kwim?
So I thought a bath tea would be fun. I was originally going to make just a floral or herbal bath tea, but my swap partner preferred citrus or vanilla scents. So out the window goes my dried flowers, lavender, etc.
But I did come up with this
Large tea bag filters (or make your own bags using cotton cheesecloth or muslin - make a pouch big enough to hold a 1/4-1/2 cup bath mix)
a large bowl
spoon to stir
som way to secure tops of bags - I was going to sew the tops shut, but ended up being lazy and stapling it.
1/2 cup Epsom salts (or coarse sea salt)
1 1/2 cups Skim milk powder
1/8 cup baking soda
1/8 cup corn starch
Scenting agents - both dry and essential oils
Mix the salts, milk powder, baking soda, and corn starch in a bowl - this is your basic milk bath recipe and you can add what you want to make it at this point.
For the Citrus/Orange Creme - I took thin strips of the rind (no pith) off a large organic orange and lemon, and roasted them in a thin layer at a lowish temp - about 250F, until dry. Then I broke up the pieces and added it to the bath mix. With a spoon, I mixed it in well, and while mixing, added drops of sweet orange essential oil until I was happy with the scent. It smelled like an Orange Julius. I was seriously craving Orange Julius, or creamsicles for days after making these.
For the Vanilla Creme - I actually slit and scraped vanilla seeds into the bath mix, then cut up the bean husks and added those, as well as vanilla essential oil. I think I added about 5-6 small beans (I buy bulk from e-bay for cooking, making vanilla extract, etc).
Don't go overboard with the scents - they develop and become stronger as the mixture sits for awhile.
After mixing well so that everything is evenly distributed, you can scoop it into the bags, fold the tops, adding ribbon or string to hold the bags by, and secure the tops how you want. Can be kept in an air tight container. You may choose not to use a bag - but I don't like the additives going down the drain and clogging pipes up eventually. My hair is bad enough.
To use - hang the bag over the faucet by the ribbon and run bath water over it, then float the bag in the bath water. Or boil a pot of water, steep the bag in for 20 minutes, then add the contents to the hot bath water.
1 batch makes about 6-8 large tea bags full.