My favourite bath product of all time is the Aveda brand Rosemary Mint line of body washes and shampoos. I first bought some at a girls’ weekend getaway at Ste. Anne’s Spa. My girlfriends and I bought a weekend package through an on-line auction and had an amazing couple of days away. The spa uses only that scent for their products. Every time I smell it, I think of that great weekend.
I’ve long since run out of the body wash and shampoo and I don’t live close to any retailer that sells it, so I thought I’d try to recreate the scent myself. It might take some playing around, if you attempt to do it yourself, depending on the kind of soap that you use. For the body wash part, I loosely followed the directions on One Good Thing by Jillee’s post. I had an unused shampoo bar leftover from my attempt at shampoo bar and apple cider vinegar hair washing, so I modified Jillee’s recipe slightly and came up with this:
Rosemary Mint Body Wash and Shampoo
- 1 shampoo bar (I used a Soap Works bar)
- 4 cups water
- 40 drops of rosemary essential oil
- 25 drops of peppermint essential oil
Melt the shampoo bar in a glass container in the microwave, adding just enough water to cover it. Watch to make sure it doesn’t boil over. Once it has mostly melted (you will probably have to stop and stir and few times), pour it into a pot with ~4 cups of water and continue melting the soap, stirring it constantly. Once everything seems melted, remove from heat and let cool. It will seem quite runny, but it thickens as it cools. Once cooled, I used my stick blender to really mix it up well, then added in the essential oils and stirred. If it seems too thick, add more water and blend it a bit more. Add the oils a little at a time, stopping if it seems too much, or add more if you like. The Soap Works bar had a very mild scent of its own that I needed to cover first.
I’m pleased with the end product. I smell rosemary-minty fresh. It even has a little tingle power. As an added bonus, Soap Works shampoo bar is a natural product, sold without packaging and I reused some old containers for the end product. No waste!