Monday, October 19, 2009
2 cups finely ground sea salt
3 tablespoons dried lavender (crushed rose petals, mint, lemon rind, orange rind)*
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons light oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
2 large eggs
1/2 cup powdered milk
6-8 drops essential oil of your choice (I like to use lavender)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine all the ingredients and mix into a dough ball. Using a teaspoon or so of dough at a time, roll gently in the palm of your hand until dough forms a tiny ball. Repeat - rolling all remaining dough into one teaspoon balls and gently place them on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Consider sprinkling the bath balls with herbs, flower petals, cloves, citrus zest and similar aromatic ingredients and gently press into surface. Bake your bath cookies for ten minutes, until they are lightly browned. Do not over bake. Allow the bath cookies to cool completely. To use, add one or two cookies into a warm bath and allow to dissolve. Yield: Two dozen cookies, enough for twelve bath time get-aways.
*If you do add the lavender, crushed rose petals, etc. to your cookies, just place a small piece of regular home screening over the tub drain when your bath is completed. The screen will catch your scented and lovely additions to your homemade bath treatment.
If you would like to get a little more creative, I have used teeny, tiny muffin tins for baking instead of making the cookies and used a teeny cookie press to embellish the tops of my little gems.