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National Relaxation Day: Creating Luxurious Bath Formulations 

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Happy National Relaxation Day! In peoples’ fast paced and hectic lives, finding moments of peace is essential for overall well-being and the demand for products that help consumers incorporate a sense of calm is on the rise. One powerful tool that can enhance the experience of tranquillity is the simple act of taking a bath.

Baths have been cherished for centuries across various cultures as a sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation. In ancient civilisations, baths were more than just a means to cleanse the body; they were considered a form of therapy for the mind and spirit. The Greeks and Romans had elaborate public bathhouses where people gathered not only to cleanse themselves but also to socialise and unwind. And in Japan, the traditional practice of soaking in hot springs, known as “onsen,” is deeply ingrained in the culture and revered for its calming effects on the body and mind.

In today’s fast-paced world, baths remain a cherished ritual for those seeking solace and relaxation. The warm water soothes tired muscles, and the embrace of bubbles or scented oils creates an ambiance of luxury and comfort. Many have incorporated various bath products like bath bombs, essential oils, and Epsom salts to elevate the experience and enhance the relaxation benefits.

Today we will explore the numerous benefits of natural oil ingredients, discover the best ones and how to use them to formulate products that promote a blissful bathing experience.

How can natural oils be used in bath products?

Incorporating natural oils into bath time practices is simple and can be customised to suit consumer preferences but some of our favourite ways to incorporate natural oils into bathing routines include:

  • Bath Bombs

Bath bombs infused with essential oils with calming and soothing properties can create a relaxing, calming experience.

  • Exfoliating Body Scrubs

Natural body scrubs made with a blend of nourishing oils and exfoliants can gently remove dead skin cells and leave the skin soft and smooth.

  • Moisturising Bath Melts

Bath melts crafted with luxurious butters and oils can be used to melt into the bathwater and hydrate the skin.

  • Bath Oils

Pure essential oils added to bathwater can offer a fragrant and therapeutic experience.

  • Bath Salts

Bath salts enriched with essential oils can provide a relaxing and muscle-soothing bath experience.

  • Body Butters

Luxurious body butters made from natural ingredients can deeply moisturise the skin after bathing.

  • Bath Oil Beads

Tiny beads filled with essential oils, which dissolve in the bathwater can be used to create a fragrant and nourishing soak.

  • Natural Wax Melts

Wax melts made from natural waxes and essential oils can create a calming ambiance and scent the surrounding area during bath time.

  • Bubble Baths with Natural Extracts

Bubble baths formulated with natural extracts and essential oils create a foamy and aromatic bathing experience.

  • Candles and Diffusers

Incorporating candles and diffusers alongside other bathing products, can elevate a bathing experience to a new level of relaxation and well-being. The combination of scents, lighting, and soothing effects can create a sanctuary of calmness and rejuvenation for the mind and body.

What are the best natural oil ingredients to formulate bath products?

While there are several popular essential oils commonly used for bathing, here are a few of our favourite natural oil ingredients with remarkable properties for bath-time formulations:

  • Baobab Oil

O&3’s Baobab oil is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A, D, and E. It can be used in body butters and bath oils to promote skin elasticity and reduce inflammation.

  • Marula Oil

O&3’s Marula Oil is an excellent addition to bath oils and bath melts as it is lightweight and fast absorbing, whilst providing hydration and antioxidants to the skin.

  • Pomegranate Seed Oil

Packed with antioxidants and omega fatty acids, O&3’s Pomegranate Seed Oil is beneficial for mature or aging skin and can be incorporated into bath oils and bath beads.

  • Tamanu Oil

O&3’s tamanu oil has anti-inflammatory and skin-regenerating properties. It can be used in body scrubs and bath oils to soothe irritated skin.

  • Sea Buckthorn Oil

O&3’s Sea Buckthorn Oil is rich in vitamins C and E, and omega fatty acids. It can add a vibrant colour or shimmer to formulations and skin-nourishing benefits to bath oils and bath melts.

  • Camellia Oil

Also known as tea seed oil, O&3’s Camellia Oil is rich in oleic acid and antioxidants, making it a perfect addition to bath oils and bath melts.

  • Black Cumin Seed Oil

O&3’s Black Cumin Seed Oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, making it a unique addition to bath oils and bath melts for skin health.

  • Moringa Oil

O&3’s Moringa Oil is nutrient-rich and can be used in body butters and bath melts for its moisturising and anti-aging properties.

  • Prickly Pear Seed Oil

O&3’s Prickly Pear Seed Oil is deeply moisturising and can be used in bath oils and bath melts to revitalise dry or damaged skin.

  • Apricot Kernel Oil

A gentle and emollient oil, O&3’s Apricot Kernel Oil is well-suited for bath oils, bath beads, and body scrubs, as it helps soothe and soften the skin.

  • Grapeseed Oil

Lightweight and easily absorbed, O&3’s Grapeseed Oil is an excellent carrier oil for bath oils and scrubs. It’s rich in linoleic acid, making it suitable for acne-prone or oily skin.

  • Shea Butter

A luxurious ingredient for body butters and bath melts, O&3’s Shea Butter is highly moisturising and helps lock in moisture, making it ideal for dry or sensitive skin.

  • Mango Butter

Rich and creamy, O&3’s Mango Butter is excellent for body butters and bath melts, providing deep hydration and a pleasant scent.

  • Cocoa Butter

A decadent ingredient for bath melts and body butters, O&3’s Cocoa Butter is highly moisturising and adds a delightful aroma to formulations.

O&3’s Thoughts…

National Relaxation Day is a reminder to prioritise self-care and embrace tranquillity. Bath products offer a beautiful way to enhance relaxation using natural oil ingredients. From stress reduction and mood enhancement to improved sleep quality and physical relaxation, the benefits are abundant. The day serves as a reminder for brands to focus on consumer demands and create products that promote mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

Why O&3?

As leaders in zero-waste natural ingredients, O&3 is a one-stop shop for all your natural ingredients. You can rely on our commitment to quality, sustainability, and ethical sourcing, allowing you to create products targeted to meet the diverse needs of all individuals.

We are always looking for new ways to ensure that our natural oils are of the highest quality while minimising our impact on the environment. From the most natural oil extraction process, cold pressing our oils where we can, to our ever-growing list of sustainability accreditations; we aware how environmental concerns are impacting customer demands, competitor activities, legal requirements, employee markets and product sourcing.

Simply email or call us on 01765 522 120 and talk all things oil with us. For more information about how having O&3 as your supplier would give you access to premium ingredients that support your company’s mission, head over to our website, Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn.


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