You can transform a simple bath into a skin-softening spa treatment with a few simple ingredients, says Trisha Shirey, the director of Flora and Fauna at Lake Austin Spa Resort.
She mixes lavender and exfoliating sugar and baking soda with coconut oil, which soothes dry, cracked skin, into bath truffles. Try out her recipe for a relaxing soak...
Lavender-Coconut Oil Bath Truffles
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons dried lavender (or herb of choice)
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup baking soda
3 tablespoons sea salt
12 drops lavender essential oil
1. In a clean spice or coffee grinder, combine the sugar and lavender buds.
2. In a stainless steel or glass bowl, blend the sugar-lavender mixture with the remaining ingredients. Refrigerate for one hour.
3. Using a metal spoon, scoop a generous tablespoon into your hands and mold into a ball. Place ball onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat about 12 times, or until the mixture is gone.
4. Put sheet into the refrigerator for several hours, until truffles are firm.
5. Store in an airtight container. (For firmer truffles, store in the fridge or a cool place.)
6. To use, place one or two of the truffles in warm water—and enjoy.
Trisha Shirey is the director of Flora and Fauna at Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas. She teaches aromatherapy, cooking, and craft classes at the spa.