Home Apothecary Book by Stephanie Rose

Home Apothecary Book by Stephanie Rose

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Floral and botanical crafts are the heartbeat of Flowers Ink, so imagine my excitement when I was sent Stephanie Rose’s new book, Home Apothecary to review! Stephanie’s natural bath & body projects are easy to make, so you have plenty of time to whip some gifts up for the holidays.

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From bath bombs, bath salts, body scrubs, bath teas, foot soaks, to lip balms and perfume, Home Apothecary will have you creating healthy and beautiful bath & body products.

This recipe for Botanical Bath Salts gives you a taste of what’s in store when you purchase this book on making your own natural skin care products. Once you make one Home Apothecary beauty project you’re going to be hooked!

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Botanical Bath Salts

There's nothing more healing than time spent soaking in a warm tub. Using botanicals, essential oils, and bath salts is a luxurious way to pamper your skin and detoxify your body. A trio of three different botanical bath salts allows you to give the gift of three different healing baths for different moods. Lavender bath salts are wonderful before bedtime and allow your body to relax into a deep sleep. Rose bath salts are soothing and help to repair skin, plus rose is the flower of romance. Citrus bath salts can help cheer you up when you've got the blues.

Makes three 85 g test tubes


270 g Epsom salts

Recipe #1: Dried lavender buds & 10 drops of lavender essential oil

Recipe #2: Dried rose petals & 10 drops of essential oil blend that includes rose

Recipe #3: Dried citrus rind and zest & 10 drops of citrus essential oil blend or any combination of sweet orange, grapefruit, lime, lemon, tangerine, and bergamot.


  • Three 85 g glass test tubes

  • Spoon

  • Small mixing bowl

  • Funnel or paper

1. Gather all of your ingredients and set them out in your work area.

2. Using a funnel (or a sheet of paper rolled into a funnel), fill each of the test tubes with Epsom salts, leaving 1” of headspace.

3. Pour the Epsom salts out of one of the test tubes into a small mixing bowl.

4. Combine the Epsom salts with the dried botanicals.

5. Use a dropper to add 10 drops of essential oils. Mix well and refill the test tube.

6. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with for the second and third recipes.

7. When you have filled all three of the test tubes with a different fragrance and botanical blend, top with the cork or lid that came with the test tube.

Package this trio of botanical bath salts in a set of glass test tubes, each topped with a cork. Wrap decorative wire around each one and toss in a dried bay leaf. Pop them into a burlap drawstring bag to give them as a set.

*Reprinted with permission from Make & Give Home Apothecary by Stephanie Rose, © 2018. Published by Leisure Arts.

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About the Author

Stephanie Rose is an award-winning author and the creator of Garden Therapy . Garden Therapy started as a personal blog and has bloomed into a community of craft and garden projects for people looking to add some creativity to their lives. Stephanie lives in Vancouver, BC, where she works full-time as a writer, photographer, crafter, and artist. She can be found in her garden studio testing new recipes and creating beautiful things with natural elements.

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