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WAS:  (EX. VAT) 100 ml £3.87
Price: (inc. VAT) £4.64

NOW: (EX. VAT) 100 ml £1.93
Price: (inc. VAT) £2.32

Turkey Red Bath Oil

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A surfactant for essential oils that is rapidly biodegradable. It is 100% water dispersible and makes quick and easy bath blooms and bath oils.

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Best before date of end of December 2019. If you are viewing this page in our Hair, Bath & Detergents category and not on our Short Dated Deals page click here to read about why shorter dates don't mean the product isn't as good as new and they can be a great bargain!

An orange to red, thick and sticky liquid that has a strong odour which needs to be masked in the final product with essential oils. Produced from castor oil which has been combined with sulfuric acid.

It is an anionic surfactant and when essential oils are added, they emulsify and so disperse evenly throughout the bath water. This means they are much safer to use as the oils do not float to the surface of the water which can be irritating to the skin.

The combination of sulfuric acid and castor oil saponifies the oil and neutralises the acid. The resulting product is also 100% dispersible in water giving a milky emulsion. It creates hardly any foam as its function is a bath oil or bath bloom.

pH 6.5.


Sulfated Castor Oil
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Turkey Red Bath Oil are:

Cleansing, Emulsifying, Humectant, Surfactant

To view more information, visit the Cosing Database here.
Skin Care
Can be used when making body washes, facial cleansers, hand washes and bath blooms.

Hair Care
No specific hair care use.

Use 1% to 93% in bath blooms and bath oils.

Combine with up to 2% essential oils along with up to 5% of a vegetable oil.

Water soluble. Cannot be used in oil only products.

As no water is added when using this product, no preservative is needed.
Bath Bloom
Stage 1: (room temperature)

93% Turkey Red Bath Oil
5% Sweet Almond Oil
2% Essential Oils of your choice
100% Total


Combine the Essential Oils into the Sweet Almond Oil. Then add to the Turkey Red Bath Oil.

Combine thoroughly, bottle and label.

Body Wash
Stage 1: (room temperature)

93% Turkey Red Bath Oil
5% White Poppy Seed Oil
1% Cypress Essential Oil
1% Lavender Essential Oil
100% Total


Combine the Essential Oils into the White Poppy Seed Oil. Then add to the Turkey Red Bath Oil.

Combine thoroughly, bottle and label.

For more information and guidance on making your own skin care products please see Aromantic's books and eBooks in our Publications section.

These notes are not meant to replace medical guidance and you should seek the advice of your doctor for your health matters. The formulae are given in good faith and are intended for educational purposes only. They have not been evaluated or tested in any way and Aromantic Ltd. makes no claim as to their effectiveness. It is up to the reader to ensure that any products they produce from these recipes are safe to use, and if relevant, compliant under current cosmetic regulations.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Castor Oil has been used by aromatherapists for centuries. Very effective to use as a liver pack to strengthen liver function and detoxify.
Historical Information
Turkey Red Oil is considered to be the first form of detergent after soap. It was originally developed as part of the cloth dying process to fix the Turkey Red colour. The previous process for making this red colour stable in fabrics was very complex and time consuming. For decades, different cultures kept their own secrets on how it was done but with the development of Turkey Red Oil, it became generally available to dyers.
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