Sunday, December 24, 2006

Black Truffle & Cassis

I have been enjoying fooling around with truffle oils (both white and black) recently, and the result was delicioius Christmas/Channuka gifts for friends. I prefer black truffle, as it has a deep, soft, warm aroma. The white truffle is sharper and edgier. Both work tremendously well with other gourmand aromas (i.e.: chocolate, coffee and spices) as well as the sparkling citrus oils (mandarin, orange, lemon, etc.).
You may use the recipe below, or create your own unique blend of oils!

The following is a sensual and delicious recipe for both bath & massage oil, as well as bath salts. Black Truffle oil is olive oil infused with black truffle essence. It can be found in many gourmet and grocery stores. You will only need a really small bottle ( but do not get alarmed by the price: this is potent stuff and would last you very long!)

Black Truffle & Cassis Bath & Massage Oil
50 ml almond oil
1 capsule vitamin E
2/3 tsp. Black Truffle Oil
20 drops Tarragon Absolute
3 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil (use the "Extra" grade, or Ylang Ylang 3, which are the creamiest versions of the oil)
20 drops Black Currant Bud Concrete

* Fill a bottle with the almond oil. Add the truffle oil and than the rest of the oils, drop by drop.
* Stir gently with a glass rod or a bamboo skewer. Let mature for a week before use.
* Pack in small bottles of your choice. I like to recycle miniature liquor bottles for that purpose and add my own labeling for an extra personal and/or humourous touch...
* To be used for a sensual massage, or add a teaspoon or two to your bath and enjoy.

Black Truffle & Cassis Bath Salts
2 cups Sea Salt (coarse)
2 cups Epsom Salts
1 capsule vitamin E
2/3 tsp. Black Truffle Oil
20 drops Tarragon Absolute
3 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil (use the "Extra" grade, or Ylang Ylang 3, which are the creamiest versions of the oil)
20 drops Black Currant Bud Concrete

* In a large clean bowl, mix together the sea salt and epsom salts.
* In a beaker or a small shot glass, mix together the oils.
* Gradually, pour the oil mixture over the salt and stir well with a large spoon or a fork
* Pack in airtight jars or in nicely decorated and personalized envelopes.
* Use about 1/4 cup for each bath.

Image credits:
White & Black Truffles by MatthewA

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2 Comments:

At September 27, 2010 8:55 PM, Blogger Bee said...

I stumbled across your blog the other day, and I love it! I am very intrigued by this recipe and would like to try it, but tarragon absolute is a bit beyond my financial means at the moment. Can Tarragon essential oil be substituted?

 
At September 28, 2010 12:16 AM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

You can, but it will not smell the same...
The absolute is creamy and a little buttery - coconutty, even...

 

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