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Kim: I think if you used very fresh dried lavender (and not ancient dusty dried lavender, kwim?) it might work. Seems like if it was still fairly fragrant the vodka would draw the scent out. Worth a try! (and I like your idea for linen waters! Something similar is facial mist/room mist - same recipe, just skip the vodka and put in a spray bottle. Lemon essential oil works really nicely for this).
Here's my bath bomb recipe: 1 part citric acid to 3 parts baking soda. That's the foundation. Then, I usually add some epsom salts and sea salt (no particular amounts, I just toss some in, but probably not more than 1 part salts) and essential oils until it smells good. I often toss in some dried flowers/herbs. You can color with soap colors or food coloring, but I like them white best. Mix it all up with your hands. Then, put witch hazel in a spray bottle and spritz the mixture lightly, blending with your hands. The trick here is to wet the mixture enough that it will stick together in your hands, but not so much that it does all its fizzing. So, spritz and mix, spritz and mix until it starts to pack together. Then, either form into balls or press into molds (my recent favorite is a muffin tin, each cup about 1/3 full). Let dry for a few hours and you're done! Ridiculously easy.
Bath salts are even easier. Mix together epsom salts and sea salt, add essential oils. If you want to get fancier, you can add baking soda, borax, dried herbs, coloring. You can add citric acid and the salts will fizz.
The soaps I make are melt and pour glycerine soaps. Which is considered cheating by some, but making real soap is hard! With this stuff, you melt the soap in a double boiler or microwave, add stuff to it and pour it into molds. It can be as easy as just adding essential oils and colors, but I really like to add stuff to it. One of my favorite soaps is oatmeal honey - use white glycerine soap and add oatmeal, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla essential oil. You can make really pretty soaps by chopping up a couple of bars of different colors and embedding chunks in your soap (pour melted soap of a different color over the chunks in the mold). I like my soaps to look kind of rough, so I usually use a bread pan as a mold and then chop bars off of it, but you can buy all kinds of molds.
Let me know if you want more info!