Since I've discovered that making sugar scrubs, face exfoliants and body oils are ridiculously easy to DIY-ify, why not bath melts?
About six months ago I gave it a try using our ice cub trays as a container. The problem? I also added honey and lavender buds to the mix which resulted in a gross, sticky mess. The hard plastic of the ice cube trays combined with the goopy honey made it extra difficult to get them out.
A recent trip to Lush and I have succumbed to indulging in a few melts. After checking the ingredient list online, I've decided that I should be able to make these at home. The trick? Just enough cocoa butter and bit of coconut oil for it to solidify without being too oily.
(teehee, I LOVE their robo-faces!)
Combine that with these cute silicone robo-muffin cups that Andrew received as an xmas gift that he's never used and we have the most rockin' DIY bath melts in Halifax... if I do say so myself :)
Here's my basic recipe- with a couple of extra thoughts that I'll be trying for scent combos:
DIY Bath Melts
Cooking needs: a double boiler, or a pot and metal bowl.
Something to set the bath melts- an ice cube tray will work, but silicone muffin cups are fantastic. Sometimes you can find really neat ones at Value Village.
2 teaspoons of cocoa butter
2 teaspoons of coconut oil
6 teaspoons of sweet almond oil
1 teaspoon of jojoba oil
(any other types of liquid-y oil would work here if you wanted to substitute)
5-8 drops of essential oil of your choice
1 vanilla bean inside bits (if you want vanilla scent, I think it would go nicely with a lemon or orange-y scent)
In the double boiler melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil together. Then add the liquid oils. Pour into a ceramic or glass bowl and add your choice of essential oils and vanilla bean bits. Pour into the container and place into the fridge for a few hours. Voila! Prep time is max, 30 minutes. You may only need half of each melt depending on the container. I'll be cutting mine in half or maybe even quarters. Store in the fridge to assure they stay solid.
Because you essentially only have oil (unless you use the vanilla bits) these should keep a long time. You could even give them as gifts and get real fancy, like adding chocolate!
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