The idea is that you drop these DIY bath melts into the bath and let the butters melt, filling your bath with nourishing oil and a hint of gorgeous fragrance.
I made some lovely bath bombs that were absolutely perfect in the bath. Since then I’m always looking into new ways of pampering myself, and lately, I’m finding homemade bath melts to be quite the treat. As a working mom and grandma, I have to set aside some me-time because if I don’t, I’ll probably go crazy!
So when it comes to pampering, I just can’t resist a relaxing bath. The mixture of bubbles and the soothing warmth of hot water are luxuries I can’t deny myself.
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Easiest DIY Bath Melts
So I was looking for something new I’ve never tried before, and after scrolling through pages of things I’ve already made, I came across these cute little mixtures of cosmetic butter that people are calling ‘DIY bath melts’.
The idea is that you drop them into the bath and let the butters melt, filling your bath with nourishing oil and a hint of gorgeous fragrance. I had to give them a try.
Interestingly enough, I found that out of all the bath and body DIYs I’ve made, these melts were probably the easiest. The bath melts recipe below has so few ingredients that I didn’t even need to go out and buy anything. I found this to be the perfect craft to use up bits of cosmetic butter I had lying around. There’s also so much room for customization, and I always enjoy adding my own flair to anything and everything I make.
Customization & Substitutes
There’s also so much room for customization, and I always enjoy adding my own flair to anything and everything I make.
- The solid butter can be substituted for any cosmetic butter that is reasonably hard. Cocoa butter is a great alternative, but you could also use mango butter. Coconut oil is kind of necessary, as it’s one of the best solid oils you can get. However, you can substitute this for a second solid butter. This might be a good option if you live in a hot climate.
- If you want to add a dash of color, you can totally use a pinch of mica. However, these look just as good without it. Sometimes they don’t color so well for various reasons, or you may find that if you cannot cool them quickly enough the mica will settle at the bottom of the mold, making the coloring look a little uneven. Instead of using a color in the mixture, maybe try and dust the top once they’re hardened to give it an interesting look.
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- Measure out your butter and oil and place them in a heat-proof jug or beaker.
- Melt your butter and solid oil. You will want to make use of a water bath to do this. Simply fill a saucepan with a few inches of water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to a simmer and place the jug/beaker into the water. Allow to melt for around 10-15 minutes, or until the solids have completely melted.
- Now that the butter has melted, we can add our mica.
- Now add your fragrance oil, if you are using a fragrance oil, you can add it right away. If using an essential oil, it’s best to let it cool for a minute first to get the most out of it.
- Pour the melted ingredients into silicone molds, being careful not to spill. Keep in mind that the mixture is still very warm at this point. Let them sit for around 15 minutes, just so they begin to cool. Then you can go ahead and pop them in the fridge. I’d leave for at least 1 hour, but you can leave them for as long as you like.
Indulgent Chocolate Bath Melt Recipe
With the combination of chocolate fragrance oil, the natural scent of cocoa butter and a well-chosen mold, you’ll be surprised how much these diy bath melts can look and smell like the real deal! Just be careful if you’re using these with your kids, as they might actually be tempted to take a bite.
I like to make a combination of dark, milk and white chocolate bath melts, simply by using different amounts of mica. You can even get an interesting look by using ordinary cocoa powder, as well.
I love to experiment, and these homemade bath melts are a product of just that! Take this recipe and make it your own. I love the sound of a chocolate orange melt, with a bit of orange fragrance oil added to the recipe. I think I might try that next!
- 70 g Cocoa Butter
- 35 g Coconut Oil
- 15 Drops Chocolate Fragrance Oil
- A pinch of Brown Mica or Cocoa Powder
This method is identical to the basic bath melt recipe, so follow that to achieve success.
The cocoa powder seems to be much denser than mica, so as the melts cool the cocoa powder should fall to the bottom, giving them this cool ombre look to them.
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