I’m always looking into new ways of pampering myself, and I’m finding these DIY 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.
I’ve made plenty of bath bombs in the past, as well as homemade bath oils and salts. So I took to Pinterest to look for something new I’ve never tried before. 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 done, these DIY bath melts were probably the easiest. The recipe 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.
So let’s take a look at what we’ll need to whip up these gorgeous drops of relaxation.
What You Need To Make DIY Bath Melts
- 2 Parts Shea Butter (70g)
- 1 Part Solid Coconut Oil (35g)
- 10-20 drops Essential Oil/Fragrance Oil
- Dried Calendula Flowers
- Plastic/Silicon Molds or Paper Cupcake Molds/Sauce Pots
- Depending on your mold, this should get you anywhere from 6-8 DIY bath melts
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 bath melts do not color so well for various reasons, or you may find that if you cannot cool them quick 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.
How To Make My Shea Butter Bath Melts
Step 1: Measure out your butter and oil and place them in a heat-proof jug or beaker.
Step 2: 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.
Step 3: Now that the butter has melted, we can add our extra ingredients. If you are using a fragrance oil, you can add it right away. If using essential oil, it’s best to let it cool for a minute first to get the most out of it.
Step 4: In order to get the calendula flowers to sit nicely at the top of your bath bomb, I found adding the flowers to the mold first and then pouring a small amount of the mixture into the mold works best.
Pop it in the fridge and let it sit there for about 20 minutes. This should harden it enough to pour the rest. But be sure to get back in the fridge right away once you’ve done your second pour.
Sometimes your cosmetic butter will cool and harden while you’re waiting for your initial pour if mixture to harden in the fridge. To prevent this, I recommend popping the jug back into the water bath while you wait. Don’t turn the heat on, just let it sit in the warm water. This should prevent unwanted cooling.
Step 5: Place back into the fridge and leave for at least 1 hour. Then you can remove from the mold. However, be careful when handling them as the heat from your hands can melt these quite quickly.
It’s best to keep these stored in the fridge, especially if you live in a warm climate. To use, just drop one homemade bath melt into a hot bath and enjoy a soothing, relaxing soak that should leave your skin feeling lovely and soft!
Important: Make sure you’re careful when you get in and out of the bath, as I’ve found that these can make the bath a little slippery. Just be cautious.
Final Thoughts On Making Bath Melts
- So there we have it, some gorgeous homemade bath melts for you and your family to enjoy. I really enjoyed making them and adding my own spin to it. I totally recommend you do the same. If there’s a cosmetic butter you prefer to use, go ahead and use that! If you wanna put your own choice of skin safe herbs, flower petals or other additives, you totally can! There’s a lot of freedom in making your own homemade bath products.
- The only thing that I found troubling with DIY bath melts is that they’re a little difficult to gift or sell. If you’re planning on gifting these, I recommend pouring them into cupcake cups or sauce pots for them to sit in until your giftee wants to use them. These little melts are totally susceptible to melting, and it doesn’t take much.
- While I don’t think these DIY bath melts are likely to melt at room temperature (in a mild climate), the heat of your hands is enough to get these melting. So just have a think about how you’re planning to gift them before you do.
I really hope you’ve enjoyed reading this how to, and I totally wish you good luck in making them yourselves. Let me know how you got on in the comments section below, as I love to hear your own experiences. Also, let us know how you plan to gift them if you are. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and share this craft with all your friends – everyone deserves a bit of a pamper session from time to time. We’ve also started putting a lot of time into making videos, so be sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel!