I love Lush’s dreamtime bath melts. Which of course means they’ll discontinue it. No, Lush, please don’t! But after considering making soap and lip balm the bath melts seemed like a logical progression. Especially since the ingredients are largely the same ones I was ordering for the lip balm.
These are intended to be highly moisturizing. If you’ve gotten the impression I have dry skin you would be correct! Generally speaking I think I’m pretty average but in the winters… with wood stove heat… it gets really damn dry in my house. Sleeping with a humidifier has helped A LOT, but I still tend to slather on the oils and moisture this time of year. I still get carded every.damn.time I buy booze, so it can’t be doing me harm.
What you need to make 6 small bath melts (probably about 1 ounce each)
- 3 ounces (by weight) Cocoa butter (order online)
- 1 ounce (by weight) Shea butter (order online)
- 1 tsp beeswax
- Essential oils or Scents
- Other additives (dried flowers)
- Melt all of the butters and beeswax in a double boiler
- Take off heat and add essential oils and/or additives
- Spoon in to mold of choice (I happen to use these Ice Trays)
- Place in the fridge or freezer to solidify
- Unmold and tada!
The beeswax in this one is just to help keep it solid at room temperature. You might be able to omit it entirely. You can add more if you are in a warmer climate but it is… WAX so it’s not really the effect you are going for here. Well at least it’s not the effect I was going for. I used mostly cocoa butter in this because it’s quite solid at room temp.
Additives! This is a recipe that lends itself to additives. Mine included 6 drops of lavender essential oil and a TBSP or 2 each of dried chamomile and lavender flowers. You can find the chamomile in the tea section or even just cut open chamomile tea bags. Both lavender and chamomile are known for their calming and soothing properties. The second flavor I made was “milk & honey”. I happened to have an “oatmeal, milk, and honey” scent from soap making so I added a few drops of that. I tried adding a TBSP of honey and a couple TBSP of powdered milk but ran in to issues. The honey is water based and sunk to the bottom of the mold. When I unmolded them there was a gooey mess. I removed the honey and rebatched the mix to remold it and the powdered milk appeared to… not really burn, but caramelize. So at that point I dumped the batch. I think the powdered milk was fine when added after taking things off the heat the first time, but didn’t tolerate the reheating so well.