Lucy over at No Mud, No Lotus very kindly agreed to do a guest post for me. Her bath melts look amazing and would be a perfect Valentine's Day gift. I'll be making them..and soon! Over to you Lucy..
Hello! My name is Lucy, I write a blog over at No mud, No lotus.
I was very happy when Sandra offered me an opportunity to guest post on her lovely blog and wanted to dream up something that Sandra would enjoy for my post.
I am a huge fan of bath products. For me, there is nothing more soothing than a long, steamy bath and playing around making my own bath products makes the whole ritual even more special.
These bath melts are an easy DIY for a little treat for yourself, or as a gift for a friend. Now, as with all oil based bath products, please be extra careful getting in and out of the bath and give the bath a good clean afterwards to get rid of any oil residue.
You can customise the scents and key ingredients depending on what your preferences are.
The melts in my pictures are made with rose and frankincense essential oil, cornish sea salt, bicarbonate of soda, coconut oil and rose, lavender and calendula flowers. I chose these to provide a relaxing and skin soothing blend, but you could use any butter or oil that is solid at room temperature (but will melt in warm water) as your base and choose herbs and oils to your own taste and needs. I like adding some salts/bicar or milk powder, as these help give the water an even more silky feel and for the added benefits of these ingredients for your skin and state of mind.
Here are some ideas of other combinations:
Invigorating melts: bergamot oil and dried rosemary leaves (rosemary flowers would also look very pretty!) in a base of shea butter, with sea salt.
Soothing pre-bed time melts: lavender oil, dried lavender flowers, milk powder and epsom salts in a coconut oil base.
Sensual melts (just be careful, the bath will be slippy!!), ylang ylang and rose oil and rose petals in a cocoa butter oil base with pink himalayan salts (to add a little colour and for the fantastic skin loving minerals).
Here is how I made my melts:
6 heaped tablespoons of organic virgin coconut oil
6 drops of rose oil
6 drops of frankincense oil
1 tablespoon each of rose petals, calendule flowers and lavender flowers
2 tablespoons of sea salt (optional)
2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda (optional)
Plastic bowl of hot (not quite boiling) water
Ice cube tray (or other small moulds)
1. Add a sprinkle of each of your chosen flowers or herbs to each section of your ice cube tray or mould.
2. Spoon the coconut oil (or your butter/s) into your jug and place the jug in the bowl of hot water to create a bain-marie.
3. When it has melted completely, stir in your sea salt and bicarb (or any other powders, if using) and add your essential oils. Stir well until combined.
4. Spoon the mixture into each section of your icecube tray or mould (this means you get a good mix of oil and salts in each section, if you pour, you'll tend to get the salts hanging around at the bottom).
5. Allow to set in a cool place or the fridge for around two hours.
6. Pop out of the mould/tray and admire your handy work. Store your melts in a cool place in a bag, tin or jar.
7. Add 1-2 melts to your bath and enjoy!
I hope you have fun trying this out... what ingredients would you choose?
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