Melt-In-Your-Bath Goodness ~ Natural Bath Melts Recipe
You know me…if I can make it, I WILL! The thought of sitting in a bathtub full of scented bubble bath might sound relaxing and heavenly to some. To me, it sounds itchy and potentially toxic. Unfortunately, products that lather up and bubble, usually contain SLS, which can cause skin corrosion, irritation and possibly long term effects. SLS is found in so many personal care products, including toothpaste that you inevitably ingest (and so do your children). Try to find a SLS-free kids toothpaste! It exists, I have found it. But it is difficult to find.
Here is my own recipe for a relaxing, skin softening, non-irritating bath “melt”. The natural butters melt as they hit the warm bath water and nourish your skin like no other. Gather up some ingredients from your kitchen cupboards or from the local Organic Market, and mix up this simple recipe that will keep in ice cube trays. The Health & Beauty section often has most of these ingredients. Every night, after the wee ones are fast asleep, drop a cube into a warm bath and soak up what you (and your skin) deserve, WITHOUT absorbing any chemicals into your bloodstream.
This 100% natural Bath Melts recipe can be adjusted to be naturally fragranced with pure essential oils of your choice, or simply unscented for sensitive skin.
In a small saucepan on the stove, melt:
· 5 Tablespoons Cocoa butter
· 3 Tablespoons Shea butter
· 3 oz carrier oil (olive, grapeseed or apricot kernel are best)
When just melted, remove from heat and set aside to cool further.
In a separate dish, combine:
· 3 ½ oz Citric Acid powder
· 8 oz Baking Soda
· 1 oz Milk Powder (Whole, Skim, Goat, or Soy)
· up to 10 drops essential oil of your choice
· dried lavender, chamomile or rose petals
Use a fork to get all of the lumps out, and mix powders thoroughly. When Cocoa butter mixture is cool, but still liquefied, add powder mixture and stir. If combination begins to fizz, then the oil mixture is still too hot. It is a good idea to test a teaspoonful of the powder mixture into the oil mixturebefore you add the full amount. Once you mix the powders into the butters, the consistency should be similar to thick cookie dough. Once stirred, pour the mixture into ice cube trays, or small, decorative candy molds, and cool in the freezer until solid. Remove trays from freezer before cubes are actually frozen (approximately 15 minutes). Remove cubes from trays and store your Bath Melts in a glass canister with a lid, at room temperature or cooler, and away from moisture or they may begin fizzing! You may also want to wrap each melt in decorative candy foil and a pretty ribbon to give as a gift. When ready to use, unwrap a melt, drop into a warm bath and watch those moisturizing butters fizz away! Enjoy! Just a warning: You, and the bathtub, will be very slippery after a bath with a melt!
This recipe yields approximately 1 standard ice cube tray full.