Aren’t they great? So relaxing and perfect to warm you to the core with these cold winter months we have ahead of us. Light some candles, slather on the DIY detox face mask, put a few drops of lavender essential oil in the water, and blast that Lana Del Rey. Soon you will be relaxing your way into a lavender scented heaven.
Or if you’re me, share your “relaxing” bath with two little girls who are splashing and kicking you without pause… so much for the face mask as it runs down your face from the tidal wave of water your three year old catapulted at your face. Fun….but not quite the reinvigorating experience I had in mind.
Whichever way you take baths at your house I have something that is a great addition to your routine, Lavender Rose Bath Melts. These little heart shaped wonders are moisturizing, soothing to muscles, and calming. Drop just one into a hot bath and it melts in about five minutes. The water will be filled with moisturizing oils and relaxing scents. Make a batch at home in approximately 20 minutes and have enough to last you the entire fall and winter seasons. They would also make great DIY gifts for the Holidays.
What’s In Them?
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Shea Butter - Ultra moisturizing and soothing to the most dry of skin. It is full of fatty acids and vitamins A and E. Plus it has anti-inflammatory properties, which is great for scrapes, dry patches, and irritations.
Coconut Oil - Another moisturizer, this oil is great at locking in water to the skin. Its medium chain fatty acids leave a smooth finish to skin and bathe it in anti-inflammatory compounds. It is a great addition to these melts and gives off a light coconut scent to your bath water.
Dried Rose Buds - Gives the melts a light rose scent. Rose is naturally anti-inflammatory and the smell helps to soothe, calm, and relax the mind.
Red Alaea Salt - Harvested only from the Hawaiian Islands this salt naturally mixes with red volcanic clay. It helps draw out toxins from the skin and leaves it feeling soft and renewed.
Baking Soda - Detoxes the body through the skin and it is soothing to any irritations on the skin.
- Crush the rose petals and lavender flowers until they are finely ground, a mortar and pestle or spice grinder works great here.
- In a double boiler, over low heat, add the shea butter until melted. Make sure to stir frequently to avoid overheating the oil.
- Add the coconut oil and stir until melted
- Add the lavender flowers and rose buds, stir for about a minute to allow the flowers to heat up so they release their healing oils into the mixture.
- Remove from heat and let the mixture cool for about 5 minutes, you don’t want it to be too hot when you add the last three ingredients.
- Add the baking soda, salt, and essential oil. Stir until combined and pour mixture into the heart silicone molds. I get my molds here!
- Place in the refrigerator or if you’re in a hurry the freezer until the molds are set and firm.
- Remove your beautiful bath melts and place in a jar for safe keeping.
Fill bath with warm water and add one melt. I have added two at a time and felt it was overkill with the flower petals, plus the tub was extra slick. Which reminds me, PLEASE be careful when you get out of the tub it will be SLIPPERY. Using just one melt will coat your skin perfectly in moisturizing shea butter and coconut oil. No need for lotion after your bath, your skin will be hydrated for 24 hours, even in dry winter months.
A Few Tips
I choose to keep mine in the fridge to preserve the oils longer and to keep them nice and firm when the weather gets warmer (as coconut oil is liquid above 75 degrees).
This recipe is easily modifiable. If you prefer another scent over lavender, just swap out the essential oils. Some great combos would be Eucalyptus and Lemon (especially for colds and flus), Chamomile and Lavender, or Orange, Ylang Ylang and Vanilla. Also, you could sub Alaea Salt for Epsom salt, or leave it out altogether.
The heart molds may seem pricy to just make melts, however, they have lots of other uses: homemade gummies, chocolate making, ice cubes, and homemade jello. You can find them here, or at any craft store. If you still rather not purchase them you could use any other silicone mold or even an ice cube tray (although you would probably want to cut them in half as they will be quite large).
I hope you all enjoy these calming Lavender Rose Bath Melts as much as my kids and I do. Being how easy they are to make and easily modifyable the recipe is there is no reason to not give them a try. Besides once you have the 20 or so melts the recipe yields you will have a weekly excuse to take a bath!
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