i made bath melts (solid bath oils) over the weekend, as something extremely easy to do and pretty cheap. i looked over a few recipes, grabbed a bunch of stuff and winged it for 3 very different batches. (my favorite learning style!) all three have cocoa butter and shea butter (i think, in hindsight, a little too much) vitamin e oil and coconut oil.
the first batch was very simple, the second i tried to put some pink mica in to color it but it did not take (i don’t think i used nearly enough) and used eucalyptus oil as the scent. the third batch i used a dark green mica powder (yay eyeshadow i’ll never wear!) and they turned out an awesome shade of green! the last few i poured were the greenest, and the shimmery mica bursts all through the warm oils when i’m heating everything up. it was very pleasant.
right before the third batch cooled i gently placed some flower petals and pieces onto the top of them. i forgot i actually had flowers on hand until the last minute or else i would have put them in the oil mixture itself. derp!
i tried using a few (apparently one is PLENTY) and that is when i realized i may have used too much -butter and not enough oil. it just melted slowly, is all. i will say though having it more like a very melty lotion bar was kinda nice and it was pleasant to shave with. also, no more flowers. also, i think i’d like something to make the oils disperse more into the water (idk if baking soda alone will do this) but i’ll look into it. it’s definitely not required, most of the recipes i saw did not use anything like that. overall, i succeeded and my skin felt AWESOME after i got out, and still does now. re: the color, the mica eye shadow made the tub water shimmery and it didn’t transfer to my skin. double bonus.
it was easy to do (just melt things down over a very very low temperature and pour into cheap $1 ice cube trays) so that was extremely cool, because i got so tired by the third batch i needed to take a nap. and that’s exactly what i did as soon as i put them in the freezer, haha! cleanup and prep were extremely easy and that is really exciting. i was also able to find all of the ingredients within a block of the apartment, on knickerbocker.
8/10 would make again.