Food for skin and senses

Published October 18, 2014 by Storm

Despite planning ahead and making sure I had all the ingredients I didn’t quite get around to trying a new recipe this week. So, instead of writing about someone else’s recipe here’s a really simple one of mine, though not one to eat!

Cocoa Butter Bath Melts

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The ones on the left are very rose, the ones on the right are rose and sandalwood. I also plan to make some with sandalwood and patchouli, some with lemon and eucalyptus, and some Christmassy spiced orange ones. To be honest I’ll probably just keep experimenting with scents as the mood takes me.

For the rose bath melts, I made 18 of these

  • 240g cacao butter (that’s the easiest size tub to source locally)
  • 100ml sweet almond oil
  • 45 drops rose essential oil at 5% dilution (adjust if yours is a different strength)
  • 18 teaspoons (1 per bath melt) dried rose petals

For the rose and sandalwood bath melts, I made 12

  • 240g cacao butter
  • 100ml sweet almond oil
  • 30 drops rose essential oil at 5% dilution
  • 5-10 drops sandalwood essential oil at 5% dilution
  • 1 pinch rose petals per bath melt

Technique

Put the cacao butter and almond oil in a double boiler and heat gently, stirring continuously, until the cocoa butter is all melted and the oils are evenly mixed.

Add your choice of essential oils and stir well.

Pour into your choice of moulds or cases; I’ve used 1/2 to 2/3 filled cupcake cases but you  could use petit fours cases or silicone moulds.

Add any flowers or herbs you are using. For them to be mixed through the bath melts add straight away; if you want them to be a finishing touch on the top wait an hour or so, until the melts are starting to set.

Great for gifting or for self indulgence!

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