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spenny92

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For years, I've been buying stupidly expensive bath melts from LUSH. Yesterday, I realised how easy it is to make them myself!

I use mini cupcake silicone baking moulds, the melts are around 10g and I like to use 2 for a nice, fragrant and "oily" bath, but you could just use one. This recipe makes 9 little melts - increase or decrease quantities as needed. The general consensus is 2 parts cocoa butter (or other hard oil/butter) to 1 part sweet almond oil (or other soft oil, but SAO is nice as it's not too "heavy").

60g cocoa butter
30g sweet almond oil
A few drops of your favourite essential oil or fragrance oil

Melt cocoa butter over double boiler - I just use 2 pots. Add SAO and fragrance, and pour into moulds. Easy! Pop them in the freezer if you need them to harden up quicker, and keep cool or refrigerated until use.

I like to split my oil into 2 batches and scent half with chocolate FO, and the other half with sweet orange EO and lemongrass. Use 1 of each for a chocolate-y, orange-y bath!
 

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Thanks for sharing! I started looking into making my own bath melts and truffles just last night. I see a very luxurious bath in my future!
 

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You could sub out some of the butter for emulsifying wax (I like btms 50) to help cut down on oil residue in the tub. Like 5% of the total weight.
 

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Probably like most of you, I usually take showers not baths. No time, in too much of a hurry, hop in, soap up, rinse off, hop out. But every once in a while, there's nothing like a long, soak in the tub. I did that just yesterday, and I added a mix I had made of epsom salt, dead sea salt and a couple of other salts I can't remember. It was great, but I kept thinking it was missing something......fragrance! And "oily" would be nice too. I think I'm gonna make myself up a batch of these, and keep them in a nice jar in the bathroom. Now that I'm retired, I have no excuse not to take more baths. Thanks a bunch for this!
 

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You could sub out some of the butter for emulsifying wax (I like btms 50) to help cut down on oil residue in the tub. Like 5% of the total weight.
Yup - a great suggestion. I don't mind cleaning the bath afterwards, but I know that it's a pain for most people. I've started using polysorbate 80 which helps my oils to incorporate with the water, rather than the oils forming a layer on top of the water.
 
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