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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Making Homemade Beauty Treats for Gifting - Part 2


A little later than planned, here's part two of my article, these fragrant bath bombs and melts went down a storm, I also did a version of the bath fizzes in smaller sizes and used peppermint and lavender foot fizzes, which I've taken to using myself, they leave the feet soft and refreshed.

Lavender & Geranium Bath Melts


These bath melts are so fragrant and you can make them in a variety of fragrances see the suggestions below. The main ingredient in these fragrant and moisturising bath melts is cocoa butter which has several benefits to help keep your skin healthy it contains several fatty acids including oleic, palmitic and stearic acids which have antioxidant properties that can help to reduce the signs of ageing, cocoa butter can also help to reduce inflammation on the skin and soothe skin conditions such as eczema.

Makes 18 – 36 melts depending on the size of case you use.

200g Unrefined Cocoa Butter – You can use refined but the smell is better from unrefined.
100g Sweet Almond Oil
100 Drops Geranium Essential Oil
50 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
18 – 36 Pink Rose Buds for decoration
2g Beetroot Powder – Which will act as a natural colouring to give a pink colour to your melts. N.B. you can buy cosmetic grade dyes in a variety of colours.
Foiled Petit Four Cases or Cupcake Cases
Cosmetic Grade Colouring (Optional)
Large Heatproof Mixing Bowl
Large Pan – Big enough for the bowl to sit in and be supported by the pan rim
Wooden Spoon Heatproof
Measuring Jug

Method: First a note about essential oils, how much oil you add is up to you anything from 50 drops (2.5ml) – 150 (7.5ml) drops per 300g of combined cocoa butter and sweet almond oil. Bear in mind that if you use highly scented oils like clove, cinnamon, patchouli, peppermint you need to use a little at a time, these oils can quickly over power a blend.

These melts are very easy to make, place enough water in your pan to come 2” below the base of the heatproof glass bowl you’ll be using to make the melts, put the bowl on the pan and turn on the heat, it will take a few minutes to start to get warm.

Whilst you’re waiting for the water to heat up take about 1 teaspoon of your almond oil and place it in a cup, add the beetroot powder and stir to make your colouring. Once the water is at a steady simmer put the cocoa butter, the rest of the sweet almond oil and the colouring in to the pan and stir gently until the cocoa butter has melted and everything is thoroughly mixed.

Cocoa butter melts at around 93–101°F (34–38°C), turn off the heat and using oven gloves lift the bowl off the top of the pan. Then add your drops of essential oil, build up the layers a little at a time, remembering the important rule that you can add it, but you can’t take it away. Once you have the fragrance you like then pour the contents into a heatproof jug, you can skip this stage but I find it easier to pour the liquid into the little moulds than trying to spoon it in.

Leave the melts to set overnight, if you’re in a hurry as soon as the mix is cool, you can pop them in the freezer to harden. Note that these melts will melt at temperatures over 75°F (24°C) so don’t leave them near a radiator or in sunlight etc where the temperature can raise above this.

To Use: If you’re making mini melts then add 2-3 to the bath, simply pop into the bath just under where the hot water is running in to the bath. If you make cupcake sized melts then add 1 melt to the water. Bear in mind that when you’ve finished bathing the bath will be slippery from the cocoa butter and oil so be careful when you stand and in getting out of the bath. It should also be noted that some natural and artificial colour pigments may stain the bath, but the staining should be temporary and should clean off easily.

Geranium & Patchouli Bath Cupcakes


A twist on the bath bomb that doesn’t require you to have to buy an expensive bath bomb mould, these super fizzy bath ‘cupcakes’ not only look pretty they provide moisture for the skin and the citric acid can help even out skin tone, unclog the pores, help reduce ageing spots caused by pigmentation and can be soothing to the skin of people with mild acne.

The bicarbonate of soda is a natural alkali which also has antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The Cupcake Fizzes are quick to make, require no heating, just mixing, and make an ideal project to do with children to give to aunties and grandmas. Not to mention they’re fun to watch them fizz!

Makes 12 Fizzes

400g Citric Acid aka C6H8O7, Sour Salt & Sodium Citrate
800g Bicarbonate of Soda aka Baking Soda
100 Drops Geranium Essential Oil
50 Drops Patchouli Essential Oil
20ml Jojoba Oil
Pink Rose Buds for decoration

Method: First place the cupcake cases in to a metal cupcake tray, this will help shape the fizzes later. Next put the citric acid into a bowl, then using a sieve, sieve the bicarbonate of soda on top of the citric acid and stir to combine, add the jojoba oil and the essential oils and mix with a metal spoon. Once the oils are mixed in, dampen your hands very slightly and shake a few drops of water in to the bowl, not a lot or you’ll start the fizzing will start! You want to have the feel of just damp sand.

Note that the mix will look very powdery, it won’t form a dough it will just look like dampened citric acid initially. Using a metal teaspoon, spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases, keep adding teaspoons of the mix and pressing down until the cupcake case is level with the top and firmly compressed. Do this for all 12 cupcake cases then press your rosebuds in to the top of the cupcake and leave them to dry out for 24-36 hours. At the end of this time your bath cupcakes will have set very hard and can be tipped out of the mould and packaged for giving.

Other Fragrance Combinations to Try:-


Lavender & lemongrass – Sprinkle dried lavender buds on to the surface of the cupcake for additional scent and decoration.
Mandarin & Chamomile – Decorate with dried chamomile flowers.
Patchouli, Pine Needle & Cedarwood – A Good earthy fragrance suitable for men.
Lime & Ginger – A unisex scent that is both refreshing and invigorating.
Rosemary, Lemon & Sweet Marjoram – Another combination perfect for men.

3 comments:

  1. Oh wow Debs they are amazing. Thank you so much for sharing the recipes. Take care. Hugs Jackie

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  2. Bet these smell devine, i love geranium. Thanks for the details. Emmax

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  3. The smell must beautiful when you are making all these goodies.

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Thanks for your comments on my cards and posts, they are very much appreciated, I'll get back to you as soon as I can if a reply is required. Hugs - Debs x