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It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Do you have plans? Do you celebrate it? Do you hate it? Or are you like me and think you kinda want to celebrate but kinda don’t because you know that deep down you would be disappointed at the result, not because your SO didn’t spoil you or that you are unhappy, I just think that this day is so hyped up and we all have such unrealistic expectations for it that we set ourselves up for disappointment.
I do think however that Valentine’s Day is a great time to tell people you love them, in a non-romantic way. Like your friends and coworkers and siblings. How often do we tell them that they are loved and appreciated? If you’re like me then you probably don’t tell them enough. So this Valentine’s Day I decided to do something for them, but not candy or flowers, that’s too cliche. I made bath melts. For the ladies to use before their big date, or for the men to give to their wives/girlfriends/mothers to use. Does everyone love bathes as much as I do? I’m so bummed that with the drought happening we can’t afford to take bathes as often and risk going over out water allotment. But indulging in one on special occasions makes them seem that much more indulgent.
These bath melts are pretty easy to make and you could easily swap out the essential oil for a different scent if you wanted. Lavender would be lovely for a bath, I just thought that lavender bath before a Valentine’s Day date seemed counter intuitive if you know what I mean. You could also use a Alea salt or Epsom salt instead of the Dead Sea salt if you don’t already have it. I bought the butters and the salt at Mountain Rose Herbs, it is a brand and company I love and trust. I have also used NOW brand for a few other products and while I haven’t used NOW Foods Shea Butter or NOW Foods Cocoa Butter from them, both have excellent reviews on Amazon. I used this mold exactly.
- 1/2 c shea butter
- 1/2 c cocoa butter
- 2 TBS coconut oil
- silicon mold (smaller is better)
- 30 drops of essential oil of choice (I used JOY by Young Living)
- 8 tsp Dead Sea Salt
- 2-3 TBS Rosehip Tea, dried rose petals, or lavender
- Melt the shea butter, cocoa butter, and coconut oil in a double boiler until melted. Remove from heat and stir in the essential oil
- Sprinkle salt and petals evenly into the bottom of each mold
- Fill each mold with melted mixture.
- Freeze for 30 minutes or refrigerate for 3 hours before removing from the molds.
I had about 2 TBS left that wouldn’t fit in a mold so I poured it into a Silicon cupcake mold and used it later that night in my bath and my skin was silky smooth afterwards.