Activity 12: Homemade Coconut Oil Bath Melts
Continuing the home beauty crafting theme, Vanessa has given homemade coconut oil bath melts a try - here are her notes:
"I have added some recipes on the Pinterest board for home made beauty care. I have tried out the coconut oil bath melts. They are incredibly simple to make, yet very effective. Click here to see the inspiration.
The reality of this recipe:
The Pinterest recipe suggests that you make them in ice cube trays - I would recommend you make them that size too if you are going to use them in the bath. This is because the coconut oil will solidify again and could clog up your drains. I have used bigger moulds, because I love the look of these moulds (see pictures) but I will cut the coconut bath melt into pieces to use.
I created 5 different types - using whatever I had in the cupboard. The Earl Grey tea was the most effective one (the one with the black bits) alongside the orange peel one. The chamomile tea one did not sink to the bottom of the mould (I had to give it a push) and the rosemary one I should have crushed up before hand. I also tried one with the left over scrub I made (Activity 11) but it was too liquid and did not set overnight.
The recipe suggests putting the ice cube tray in the freezer. I choose to make the bath melts in the evening and let it dry on my balcony overnight. You can then store them in a dry, dark and cold space - no freezer needed. I hope you enjoy making them and please send us photos of what you have made!
What to do:
Gather your items - the moulds / ice cube tray, coconut oil and scented ingredient. You will see from the photo that Vanessa used different types of tea leaves and orange zest.
Let your jar of coconut oil sit in a jar of warm water until it melts. If you have a larger jar, you may want to scoop some out into a small bowl and melt this instead of the whole thing.
Sprinkle your scented ingredient into the bottom of the mould - e.g. lemon zest.
Pour the melted coconut oil over the top.
Leave it to set and then pop it out of the mould!
YOU WILL NEED:
A scent / textured ingredient: have a raid in your cupboards and see what you have. Examples would be:
An ice cube tray, or mould for setting the melts.
Use these in a bath to add a luxurious feel and a nice scent. They would make a lovely gift for someone.
If you have made larger ones, like the photos, remember to cut these into wee pieces before putting them in the bath.
If you make one of these, please send us a photo - we would love to see!