Thursday, January 24, 2013

Geranium rose bath (oil) melts tutorial

Bath melts are a wonderful way to to add scent and skin nourishing oils to your bath. They are essentially bath oils made up in a solid form. All you have to do is drop 1 or 2 of them into a nice, warm bath and they will melt dispersing the oils and scent into the bath water. The melts pictured below are made from a combination of cocoa butter, shea butter, and sweet almond oil. The are scented with a Geranium Rose essential oil and topped off with some red and iridescent glitter, because sparkles make everything better!

Geranium Rose Bath Melts

A simple recipe to make your own bath melts is given below.
  1. Melt 1 part cocoa butter and 1 part shea butter in the microwave.
  2. Add to the melted butters 1 part liquid oil.
  3. If needed, let the oils cool to below 120 degrees F and then add your fragrance (1-3% for fragrance oils and 1-2% for essential oils).
  4. Mix and pour into small molds (about 1 oz mold size is good)
  5. Allow to cool and harden either at room temperature or for a faster cooling place in your fridge until solid.

If all these "parts" are confusing, here is an example using oz.
1 oz cocoa butter
1 oz shea butter
1 oz liquid oil (sweet almond, hazelnut, hemp oil, or pretty much any other liquid oil would be fine).
17 (1%)-50 (3%) drops of fragrance

You may want to play with the ratio of hard oils (butters) to liquid oil to find what looks and feels best to you.


  1. That's a great recipe, I'm gonna try it! It will make a lovely gift too in a pretty jar.

    Thanks for the tip you left on my blog about speeding up curing time. I tried it but with honey soap which, I should have known, was not so smart. It's good soap but it vulcanoed a tiny bit. But this weekend I'm gonna make regular soap which should work much better.

  2. Hi Marieke! I find that if I make the bath melts in little cupcake foils that they don't crumble so much when I take the out of the mold.

    Yup soap with honey (or really any sugar) is known to heat up more than normal and can result in a soap volcano! Hopefully, it did not spill over and make a mess in your oven.