Confession: I take a bath probably twice a week. I know it’s bad for the environment, but at the end of a bad day, or on Sunday (because tomorrow is Monday), I like to take a bath. I read, put on some Thelonious Monk and drink tea and drop a bath melt in. It’s me time and I don’t feel guilty about it.
I think bath melts are key. I mean, you can pile on moisturizer after you get out of the bath, or you can let the bath melts do the work for you (and with way less!). And if you’re anything like me, the less you have to do after you get out of the bath – the better. Even if it’s something as easy as putting moisturizer on.
My bath melts are something I give away for birthdays and Christmases and if any of my mom-friends get sick, I send a few home with their husbands. I get a lot of requests for the recipe though, and then one of my girlfriends asked why I didn’t put it on the blog.
So Here’s The Recipe
1/2 cup of coconut oil (or a cup)
Coconut oil is standard in your cooking (or it should be!). But it’s also an amazing moisturizer. It has incredible detox properties and can help with eczema and psoriasis. It also:
can heal dry, itchy skin,
is anti-fungal in nature
Speeds wound healing,
Reduces fluid loss in dry skin
Increases skin hydration
1/2 cup of shea/mango/cocoa butter (you can use just a cup of coconut oil)
This is just an added boost of moisturizing and I use it when I’m really dry and fighting those gross, winter flakeys.
15-20 drops of essential oils
Different essential oils will give you different benefits.
Mint, eucalyptus and sage clear your lungs, when you’re sick
Lavender and chamomile help you relax and head to sleep
Grapefruit and pepper can rouse your senses and help you feel more alert.
1 cup of Epsom salts
Optional: dried flowers
Ice cube tray or candy molds or the tiny-muffin trays
And Here’s How You Do It:
Divvy up your Epsom salts between your molds with a spoon, so they all have roughly the same amount of salt. (If you’re using the tiny-muffin tray, line it with the tiny-muffin liners)
Melt your coconut oil and your shea butter in a glass dish over boiling water.
When it’s all melted down, remove from heat and add your essential oils (chamomile, lavender, grapefruit, mint, sage… pick your favorite smell or combination).
If you’re using dried flowers (I like the way dried lavender looks floating in the tub) add them here too.
Stir together gently and then pour into your chosen molds.
Put them in the fridge to cool.
Draw a bath, grab your wine and a book, and drop one bath melt into your bath for ultimate relaxation.
Be very careful getting out of the tub. It gets very, very slippy.
Feel free to send out these little beauties as a great gift for friends and family.
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