Shower melts are a wonderful treat - they are luxurious, moisturizing, inexpensive, and smell wonderful! They're pretty easy to make so I'm sharing one of my favorite melt recipes with you today. These melts have a layer of honey on the top that I love! Honey lends moisture and nourishment to the skin and is naturally antibacterial, which makes it a great chemical-free alternative to harsher soaps. You can choose to leave it out of this recipe if you'd prefer, but personally, I love it, so I leave it in. =)
To make your melts, you will need:
- 2 ounces organic Cocoa Butter
- 3 ounces organic Shea Butter
- 1 ounce organic raw Honey (optional)
- 2-3 organic tea bags (I used Rose Hip tea from Alvita. You can also use dried herbs of your choice.)
- 30 drops of organic skin nourishing essential oils (choose your favorite)
- a double boiler (I like to use a glass Pyrex measuring cup with a small saucepan.)
- a glass stirring rod
- a silicon mold
Note: This recipe can be used in either the shower or as a bath massage melt. We recommend shaving before using it rather than after using it, as it could "gum up" your razor if you try to shave after using it.
Melt your Cocoa butter in a double boiler over low heat. Once it's melted, stir in your Shea Butter until it's thoroughly incorporated.
Tip: Have your tea bags ready for the next step.
Add the essential oil and the contents of the tea bags (or your dried herbs) and stir until mixed well.
Pour the mixture into your silicon mold. You'll want to leave it in the mold to set for several hours.
Tip: I recommend making these in small batches if you choose to include the honey because they can be messier to store. I prefer them with the honey, so I don't mind making them in smaller batches, but if you're wanting to store them or give them as gifts, you will probably want to leave out the honey. It forms a thick layer on the top of the melt.
Once your melts are completely set, you can remove them from the mold and either use them right away or transfer them to an airtight container for storing. To use them, add one to your bath water as you fill the tub with hot water. The water will melt the honey and the nourishing oils into the bath water and help keep your skin hydrated while you bathe. You can also use them as a moisturizing massage melt in the shower on the days you don't have time for a 15 minute soak. I hope you'll give this recipe a try. =) Enjoy!
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