With Valentine's Day quickly approaching I've been thinking of different cheap and cheerful ideas I could do. I thought this 'jar of hearts' would be so sweet and would make a perfect present and DIY post. These lavender heart bath melts are so simple and quick to make, and all the ingredients can be easily purchased online.
To create the heart shapes I used a silicone mould I bought from Ikea for around £2.
For the actual bath melts I used:
- 70 grams Cocoa Butter
- 20 grams Shea Butter
- 10 grams Sweet Almond Oil
- Pink Himalyan Salt
- Natural Pink Clay
- Lavender Essential Oil
To start, melt the butter together in a heat proof bowl over a simmering pan of water, ensuring they don't touch. You can switch up the ingredients and use different amounts, even just purely using cocoa butter.
Try to use unrefined ingredients where possible, which retain their beneficial properties and work more effectively on the skin. Unrefined, organic cocoa butter also smells amazing - like a rich chocolate bar, and hydrates and moisturises the skin amazingly, so it's definitely lovely to include!
Once the butters have melted, let the mixture cool slightly and then add in the sweet almond oil and stir.
Next add in your chosen essential or fragrance oil (or leave unfragranced). I chose lavender as it has such a wonderful and calming scent that's perfect for a bath time product, and it's also very beneficial for skin. I added 10 drops to my 100 gram mixture.
Next I added in a little pink clay to give a subtle rose colour to the melts. You can replace the clay with another colourant, just ensure it's cosmetic grade.
When the colour is thoroughly mixed in, pour it into a beaker or jug that will make it easy to transfer into the moulds.
I experimented a little by putting a mixture of a little Himalayan salt and dried hibiscus and rose in the bottom of the moulds for half of them, which I then poured the mixture over.
I left the moulds to set for a couple of hours and then added more Himalayan salt on top of half the moulds before placing in the fridge. I included pink Himalayan salt for its many beneficial and skin-loving properties, and because I also thought it might be quite sweet to use as further decoration.
You can always place the mould into the fridge straight away, and it should take a couple of hours to set, or leave it out to set overnight.
Once set, take the mould out of the fridge and pop the bath melts out.
Pop these sweet hearts into a jar (an old jam jar will do) and decorate with some ribbon or twine if you're giving it as a gift. The scent created will fill the jar, and this combination is so incredible between the richness of the cocoa and sensual fragrance of lavender, that makes it a real treat to use.
To use, simply pop one or two of these into a bath and relax, just remember the tub will be a bit slippery when you get out! If you don't like bath melts, you could easily use these as mini massage bars or solid moisturisers by not including any salt. Or add in more salt (or sugar), and use these as little heart scrubs in the shower which will leave your skin feeling incredibly moisturised as well.
Hope you liked this post and enjoy using if you try these out or give as a gift this Valentines day! :)