The other day I was perusing a few of my favorite luxury organic skincare boutiques for well, whatever was new in a pretty package and I happened upon the bath section. I will tell you that I am a sucker for anything I can scrub, soak or saturate my body with in the bath and the cutest little heart shaped salt scrub bath melts on offer in a pretty ribboned sachet. They were vanilla orange scented/flavored, nothing nasty, bien sûr, and delectable looking.
They were also $44 for 10 cubes!
Now, I will spend a fortune on really well crafted small batch skin care lotions, potions, and elixirs made by masters like May Lindstrom, Valerie Grandury of Odacité, Fig and Yarrow, and Année De Mamiel, Wendy Gardner over at Glow Skincare, (and so many more). These are artisans, alchemists whose delicacies keep my skin in tip top shape with products like Glow Skincare’s Java eye gel that make me look like I have been on holiday in St. Bart’s rather than having no sleep with one triplet or another as has been the norm lately.
I will splurge on great lipsticks, really any organic or high quality skin refining makeup and I do have pretty much every body brush on the market.
I drew the line at $44 when I looked at the 5 ingredients in this particular product. These were all ingredients I had in my own kitchen. When I figured that little nugget out, all there was for me was to get into the kitchen and devise my own recipe!
Below is my version of the $44 pretty ribboned bath melt that turned out so gorgeous whether I used desiccated coconut or sugar with the salt, lavender, coconut cream in place of the oil, and even when I added shea butter to the mix. I added mint leaves and a few drops of essential oil with great results and even rosemary and eucalyptus once when I needed a scrub during a period of a particularly stuffy nose.
Don’t you love versatile recipes that allow you to create your own boutique body care in your own kitchen?
- 6 tablespoons cocoa butter
- 3 tablespoon coconut oil
- 10 tablespoons of salt
- 5 tablespoons desiccated coconut (can replace this with sugar)
- Melt the cocoa butter and the coconut oil in a warm water bath to get a liquid mixture. Add salt and desiccated coconut (or sugar) . Spoon the mixture into ice cube tray or chocolate molds and let it freeze in the freezer for half an hour. Then slowly push bath melts out of the molds and package in your desired containers of choice. Drop in your bath or use after bath or shower by scrubbing the cube gently on your body. Store the pieces in a air tight box or jar, maybe wrapped in foil, in a refrigerator or inside your bathroom cabinet.
- This is a versatile recipe that has a multiplicity of combinations.
- I have added vanilla powder, lavender flowers, rose, dried orange or lemon peel, and geranium to my mixture. You can play around with your own combinations.