For L-Sweetie’s birthday, I’m making a care-package of bath’n’relaxation goodies. First up, some fizzy bath melts, a la Soap Kitchen.
I wasn’t able to find cocoa butter, so we’re using shea nut butter instead. Its a tad softer, and more apt to go completely gooey in your hands, so these melts have to stay in the fridge until they’re used. I found some girly floral celaphane bags (for candy) to wrap them in for storing :)
Recipe for Fizzy Bath Melt
- 100g shea nut butter
- 40ml sweet almond oil
- 1 cup sodium bicrabonate
- ½ cup citric acid
- several drops bergamot oil
- fewer drops tea tree oil
- Wilsons oil-based Candy colouring in red & blue
- MAC cosmetic glitter in purple
Melt butter in a sauce pan over low heat. Once melted, remove from heat, and stir in almond oil. Add essential oils, and once its cooled down (it should still be liquid, but lukewarm) stir in colouring. Depending upon the colour of your sauce pan, it may take some practice gauging the amount/mix of colour to add. Regard your first few batches as experimental! Now’s a good time to add a few pinches of glitter as well. Mix it in well.
In a separate bowl, combine sodium bicarbonate & citric acid. Slowly sift them in to your butter mixture, whisking as you do. If they start to fizz, then your butter is still to hot, and needs to sit for a few more minutes.
Spoon the mixture into your mold. I use Wilson’s flower-shaped silicone mold; this recipe will make three flowers filled about 2/3 of the way up. For smaller melts, try using an ice cube tray.
Put your filled mold in the freezer for about 10 minutes, or until the butter cools solid again. Carefully pop the melts out of your mold. Be carefully not to touch them more than is necessary, as you will leave fingerprints on them, and could smoosh their shape. Drop them in to celaphane candy bags, or wrap in plastic, and store in fridge until you’re ready to use them!
So how’d they come out? Ur… dunno yet! The colour is a bit funny (I used too much colouring, and so they are a dark purple, almost brown), not as glittery as I wanted (perhaps more than a couple pinches is necessary), and slightly gritty to touch. Further updates once we actually try one ;)~