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Shea Butter Recipes: Bath

Shea butter is perfectly suited for homemade bath melts and bath bombs. Regular baths can strip skin’s natural moisture, causing it to feel tight and itchy. Incorporating shea butter into your baths using bath melts or bath bombs are a great way to restore moisture and prevent dryness and discomfort.

Beautiful young woman relaxing in bathtub.

A word of caution: once your shea butter melts dissolve, the floor of your tub will be slippery.

Honey Lavender Bath Melts

Perfect for relieving stress and soothing sore muscles, Honey Lavender Bath Melts are simple to make. To use, simply fill the tub with warm water, then drop one bath melt in and let it dissolve. This recipe makes approximately 15 melts.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Shea butter
  • ½ cup Deodorized Cocoa butter
  • ¼ teaspoon Honey Lavender Herbal Tea
  • 1 teaspoon of dried lavender flowers
  • 30 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil

Instructions:

  1. Melt the butters in a double broiler
  2. Open a tea bag and measure out ¼ teaspoon of the tea. Stir the tea and the dried lavender flowers into butter mixture.
  3. To prepare the silicone candy mold, place two drops of the essential oil into each reservoir. Pour the melted mixture into the mold.
  4. Freeze for 30 minutes

Moisturizing Bath Bombs

This spa-inspired luxury is the ideal antidote for a stressful day. While regular baths can cause skin to dry out, using these moisturizing bath bombs can help you restore moisture and prevent dryness. Note: ensure that your workspace is completely dry, as any moisture will set off the bath bomb’s fizzy reaction. Even moisture in the air can trigger this reaction, so store your bath bombs in an airtight container in a cool, dry space.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Baking Soda
  • 3 tbsp Kaolin Clay
  • 4 tbsp Shea Butter
  • 1 oz Essential Oil
  • 1 cup plus 3 tbsp Citric Acid
  • 4 to 10 spritzes of Witch Hazel

Instructions:

  1. Melt shea butter in the microwave on 50% power, using 30-second increments
  2. Cool the shea butter slightly, then stir in the essential oil
  3. Sift together the baking soda and kaolin clay in a large mixing bowl
  4. Mix the powders together completely
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture, mixing thoroughly
  6. Sift the citric acid into the mixture and mix until well-combined
  7. If the mixture is too dry, apply a few spritzes of witch hazel and stir the mixture quickly. Too much moisture will cause the fizz reaction, so working quickly is important.
  8. Once mixture is thoroughly mixed and has the consistency of wet sand and holds together when tightly squeezed, press the mixture into silicone molds or muffin tins
  9. Allow the bath bombs to dry overnight
  10. Store the bath bombs in an airtight container in a cool, dry place

Beautiful young woman relaxing in bathtub.Rich Chocolate Bath Melts

These decadent Rich Chocolate Bath Melts are the perfect way to unwind after a busy day. The shea butter softens your skin, while the cocoa’s antioxidant properties repair skin cells and neutralize harmful free radicals. This recipe makes 24 bath melts.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup Shea Butter
  • ¼ cup Mango Butter
  • ½ Deodorized Cocoa Butter
  • 1 teaspoon White Beeswax
  • ½ teaspoon Cocoa Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Dark Chocolate Fragrance Oil

Instructions:

  1. Melt the butters and beeswax in a double broiler.
  2. Add the cocoa powder and mix thoroughly
  3. Add the fragrance oil
  4. Pour the mixture into silicone candy molds
  5. Freeze for 30 minutes

Shea Butter Citrus Bath Bomb

With a light and energizing scent, these bath bombs will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Note: Bath bombs fizz when they are introduced to water, so it is important to keep your workspace as dry as possible. Any moisture will trigger this reaction, so the bath bombs must be made in stored a moisture-free environment.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • ½ cup Citric Acid
  • 1 tablespoon Shea Butter, melted
  • 3 ml Grapefruit Essential Oil
  • ½ ml Bath Bomb Colorant

Instructions:

  1. Combine the dry ingredients, ensuring that there are no clumps
  2. Add the melted shea butter, essential oil and colorant, ensuring that everything is thoroughly combined
  3. Spritz the mixture with water from a water bottle about 3 times, until it forms into a ball
  4. Tightly press the mixture into silicone candy molds

 

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