Introducing my DIY buttery melts for shower or bath! These are actually inspired from the Lush king of skin body butter bars which are designed to use in the shower. After washing yourself you use the bar to moisturize. Basically, it helps skip a step once you are out of the shower. I use to buy them religiously during my pregnancy with Noah specifically for my belly to give extra moisture to avoid stretch marks. When I had Siena I started using them again. But at $15.95 they can get pricey. Especially when they are used so often. So, I made my own. My first attempt at the home-made bars melted way too quickly, although they were super moisturizing each one was used too fast.
With a 1-year-old and being pregnant I didn’t experiment any more after I had finished them. Until recently! I was in lush recently and saw the body butter bars and figured I will try making them again. And try I did! Without too much effort I think I made an almost perfect shower and bath melt. The reason I say almost is because in my next ones I would like to use cocoa butter too!
The good stuff…
Beeswax and Shea butter have Vitamin A which has great moisturizing benefits but also used for skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, blemishes and even wrinkles. In addition to vitamin A, Beeswax has anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory properties which can sooth irritated skin. Both Shea butter and Beeswax have healing properties that can help heal minor cuts, scrapes and wounds. I have harped on about coconut oil quite a bit around here so read this recipe if you would like to know how amazing coconut oil is for you! Lavender oil is great for bedtime to induce relaxation and sleep (so coat those babies!) and I added the oats for extra skin benefits and the raw cacao nibs to look pretty and also as a mild exfoliant but I would probably grind them down a bit as they are way too course for exfoliation purposes!
Seriously, these things are so moisturizing on your skin. They melt perfectly, but because these ones are on the small side most of them are used up in one go for an adult. Next time I will use bigger moulds.
DIY BUTTERY BATH AND SHOWER MELTS
Makes 10 small bars
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp Beeswax
- few drops of lavender oil
- Optional extras like oats, cacao nibs, dried lavender or roses
Melt the butter, oil and wax in a double boiler or a bowl sitting on top of a pot with boiling water. Once melted add in the lavender oil. Fill the moulds with the extras if you like other fill moulds and then let set in the fridge. Once set pop out your butter bars and store in a container either in fridge if you live in a warm place or a cool place. Enjoy!