Who doesn’t love a long, steamy, relaxing soak in the tub on a cold and dreary winter evening?
Often in colder weather our skin is drier and needs a little pampering. These soothing bath melts have a wonderfully calming floral aroma but they also help soothe and moisturize dry winter skin.
Oatmeal can be moisturizing, soothing, and inflammation-relieving for the skin. It’s a perfect addition to these bath melts. We add both ground oatmeal and whole oats to this recipe. For the ground oats, you can either grind in a blender or food processor until fine or purchase colloidal oatmeal (which is basically just REALLY finely ground oatmeal). My advice is to keep it simple and just grind up the oats you already have on hand.
Rose and calendula are both excellent for your skin.
Rose petals can reduce the appearance of redness and calm the skin. Calendula petals help skin look smooth and radiant. Both have a wonderfully relaxing aroma.
I chose palmarosa essential oil for the bath melts as it can help balance moisture levels in the skin and leave it looking toned and healthy. Roman chamomile soothes dry, irritated skin and leaves it looking soft and healthy. You can also subsititue skin loving essential oils like lavender, ylang ylang, rosemary, frankincense, cedarwood, or geranium)
The bath melts are fairly soft. In cold weather this shouldn’t be an issue, but in the summer months it would be wise to store in a cool spot (like the refrigerator). Because they’re soft, they dissolve fairly quickly in warm water. You’ll likely need to rinse the tub after use to get rid of the petal and oatmeal residue. You can also use a tea bag or muslin bag. Place the bath melts in the bag, put the bag in your bath. It keeps the oats and petals contained but still gives you the benefit. Honestly though, turning on the shower for a couple minutes ought to be enough to rinse the tub.
These bath melts are fabulous to make for yourself, but they also make amazing gifts.
You can pair them with our botanical facial steam or clay mask, a luxurious bar of soap, a lovely candle and a good book for the perfect gift for just about any occasion. I love giving gifts that remind people to take care of themselves.
You can package them in a box like chocolates, fill up a jar (I’m in love with Weck jars) and add some touches like dried citrus or fir sprigs (or both!).
Often we look at self care as a luxury but in reality, it’s crucial to keep our physical and mental health at its best. We need our immune systems to be at their best, and while a good diet, exercise, and things like elderberry syrup are valuable, so is taking time out to destress. I love that with these bath melts, you are giving your skin some much deserved attention as well as taking your stress level down a notch or two.
Soothing Oatmeal Bath Melts
- Silicone mold
- 3 tablespoons cocoa butter
- 3 tablespoons shea butter
- 1 tablespoon beeswax
- 3 tablespoons ground oatmeal
- 1 tablespoon ground dried rose and calendula petals
- 1 tablespoon oatmeal
- 1 tablespoon dried rose and calendula petals
- 10 drops palmarosa essential oil
- 5 drops roman chamomile essential oil
- (or 15 drops of your choice of oils)
- Melt butters and beeswax in double boiler. Remove from heat and stir in oatmeal, petals, and essential oils.
- Pour into silicone molds and place in refrigerator for 1-2 hours. To use, simply drop one or two melts into warm bath water. The bath melts will dissolve within minutes.