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How to Make Aromatherapy Bath Bombs and Melts

Three aromatherapy bath bombs on a black tray with cloth and loofa.

Aromatherapy bath bombs or melts dissolve in the bath for a luxurious feel and beneficial skin effects. Although you can buy bath bombs or melts, making them lets you choose your own essential oils for bath bombs. Plus, you know the products don't contain any unwanted ingredients.

Moisturizing Aromatherapy Bath Bombs

Makes four 4-ounce bath bombs.

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup citric acid powder
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 1/2 cup almond oil
  • 10 to 12 drops essential oil of choice (avoid skin-irritating oils)
  • Plastic molds
  1. Stir ingredients (except molds!) together until you have a crumbly dough.
  2. Press the dough into the molds and let them sit at least 12 hours.
  3. To remove the bath bombs from the molds, tap gently.
  4. Let the bath bombs air dry for one day. Then store in closed container.
  5. Drop one in the bath and enjoy!

Source: EcoBeauty

Bath Melts

To use the following melts, place one or two, depending on how strong you want the scent, in a hot bath and enjoy!

  • 1/4 cup cocoa butter
  • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil or coconut oil
  • 10 to 20 drops essential oil of choice
  • candy or soap molds or a mini-muffin pans
  • 4-ounce jar
  1. Put cocoa butter in a heat-resistant glass measuring cup or bowl.
  2. In a pan, heat one-inch of water (not to boiling). 
  3. Place the cup or bowl in the pan.
  4. Turn heat to low. 
  5. Stir every couple minutes until cocoa butter is just melted, 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. Add almond or coconut oil and stir. 
  7. Turn off heat and remove measuring cup from pan.
  8. Let mixture cool slightly.
  9. Stir in essential oils.
  10. Place the soap or candy molds or mini-muffin pans on a cutting board or cookie sheet.
  11. Carefully pour the mixture into the molds. 
  12. Place the cookie sheet or cutting board with molds in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes or until the bath melts have become solid all the way through. Do not let the melts freeze, or they will crack.
  13. Remove melts from freezer, and remove the melts from the mold. Store in jar.

Source: Adapted from The Very Essence newsletter.

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