This is one of those homemade gifts that you make and think “Mmm how many of these can I keep for myself?”. Seriously. They are so luxurious. And easy. So easy. Perfect for someone who wants to make homemade gifts but doesn’t have 3+ hours to dedicate towards making something. Here’s how to make your own DIY Lavender & Coconut Bath Drops:
The lavender scent is a natural relaxant that soothes and calms… And coconut and cocoa are so incredibly luxurious on the skin, it’s silly. You get out of the tub feeling completely chilled and super soft.
Lately I have been defaulting to taking a lot of baths – for so many different reasons. It makes me slow down. I love soaking. To warm up. To relax before bed. With all my baths, I quickly ran out of my store bought bubble bath, bath salts etc. So I have been turning to quick ‘throw-ins’ that I already have in my bathroom cabinets. Lately it is a teaspoon of coconut oil, a few drops of lavender essential oil and a pinch of sea salt. These simple ingredients make my skin feel and smell so amazing afterwards. It is addictive.
I started searching for bath related recipes I could make that would be a little more put together than a glob of coconut oil. Like usual, I found a few recipes that were nice but not quite me so I took the ‘foundations’ from a combination of blog posts I found on Pinterest and Lush and then created my own ‘bespoke’ recipe. Amazingly, Lush shares all of their ingredients online for each product. So after a little tweaking, this is what I used for my bath drops:
- 3 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 4 1/2 tablespoons shea butter
- 4 1/2 tablespoons cocoa butter
- Lavender essential oil (4-6 drops per bath pod)
- Bergamot essential oil (1 drop per bath pod)
- Dried lavender
- Fancy tea leave mixture (I used David’s Tea) or simple chamomile tea leaves
Materials needed: glass bowl, muffin wrappers, muffin tin, measuring cup and spoons, large pot.
- Take the coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter and place in the glass bowl. Heat water in large pot until almost boiling. Place the bowl so it sits on top of the water – the water will slowly melt the oil and butters together.
- Once the oil and butters have completely melted, pour into a glass measuring cup (warning: the SMELL is amazing)
- Lay out your muffin tin and fill holes with muffin wrappers. In half of the wrappers, I put in pinches of dried lavender and tea and the other half, I put just dried lavender.
- Pour your hot oil/butter mixture into the muffin tins – I filled mine about 15-20% way as I wanted to keep mine relatively small.
- I added 4-6 drops of lavender (depending on strong you want your bath to be) to each pod and in half of them, I put 1 drop of bergamot.
- Just to keep things pretty, I added a few sprinkles of tea and dried lavender to each pod and placed the muffin tray in the fridge to harden over night.
So easy. I loved the David’s Tea as it was a beautiful smelling mixture of coconut, lavender and rooibos (called Jessie’s Tea). I had received it as a gift years ago and since I don’t have any loose tea contraptions, I haven’t used it.
So most people who make bath drops of melts use silicon baking molds to form small shapes (like hearts or little bars like the Lush melts).
Not sure what to do with a bath drop? When drawing your next bath, wait until it is about half full (with warm/hot water) and place either one whole drop or half a drop into the tub. Once it has melted, it will do it’s own thing and just fill your tub with spectacular smells and oils. Shea and cocoa butter along with the coconut oil are natural oils that moisturize our skin. When you get out, your skin will feel softer and almost as if it has an extra barrier on it to battle the harsh wind and temperatures that come along with the winter. This is the perfect winter treat.
Approximate cost for 20 bath drops:
- Total = $11.25 (which works out to be around .55 cents Canadian a drop).
- Breakdown of costs: Cocoa butter ($6), shea butter ($3), coconut oil (.50 cents), lavender essential oil (.50 cents), bergamot essential oil (.75 cents), dried lavender ($1). This does not included the cost of the tea leaves or muffin wrappers as I already had both.
The cocoa butter is the most expensive item by far. I used half of the tub of cocoa butter and shea butter – so I will be able to make another 20 with them. I added the coconut oil for smell and to reduce the cost. Lush adds almond oil to their bath melts which another cost reducer. In the future, I may also try adding Vitamin E oil as that is great for skin repair. Bergamot essential oil is also expensive relative to the other ingredients. I bought some beautiful organic Italian bergamot at DYNASTY on Queen St. West at Dovercourt. If my memory services me correctly, it was around 20$ for the bottle. I have also ordered some rose buds online and would love to make some rose based bath drops. Am working away on a few different variations that will suit different moods and needs.Pin It