To Mom, With Love...
To Mom, With Love…
As a mother of 2, I know how busy and full a day can be, whether you work from home or not. Between making lunches for school, cleaning up spilled apple juice, walking the dog, making sure the garbage is out on the proper morning, housecleaning, the list goes on.
As Mother’s Day approaches, children everywhere are searching for the perfect gift to give the special lady, the ‘everything’, in their lives. To the woman who deserves to be celebrated every day of the year, give the gift of relaxation. Every mom looks forward to the moment or two she has for herself when she can pick up that book or magazine she has been trying to read for weeks.
Give mom a little chunk of peace. Gather up some ingredients from your kitchen cupboards or local Organic Market, and mix up a simple recipe for Bath Melts that will be the envy of all the other moms at playgroup. Our ‘Homemade’ recipe offers an alternative to conventional bath oils or bubble bath, most of which contain perfumes and some even toxic chemicals. And, any gift that is handmade is greatly cherished!
This 100% natural Bath Melts recipe can be adjusted to be naturally fragranced with pure essential oils of your choice, or simply unscented for sensitive skins.
In a small saucepan on the stove, melt: · 5 Tablespoons Cocoa butter · 3 Tablespoons Shea butter · 3 oz carrier oil When just melted, remove from heat and set aside to cool further. In a separate dish, combine: · 3 ½ oz Citric Acid · 8 oz Baking Soda · 1 oz Milk Powder (Whole, Skim, Goat, or Soy) Optional additions: · up to 10 drops essential oil of your choice · dried lavender or rose petals Use a fork to get all of the lumps out, and mix powders thoroughly. When Cocoa butter mixture is cool, but still liquefied, add Baking Soda mixture and stir. If combination begins to fizz, then the oil mixture is still too hot. It is a good idea to test a teaspoonful of Baking Soda mixture into the oil mixture before you add the full amount. Once you mix the powders into the butters, the consistency should be similar to thick cookie dough. Once stirred, pour the mixture into ice cube trays, or small, decorative candy molds, and cool in the freezer until solid. Remove trays from freezer before cubes are actually frozen, approximately 15 minutes. Remove cubes from trays and store your Bath Melts in a glass canister with a lid, at room temperature, and away from moisture or they may begin fizzing! You may also want to wrap each melt in decorative candy foil and a pretty ribbon to give as a gift. When ready to use, unwrap a melt, drop into a warm bath and watch those moisturizing butters fizz away! Enjoy! Just a warning: mom, and the bathtub, will be very slippery after a bath with a melt!
This recipe yields approximately 1 ice cube tray full.
Copyright 2006, Jennifer A. Casey