With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it can be all too easy to become steeped in stress. There’s the menu to worry about, timing, cleaning house before guests arrive, and a whole slew of other details you need to check off your list before feast day rolls in. It can all be a bit overwhelming to say the least!
One of the most important things to remember during stressful situations is to take some much needed “me time” so that you can take a step back, clear your mind, and enjoy a little bit of stress relieving self-care. Not only will this help unravel your nerves and bunched up neck muscles, it will also allow you to stay focused and organized; two things you definitely need when throwing a feast for family and friends.
Stress-Be-Gone Bath Melts
One of my favorite ways to de-stress is by taking long luxurious bubble baths with all the fixin’s. These can be in the form of bath bombs, bath oil, fizzing salts, detox soaks, exfoliating cubes, bath milk concentrate, massage oil, etc. Lately I’ve been liking the addition of bath melts; wonderfully moisturizing cubes of shea butter and other skin quenching ingredients infused with a snapshot of stress relieving essential oils.
If you love a relaxing hydrating bath, then bath melts are about to become your next favorite thing for melting away worries and stress. They dissolve quickly and easily in hot water and infuse your bath with their shea-cocoa butter goodness!
The use of an emulsifying wax allows the butters and essential oils to disperse evenly in water, preventing any random floating blobs of shea butter or the notoriously murderous bath slick afterward.
For the de-stressing part, I chose a blend inspired by YL’s Stress Away essential oil which has a lovely and relaxing scent. You can either use the actual Stress Away EO or make my dupe version below.
So, without further ado, let’s get into the recipe!
Here’s what you’re going to need to make my Stress-Be-Gone bath melts:
• An accurate kitchen scale like this one
• A small pyrex measuring cup
• A flexible spatula
• A silicone mold
• 12g emulsimulse (or emulsifying wax NF – do not use beeswax or the melts will not melt very well)
• 12g shea butter
• 24g cocoa butter
• 8 drops vanilla absolute in jojoba oil (or 1-2 drops pure vanilla absolute)
• 4 drops copaiba essential oil
• 4 drops lime essential oil (steam distilled)
• 2 drops lavender essential oil
• 2 drops cedarwood essential oil
• 1 drop ocotea essential oil
• Lavender flowers (optional, but pretty!)
Alternatively, you can just add 21 drops of Stress Away essential oil to the recipe in place of the single oils if you have it on hand.
My Stress Away dupe smells just like the original. I think you’ll love it, so do give it a try!
Also, you may want to keep these in the fridge if you live in a warmer climate as they may melt and lose their shape.
Loving Preparation – Stress-Be-Gone Bath Melts
2. Next, bring one inch of water to a gentle simmer in a saucepan and place the pyrex in the center.
3. Allow the ingredients to melt through, stirring on occasion.
4. Once melted, remove from the heat, wipe the bottom of the pyrex with a kitchen towel, and place it on the counter.
5. Wait a moment before adding the essential oils, You want the mixture to stay liquid but not be burning hot, otherwise the EOs will evaporate. If the mixture starts to solidify, place it back in the water bath to re-melt. The residual heat should do the trick, but if not, bring the water bath back to a simmer, then turn off the heat. Let the pyrex sit till the ingredients have re-melted.
6. Add the EOs, mix to combine, then pour into silicone molds. You can add lavender flowers to molds at this point if desired. Keep in mind that the mold you use will determine how many bath melts you’ll get.
7. Pop the mold in the freezer for 10-20 minutes until solidified.
8. Pop the bath melts out of the mold into a jar for easy storage.
9. Store in a cool place. These melts will melt readily in warm temperatures or when touched!
I recommend using a mold with smaller compartments. Not only are tiny bath melts cute, they will of course melt more quickly when small. The number of bath melts you get will entirely depend on the mold you use so consider doubling or tripling the recipe as desired.
Run a nice hot bath and add whatever bath goodies you like like bath bombs, bath oil, etc. Once the bath is full, toss a few stress-be-gone bath melts into the water and watch them disappear, leaving behind an intoxicating blend of stress relieving essential oils. The emulsifying wax give these melts a lovely creamy feel that is hydrating and restorative.
I think you’ll like them!
Have you ever made bath melts before? What’s your favorite EO blends to add to them?
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