Take a hot soak in the tub with these melting rose baths to help relieve stress! contrary to bath bombs which are sparkling and refreshing, the melting baths are packed with rich oils for smoother skin. These are a great way to take care of yourself and also make a great gift for Valentine’s day… or just because!
What are rose bath fondants?
Bath bombs, bath sparkles, bath salts… add melting baths to this list! The melt baths are filled with emollient oils that literally melt in the tub.
There are many ingredient options to make them, but I chose shea butter, coconut oil, and cocoa butter. Here’s why:
Shea butter for the skin
Historically used in wound care, Shea Butter helps in the production of collagen. This butter also helps strengthen the skin and fights wrinkles by fighting inflammation. It’s a staple in many of my favorite recipes, including this one whipped body butter.
Coconut oil for bath
Coconut oil is like the MacGyver of skin care ingredients! My family uses it in everything from chewing oil with lotion, and chocolate and coconut energy bars. It is also the perfect choice for those rose baths.
As an antioxidant, coconut oil is the highest source of lauric acid alongside breast milk. This oil is also stable at room temperature, so it does not go rancid as quickly as some oils. Coconut oil is antimicrobial, helps the skin to heal faster, and may help fight cellulite.
Essential oil of pink geranium
Real rose essential oil takes around 10,000 pounds of flowers to produce 1 pound of oil. You can easily pay over $ 1000 for an ounce of pure rose essential oil! Rose absolute is distilled with chemical solvents and is a little cheaper to make, but often toxic. That doesn’t even take into account the environmental impact it takes to turn huge amounts of plant material into just a tiny bit of essential oil.
Fortunately, pink geranium has a similar scent but at a fraction of the cost. If you don’t have pink geranium, then Egyptian or bourbon geranium will also work, but the scent will not be quite the same. I find it to be a much cheaper option, it smells amazing and has benefits for the skin.
Pink Geranium helps improve dull or oily skin and may help with acne and cellulite, according to aromatherapist Julie Lawless.
Pink clay is a type of kaolin clay, but instead of the typical off-white, it’s a rosy pink. Its red tint is due to natural iron oxides. Pink kaolin clay has a fine consistency, so it blends smoothly into skin care products and is especially suitable for dry to normal skin.
Warning: Red clay can stains the fabrics so I use an old towel to dry off after using these rose baths. Now is definitely not the time to use your favorite white towel!
Rose infused oil
Although rose essential oil is scarce and expensive, there is a much cheaper way to include roses in skin care. Infusing rose petals in coconut oil helps harness the herb’s beneficial properties. Roses have antioxidants, calm and soothe skin and mood, and are anti-inflammatory. Simply use rose infused coconut oil in this rose bath base recipe.
You can see how i do herbal and oil infusions here.
What if I don’t have a bathtub ??
You can still enjoy the fondant bath even if you don’t have the luxury of a bathtub. I like to do Epsom salt foot baths, but you can replace the salt with a molten bath. Your feet will thank you!
Rose bath background
These skin-soothing rose baths are the perfect way to unwind. They help relax the body and mind while softening the skin.
Small glass bowl
In a small glass bowl, combine the coconut oil, cocoa butter and shea butter.
Place the bowl over a saucepan half filled with water to create a double boiler effect. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the butters are completely melted.
Immediately remove from heat and whisk in the essential oil and pink clay if using.
Sprinkle rose petals at the bottom of each silicone mold.
Pour the oil mixture into the molds and transfer to the freezer
After about 30 minutes, the bath should be firm enough to be removed from the mold.
Tidy: Keep away from direct light and heat. These melted rose baths should last at least 12 months when stored properly.
These melting baths are super hydrating! After tapping, I rubbed the extra oil on my skin and it absorbed well. This made the tub a bit messy, but this is easily corrected with a little dish soap and elbow grease.
Other bath recipes:
What’s one of your favorite ways to unwind at the end of a long day?