Learn how to make bath melts using fresh orange zest infused cocoa butter. These easy to make bath melts smell great, plus help to nourish and moisturize skin.
These cocoa and citrus bath melts are great to use in the bathtub when you need help with moisturizing dry skin. Plus they smell amazing!
This recipe uses fresh orange zest that has been dried and then infused in cocoa butter. The orange zest adds a light orange coloring.
I used some sweet orange essential oil to add a more “orangey” smell to the naturally smelling cocoa scent.
If you wish to add some texture to your bath melts you can add some finely ground dried orange zest (use a food processor) to the mold prior to pouring in the rest of the mixture.
These bath melts are easy to make with two natural butters, vitamin E oil, and an emulsifier. For a natural fragrance I added a couple of essential oils. (This is optional)
Wondering why I used these ingredients? Instead of repeating myself I am going to direct you to another recipe that used the same base ingredients for an explanation. You can find the information here.
It is helpful to note: When you melt the butters and emulsifying wax, use a laser thermometer to check the temperature.
Make sure it reaches 129 degrees or the emulsifying wax will get streaky after it sets up. If this happens, don’t fret as the finished product is still safe to use.
Freshly Grated Orange Zest
I decided to use fresh grated orange zest in this recipe because it not only adds a little color to the product, but because of its antioxidant properties.
The peel part of oranges contain the highest percentage of vitamins (several B vitamins and vitamins A & C) in the orange. It is also said to have anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. This is especially helpful for acne prone skin.
Vitamins A & C are also thought to have anti-aging properties which makes it another good reason to use in a skin care product.
For orange peels and zest a little is great, but too much can be irritating to the skin. I used a small amount of orange zest in this recipe. Not so much that it irritates the skin, but enough that it a nice addition.
There are many molds to choose from. I like to use silicone type molds as they are easy to use. The homemade body bars, and bath melts, etc. I make are easily removed from this type of mold.
Silicone type molds come in many different designs. For this recipe I used one that I already have. It has orange and lemon shapes.
Step One: Drying The Orange Zest
Step Two: Infuse Dried Orange Zest In Cocoa Butter
Save 1/2 tablespoon (7.5 ml) of dried orange zest if you wish to grind and put some in the final product.
1. Use a digital scale to weigh the mango butter, and emulsifying wax.
2. Melt together in a double boiler.
3. Once it’s melted add the infused orange zest cocoa butter. Remove from heat. Stir well for one minute because the emulsifying wax is hard to incorporate into the butters. (Replace on heat source if needed).
4. Add the vitamin E, and essential oils (if using). Stir well until all is mixed and well incorporated.
5. Put a pinch of ground dried orange zest in the mold cavities. (If using).
6. Pour the melted butters mixture into the mold cavities. Let cool for 12 to 24 hours.
7. Unmold the bath melts and store in a container with a lid.
These bath melts are potent, so use just one-half to one per bath.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article is for educational and informational purposes only and does not intend to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. It is always recommended that you seek the advise of your private medical doctor.