How to make bath melts with rose petals. These bath melts nourish and moisturize dry skin for better feeling skin.
These adorable rose bath melts are great for dry skin, and they smell amazing. They have real dried rose petals for a beautiful color and texture. When they melt in the bath, you’re left with rose petal pieces floating on top of the water.
These are easy to make with two natural butters and an emulsifier. The emulsifier helps the butters and essential oil mix with the water, so you’ll be surrounded by moisturizing and nourishing ingredients to soothe and heal dry skin.
Rose essential oil is expensive, so I’ll give you some options for a less expensive rose product to use plus several other essential oils that will complement the delicate rose scent from the dried petals.
Unlike most bath melts, these have an emulsifier. If you don’t use an emulsifier, the butters just sit on top of the water and don’t mix with it.
This can be a safety issue because your tub will get slippery and hard to clean. It also won’t do much to help your skin.
You’ll be sitting in a tub of water with a thin layer of oil on top, so most of your body won’t even get the benefits of the mango butter and cocoa butter.
I used both mango butter and cocoa butter for these rose bath melts because both butters have different properties.
Mango butter is a soft butter, and it melts at about 86 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s not greasy, so it won’t leave you skin feeling oily after you use it.
It’s an excellent body butter for moisturizing and nourishing the skin. It can help boost skin cell regeneration and increase elasticity in your skin.
Mango butter is high in vitamins A and E for your skin. It’s also an excellent natural butter for hydrating and moisturizing dry skin.
Mango butter has a faint smell, so it won’t overpower the light rose and cocoa scents of this bath melt.
As much as I love mango butter for dry skin, it is a very soft butter. If you made these rose bath melts with just mango butter, they would be too soft to use. Adding cocoa butter makes them firmer, which helps them hold their shape better.
Cocoa butter is high in antioxidants, which have anti-aging properties for your skin. It’s also moisturizing for your skin, so it’s an excellent butter to use for dry skin.
I used regular cocoa butter with a rich cocoa scent. It complements the rose scent well. You can also use a deodorized cocoa butter if you’d rather not have the cocoa scent.
Since the ingredients in these bath melts are all oils, they will just sit on top of the water. I added emulsifying wax so the butters bind with the water.
Emulsifying wax melts at 122 to 129 degrees Fahrenheit where mango butter melts at about 86 degrees and cocoa butter melts at about 93 to 101 degrees.
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, they are safe to use.
Rose essential oil is very expensive, but there are some affordable alternatives. There is a rose otto, a rose otto diluted, and a rose absolute.
Rose absolute is less expensive. It is made from a chemical extraction, so it’s not a true essential oil. It is highly concentrated and has a strong rose scent.
It has a truer “rose scent” than rose otto.
Rose otto is made from steam distillation, so it is a real essential oil. Rose otto may also be diluted, usually to 10 percent. This means that the essential oil is combined with a carrier oil at a 10 percent concentration to make it less expensive.
While a diluted bottle of rose otto may be wonderful for other applications, it’s not well suited for this recipe because the bath melts will be too soft with the added oil.
Rose otto is highly concentrated, so if you do add it, you’ll want to use half the amount of essential oils or it may be too strong.
If you don’t have rose otto or rose absolute, you can add another essential oil that complements the rose scent from the dried rose petals.
Dried rose petals are wonderful for your skin. You can just use whole petals for a pretty bath and get some skin benefits.
Dried rose petals help soothe irritated skin. They are excellent for dry skin because they seal in moisture and hydrate the skin. They are high in vitamin C, which has anti-aging properties.
Always use dried rose petals. If there is any moisture in the petals, it can grow mold or bacteria.
The rose petals have a very faint rose scent. Don’t rely on them for scent, which is why I add cocoa butter for a scent or use essential oils or rose otto or rose absolute.
I recommend one of the following essential oils:
Use a digital scale to weigh the mango butter, emulsifying wax, and cocoa butter. Melt in a double boiler.
Once it’s melted, remove from heat. Stir well for one minute because the emulsifying wax is hard to incorporate into the butters.
Add the essential oils if you’re using them and stir well for a minute.
Crush or tear dried rose petals and place in the mold.
Pour the melted butters and wax over the rose petals. Let cool for 24 hours.
Unmold the bath melts and store in a container with a lid.
These bath melts are potent, so just use 0.5 to 0.75 ounces per bath. These roses are small, so you could use up to three per bath.