Introduction: Chocolate Bath Melts - Chocolate That's Good for Your Thighs!

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Bath melts are fruit or nut butter melts for soaking in the tub. The added ingredients will leave your skin soft, detoxified and smelling terrific.This particular batch I made for valentine's presents, hence the chocolate scent and red foil wrap. You can scent them with any essential oil or fragrance, and do them in any mold, even an ice cube tray.
This is a kid safe project (as you can see by my assistant Igor), and the results are kid safe. And what parent doesn't love things that will get your kids in the tub?

Step 1: Gather Ingredients

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This is a pretty simple and quick project. You'll need the following:
  • 1/2 cup Shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter (any solid at room temp fruit or nut butter).For this project I used Shea butter.
*4 tbsp Citric Acid
*6 tbsp Oatmeal (any kind is fine.)
*1/2 cup baking soda (Sodium bicarbonate /sodium hydrogen carbonate / NaHCO3)
*1 teaspoon chocolate fragrance oil. (Or any fragrance oil...essential oils may require much less, depending on the EO used.)
*Something to use as a mold. This batch is about perfect for filling a standard ice cube tray.

Step 2: Grind Oatmeal and Add Dry Ingredients

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I used a food processor to make this entire batch, but you can do the grinding in a coffee grinder, or if you happen to have a mill in your back yard, throw it under the stone and spur on the donkeys.
Whatever method you use, you want the oatmeal to be ground fine enough to be kind of fluffy.
Then add each of the other dry ingredients, mixing well between additions.
After all the dry ingredients have been added, blend well.

Step 3: Melt Butter and Add Fragrance

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Melt your butters, on medium heat in the microwave for about 90 seconds, checking after 1 minute. If, at the end of 90 seconds, you still have a few solid bits, stirring should melt them.You don't want your oils to get so hot that they start to cook.
Once the oils are melted, stir in the fragrance oil.

Step 4: Combine Wet Ingredients With Dry Ingredients

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Add the melted oils slowly to the dry ingredients. Your "batter" should be slightly stiff. (It was humid and sunny in my kitchen, and mine looks a little liquid-y, but it's a really forgiving recipe, so don't panic if your mixture is more liquid than you think it should be.)

Step 5: Pour Into Molds

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Pour (or scoop) your mix into your mold of choice. Tap the mold lightly against the counter to release any air bubbles.

Step 6: Cool and Unmold

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Let your melts cool to room temp, or to speed things up, you can pop them in the fridge for an hour or so. Note that if you do the fridge trick, you may see some citric acid activation on the top of the melts if they get condensation.
Once the molds feel solid, you can unmold them on to wax paper or a plate.

Step 7: Wrap and Bathe, or Give Away and Be Worshipped

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I wrap these in candy foil, because candy foils come with a wax paper backing, which will keep the butters from sticking to the foil.
I store my extras in the fridge. Keep in mind that these melts are semi-solid at room temp.If you hold them in your hand, they will melt. If you put them in the sun, they will melt. If you leave them anywhere with an ambient temperature above about 76 degrees Fahrenheit, they will melt. If you think carnal thoughts while in the same room with bath melts...they will melt. Do not taunt bath melts, they will melt.

Directions for use: Draw a warm bath.(Fill a bath tub with warm water.) Plop a couple of these in. They will melt. Enjoy your yummy buttery bath. Use caution when exiting the tub. Dry carefully. Prepare to defend against chocoholics who try to nibble you. Unless you want to be nibbled. In which case, you may melt.

Comments

JenniferB10 (author)2015-05-18

Just tried to make my first bathmelts, using Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula. Unfortunately it did not melt in the bath..... What went wrong??? (It did become soft)

SoapyHollow (author)JenniferB102015-06-01

Probably because the "formula" contains a number of items that will keep it from reacting like real cocoa butter. I would try using either pure cocoa butter or coconut oil from the cooking section, and see if you have better luck. :)

JenniferB10 (author)2015-05-18

im3733 (author)2011-12-12

Where did you find the chocolate fragrance oil? I can't find any anywhere. I can find just about any scent except chocolate. Any ideas on how to get the scent without the oil?

Also, do you know where I could find (non-lotion) chocolate butter, as I'm assuming the lotion will not hold it's form well enough for this

rchsflag21 (author)im37332012-01-11

E-mail Ms. Millie she can get you the chocolate Fragrance oil and her products are not watered down (like hobby lobby's are) I can use 3 - 4 drops of hers where I have to use 1/2 a bottle of the stuff from hobby lobby for my items. 1 container at hobby lobby is $4 and I can only get 2 uses out of it and her small oil size I can get 10-15 uses out of it. she is GREAT!!!

http://www.milliescentedrocks.com/home.html

vanmankline (author)2011-12-08

What is the purpose of the citric acid? Would ascorbic acid also work?

SoapyHollow (author)vanmankline2011-12-08

The fizzing reaction that happens when you drop a bath bomb in the water is because of the chemical reaction between a weak acid (such as citric acid) and a bicarbonate base.

Ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, has a chemical make-up of C6H8O6.
Citric Acid  has one more oxygen atom than ascorbic acid; its formula is C6H8O7

Theoretically; it should work to swap them out...theoretically.  However, I've never tried it, so I can't guarantee it.  But chemical theory suggests that it should.

hpert (author)2011-05-13

I was wondering if I could use solid coconut oil? and could I put in unsweetened cocoa powder to make it darker or would that work?

Batness (author)hpert2011-10-09

You could use coconut oil to make bath melts; just remember that coconut oil melts at a lower temp that some of the other solid oils listed in this 'Ible. :D

I haven't tried this with cocoa powder; I imagine it would work just fine, but it will probably "settle" and not blend in well. Not sure though!

evaramos89 (author)2011-03-07

ha

thesugaraddict (author)2011-01-17

Oh these look great! I can't wait to try to make some ^.^

Axeldude (author)2011-01-08

I hope my mom will buy me some citric acid cuz I so want to make these! Oh and you have a beautiful boy ^_^

superMacaroni (author)2010-09-28

But they look yummy, Mommy... Just a little bite?

caitlinsdad (author)2009-02-11

Is this kid safe in the sense that they are edible? I don't think they would taste really good and some fragrance oils might be toxic if you leave these around for little kids unattended.

SoapyHollow (author)caitlinsdad2009-02-12

I put "Do Not Eat" labels on anything I make that smells or looks like food, mostly so people don't eat them. ;) No, they're not edible, but they wouldn't make anyone sick...the taste would make anyone spit it out before they could eat enough to make them sick. There's no sugar, and neither baking soda nor citric acid taste good. By federal law, no skin-safe fragrance oil manufactured in the United States is toxic in amounts under 1 oz per 50 pounds of body weight. But they taste awful, so it's an unlikely scenario. They're not toxic. They're not food, and I recommend against eating one...but they're not toxic. However, if you have a small one that is too young to understand the word "no", or who tends to purloin sweeties, then you probably don't want these lying around where they can get them.

JosiePosie76 (author)SoapyHollow2010-05-13

Lol...  I made chocolate soaps last year for everyone in the office....  I put please don't eat me on every single solitary basket....  Some people thought it would be funny to take the warning off the baskets...  I had a lot of people coming up and telling me my candy tasted like soap...  I was like..umm..  That's because it IS soap... 

caitlinsdad (author)SoapyHollow2009-02-12

Thanks, bigger kids might do anything on a dare or use it for a mean prank.

SoapyHollow (author)caitlinsdad2009-02-12

Ah yes...the inherent cruelty of the child's practical joke. Lo these many years later, I'm still mad at my best friend's brother, who in 3rd grade tricked me into drinking jalapeno juice.

jessyratfink (author)2009-02-11

These are awesome! I really have to try some of your bath recipes. They always look so good! :D

scoochmaroo (author)jessyratfink2009-02-11

I agree! These look spectacular. It's definitely time to round up some SoapyHollow favorites and take a day to make them all up!

SoapyHollow (author)scoochmaroo2009-02-12

Whoo! We'll make it national bathe day! Everyone...in the tub! The world would be better if we could just get everyone to relax in the tub for a little while. Plus, it's hard to start a war when you're warm, naked, and smell good. :)

peacenique (author)SoapyHollow2010-02-11

No no!  It has to be INTERnational bath day, thank you very much!

Iridium7 (author)SoapyHollow2009-12-15

 especially naked.

computer_guy (author)Iridium72010-01-19

I agree.

madmanmoe64 (author)SoapyHollow2009-04-01

Jan 8th is apparently National Bubble bath day

http://www.holidayinsights.com/other/bubblebathday.htm

SoapyHollow (author)madmanmoe642009-04-01

Sweet!

I have been saying that for years! Hahaaa.

SoapyHollow (author)jessyratfink2009-02-11

We could do a swap. :) You could make a robo-plushie for Igor, and I'll make you a basket of bath goodies. :)

jessyratfink (author)SoapyHollow2009-03-06

I would be totally into that once the semester winds down! :D

gallimaufry13 (author)2009-02-11

I'm totaly making these for my mother for valentines day. 5 stars!

Sweet! (erm...no pun intended) ;) Remember that they'll melt in your hand, so the wrapping part has to be pretty quick. If you don't have candy foils, saran wrap works too. :)

right right right. Thanks for the tip. again, awesome cool instructable

SoapyHollow (author)2009-02-12

Hee. Thanks. :)

gluless (author)2009-02-11

Oh wow!! I love these! I make soaps and bath salts for gifts and these will be so perfect to go in the baskets with them! Thank you for this great idea!!!

SoapyHollow (author)gluless2009-02-12

You're welcome. I'd love to see pics of yours!

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