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Intensely Moisturizing, Honey Butter Bath Melts

These DIY honey butter bath melts are luxurious, intensely hydrating, and easy to make.  I recommend them highly for those who suffer from very dry skin, and for those who have seasonally dry skin.  They are made from 4 beneficial ingredients.  The shea butter is a very powerful moisturizer, known to have exceptional wound healing properties for the skin.  It is known to help with skin allergies, insect bites, eczema, sunburns and even frostbite!  Cocoa butter not only provides a deep hydration, but also contains antioxidants.  It is recommended for the prevention of stretch marks, and as a treatment for chapped, burned or itchy skin.   Honey also has antioxidants and is known to be a great healer.  It is believed to protect the skin from the elements and give the skin elasticity, helping to prevent premature wrinkling.   The soy wax is added, primarily to hold the melts in shape.  It is also rich in vitamin E, and can help with skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, cracked skin, heels and cuticles.  


When I tested these bath melts, I was remarkably impressed with the immediate and noticeable skin hydration.  Place one bath melt into the tub and run your hot bath.  The bath melt will still hold it's shape, due to the soy wax that is necessary to keep it preserved and in shape when in storage.  Give the bath a good stir with your hands, breaking up the now, soft, ball with your fingers.  When in the bath, rub the pieces left into your skin.  Your will feel an intense hydrating, and even notice a little waxiness.  

Do not worry, you will not come out like feeling a walking candle.   After the bath, when you dry off, and put your clothes on, you will feel that the butters and soy wax really absorb nicely into the skin.  In fact, in my experience, it really targets the driest parts.  Leaving you with evenly moisturized skin.  My skin was not sticky and I did not feel a horrible residue, which actually surprised me.   I suppose that is the benefit of using all natural ingredients!  Your skin really thanks you for it.  

You will smell a blend of cocoa butter and honey when in the bath, which is lovely.  Once out of the bath, the scent is very subtle on your skin.  I could smell it, but my husband barely noticed it, which is good.  I wouldn't want to be too overwhelmed with scent.

Important note:  It does leave a residue in the bath.  Be careful not to slip when getting out of the bath.  Also, give your bathtub a good wipe down afterwards, so the next person doesn't slip either.  

Now let's talk about how to make it:


Ingredients
Makes 10 balls

12 Tbsp soy wax
4 Tbsp shea butter
8 Tbsp cocoa butter
6 Tbsp raw honey
1 glass jar for storage

Step 1:  Start a double boiler.  Take a medium sized pot and fill it with 2 inches of water.  Place a bowl on top, as seen below.  



Step 2:  Add the soy wax, shea butter and cocoa butter to the bowl.  (The cocoa butter is very hard.  I used the sharp edge of my measuring spoon to shave it out of it's pot).    Let all 3 ingredients sit over medium heat until melted.



Step 3:  Once the wax and butters are melted, add the raw honey.  Continuously stir the honey into the melted ingredients, until completely incorporated.  Remove from heat.


Step 4:  Spoon the ingredients into an ice tray, as you see here.   The main purpose of the ice tray, was to ensure I had equal sized balls in the end.  You can also just place your bowl of melted ingredients directly into the refrigerator after it cools.   The bath melts did not just pop out of the ice tray.  I scooped them out with a spoon to form balls.

Step 5:  Weather you used an ice tray, or left it in the bowl; refrigerate the mixture over night.   The following morning, spoon it out and form balls with your hands, 1 1/4 inches in diameter.  You should end up with 10 balls.


Step 6:  Place the balls into your jar and seal shut.  They will be sticky to the touch.  I recommend keeping them refrigerated to prevent too much softening, especially if you only plan to use them once in a while.  


Use as instructed above.  
Indulge, and enjoy!

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