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Lavender Bath Melts

Lavender Bath Melts

I have been meaning to share this recipe with you for some time now. Since we redirected the blogs focus to our world of home education it has taken us on a whirlwind of crafts, projects and resources.

We are always keen to share our lifestyle with you guys and these DIY recipes are a fantastic way of letting you know that we are trying to head our lives in a more mindful and minimalist direction. We have shunned most shop-bought products in favour of trying out our own recipes. We try to avoid products with ingredients that we don't recognise or that are bad for the planet. We like to try and reduce the waste that we use as much as possible and have found that making these small changes all add up to the bigger picture.

I guess our journey for all things homemade started when Pops had eczema. She was so sensitive to certain products that we began to research alternatives. It's frightening the things you can unearth when hearing about some of the chemicals used in mainstream products and its no wonder why so many of us find we have sensitivities to them. We then became vegan as well as learning the horrors of palm oil which made us label checker police and those few things hand in hand really made it much simpler for us to start to make our own beauty and household products. We even make our own deodorant!

Not so long ago we had the chance for a beautiful day out at the Cotswold Lavender Fields. It was really quite breathtaking to be surrounded by fields and fields of fragrant lavender. The combination of the striking variety of purples and lilacs mixed with the heady scent of the flowers made it a very relaxing and treasured experience. It was so nice to hear the abundance of bees thriving in this environment and it was a fabulous place to educate our wee ones in nature.

On to the distillery we were met with a warm cloud of essence and had the chance to learn how essential oils go from field to bottle. It was fascinating seeing how this time honoured tradition was so simply executed with the well-oiled machines. This was the bit that Fin loved the most. It was extremely hot, pungent and noisy with the steam pluming up to the ceiling but I could tell he was itching to get his hands on all of the levers.

I thought that it would be a lovely experience for the kids to help make some lavender bath melts after seeing the processes out in the fields. Lavender is famous for being the calming scent making it perfect for a pre-bedtime relaxing soak. I will just add in here that you need to be cautious with essential oils. They are medicinal and can have harmful effects when not used correctly. This recipe is a very gentle one that hasn't been a problem on either of my kid's sensitive skin but we advise you do your own research and offer a skin patch test for your own reassurance. Please be careful with children in the bath too as the carrier oils can make the bath extra slippy.

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Recipe - makes approximately 20 melts

Method

  1. Melt the coconut oil and shea butter in a saucepan.

  2. Carefully add the essential oils to the mix.

  3. Pour into your ice cube mould and sprinkle with lavender.

  4. Allow to set in the fridge.

  5. Once set, pop them out and store in a jar in the fridge until needed.

  6. Once the bath is run, drop one melt into the hot water and watch it melt and infuse in the tub. Enjoy!!

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