Forest Grove Bath Melts

Looking for a simple and fun gift for the holidays?

This recipe is from my new book Naked: Botanical Recipes for Vibrant Skin and Healthy Hair. One of the most basic recipes in the book, these bars are a simple blend of sweet almond oil, cocoa butter and essential oil. You can add herbs or natural colors as well, or make them unscented by leaving out the essential oils (the cocoa butter itself smells like chocolate). Once in the bath, you can rub them on your skin for extra hydration. They leave your skin soft and silky and add a moisturizing element to the bath for dry, irritated skin or eczema.

forest grove bath melts


  • Measure by weight:
    • 8 ounces cocoa butter
  • Measure by volume:
    • ½ cup sweet almond oil
    • 60 drops orange essential oil
    • 30 drops cedar essential oil
    • 30 drops fir essential oil

Kitchen tools you will need:

  • Scale
  • Measuring cup
  • Double boiler
  • Spoon
  • Molds
  • Glass jars or containers
  • Labels, jars or bags

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  1. In a double boiler, melt the cocoa butter.
  2. Add the almond oil and stir until melted.
  3. Take off the stove and add the essential oils. At this point, you can also add some dried lavender flowers if you wish.
  4. Pour into molds and let cool completely. I find that small glycerin soap molds work well, but you can also use small muffin pans or candy molds. This recipe takes a while to cool and solidify. You can put the molds in the refrigerator to speed the process.
  5. To use, get in the tub, add a bath melt and watch it melt. Kids love this part!
  6. Gently rub the oils into your skin.
  7. Be careful when exiting the tub as the oil can make surfaces slippery!

Making your own gifts for the holidays can be a labor of love. It is inexpensive, engages the creative process, and helps us learn more about natural remedies and their healing properties. What could be better than receiving a healthy gift that someone else took the time, energy, and thoughtfulness to make?

ElaineAbout the Author:
Elaine Sheff has been studying medicinal plants since 1987. A Clinical Herbalist, she is a graduate of both the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies and the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. Elaine is a certified instructor of Fertility Awareness and Natural Family Planning, a safe, effective birth control method used to avoid or achieve pregnancy. She has a clinical practice providing herbal consultations for individuals with health concerns. Elaine teaches herb classes throughout the United States and is the original co-founder of Meadowsweet Herbs. She is the co-director of Green Path Herb School in Missoula, Montana. A best selling author, her latest book is called Naked: Botanical Recipes for Healthy Skin. You can often find Elaine in her garden or cooking gluten free.

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2 Comments on “Forest Grove Bath Melts

  1. Hi Elaine

    I just made these bath melts, but after taking them out of the fridge and leaving them on the counter for a bit, they are all soft and mushy. Is there something I can do to stabilize these so they don’t need refrigeration?

    • Hi Lynette,
      They take a while to solidify, but once they do, they should be fine. If they are not solid by now, consider adding 4 more ounces of cocoa butter. Hope you enjoy them! Elaine

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