Wednesday, November 27, 2013

DIY Melting Snowman (Fizzing Bath Melts)




The whole inspiration and idea to start creating my own bath products came from this product. Lush has a Melting Snowman bath melt and my Mom was--- is obsessed with it. I bought it the first time, two Christmas' ago and she hasn't stopped raving about it since.
This year she asked for a few of them, and normally I would have been fine with that but, at over $5.00 each I thought 'There has to be a way to make these cheaper'. From there the idea was born, research was done and many trial and error batches were made until this recipe was created. It is easy to mold, moisturizing and disperses easily in the bath.


These can be molded like I have shown in my video or you can mold them however you like. You can also press them into silicone molds or cupcake forms. I wouldn't recommend using a metal cupcake pan; they would be very difficult to remove.

These are a great product to make with children; I think the molding aspect and the quick drying time make it an activity that would work really well.


The final product is very similar to Lush's The Melting Snowman, I just didn't add a few ingredients such as titanium dioxide and powdered sugar. The idea of bathing in sugar kind’a creeps me out so I don't include it in any of my products... I just don't think it would be good for your pink parts, but that's just me.

If you want to have the traditional scent of The Melting Snowman than you want combine these scents to make up the 1 oz of fragrance (they are listed in the highest to lowest volume ratio) Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil, Patchouli Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Clove Leaf Oil, and finally Lime Oil.

Melting Snowman (Fizzing Bath Melts)


Ingredients:

2 Cups Baking Soda
1 Cup Citric Acid
4 oz. Cocoa Butter, Melted
1 oz Shea Butter, Melted
1 oz Sweet Almond Oil
1 oz Fragrance or 7-15 drops of essential oil (I used a fragrance called Sleigh Ride for this batch. I recommend something that has a Christmas fragrance to it. )
Candied Ginger, Cut (see video for cutting instructions)
Chocolate Chips or Juniper berries (for eyes and buttons)

You can substitute any or all of the Butters or Oil for your preferred choice. This is what is in the original Lush Melting Snowman and is a blend that I find very nourishing and soothing to the skin.

 

Tolls:

Disposable rubber gloves
Mask (if you are sensitive to airborne powders)
Sieve
Large Mixing Bowl
Wax Paper

 

Directions:


1.      To get started measure out your Butters and place them in a heat safe container. I like to use a glass liquid measuring cup. Microwave the butters on 30 second bursts stirring in-between until melted, this takes about 2 minutes. Once melted set them aside to cool.
2.      While the Butters are melting (that reminds me of the Aero chocolate bar commercial where they say  “the bubbles are melting”--- sorry got sidetracked) cut your candy ginger into wedges. You can watch the video above to see the exact directions on this but, you pretty much want to get about 12-18 wedges per ginger piece depending on how large it is.
3.      At this point you will want to put your gloves on and mask if you are going to wear one (I only wear a mask when I’m working with SLSA) also lay out a sheet of wax paper to mold your snowman on.
4.      Sift your Baking Soda and Citric Acid into a large mixing bowl.Press through any large clumps with your hands.
5.      Work the dry powders between your hands to break down and lumps in the mixture and to combine thoroughly. Any lumps of dry mixture will cause imperfections in your finished products, so make sure to get the powders smooth at this point.
6.      By now your Butters should have cooled down enough that you can add your fragrance without damaging it. Add your Almond Oil and Fragrance or Essential Oil to your melted Butters and stir to combine.
7.      Add your liquid ingredients to your dry mixture and mix until completely combined. The mixture should resemble wet sugar cookie dough, be easy to mold and hold its shape.
8.      Start by taking a little over 1 oz of the dough, roll it into a ball and flatten into a disk on your wax paper. Then press your finger into the side to create indentations around the disk, this is to make it look like the base is melting and pooling.
9.      Take about ½ that mixture and roll a ball for the head. Place it toward the back (choose which side you feel should be the back) and press firmly around the edges, the mixture is easy to mold so just keep fiddling with it until you have the desired look. Remember these are handmade, by you--- not a machine, imperfections are what give them style and character.
10.  Now that you have the hard part done (it’s not hard) it’s time to decorate! Get your Chocolate Chips (or dried Juniper Berries if you choose to use them) and Ginger wedges. Place three Chocolate Chips, point side down on the body in front of the head in a semi-circle. Add two Chocolate Chips point side out for the eyes and press a ginger wedge point side out in for the nose.
11.  You have your first snowman! Now as your working the Butters will start too cool and harden if, you get to the point where you are having a hard time working with it, don’t panic simple pop it into the microwave for about 15-30 seconds and it will soften up again for you.
12.  Allow the snowman to set for about 30-45 minutes then remove from the wax paper. Store them in a sealed container or Ziploc bag until you are ready to use or package.
 
I’d love to see and hear what you create, hope you enjoy making them as much as I do.

Caution:  the amount of butters in this Bath Melt will make your skin moisturized but, in turn will leave your bath slippery. Please be careful getting out of the bath.

12 comments:

  1. how many do you make out of these recipe? They are too cute!

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    1. Thanks Rocio!

      I got 12 out of this batch. you can make them a bit smaller and get up to 14 but, you don't want to make them too small of the proportion will be off with the chocolate chips for eyes.

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  2. i wonder if i cud sell this when i have made it, and that gorgeus bath truffle

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  3. Are these measurements in fluid ounces or ounces by weight?

    Thanks!

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    1. Always use weight when making bath products. Much more accurate.

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  4. Cute! Is that a whole ounce of fragrance? Seem for this batch, would be a half ounce.

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  5. .."I just don't think it would be good for your pink parts, but that's just me."

    I can't begin to tell you how this made me LOL, because even though I don't know you, I could somehow hear in my head how you said it. :) And no, sugar isn't good for the pink parts, which is why I don't use powdered sugar in mine, either.

    In any case, I happened upon you quite by accident, but thought these were adorable & wanted to say hi. Thanks, & have a great day! :)

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  6. This is very nifty and a great way to save great recipe

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  7. how much would you sell one for? tx!

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  8. My daughters are into 'Frozen' like most little girls and are going to love these. ThanQ so much for sharing.

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  9. do you use natual shea and cocoa butters or refined. thank alot

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  10. Hi - I just found your site. These are adorable. I've got a question for you. You say to use 1 oz of fragrance oil or 7 to 15 drops of essential oils. Will using essential oils change the texture of the mix because you are using less liquid? And, if so, do you need to add more oils to make up for it? Thanks!

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