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Add luxury to your bath time with floral DIY bath creamers! Homemade bath creamers are a mix of fizzy bath bombs and nourishing bath melts. The natural ingredients for these handmade beauty products include moisturising shea and cocoa butter, milk powder, and fragrant essential oils. The bath creamers are also studded with dried flowers and petals.
If you have ever looked for ways to moisturise and care for your skin, throw a handful of these little treats into your bath. They dissolve in a fun fizz and enrich the water with soothing and nourishing ingredients that cater to your skin needs. The bath creamers release a lovely floral fragrance, allowing you to pamper yourself and enjoy a wonderful spa-at-home experience. They are also a thoughtful homemade gift for everyone interested in natural skincare.
What are bath creamers?
I’m not sure if anyone outside the UK has ever heard of bath creamers. If you have, drop me a comment and let me know. In Britain a couple of companies offer them, but you can easily make your own DIY bath creamers at home. Think of bath creamers as a “hybrid” between bath bombs and bath melts. They have the creamy texture and skin-nourishing oils of bath melts but fizz like bath bombs when put in the tub, albeit a bit slower. Bath creamers are usually relatively small-sized, much smaller than traditional bath bombs, and I tend to add a couple of them to my bath water.
What ingredients do I need to make DIY bath creamers?
Floral DIY bath creamers are an all-natural homemade beauty product. Before making the recipes, let’s take a moment to talk about the ingredients and their skincare benefits.
Vegetable butters & milk powder
Cocoa butter and shea butter will make the bath water feel silky smooth and luxurious. Both kinds of butter contain many natural vitamins and fatty acids that provide nourishment and moisture for the skin. Cocoa butter is rich in antioxidants and an excellent emollient, meaning it helps the skin absorb moisture. Furthermore, shea butter has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce skin inflammation, prevents drying, and softens the skin.
I enriched the bath creamers with goat’s milk powder, which is packed with vitamins, particularly vitamins D and A, some of the most important vitamins for the skin, and nourishing minerals. This powder also contains linoleic acid, which supports the skin structure, and other essential fatty acids that are very moisturising and help to even out the skin tone. You can also use whole milk powder instead. And in case you prefer to make this DIY beauty recipe vegan, replace the sheep or goat milk powder with the same amount of coconut milk powder.
Baking soda, SLSA & cornflour
Essentials oils are an excellent way to fragrance the bath creamers naturally. You can use any essentials that are skin-safe. I wanted something fresh and floral smelling and used a blend of grapefruit, mandarin red, and ylang-ylang. Grapefruit essential oil tones and cleanses the skin and hair and smells wonderfully fruity and energising. Mandarin red essential oil has a refreshing yet calming fragrance and is good to tone oily, acne prone skin. Ylang-ylang essential oil gives a floral and uplifting scent and perfectly rounds out the citrus scents of the other oils. Since the creamers are so small, the scent throw isn’t overpowering but still pleasant.
Dried flower petals
I rolled the bath creamers in dried flower petals because it looks gorgeous and the petals will steep in the bath water and add even more benefits to your bath time. Just note that the petals don’t dissolve in the bath water. But that’s really the only clean up required with this product, and they wipe away easily with a paper towel.
I didn’t add any micas or colour to the DIY bath creamers. The bath water will simply look milky and smell oh-so-good. I plan to make more bath creamers in the future and look forward to experimenting with colour.
Tips for making DIY bath creamers
If you have ever made bath bombs you know that the bath bomb mixture should feel like damp sand. In comparison, the bath creamer mixture should have the consistency of cookie dough.
Looking at the ingredients list, you can see that I wrote 150 to 200 g (5.3 – 7 oz) cocoa butter. I recommend to start with 150 g (5.3 oz) and increase the amount of cocoa butter only if the mixture is too dry to roll balls.
On the other hand, when the mixture is too soft add soda and cornstarch, a spoonful at a time, until it maintains its shape. You can also gently warm the mixture in the water bath should it become too firm to form creamers.
Floral DIY Bath Creamers
Instead of covering the creamers with mixed petals, you can also decorate them with a single type of flower (e.g. dried rose petals, lavender, cornflowers, or calendula petals). I also recommend to use a digital kitchen scale for measuring our the ingredients so you can prepare the beauty recipe with precise measurements.
150 – 200 g (5.3 – 7 oz) cocoa butter
50 g (1.7 oz) shea butter
600 g (21.2 oz) baking soda
200 g (7 oz) goat’s milk powder
60 g (2.1 oz) cornflour (cornstarch)
20 g (0.7 oz) SLSA (Sodium Lauryl Sulfocetate)
10 g (0.35 oz) grapefruit essential oil
5 g (0.17 oz) mandarin red essential oil
2 g (0.02 oz) ylang-ylang essential oil
1) Melt the butters
Add the cocoa and shea butter to a heat-resistant bowl and melt in a water bath over a low flame. Once completely melted, take off the heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Then stir in the essential oils.
2) Mix the dry ingredients
Put on the mouth cover and gloves. Weight out the dry ingredients and put them into a mixing bowl. Combine until no lumps are showing.
3) Make the bath creamer mixture
Pour the melted butter-essential oil mixture over the dry ingredients and knead well to combine.
4) Form and chill the bath creamers
Form 3 cm (1.2 in) balls from the mixture and then roll in dried flower petals. Place the bath creamers on a lined plate or tray and let firm up in the refrigerator or freezer for one hour.
How to use the DIY bath creamers
Drop the bath creamers into a warm bath, and they will fizz softly, releasing its moisturising butters and fragrant essential oils into the water. Apply body lotion or body butter after the bath.
Storage and shelf life
The DYI bath creamers can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for up to a year.
For gift giving, I put the bath creamers into jars that I decorated with a piece of ribbon and a printable label.
Free Printable Bath Creamer Label & Gift Tags
Click on the button to download your free printable bath creamer label to package and gift your beauty DIY beautifully!
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