Just when you think you've made every type of handmade bath goodie under the sun, you go and find a recipe that inspires you to try something totally different. When I spotted these Milk & Honey Moisturizing Bath Melts on BrenDid.com I knew I had to try them out. The recipe uses honey as a main binding agent along with shea butter and sweet almond oil to press powdered milk into pretty little melt-away spheres.
I tried Bren's original recipe and ended up loving it so much that I was inspired to create my own version. My bath melts also use honey, but add in the aroma of natural cocoa butter and vanilla bean to give them a delightfully decadent twist. They smell like chocolate and look as if they've been dusted with powdered sugar, so naturally I named them after chocolate truffles.
These pretty little melts have a nice subtle chocolate and vanilla aroma, but if you'd like something a little more intense, try adding 1 teaspoon of Fragrance Oil. Bittersweet Chocolate or Vanilla Buttercream would be great choices, but feel free to make this your own with something like Raspberry Truffles or Coconut Cream.
You could even take the recipe a whole different direction by using Deodorized Cocoa Butter and 1/2 teaspoon of floral Essential Oil instead. Neroli, Rose, or Ylang Ylang would smell heavenly along with the vanilla bean.
White Chocolate & Vanilla Bean Bath Truffles
Makes about 1-dozen bath truffles
- 3 ounces (180 grams) honey
- 2 1/2 ounces (70 grams) Cocoa Butter, melted
- 1 1/4 ounces (35 grams) Brazil Nut Oil
- 1 1/4 ounces (35 grams) Macadamia Nut Oil
- 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) Whole Milk Powder, divided
- 1 vanilla bean
- Slice open vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out seeds. Bean casing may be reserved for another use. Combine seeds with milk powder in food processor and pulse for 30-60 seconds, or until vanilla beans have been well dispersed. Transfer 1 cup milk powder to large mixing bowl and set aside the last 1/2 cup for later.
- Combine honey, cocoa butter, and oils in a small bowl and whisk vigorously.
- Quickly pour oil mixture over 1 cup milk powder and mix well to form a crumbly dough.
- Line tray or platter with wax paper. Using your hands, roll the mixture into small balls and set them on the wax paper. A good portion of liquid may drip out of the balls. This may be discarded.
- Allow the balls to set and harden for at least two hours, then roll the balls in the remaining 1/2 cup milk powder.
Usage & Packaging
- Pack your bath truffles in airtight containers like our Small Cello Bags or 16 ounce Flint Glass Jars.
- To Use, simply drop one or two melts into warm bath water.
Wondering what to do with your leftover vanilla bean shell? Try making an oil infusion with vanilla bean and your favorite herbs. Infused oils are wonderful for massage, body care, and hair care!
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