DIY Bath melts and lip scrub

Homemade shea butter bath melts

Looking for something fun to do with the kids, or a Sunday afternoon craft? Me at the kids have so much fun making our own bath melts and lip scrubs. You literally only need three ingredients. It really is so simple and satisfying to do and the end result is perfect for a Sunday evening pamper.

Me and the kids having fun filming our DIY bath melt video for YouTube.

The melts make any bath super silky and luxurious. I really don’t feel like I need to moisturise after using a bath melt.

The lip scrub is perfect for keeping your lips soft, smooth and hydrated.

What you will need

  • The base for both these DIY’s is ‘Shea Butter‘. You can find raw shea butter online and in some health food shops. My favourite one to use is the 100% Natural Shea Butter from The Body Shop. It’s made in Ghana by and amazing group of women called the Tungtaiya Womens Shea Butter Association. I was lucky enough to meat Madame Fati from the Association, I have a blog piece on this if you would like to hear more about them and their partnership with Dame Anita Roddick and The Body Shop.
Warming up the shea butter with our hands to make more playable to scoop out into our moulds.
  • For the bath melts you will also need your favourite bubble bath or shower gel, I like to use The Body Shop’s shower gels as they come in many different scents and the all smell so good and make the best bubbles.
  • You will need a ice cube mould, I find the silicone ones are easier to pop out the finished melt as we will be freezing them. The silicone moulds are so flexible making it simple and easy to pop out your finished melts.

For the scrub you will need sugar. You can use any sugar, although I would recommend a grain sugar such as caster or granulated. Something like coconut sugar might be two soft and give a scrub like texture. Experiment and see which is your favourite sugar

I would love to hear in the comments which sugar you like to use best.

  • You will need a bowl for mixing and a little pot or jar to keep your finished scrub in. A mini jam jar like the ones you get in café’s and hotels would be perfect. I use my Body Shop At Home sample pots but any small pot or tub would be suitable.

how to make the bath melts

Our house smells incredible when we make these, especially when we come to run our baths.

100% Natural Shea Butter – The Body Shop
Adding one teaspoon of the shea butter to the silicone ice cube mould to make our shea butter melts.
  • Shower gel or bubble bath. We like to use a few different scents but you could keep it simple and use one. Half fill each mould and mix in with the shea butter using a small tool such as a cocktail stick. You can skip this part and fill to the top if you wish. There is no right or wrong way. We find that mixing makes it more fun for the kids but both ways make great bath melts.

Once you have made the amount of melts you desire, place them on a flat surface in your freezer. Leave for a few hours or over night to freeze. Once frozen, you could pop one out two melts out into your running bath.

Two finished frozen bath melts ready to go in the bath.

Top Tips

I always add them to a bath when it is running to produce bubbles. If you add them to the bath once it is filled, the melts won’t produce any bubbles.

I find that the bath isn’t oily or filled with residue after using the melts. This will depend on the amount of she butter you use in each bath. I find two melts is sufficient in a deep bath and one for a shallow bath.

How to make lip scrub

  • Add one spoonful of shea butter with one spoonful of your chosen sugar into a bowl and mix. A smaller grain of sugar will make a gentler scrub. If you would like to make a larger batch, keep the quantities in equal parts.
Mixing the shea butter with the sugar to make the scrub.
  • keep it plain and simple or add a couple of drops of a good quality essential oil to fragrance it. I like to use ‘Neals Yard’ Peppermint oil to make my scrub super uplifting refreshing.
  • Pop the scrub mix into a container and use right away. I use mine every day to help keep my lips super moisturised and flake free. The sugar smoothes your lips and the shea butter moisturises, giving the perfect base for your favourite lippy.
Lip scrub in a sample pot ready to use.

other ideas and uses

You can use pure she butter as a moisturiser and lip balm. So why not pop a small amount in a little pot for on the go. I keep one in my gym bag and on my desk.

This lip scrub recipe and method could easily be used in larger quantities to make a body scrub. Maybe add some coconut oil, sea salt and a few drops your favourite essential oil. You could make it look beautiful by adding some fresh or dried lavender to make the experience even more luxurious. Perfect for relaxing into a bedtime routine.

I hope you enjoy making your bath melts & lip scrub. I would live to see your creations and hear what scents you like to use.

Below is a video of me and my kids having lots of fun making our own melts and scrubs.

Hear the story of the shea butter at The Body Shop here

100% Natural Shea Butter – The Body Shop

Sarah x

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The Body Shop’s Shea Butter Story

Madame Fati Paul on stage at The Body Shop At home Conference sharing her story

For The Body Shop, their story with shea butter began back in the early 90’s, when Dame Anita Roddick visited a community in Northen Ghana. She was on a search for natural, ethical products she could use in her skincare products ranges at The Body Shop.

I was lucky to hear the story first hand from Madame Fati Paul. Anita’s life long friend and business partner at the body shop at home conference back in February 2020.

There is a She in every Shea

Anita came upon a community of women in Tungteiya. These women were sat in a circle mixing a substance like nothing she had ever seen before. She asked what they were doing. Madame Fati of the women’s tribe explained to Anita that these women were making shea butter. Intrigued Anita asked if she could join in and have a go. Madame Fati took Anita under her wing and showed her how to mix the shea in to a butter.

Mother natures protector

Madame Fati explained how the shea butter protects their skin from the harsh abrasive storms from the Sahara desert. It acts like a barrier to protects skin from the harsh elements, leaving their skin it deeply moisturised and supple. Because of this, the women named the shea tree “The tree of life” and the butter itself “Gold”. All the women had the most beautiful soft and nourished skin because of the process of mixing the shea butter and the end product itself.

For the love of shea

Anita fell in love with the women and their shea. She agreed a fair price to take 5kg’s home with her to test in her products in her laboratory. When testing Anita found it to be such a rich and moisturising component which worked incredibly well in her products. Anita then reached out to the women and asked for a further 5 tonnes! Anita offered to pay a fair price for the shea butter and to also pay a premium on top to enable the community to build much needed resources such as medical centres, schools and pumps for clean running water. The villages continue to develop and grow to this day, providing better living conditions as a result of this partnership.

The power of shea

The Tongayian Women’s Shea Butter Association was setup. To this day 640 women from 11 villages work at the association to handcraft 390 tons of shea butter for The Body Shop every year. These woman each use their expert 18-stage process lovingly passed down the generations from mother to daughter to each expertly produce shea butter in 25kg batches ensuring the highest quality in 24 hours.

Before the partnership between The Body Shop at the Tongtayian women’s tribe, the women didn’t have a say in the running of their own homes or a voice in the community. These women now have a say in the negotiations on pricing of the Shea butter and have the freedom to be able to make their own choices and voice their own opinions. These strong, powerful women now have a say in the villages and how they run.

More on the shea butter story in this video.

YouTube Video Making Bath Melts & Lip Scrub With Shea Butter

Fancy making your own shea butter bath melts? check out my blog: DIY Bath Melts & Lip Scrub

100% Natural Shea Butter

Sarah x

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How to make hand wash from a bar of soap ~ The Body Shop

I decided to look-into the possibilities of making my own liquid hand wash, when it became impossible to buy hand wash in the shops and on-line back in April 2020. This was when the pandemic we all know as Covid-19 started to spread across the UK. I love soap bars I but find them to be a little messy, as they can turn slimly and end up making a mess all over the sink. It’s so much easier for me and the kids to use liquid hand wash dispensed from a pump bottle. So with this in-mind I decided to do some research into making my own hand wash. How hard can it be?

My findings

As I am a Body Shop At Home Consultant, I have many bars of soap and beauty products around the house (my stock draw is fit to burst). So I decided to see if I could turn one of my solid bars of soap from The Body Shop into a liquid hand wash. I remembered seeing a post from one of my friends. She had tried to make hand wash from a bar of soap from The Body Shop and it seemed to have worked. So I decided to put it to the test and have some fun!

Mango soap bar from The Body Shop

Getting the kids involved

Getting the kids involved was so much fun. We are currently home-schooling due to the lockdown in the UK. Therefore having a variety of fun and practical experiments to do is a great way to bring fun into learning. You only need a few simple kitchen utensils to make the hand wash. You need a hob to melt the soap in the water but it only needs to be on a low heat. We had so much fun trying this experiment out. It was so simple and easy to do, therefore anyone can give this a go.

What you will need

  • a bar of soap from the body shop ( you will only need 25 grams/quarter of a bar)
  • 500 ml of water
  • A grater ( or you can chop it up with a knife )
  • A pan
  • A spoon to stir
  • A jug or funnel
  • A hand wash bottle with a pump
  • Stove or hob to heat up the water
  • Weighing scales or just cut the bar in to 4 as you only use one quarter.

How To make it

  • First of all wash out the hand wash bottle you wish to use and make sure the pump has been rinsed through.
  • Cut and weigh out 25 grams of your chosen soap bar and grate or chop into small chunks, the smaller the chunks, the quicker it will melt.
  • Measure out 500ml of water and place in a pan, along with your grated 25 grams of soap.
  • Gently heat on a low heat and stir until it has melted then leave to cool.
  • Once it has cooled for about 10/15 minuets transfer it into a jug or if using a funnel you can use the funnel to directly pour into your hand wash bottles.
  • Pour in to your hand wash bottles and leave to cool. As it cools it will thicken in consistency.
  • After about an hour your hand wash is good to be used.

How did it turn out?

Overall I’m happy with how it turned out. I found the hand wash lathered really well and it did a great job of washing my hands. My hands felt squeaky clean and once they were dry, they felt really moisturised and smooth. The hand wash turned out lovely but it did loose most of it’s colour pigment. It doesn’t stay vibrant like the soap bars. It does the job of a hand was. If you wanted to make your hand wash more antibacterial, you could always add a few drops of tea tree oil. Best of all it was fun to make with the kids and we will defiantly be making more. The house was filled with the most amazing smell during the process. I would recommend anyone giving this a go.

The Body Shop soap bars have glycerin in, which helps the soap bar to turn into hand wash. I have seen recipes online which require glycerine to be added, in order for the soap bar to turn in to hand wash. This is what makes this a two product recipe

My hand wash once cooled and bottled

The video below show’s how I did it.

New video up every Tuesday on my YouTube Channel.

Let me know if you try this, as I would love to hear what scent to tried and how it turned out for you.

More from me…

I have a ‘closed’ body shop at home face book group, which I would love for you to join and be apart of. There you will find an array of advice and information about all The Body Shop Products. . Click on the link below. I look forward to connecting with you in the group.

Sarah x



My top 10 body shop products I use every day! 2020

Being a body shop at home consultant means I get to try the whole range available from the body shop. So today I wanted to share with you my favourite ten products I use every day. I have so many product that love, therefore I found it really difficult to whittle them down to just ten, putting them in order was also a challenge, as I LOVE THEM ALL. 

So here is my top 10 count down…

I have decided to count down from tenth place all the way up to number one. so lets start the countdown.

#10 Vitamin C Glow-Protect Lotion SPF 30

Firstly at number ten is a product which is perfect for spring and summer months – but did you know? We should really be wearing an SPF all year round?! SPF’s help to protect us from harmful UVA rays, which actually speed up ageing. This gorgeous moisturiser is a lovely creamy consistency, therefore it applies easily to the skin and sinks in really well. Perfect as a daily moisturiser, or pair with theVitamin C “Glow Boosting Moisturiser” for even more hydration.

Did you know? If you times the SPF factor by 10 it gives you the time you are protected from the sun rays for? for example, if we did the sum with the factor 30 it would be 30 x 10 = 300 minutes. I always try and get a good hour in the shade before popping back out into the sun, as this gives my skin time to restore and cool down. I aways make sure I re-apply before heading back out in-to the sun. If you have a full-face of makeup on and you don’t want to re apply a cream, then the  SKIN DEFENCE multi protection SPF 30 PA+++ face mist is a great handbag essential to have, as it effortlessly protects the skin whilst leaving your makeup in-place and looking on point.

#9 Hemp Heavy Duty Lip Care

My goodness I love this product. I use the hemp lip protector every night before bed. I always have one on hand for when I need it through out the day. This lip balm really does wonders with dry cracked and sore lips. Using this balm overnight and before makeup application has made a huge difference to the softness and appearance of my lips. My children are prone to getting really chapped lips in the winter months, so they each have a tube in their pockets at school, as we have had over-night results from this balm on their very first application.

Hemp lip protector.

#8 Shimmer Waves 02 blush

This is my daily essential to effortless makeup. I love a quick, 5 minute simple and easy to do makeup look most days and the shimmer waves pallet is a multi use product making this possible. You can use it as an eye shadow to create multiple eye looks, a highlighter, my favourite thing to do is get my blusher brush and swirl it all around  to create the most beautiful, fresh faced glow. It really does produces the most natural rosey cheeked dewy look. 

I love to pop on my favourite foundation, do my brows, add that blush and my natural fresh-faced day look is done!

DID YOU KNOW? You can even use it on top op your favourite lip balm for that hint of colour and shimmer. Also this is mind-blowing… if you pop some on your hails and cover with a clear nail polish you can create a beautiful nail colour! This fact left me gob-smacked! Let me know if you try this!

My well used shimmer waves pallet in 02 blush

#7 Fresh Nude foundation SPF 15

Talking of my favourite foundation, the Fresh Nude foundation is the best I have EVER tried. – Yes I am a body shop at home consultant but I have been in-love with this foundation for many years before becoming a consultant…. There is a reason I became a consultant and that is through my love of the products and brand ethics. This foundation is Amazing, oh my goodness I cannot tell you enough how much I love it! This foundation is a beautiful, natural coverage, that leaves your skin looking beautifully healthy. 

I always use the Fresh Nude Foundation Brush when applying this foundation. The brush has two layers of soft synthetic bristles, which effortlessly applies and blends out the foundation in moments, for that flawless finish.

Fresh Nude foundation and vitamin C Glow-protect lotion. Summer essentials.

#6 British rose petal-soft gel toner

An instant soothing ah… as soon as this gentle toner touches my skin. It instantly soothes the skin and helps to plump the face back up with hydration, bringing the skins natural Ph balance back after cleansing. Made with real British rose petals and enriched with Community Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera  this gentle gel toner not only looks beautiful, it feels and smells amazing too. 

British rose toner. The body shop
My almost empty bottle of British rose toner.

TIP FOR TONING! – Use a cold damp cotton pad or even better a reusable, washable cotton pad or small face sponge to apply the toner. As when the cotton pad or sponge is damp, the toner will sit on top, instead of absorbing in to the pad or sponge, leaving more product for you face, instead of wasting the majority of it on toning your sponge. *Shop the British Rose Petal-Soft Gel Toner

#5 Body Yoghurts

Have you tried the body yoghurts yet? They are amazing! Gel-cream consistency these yoghurts soak in, in seconds! Perfect for on the go, theres no waiting around to get in your favourite skinny jeans. 

After shaving, waxing or epilating, I find the yoghurts instantly sooth the skin and have helped to stop those red, raised bumps you can sometimes get from the irritation of the hair removal process. 

My skin feels beautifully soft after using these yoghurts, they keep the skin moisturised for 48 hours. Enriched with Community Trade organic almond milk from Spain, which is great for nourishing the skin. 

Juicy pear body yoghurt – the body shop
sample of the consistency on the back of my hand
sample of the body yoghurt on the back of my hand.

TOP TIP! – Keep body yogurts in the fridge for that extra cooling sensation. Perfect after a hard days work, or a day in the sun.

#4  Drops of Youth™ Concentrate – AKA “Botox in a bottle” 

Silky and smooth and gorgeous to apply,  this serum really does make me feel and look more youthful. I use this after cleansing and toning the skin, before moisturising.

Enriched with 3 plant stem cells, edelweiss, criste marine and sea holly, the serum helps to plump and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. It leaves my skin feeling silky soft and moisturised. Its made from 99% ingredients of natural origin, and antioxidants, to help protect skin from daily pollutants. 

Drops of Youth™ Concentrate AKA botox in a bottle

Try it for 30 days and let me know what you think? I defiantly noticed a difference. 

# 3 Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

This product will leave you speechless. I highly recommend that  anyone who wears makeup or uses face paint to try this product! You won’t believe your eyes when you see this in action. It’s ever so gentle, formulated with sensitive skin-in-mind and yet it effortlessly melts away waterproof make up and face paint like nothing I have EVER tried before. I use this daily to remove even my most waterproof makeup and lip stain, and on the kids after they have been covered in face paint at the local summer fate. It really it’s so easy to use, simply get a small amount and massage into the face. Once you’ve gently massaged the face all over, use a damp face-cloth to wipe away the cleanser and makeup. Suitable for contact lens wearers and sensitive skin.

after cleansing with the camomile cleansing balm
fresh faced after cleansing with Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter
cleansing with the camomile cleansing balm
Me looking like Joker after massaging the cleansing butter in to my face, before removing with a damp cloth.

#2 Carrot Wash Energizing Face Cleanser

Carrot wash and bunny ears. Photo from my youTube video my morning skincare routine.

  #1 Vitamin C Skin Boost Instant Smoother

The ultimate product in my top 10 has to be the Vitamin C skin reviver.  Oh my goodness, the very moment I received this after hearing so many amazing reviews, I was so impressed, that I went live on my facebook group to tell everyone all about it! I was truly blown away. First of all it smells amazing, this is the best product in the vitamin c range, in my opinion. It glistens, it’s so luminous and beautiful, it feels like silk on your skin. 

Vitamin C skin reviver - the body shop.
Vitamin C skin reviver

When you apply it your skin feels velvety, fresh and wide awake. It gives you such a healthy glow.  It smells so good that even your very soul feels awake. This product really has the feel good factor. 

The vitamin C range is Jam packed with camu camu berries from the amazonian rainforest in Peru. These small berries contain 60 times more vitamin C than that of an orange! Mind-blown? – I was! 

From the moment you open the lid you can smell the powerful fragrance and it instantly boosts the mood and awaken the senses. Imagine freshly picked, juicy oranges mixed with the sweetest smelling sherbet and you have the fragrance of the vitamin C collection.

I hope you have loved reading about my top ten products I love to use daily. Have you any favourites from my list? What are your top ten body shop products. 

Below is a you tube video I filmed alongside this blog. If you would love to see more than please subscribe to my channel The Organic Yorkshire Rose

Sarah x

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Cleanse the day away with The Body Shop’s Camomile Cleansing Butter!!

The simplest, gentlest way to cleanse your face after a day/night of full make up is to use the body shop’s Camomile cleaning butter. It feels like silk on your skin. Simply massage into your face or not so elegantly just rub it in and wipe off with a damp cloth or cotton pad. It’s actually quit fun to look in the mirror before wiping off… here is me looking like Joker.

Joker Face!

No more need for wipes!!

The fully recyclable tin, it’s perfect for taking away on camping trips and Festivals, where finding a sink is limited. I went to Moonbeams festival earlier this year with my Dad. Whilst camping , I found the camomile cleaning butter perfect for taking away my full face of make up at 3am in my little tent. Every trace of makeup was removed by simply massaging a small amount of the balm into my face and wiping away with a face cloth and believe me, I went full on with the makeup! Bright red lipstick, eye-liner, star stamps on my temple and mascara. 

With calming camomile extract from Norfolk England, the cleanser is suitable for the gentlest and most sensitive skin. I have sensitive skin and found it felt gorgeous on my skin leaving it feeling silky, soft and moisturised. It so gentle its suitable for contact lens wearers, no more irritated eyes.

Fresh clean face after using the Camomile cleansing butter.

Im so pleased the body shop have brought out such an easy to use product that replaces the need for wipes which take years to disintegrate. Anything that does what is says on the tin and helps the environment gets a thumbs-up from me! Thank you Body Shop! 

I’m proud to be a body shop at home consultant. Check out my FB group Sarah’s Beauties for more info, tutorials and products. I deliver anywhere in the UK.

Me and Freya had some fun during Covid-19 lockdown. She drew on my face with face paints an I demonstrate how easily the cleansing balm melts away all traces of face paint.

Sarah x

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