Recipe – Shea & cacao butter melts; almost good enough to eat!

Katie Clare's shea & cacao MeltsThese nourishing ‘Melts’ are great to put into a hot bath, in order to moisturise your skin, or to use as a mini massage bar.  They make beautiful little gifts – ideal for Christmas or birthdays.




  • 150g cacao butter
  • 200g shea butter
  • essential oils:
    I used rose maroc, chamomile and lavender oils for my
    bedtime ‘Melts’ and orange, lime and rosemary oils for
    my zingy morning ones.
  • dried flower petals or herbs:
    I used lavender for bedtime and dried rosemary for morning.

You will also need a couple of ice cube trays.  The silicon shaped ones are the best to use.  I like the heart shaped ones for presents.

Makes approximately 20 ‘Melts’


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Chop the cacao butter into small pieces.  Place the cacao butter and the shea butter into heat-proof bowls and melt in a bain-marie.

Once they are melted, pour into a jug and stir to mix the two butters together.

Allow the mixture time to cool a little and then pour into ice cube trays.  It helps to use a funnel.  If the moulds are quite deep just fill them half way.

Add 1-2 drops of each oil into every mould of the tray.  Sprinkle dried flowers into each ‘Melt’ as well.

Allow to cool and then place in the freezer to set.

Once set you can push each ‘Melt’ out and arrange as gifts in little boxes or bags. Sprinkle with the remaining dried herbs or flowers.  Keep in the fridge.


Katie Clare's shea & cacao Melts


Many thanks to herbalist, Natasha Richardson, for the wonderful recipe.


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