Lavender and Coconut Oil Bath BonBons

          lavender and coconut oil bath bon bons

           

          Lavender and Coconut Oil Bath BonBons

          While I was harvesting my lavender and tying them into bundles for drying, I tried to decide what to do with it all this year. My post last summer on 5 Ways to Use Lavender included an ice cream recipe, lemon lavender shortbread, lavender wands, fresh herb wreath and a lavender sugar scrub.

          So, I need at least three new idea’s for this year to add to my ever growing collection of Lavender goodness. Here’s one I came up with that is SO easy to make and oh so wonderful to enjoy…. grab a glass of wine, a good book and treat yourself with these luxurious Lavender and Coconut Oil Bath BonBons.

           

          I grow an English Lavender called Lavandula Angustifolia ‘Munstead’ and another favorite of mine is ‘Hidcote’. When you hear the term culinary lavender, this refers to the kind of dried flowers you would buy from a spice or specialty food store. Do not use lavender buds you bought from crafts stores for cooking as they most likely contain chemicals etc. Also, if you just planted Lavender this year, it was probably treated with chemicals from the grower. You can harvest this lavender if you have flowers for other uses like crafts etc, wait at least a year to harvest for culinary and herbal medicinal uses.

           

          Harvesting lavender

           

          Cut your lavender back to the second set of leaves when you harvest it. Most people use rubber bands or string to tie the bundles, I prefer to use pipe cleaners because the lavender shrinks as it dries and you can simply give the pipe cleaner another twist to tighten the bundle. Also, the tails make for perfect hangers.

           

          lavender bundles

           

          Dry Lavender in a cool, dark, well ventilated space. Drying in the sun can fade the flowers and make the stems very brittle. It can take a couple of weeks for your lavender to dry completely, so be a little patient. It’s best to use fully dried buds for culinary purposes as fresh is very fragrant and can over power the recipe. I have mine hanging in the bedroom walk-in closet on a cheap Ikea tie hanger… it smells amazing and it also helps control moths.

           

          drying lavender

           

          Ok, on to this simple DIY recipe for making these luxurious Lavender and Coconut Oil bath bonbons. At first I was going to call them bath bombs… but the name didn’t seem to suit it. There is no soda in these as I wasn’t looking to create a fizzy bath product. They just melt away making the water feel silky and smooth, so Bonbons definitely describe these little relaxing morsels of Lavender bliss.

           

          lavender and coconut oil bath melts

           

          Place about 1 1/2 cups of Organic Coconut Oil into a heat proof jar. Add about 1 Tablespoon of Dried Lavender Buds and you can add 4-6 drops of an essential oil for added scent if you wish. I have a lovely lavender and verbena blend that I added to mine.

           

          coconut oil infused with lavender

           

          Screw on a tight lid and place in a crock pot with water set on low where the water covers at least half of the jar. Let it sit in there for about 4-6 hours to really infuse the lavender. Check the water level frequently if you had to leave the lid off the crock pot to fit your jar.

           

          coconut oil infused with lavender (1)

           

          Strain the buds out and pour the oil into a wide bowl, place in the fridge when it’s cooled down somewhat to speed up the process of solidifying. If you do decide to refrigerate it, you’ll need to let it sit a bit to soften up before scooping. 

           

          coconut oil infused with lavender (2)

           

          I used a melon baller utensil for making perfect little balls. Just drop this directly on to a plate with loose lavender buds and pull the flowers up around the ball before you start to roll it.

           

          making lavender and coconut oil bath bonbons

           

          Coconut oil melts very fast in your hands so don’t try to form the balls that way, once you have a coating of buds on them, then you can roll it quickly between your hands with little melting.

           

          making lavender and coconut oil bath melts

           

          Store the bonbons in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. If your house is warm, store in the fridge. Otherwise, keep in a cool place.

           

          lavender and coconut oil bath (1)

           

          When it’s time to enjoy a heavenly bath, simply drop in a bath bonbon ( or two ) with your running water and it will slowly dissolve away. If you want to really up the luxury, add a couple of cups of milk or a few handfuls of powered milk to your bath water.

           

          lavender and coconut oil bath

           

          These Lavender and Coconut Bath Bonbons are so easy to make and so wonderful to enjoy you’ll want to keep a batch on hand at all times… AND they are great for gift giving too!

           

          lavender and coconut oil bath bonbons1

           

          Enjoy!

           

          Lavender and Coconut Oil Bath BonBons

           

          Peace Love Garden


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          13 Responses to Lavender and Coconut Oil Bath BonBons

          1. Do you find this leaves an oily residue on your tub? I used to do oil cleansing on my face and reduced how often I do it because I basically had to clean my sink everyday.

            • If you cannot grow it yourself, I would try health food/organic stores that carry dried herbs in bundles. The best is to grow it yourself which is very easy to do.

          2. Lovely, lovely way to soak away a busy day! I grow lavender so am glad to find another use for it. Last winter came the discovery of coconut oil. Yes, it can be greasy, so small balls are adequate. I would wrap the hardened balls in fine netting to catch the lavender for less cleaning. Also, I’ve added a drop of Dawn dishwashing soap to my bath for years. It is such a great grease cutter and gives me a bubble bath tl boot! Love your site.

          3. Lovely idea, I also rub coconut oil all over after I am out of the bath or shower, now I will infuse it with lavender before, I never thought of doing that before. One caveat: be careful not to slip in the tub since the oil will make it slippery.

          4. These are great ideas for the bath. If folks need a source for dried Lavender, my wife and I own The Evergreen Valley Lavender Farm in Olympia Washington, We grow 11 varieties of English Lavenders and Lavandin’s (hybrids) and they are all organically grown with NO chemicals. http://www.evergreenvalleylavender.com
            “Our products make great scents”

            We really enjoy your posts!

            • Hi Crystal, the melt rate on Coconut oil is very fast. I only treat myself to one of these baths every couple of weeks as I store the balls in the fridge and they last a long time. That being said, the oil gets washed through thoroughly. The balls themselves are not very big.. about the size of an acorn, a little goes a long way.

          5. Going with the idea of adding powdered milk to the bath… could you add powdered milk to the infused oil after it is cool? or would it sour?

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