Calendula Bath Melts & Body Butter Recipes

Calendula Whipped Body Butter Recipe

These recipes for luxurious bath melts and rich body butter feature skin-loving calendula flowers and nourishing mango butter.

They’re both perfect for using on skin that’s dry or in need of a little extra TLC.

Some links on this site are affiliate links; I only recommend products I personally use and enjoy. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Ingredients for Calendula Projects

Calendula Bath Melts

First up, are the bath melts.

Bath melts are insanely easy to make. Even easier than lotion bars!

To make these  you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons dried calendula petals
  • 3.55 oz (100 g) mango butter
  • a few drops bergamot essential oil (or other favorite essential oil)
  • 1/4 tsp annatto seed oil infusion (optional colorant, see *note at bottom of this article for how to make)

If you’re allergic to mango butter, you can use shea, cocoa, kokum or avocado butter instead.

I used (and liked) the mango butter from Bramble Berry for these particular projects shown (you can buy some HERE), but have also successfully used (and liked) Mountain Rose Herb’s organic version (from HERE).

These calendula petals came from Bramble Berry, but you can also find lovely homegrown, organic ones HERE at Anna Lee Herbs.

(Basically, these bath melts are fancied up melted mango butter. So, if you don’t own a scale, you can kind of eyeball things and still create a nice product.)

Calendula Bath Melts Recipe

Step 1:

Using a coffee grinder, grind the petals to a fine powder. If needed, sift the powder so it’s very fine; you don’t want pieces of calendula floating  in your tub.

You should end up with about 1 tablespoon of calendula powder.

Step 2:

Weigh the mango butter into a heatproof glass jar or upcycled tin can. Add the calendula powder.

Set the jar or can down into a small saucepan containing an inch or two of water. (This forms a double boiler of sorts.)

Place the pan over a medium-low burner and gently heat until the mango butter is completely melted. Remove from heat.

Step 3:

Stir in just a few drops of essential oil, to your scent preference. If you’d like your bath melts to have a yellow tint to them, add about 1/4 teaspoon annatto seed infused oil. (See *note at the bottom of this article for directions on how to make.)

Stirring frequently so the powder is evenly distributed, pour the hot mixture into tiny candy molds or heatproof silicone molds.

It’s normal for the calendula powder to settle into the bottom of the mold. It results in a pretty yellow top on the finished bath melts when you unmold them.

Step 4:

Allow the bath melts to cool completely before removing from the mold. In warm weather, you may need to refrigerate the mold for a few hours for easier removal.

Store the bath melts in a cool place, or in very warm weather, your refrigerator.

To Use:

Drop one bath melt into your bath water as comfortably hot water runs into the tub.

It will slowly melt as you take your bath, leaving a thin layer over your skin and sealing in the moisture.

Be careful exiting the tub, as surfaces can get slippery from bath melts!

Calendula Bath Melts Poured Into Mold

Calendula Whipped Body Butter

Next up is this decadent calendula body butter.

The recipe is loosely based off of and inspired by THIS ONE, found over at the Soap Queen blog.

To make it, you’ll need:

  • 5.25 oz (150 grams) mango butter
  • 1.5 oz (45 grams) calendula infused oil (see THIS POST on how to make)
  • .25 oz (7 grams) chia seed oil (or other favorite oil)
  • optional – a few drops of annatto infused oil for extra natural color (see *note below how to make)
  • optional – 1 tsp tapioca powder for a silkier, less-greasy feel (I buy HERE, but arrowroot may be substituted)
  • optional – few drops of your favorite essential oil (I used bergamot & 10X Orange for a citrus scent)

If you’re allergic to mango butter, you can use shea or avocado butter instead. Cocoa and kokum butter are too hard to use in this particular recipe.

I used calendula infused rice bran oil, since it has a light texture and absorbs easily. Other oil options include olive, sunflower, avocado, sweet almond and so forth.

Chia seed oil (I buy mine HERE) is high in omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and other nutrients. It’s excellent for skin products, but if you can’t easily obtain it, try using another ultra-beneficial oil instead – such as rosehip, argan or jojoba.

If those are out of your price range, no worries! Just add more infused oil instead.

Calendula Whipped Body Butter Recipe

What I love about this project is that no melting is involved. Because of that, it whips up super quick and easy!

Step 1:

Weigh out the mango (or other type) butter into a mixing bowl. Using a tall, narrow pitcher or bowl makes it easier to whip smaller amounts like this recipe calls for.

Using a hand or stand mixer, beat for several minutes, until the chunks are broken up and beginning to get smooth.

(It might seem a little difficult to mix mango butter at first, but as long as the chunks aren’t too large and your butter isn’t too hard it should soon soften up.)

Step 2:

Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the calendula infused oil, chia seed oil, annatto infused oil, tapioca starch and essential oil.

Mix for several more minutes until the butter is light, fluffy and smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally as you go.

Test a small amount of the butter on your skin. If it feels light, smooth and silky, then it’s ready!

If you’d like it to be a little bit more yellow, add a few drops more of annatto infused oil. If you’d like more scent, add more essential oil, then mix a little more until everything is incorporated.

Step 3: 

When it’s just right, spoon the body butter into jars. I found the 8-ounce one shown in the photo at my local craft store. You can also use wide-mouth canning jars (like THESE or THESE).

To use:

Body butter is very rich, so is often saved as a night-time treatment. Applying a small amount after a bath or shower helps seal in moisture.

I used these Bergamot and 10X Orange essential oils to scent my body butter, but be aware that both of these oils are photosynthesizers (makes your skin more sensitive to the sun), so don’t use this body butter before heading outside.

The shelf life of body butter is as long as the shelf life of the ingredients that go into it. Since chia seed oil has a shelf life of around 6 months, you’ll want to try to use it up before then.

It’s common for body butters to settle over time.

pieces of mango butter ready to be whipped into body butter

*Note: Making the Optional Annatto Seed Oil Infusion

These projects call for an optional Annatto Seed Oil Infusion, which helps give a pretty and all natural yellow tint to body butters and bath melts.

To make, combine 1 tablespoon annatto seeds and 1 ounce of a light colored oil (light olive, sunflower, sweet almond, etc) in a small glass jar.

There are a few ways you can infuse this oil, depending on how big of a hurry you’re in.

1) The slow way – tuck the covered jar into a dark cabinet for around 3 weeks, checking and shaking the jar every few days, or as you remember, until it’s a deep orange color.

2) The quicker way – set the jar in a sunny window for several days. The heat from the sun will speed up the infusing process. Don’t leave in the sun for too long though, or it will begin fading the color.

3) The quickest way – set the uncovered jar down into a small saucepan containing a few inches of water. Place the pan over a medium-low burner and heat for an hour or two, until the oil is infused a deep orange color.

After infusing, strain the oil and use in small amounts to color your homemade body care products shades of yellow or light orange.


Jan Berry is a writer, herbalist, soapmaker, and bestselling author of The Big Book of Homemade Products, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, and Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her family and a menagerie of animals, where she enjoys brainstorming creative things to make with the flowers and weeds that grow around her.

  • Betty says:

    That mango butter sounds so good. Maybe one day I will get into making things like that when my budget alows. Right now it is interesting to see how to make it.

  • Darla Fraser says:

    Il love making soap
    I think about it a lot during the day!! Research constantly!
    I I want to make orange cream soap next!

  • Melissa says:

    I’m looking forward to my calendula blooming this year! It self seeded wonderfully. I’m adding this to my to do list.

  • Beth Walker says:

    I’ve been dying to try making bath melts and just keep putting it off. This recipe has convinced me to give it a go! Is there a particular way you need to package them once they’re done?

  • Amy says:

    The bath melts look fantastic! Looks like a great treat after a long day… I might try some lavender essential oil in a few for a bath before bedtime. Thanks for sharing! <3

  • Melanie says:

    Hi Jan! Can the tapioca powder/arrowroot powder be substituted with bentonite clay? Or will that make the mixture extremely paste-like? Thanks and take care!

    • Hi Melanie! That’s a great question! I haven’t personally tried bentonite clay in body butter yet so I’m not positive what would happen. I have used a tiny pinch of rose and purple clays to add color to body butters and they do okay as long as I keep the amount very low (about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp in a batch).
      So, I think you could put a small amount of bentonite, but it might color your body butter grayish, if your clay is gray (mine is, but I know it varies by supplier & batch).
      Another option is to use cornstarch if you don’t have tapioca or arrowroot powder, or you could just leave that part out.

  • emma says:

    Hello :) I love this recipe.
    I was just wondering if you use Mango Butter purely out of preference? Or could I use coco butter instead?

    • Hi Emma! I just used mango butter because I had bunches of it on hand. You can definitely use cocoa butter, but since it’s harder than mango (and shea) butter, you might want to also put a small bit of something like coconut or a liquid oil as well to make sure it’s a little more meltable in the tub.
      Happy to hear you like the recipe! :)

  • emma says:

    Oops, I meant to say in the bath melts :)

  • DavetteB says:

    I get many herbs powdered from Penn Herb Company; they carry both medicinal and culinary herbs (I don’t know if they have an affiliate program, but in store at least, they have a frequent shopper program.) HTH.
    Looking forward to trying this; I bought a ton of calendula last trip there. :-)

  • Becky Sattler says:

    This recipe rocks, I went to the original Brambleberry post and like everyone else put on own spin on the lotion, but they were small changes, love this lotion, love, love, love this lotion! Thank You so much.

  • Diana says:

    I absolutely love ur recipes!! Thank u for posting this one! It’s coming just in time since I’m looking for a calendula mixture to help my 2 yr old dry skin. So without a doubt calendula is great to nourish and heal skin, but what about carrier oils? They all seem generally good but what exactly are their properties? Their strengths? What’s good/better/best for what, how to apply them, etc? I’d really appreciate any feedback on this =)

  • Julia Dabbs says:

    Dear Jan,
    I love bath melts, but have made some with cocoa butter (main ingredient) that have left yellow stains on my towels. I’m hoping this won’t happen with mango butter? Feeling a little gun-shy right now…
    But thank you for these wonderful DIY recipes!

    • Hi Julia, So sorry to hear about the cocoa butter staining your towels! I haven’t noticed that with any of my bath melts so far, but have to confess that some of my towels are hand-me-downs from my grandmother (who passed away over a decade ago!) so I don’t always pay close attention to them. Mango butter is a nice white butter, but the calendula will turn it more golden. Perhaps you could have an old towel handy for the first try, just in case!

  • DIY Herbal Bath Tea For a Better Night's Sleep | SchneiderPeeps says:

    […] herbal bath melts but it’s on my list of things to try. I really like this simple recipe for calendula bath melts from The Nerdy Farm […]

  • >