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Whether you’re looking to make some fun last minute gifts, or just want to relax and soak after a long day out holiday shopping, homemade bath bombs are an easy and enjoyable way to pamper. They contain ingredients to help moisturize the skin (like coconut oil) while also adding some fun color and fizz to your bath.
Of course, bath bombs aren’t complete without a little aromatherapy! By adding essential oils (i.e. oils extracted from plant sources such as flowers, herbs, leaves, and roots), you can turn your bath time into a more calming, energizing, or refreshing experience for the mind, body, and spirit, based on the scents you choose.
For this tutorial, I’m using Nature’s Truth Essential Oils, which are derived from 100% pure plant sources, and also paraben and gluten-free. You can really have some fun with their oil selection, and experiment with different single oils to create your own unique blends. For example, you can mix Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Tea Tree Oils to create a relaxing and invigorating spa-like scent!
To create a calming experience, I’m using the Good Nite™ Oil, one of their blended oils that features a mix of warm, earthy notes with a touch of floral citrus. The scent is calming and relaxing – perfect for winding down after a long night after work, holiday planning or shopping. Let’s get started!
DIY Bath Bomb Tutorial
What You’ll Need for DIY Bath Bombs:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts
- 1 tsp. water
- 2 tsp. essential oil
- 3 tsp. oil (coconut oil)
- 10-30 drops of food coloring (optional)
- small bowl
- large bowl
- molds (metal or plastic)
(Recipe makes about 2 and 1/2 large bath bombs, or roughly 5 smaller sized bath bombs.)
Start by adding all of your dry ingredients in a large bowl and then mix everything together using a whisk.
In a separate smaller bowl, add all of your liquid ingredients and mix them together.
Start gradually adding your liquid mixture to your dry ingredients, mixing as you go. Continue adding a few drops at a time of the liquid mixture until you’ve used it all up.
Once the ingredients are all mixed together, check the consistency – it should feel almost like wet sand (meaning if you squeeze it, it with leave finger impressions instead of crumbling). If you find it’s too crumbly and dry, add a little more coconut oil and water (mix the two together first).
Now it’s time to grab your molds. Pack each side with a little more of the mixture than what your mold can hold, and press them together tightly. The key is to get them as packed as possible so the bath bombs will hold their shape. (Alternatively, you can use a silicone ice cube tray or cookie molds, in which case you’ll want to keep packing and pressing until the mixture feels solid.)
Once the mold is pressed tightly, gently tap it with a spoon to loosen your bath bomb. Then, gently lift the molds away.
Leave your bath bombs out for a couple of days to dry and harden. Then you’re done!
This whole process takes about 10 minutes, plus it’s fun to do! There are so many variations too – you can mix different colors in your mold, add dried lavender or flowers petals into your mixture, or play with different mold shapes.
If you want to get the benefits of essential oils, but are out of bath bombs (oh no!), simply add a few drops of the Nature’s Truth Essential Oils to your bath water or shower steam before stepping in for a spa-like experience. You can also use them in soaps and candles, or create your own homemade air fresheners (using essential oils mixed with distilled water in a spray bottle).
Nature’s Truth Essential Oils are available in the vitamin aisle at stores like CVS, Walgreens, HEB, Meijer, and ShopRite. You can also find them online at Target.com (where I picked mine up).
Have you tried making your own homemade bath bombs?
What’s your favorite bath bomb scent?