I love bath bombs, and all the oils and scents that make bath time a precious and ultimate relaxing moment. Therefore, I absolutely wanted to learn how to make them. The process to make them is a lot close to the way we make toilet fizz cleaner, but obviously it’s a lot more creative to make soaking body care ones.
The great thing I came to understand making my body care product is the degree of personalization we can put in our creation. Here, we can use the power of essential oils and make our bombs. To make them relaxing, we use lavender as we did in this recipe, for a easy breaving I would suggest trying eucalyptus, you can also go with more earthy notes with Frankincense, Patchouli or white fir can be good options. Another great type of sent to play with when making bath bombs is woody ones. I really enjoy it because it makes me feeling like being in the forest. After a long day, there’s nothing more relaxing!
Of course (and that’s when things are gettin real), you can add not just sent but also hydration with different types of oils. I personally am a huge fan of sweet almond, the smell blends well with the rest and leave the skin smooth and soft. But you can also use olive oil, organ oil, coconut oil, or even apricot oil
The recipe I’m sharing here is a relaxing, lavender based one. To make it, you’ll need
This ingredient is complementary to citric acid to create the fuzzing action. If you’re curious to know about baking soda and how to use it, you can find a post I wrote on this magic powder here. To order some you can click this link.
Citric acid is essential to create the chemical reaction that generate the fuzz. This chemical compound can be found in citrus fruits and I put a link to wikipedia for more info on it. I have been using this one because I haven’t find a bulk option so far, and it works very well.
We use arrow root but I read a lot of people use cornstarch. We use this one simply because we have a ton of it at home and it makes sense to use what we have.
I recently made my own concoction of witch hazel and will write a post on how to make it soon. If you don’t have time or interest in making it, I heard great things on this brand.
Depending on budget, how serious you want to get into the bath bombs and what type of shape you want to make. I started to them in an old silicon ice tray. I decided to get a little fancier (I really love them..!) and get these really cool molds and they work great! But again, this type of ice cube tray or even muffin molds will work perfectly.
Ingredients and Quantities
- Baking Soda – 1 cup
- Citric Acid – 1/2 cup
- Himalayan Salt – 1/2 cup
- Arrow Root – 1/2 cup
- 2 tsp of sweet almond oil
- 2 tsp of witch hazel
- 20 drops of Frankincense
- 45 drops of lavender
- 1 tsp of almond extract (optional)
- Food coloring to create a special color (optional)
- Dried lavender flowers (optional)
First take a medium sized bowl and put your baking soda, arrow root, citric acid and salt together and mix.
In a separate bowl put the oils, witch hazel, extracts and color in a jar or smaller container. Finish by adding the essential oils and mix.
Pour the oil mix slowly in the first bowl while mixing well with a spatula ( or use gloves and mix with your hands). As a last step, you can add lavender flowers to add a nice touch to your bath.
Once the powder is slightly becoming paste-ish put it in your tray or mold. Put the container in the freezer for at least 24 hours and then let sit in room temperature for a few more hours. The contact with warmer hair helps the bombs to become hard.
Store ideally in a sealed container not to lose the smell and enjoy within 2/3 weeks.
There’s so much that can be done creatively speaking with these little bubble of heaven that I’d love to hear your feedback if you’ve tried a different approach, different smells, what works for you and what doesn’t! And don’t hesitate to post your creation on Instagram or Twitter and tag me or by using the hashtag #Agreenerlife.