How Do You Make Your Own Bath Bombs?
There is nothing more relaxing than a nice bath after a long day. But if you are looking to make bath time a little more fun, bath bombs are one of the latest trends to amp up your self-care routine. Bath bombs are a great way to unwind and also make great gifts during this season. You can make them in the traditional bomb balls or you can get more creative and make them into different shapes using any mold you like.
Here is the recipe for your very own homemade Bath Bombs. (Makes approx. 4-6 bath bombs)
- ½ cup cornstarch
- ½ cup baking soda
- ½ cup citric acid (added at the end)
- ¼ cup sea salt or Himalayan salt*
- ½ cup Epsom salt*
*If coarse, grind in a blender for a few seconds to make a finer texture
Optional: Any dried flowers or herbs of choice. For more natural coloring, use 2-3 tsp of spirulina or red beetroot powder.
- 2 tsp oil of choice (i.e., grapeseed, almond, jojoba, coconut, etc.)
- ¾ tsp of water
- 40-60 drops of essential oil of your choice or try some combinations below.
Lavender and Eucalyptus
- Relaxing combination great for bedtime
- Lavender helps to promote relaxation and reduce stress and anxiety
- Eucalyptus helps soothe sore muscles and can help clear sinus and reduce congestion
Ratio: 30 Drops Lavender to 15-20 drops eucalyptus
Lime/Lemon and Grapefruit
- Upbeat citrus combination for a mentally uplifting day/evening
- Lime is great for promoting mental clarity and can help support the immune system
- Lime can be substituted for lemon with the same great benefits
- Grapefruit can help reduce stress, improve mood, and mental focus
Ratio: 40 drops lime/lemon to 20 drops Grapefruit
Peppermint and Basil
- Soothing seasonal combination great for releasing tension and easing the mind
- Peppermint is great for soothing itchy skin and can help relieve tension headaches and migraines
- Basil carries a slightly woodsy smell and helps reduce tension in the body
Ratio: 10-15 drops Peppermint to 30 drops Basil
It is important to note that peppermint essential oil is very strong. For those with sensitive skin, do not use more than 15 drops in the mixture.
- In a large bowl, mix in all dry ingredients EXCEPT for citric acid
- In a separate bottle mix all liquid ingredients and swirl the bottle until everything is combined
- Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients and mix with hand (can wear gloves if sensitive to essential oils)
- Ingredients should be a slightly wet, sand-like texture. Add citric acid and continue to combine ingredients.
- Scoop mixture into separate molds and pack the mixture in each one until completely firm and compact
- Once completed, remove them from each mold and place the bath bombs on wax paper
- Let the bath bombs sit for at least 24 hours before using or storing
- Once set, bath bombs can be stored in a jar or any dry, sealable container or bag.
- Store in a cool dry place
- Can be stored for up to 6 months
Homemade bath bombs are not only a great way to treat yourself but your loved ones as well. They make the perfect homemade gifts using the essential oil combinations suggested or made to your taste. Making these bath bombs can be a fun activity for the entire family and a sure way to add some extra cheer to the holidays.