There is nothing more luxurious than sinking into a warm bathtub, full of your favourite products, not only leaving your skin silky soft afterwards, but also helping you to relax and forget all your cares.
Can you think of anything sweeter at the end of a long, stressful day at work?
The good news is that there are countless products on the market to help make your bathing experience as chilled out as possible, but if you’re short on budget, or you simply don’t have the time to go to the nearest supermarket or shopping mall and peruse the huge range of products on offer, this can be a problem.
Make your own!
The benefits of making your own bath products are far-reaching, and include:
• You can avoid ingredients which make your skin irritated
• You can choose the scent you want
• You save cash
• You can make bath products as gifts, or even sell them!
Whilst everyone loves bubble bath, one of the most popular bathing accessories is without a doubt a bath bomb. Simply drop your scented ball of fizz into your bath as it is filling up, and watch it fizz and ‘explode’ in the water, leaving your bathroom smelling delicious, and your skin silky soft after you’ve finished.
Bath bombs can be expensive, and making your own is a great way to save cash, without cutting down on the luxury of your bathing experience. Lush bath bombs are probably the most famous on the market, but they can also be the most costly.
What is a Bath Bomb?
I’ve you’ve never used a bath bomb before, where have you been?! You’ve seriously been missing out! Often referred to as bath fizzies, literally because this is the noise they make, and the moment you sink into the bath you will notice the change in the softness of your skin. The fact that most bath bombs are infused with essential oils and colours means that not only will your bath smell wonderful and be a very pretty colour indeed, but the choice of essential oil will do a lot for particular conditions.
We’re going to talk about the choice of essential oil later on, but for instance, if you’re having trouble relaxing, you could opt for an essential oil such as lavender, and if you want to go for a sensual bathing experience, it has to be about bergamot.
To use a bath bomb, it really couldn’t be easier, you literally drop it into the bath as the water is running!
So, you’ve decided you’re going to make your own bath bombs, but there is one question left – how to make bath bombs?
What You Will Need to Make a DIY Bath Bomb
• Baking soda, 1 cup
• Citric acid, ½ cup
• Epsom salts, ½ cup
• Water, 1 teaspoon
• Essential oil, 2 teaspoons
• Olive oil, 3 teaspoons
• Food colouring, a few drops – choose your own colour, or colours!
• A bowl for mixing
• A whisk
• A jar
• A bath bomb mould – these are easily bought from a craft shop these days
If you want to use something other than a specific bath bomb mould, this is possible, you just need something circular and deep, which will allow the ‘bomb’ to mould and set.
An Almost Lush Bath Bomb Recipe
Step 1 – Into a large bowl, one which has high sides and isn’t going to spill over, place all the dry ingredients, namely the Epsom salts, citric acid, and baking soda.
Step 2 – Take the whisk and combine everything together really well. You may notice a light fizzing at this point, but this is completely normal!
Step 3 – Now you need another container, a jar if possible, to mix together the wet ingredients, namely the water, essential oil, olive oil, and food colouring/colourings. It’s important to point out here that the essential oils and colourings are really what make your bath bomb different, so don’t scrimp here, try out some different scents and colours to make your ‘bomb’ as exciting as possible!
Step 4 – Now you need to combine the two containers together. To do this, add the liquid mixture in the jar to the bowl with the dry ingredients, but only do it a little at a time. It is a good idea to add a tablespoon at a time and the mix together, and repeat until everything is really well combined. The mixture should now be like a thick powder.
Step 5 – Now it’s time to shape your bath bombs! You can either do these roughly, using your hands and pat them down really well until they stick, or you can use your bath bomb mould, this is really a personal preference and depends how perfectly circular you want your bath bombs to be. However you choose to carry out this step, make sure that you pack it really tightly and allow it to dry before doing anything at all. If you go too slowly with this process, the mixture will dry quickly and you won’t be able to mould it.
How to Make Bath Bombs Without Citric Acid
Cheap bath bombs can be rather nasty on your skin, especially if you are particular prone to adverse reactions or if you just have sensitive skin overall. Citric acid can cause irritation for some people, or it may just be that you can’t find this ingredient very easily. In that case, you can still make your own bath bomb, simply changing the recipe a little.
Bath Bomb Ingredients:
• Baking soda, 1 cup
• Cream of tartar, ¼ cup
• Cornstarch, ½ cup
• Salt ½ cup – you can use regular salt, or Epsom salts, or even sea salt here, basically whatever you have in your cupboard!
• Essential oil, 2 teaspoons
• Oil, 1 tablespoon – again, whatever you have in your cabinet will work here
• Food colouring, 1 or 2 drops
Bath Bomb Recipe
Step 1 – Mix together the dry ingredients into a large bowl, namely the baking soda, cream of tartar, cornstarch and salts, using a whisk.
Step 2 – In another bowl, mix together the wet ingredients, namely the oils and food colouring.
Step 3 – Slowly mix together the wet and dry ingredients, adding a small amount at a time and combining well before adding more. Make sure you mix everything really well together and if you notice foam forming, slow down with the mixing!
Step 4 – Add a little water if you notice the ingredients aren’t combining well, but only a very small amount. The mixture should now be crumbly but easy to mould into a shape.
Step 5 – You can now put the mixture into the mould and pack it in well. Pat it down until the mould has an even and flat surface. If you’re going for a ball, make sure it is smooth.
Step 6 – Leave the bomb overnight in the mould and don’t try and take it out too soon, otherwise it will fall apart.
This recipe will work just as well as the recipe which includes citric acid, and it’s really a case of what you have handy in your cupboards, as well as if you are willing to spend a little extra cash to include citric acid in the first place.
A Word About Essential Oils
When choosing the right essential oil for your homemade bath bombs, you need to do some research, because you want to get the right ‘feel’ to your bathing experience. Undiluted essential oils should be used very, very sparingly, because they can burn skin if you use it in too high a concentration. On the other hand, diluted essential oils can be too weak if you don’t use enough – it’s all about balance.
The colour of your bath bomb is important, because you want it to look great, and it will also colour your bath water the same shade, but it’s really about the scent and the effects it has, which is where your essential oil choice will come in.
Try these suggestions for the best Essential Oils for bath bombs:
• Lavender – Ideal for relaxation and if you want to get off to sleep rather quickly
• Ylang ylang mixed with bergamot – Ideal for a sensual bath bomb suggestion
• Lavender mixed with bergamot or frankincense – Ideal for anyone with anxiety issues, because it will chill you out, hep you relax, and bring a sense of balance
• Rose mixed with frankincense – Ideal for easing the strains of a stressful day at work
• Lavender oil and peppermint oil – If you’re suffering from general tiredness and soreness, this is going to ease your muscles and make you feel less achy
• Rosemary – If you need an energy boost, rosemary will tick the box perfectly
• Peppermint – If you’re feeling a little negative, or low in mood, peppermint will help you feel a little more positive and uplifted
• Hibiscus – Another relaxing choice to try, if you can’t find lavender or you want a change
• Green tea – Everyone know about drinking green tea, but as an essential oil it is a great relaxing method, as well as being a good antioxidant for the body
• Lemon balm – The calming elements of lemon balm are great for if you’re going through a stressful or upsetting time, whilst also relaxing your mind and body too.
Most people have tried a Lush bath bomb before, and these are certainly the rule of thumb in terms of standard, but there is nothing to say that you can’t make DIY bath bombs that rival this brand make. You could add glitter to your bath bomb if you want to, but make sure you purchase glitter which can be used on the body, otherwise you’re going to find yourself rather irritated! Aside from this, also remember that you might end up looking like an extra from Twilight if you put too much glitter inside!
Don’t be Afraid to Experiment!
These DIY bath bomb recipe choices are not difficult to make, and it’s really about ensuring that you pack the ‘bomb’ properly and allow it to settle, before you use it. In most cases, you can store your bath bombs for up to 2 weeks before they will lose their ‘power’, and become not as strong as before. Having said that, it is acceptable to keep them for up to six months in some cases, but after this you will need to throw them out, because they will have self-exploded into literally nothing by this point.
We have covered how to make a bath bomb, but it’s totally about experimentation, because a scent or colour may not suit one person, but could be totally perfect for someone else, so don’t be afraid to try and experiment using one of these best essential oils for bath bombs. If you’re concerned about sensitive skin, bath bomb DIY options are the ideal choice, because you have control over the ingredients, whereas when you buy products from the healthcare shop, or from somewhere similar, you have no clue what goes inside, or in what quantity. You are also saving cash, as we mentioned, because for the most part, the ingredients can be found in your kitchen cabinet!
Our aforementioned easy DIY bath bombs are very similar to those found in Lush, so we have basically informed you about how to make Lush bath bombs, well, very close anyway!
Learning how to make bath bombs DIY is something you can rope the kids into helping you with, because provided you are careful with the measurements of ingredients, as well as the essential oils you try, they are suitable for your youngsters, provided they aren’t too young. As you learn how to make your own bath bombs, remember to experiment and you could even try marbling the colour effect, by mixing a few different colourings together and not mixing in completely, i.e. allowing the colours to create a marbling effect, rather than one solid block colour.
Put simply, a bath bomb is a fantastic way to chill the hell out at the end of a long day, moisturise your skin, and give yourself a real treat in the process.