There is something incredibly relaxing about a warm bath and these PURE Natural handmade Bath Bombs & Salts definitely take relaxation up a notch!
Your body has a way of telling you what’s good for you; there’s nothing like a relaxing soak in a warm bath or sinking your feet into a bowl of bliss.
Kids and adults love them; and while they can cost from $9 to $12 each to buy, with my recipe you can make a whole batch for way less!
They’re a fun activity with the kids, they make great gifts, or, just purely for you and save some money too!
Creating & Crafting recipes infused with wonderful notes of therapeutic essential oils. If you’re after a really luxurious bathing experience, these bath beauties are just the bomb!
Bath bombs have skyrocketed in popularity lately with thousands of options available (though I’d only recommend natural options like these, all made with love at . . .
In my research from bath bomb retail stores and online, I discovered in the reviews, that whilst there was a lot of positive feedback, there were also some concerns as well.
I started making these for my Granddaughters . . . and I have four of them aged from 18 months to 11 years old!
The reviews that concerned me were:
They are way too big!
The colours or dyes would stain the bath.
The fragrance gave me a headache after, way too strong!
Our skin is like a big sponge; it absorbs everything including toxic chemicals and I wanted to make a natural version of bath bombs, so I knew what was in them!
“Not to mention picking glitter out of places that should never sparkle.”
They are simple to make with kid-safe ingredients and are completely versatile.
Between you and the kids, think of ways to mix up the scents, colours, and other customizations.
So if you have sensitive skin, introduce slowly and stop using if any irritation or reaction occurs.
A dermatologist Amy Wechsler in New York City says . . . some of the ingredients can be irritating, especially the fragrances and dyes.
I’m very mindful about all the products I use on my skin and to take very good care of my granddaughter’s health & wellbeing too.
Ingredients You’ll Need…
Each batch of Bath bombs only takes a few minutes to make, so it is important to have the ingredients on hand and measured before you start. Most of the ingredients are pantry supplies in many homes, but make sure you have these on hand.
The backbone of this recipe is alkalizing baking soda. It is a necessary complement to the acidic citric acid and part of the fizzing reaction! Kids love that the best!!
The more obscure ingredient in this recipe that a lot of people don’t have on hand is citric acid. It is necessary for the fizzing reaction that makes bath bombs feel like bathing in champagne.
Corn Starch or Arrowroot
Corn starch provides the silky feel that we all love from bath bombs. This also holds everything together. In this recipe, arrowroot also works but doesn’t provide quite as silky of a finished product.
Cream of Tartar
What does cream of tartar do in bath bombs?
In bath bombs, cream of tartar acts as a binding agent, making the bomb harder and stronger.
Oil and Liquid
These are all very versatile and you can pick any combination that you have on hand. You’ll need some kind of:
- Oil: Pick simple oil like vegetable, olive, almond or coconut oil or get even fancier with Young Livings V6 vegetable oil, argon or apricot oil.
- Salt: Stick to basic salt or take it up a notch with Epsom salt or another of my favourites, Himalayan Salt (Fine version works best) not ROCK!
- Liquid: Basic water works, but I also love using a dash of witch hazel for some extra skin soothing.
Scents and Colours
This is where the options get endless. Use your favourite essential oils, I only use and trust Young Livings brand, you can also add dried herbs, flowers petals like lavender or rose or make them scent free. I personally love to use edible colour powder that is used for making chocolates, I purchase these from Suntralis Foods at Lonsdale South Australia. You can even add some natural dyes to change the colour. (See recipe for suggestions)
These are easy to make with measuring cups and your hands, but for a fancier and more uniform product, it helps to also have:
- Measuring cups & spoons
- Moulds – For the easiest version just form these into balls with your hands, but if you are making as gifts or just want fancier shapes, moulds are the way to go!
- I have and use metal and plastic round moulds.
- You can even use Muffin, Cupcake, Donut, Chocolate tins/moulds which also make a pretty good shape!
SO Let’s GET CREATIVE . . .
How to Make – In Four Easy Steps!
(This mix will make approx. 4 standard size round bath bombs)
To a glass or stainless steel bowl add all dry ingredients . . .
1 cup baking soda
½ cup citric acid
¼ cup Epsom salts – Optional to add!
½ cup corn flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
- A sprinkle of food grade colour powder, food colouring or natural spice like . . . ground cinnamon, ginger, all spice, turmeric, Chinese five spice etc.
Mix well together.
Add wet ingredients
20 mls Distilled Water & Dash of Witch Hazel (filtered water is fine to use too!)
10 – 12 drops Essential Oil (See recipes below) ⇓
1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil (My favourite) or other oil mentioned above. ⇑
Mix well – you want it to get to the consistency of damp
(NOT WET) sand. If the mix is too wet, this will start to activate the mix.
The mix should be able to hold its shape when you squeeze it together, but break apart when you drop it into the bowl.
To form the bath bomb, add a heaping pile of sand mix to each half of the bath bomb, don’t pack the mixture into the mould, lightly press the mix into the mould then add some more mix at this point, just loosely pile it into a mound.
You want to make a light (not dense) bath bomb that will float on the top of the bath water.
TIP: Add some sprinkles, coloured Epsom Salts or lavender flower etc. to one side of the mould prior. This will jazz-up your bombs up a bit, be as creative as you wish! (pictured below).
Press the two halves of the bath bomb mould together.
Unmould the bath bomb – it should pop right out, but if it sticks a little, give the mould a tap with the back of a spoon to help release.
Place the bath bombs on some paper towel or bubble wrap (on the smooth side) and allow to dry; if you are very new to this, and not sure if it’s going to fall apart, leave in the mould to dry overnight or release in a few hours!
Allow at least 8 hours to dry thoroughly prior to using
Bath Bombs Combinations
Pop-Up Pampering . . . 16 Essential Oil Blends for bath bombs (Or create your own)
Relax – 5 drops Lavender 5 drops Cedarwood
Sea Breeze – 4 drops Stress Away, 2 drops Lavender, 2 drops Lime, 2 drops Spearmint
Sweet Dreams – 5 drops Lavender, 3 drops Stress Away, 2 drops Copaiba
Un-Wind – 5 drops Stress Away, 5 drops Lavender
Happy Pill – 2 drops Joy, 2 drops Geranium, 2 drops Lavender, 4 drops Orange
Inspires Happiness, Tough day at the Office – 4 drops Lemon, 3 drops Orange, 2 drops Lime or 2 drops Grapefruit
Pure Bliss Coconut – 8 drops Stress Away, 2 drops Copaiba & 1 tablespoon coconut oil, Oatmeal or Coconut flakes for decoration
Brain Drain, Encouraging, and Balancing – 1 drop Juniper, 3 drops Cedarwood, 1 drop Grapefruit, 2 drops Lavender, 1 drop rosemary, 2 drops Lemon
Tutti Fruiti – 3 drops Grapefruit, 2 drops Lemon, 2 drops Orange, 2 drops Lime, 1 drop Clarity
Love Spell – 6 drops Joy, 2 drops Spearmint, 2 drops Ylang Ylang
Fresh Blitz – 4 drops Peppermint 4 drops Spearmint, 2 drops Lemon
Achy Muscles – 4 drops PanAway, 2 drops Lavender, 2 drops Peppermint, 2 drops Copaiba
Luscious Lavender – 10 drops Lavender
Lime Coola – 6 drops Lime, 2 drops Stress Away 2 drops Lemon
Energy Boost – 7 drops Lemon Grass, 2 drops Lemon, 1 drops Peppermint
Irresistibly Spicy Scent – 6 Drops Thieves, 4 drops Stress Away
- All Essential Oils & Blends are Young Living Brand.
Bath Pampering . . . smelly fun!!!
Please feel free to leave a comment or ask any questions below. ⇓