Clean DIY Bath Bombs

This month on Instagram I am really focusing on ways to practice self-care, not only to help benefit myself, but to allow myself to be at my best to be able to give my best to my work and my family.

One of the most common ways we tend to ourselves is through the practice of physical self-care. Physical self-care includes body movement, rest, physical health, nutrition, physical touch. These can include physical excessive, enjoying a relaxing bath, eating nutritiously rich meals, or snuggles with your loved ones.

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite DIY recipes for relaxation and physical self-care that when used, brings me straight into relaxation mode. I love making a small batch of these bath bombs and storing them in a glass container ready to be used when the mood strikes. Also this is a clean, safe, and kid friendly recipe without any dyes or synthetic fragrance. Feel free to add your favorite essential oils to suit your own relaxation tastes!

fun fact!- You can also use these in the shower!! I like to add more essential oil to create a stronger scent in the shower.

INGREDIENTS

8 ounces baking soda (about 1 cup)

4 ounces citric acid (1/2 cup)

1/2 cup epsom salt

4 ounces cornstarch or arrowroot powder (about 3/4 cup)

2 TBSP oil of choice ( I like to use melted coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil, etc)

3 tsp water

30-40 drops of essential oil

bath bomb molds, or any mold or muffin tin

powdered/ dried herbs or flowers if desired


Feel free to play with essential oil combinations like Lavender/Eucalyptus or Rose/Ylang-Ylang, Sweet orange/Vanilla


METHOD

  1. Combine dry ingredients (baking soda, salt, citric acid, and cornstarch) in a large bowl and mix well until combined.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the oil and water and stir well. Add essential oils if using.

  3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients a few drops at a time. This is important so tat you are not starting the fizzing reaction. If you hear the mixture start to fizz add less wet mixture at a time. ( you can also use a spray bottle for the wet mixture if you have one). Mix well with a plastic/nylon spoon or hands (wear gloves if you have sensitive skin). Add powdered dried herbs or flowers if using.

  4. Check the scent of your mixture and adjust the scent accordingly.

  5. Mixture should hold together when squeezed without crumbling. You may need to add slightly more water if it hasn’t achieved this consistency yet. I recommend using a spray bottle with additional liquid to evenly add.

  6. Quickly push mixture into molds, Press in firmly and leave at least 24 hours (48 is better) or until hardened. It will expand some and this is normal. If using dried flowers or herbs for garnish, place them in the mold first before adding bath bomb mixture.

  7. When dry, remove and store in airtight container or bag. Use within 2 months.


I hope you enjoy this handcrafted DIY clean Bath Bomb recipe and take a little time out of your day to focus on you.

Have any requests for future DIY recipes? Let me know it the comments!

Happy Relaxation!!

-Ann Marie