Baths. They’ve been my thing since as long as I can remember. I can go into detail here, but I’ll just get right to it.
These days, with 3 crazy kids who don’t like to go to bed at a decent hour, finding time for my own spa experience is a challenge. Thankfully I have an amazing husband who is also a superdad, so I can sneak a bath in at least once a weak. I’ve always added bath salts and oils, and the occasional bubble, and years ago I fell into the bath bomb craze. Who doesn’t love watching an explosion of color that leaves your skin soft and silky?! Well, once I educated myself on the crazy ingredients in popular cosmetic and beauty products, I stopped buying them. It just wasn’t worth it to me, both health wise and financially (I’d rather not pay $12 for my own bath!). Plus, these chemical ingredients are just not luxurious at all. So, I researched how to make my own.
I tried some recipes I found on doTERRA’s blog, and some that I found on trusted Pinterest boards. All were fantastic, but I wanted one that was my own. I played around with different proportions, ingredients and oils. This one here is my favorite so far. It’s winter at the moment, and my skin is feeling it’s wrath. Adding some calendula oil has really helped soften it up and retain moisture. I use calendula oil on wild man’s eczema, and it works like a charm! Mixing Lavender and Breathe have added a relaxing, yet cooling feel that I love in the winter (especially when congested). I hope you love this mix too. It’s so easy!
- 1 cup citric acid
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- 4 oz. Epsom salts (just over ½ cup)
- 3-4 tablespoons of colored epsom salt
- *optional…add dried lavender or any other dried floral…just a few tablespoons will do
- 1/2 cup of fractionated coconut oil
- a little under 1/3 cup calendula oil
- 10 to 15 drops essential oils, I’m using Lavender and Breathe this time
- Whisk all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, making sure there are no clumps.
- In a mason jar, add all of the wet ingredients, and cover. Channel your inner bartender and shake the jar vigorously!
- Open the jar, keep swirling the contents with a spoon as you slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Adding too much too soon will produce fizzing. The final mixture should resemble damp sand. If you can squeeze it and retain some shape, you are all set! If it crumbles, add some oil. If it’s too wet, add more dry ingredients in the right proportions.
- Now you are ready to make the molds! I found these great circle molds, but you can use a muffin pan, silicone molds, anything that will hold a shape. You can grease the molds with some coconut oil, or vegetable oil, but I don’t find that necessary.
- Take out of molds and let dry outside for a bit.
*Don’t seal the bath bombs in airtight containers! They release air, so the containers will pop open!
See, it’s not that hard. The kids love helping make it too, and I make mini ones for their tubby time. I tried to make some in Lego silicone molds, but they just did not come out right. I’m still perfecting those silicone mold skills, so I’ll update it when I get a batch that works. Which reminds me, if your bombs don’t mold the first time…try, try again!