Bath bombs are all the rage, but it’s hard to find them without yucky ingredients. These DIY natural bath bombs are moisturizing, luxurious, and toxin-free!
By Will Odom, Contributing Writer and Erin’s hubby
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Around Christmas, I started looking for some bath bombs to give to Erin to help her destress, detox, and relax in the bath all while nourishing her body.
I knew I wanted something that contained no harsh chemicals, artificial colors, or other unnecessary additives. And therein lay the problem.
Almost everything that I came across contained ingredients that I did not want to use. Even many of the “natural” bath bombs weren’t as natural as they claimed.
So, I began looking at recipes and determined that I could easily make the bath bombs.
Plus, we had most of the ingredients in the house. I just needed to order a couple of things.
I played around with a few recipes and experimented until I found a combination that worked.
The girls even got in on the action with these DIY natural bath bombs, and we delivered some of these to other family members and neighbors as gifts.
These DIY natural bath bombs are so easy to make that I thought I’d share the recipe and hopefully inspire others to try it and give the gift of relaxation and nourishment.
Note from Erin: Seriously, y’all–these DIY natural bath bombs are AMAZING! They have been a godsend at this end of this current pregnancy, as I’ve been taking baths with them nearly every night for several weeks. My feet were starting to swell, and taking nightly salt baths with these homemade bath bombs have made a huge difference. After a few nights, I noticed that my ankles were visible again! Woo hoo! Although you can easily take baths with just the salts themselves, I find the bath bombs very convenient, and the added oils make them moisturizing, leaving my skin super soft.
DIY Natural Bath Bombs
|Dry Ingredients:||Liquid ingredients:|
|* 1 cup baking soda||* 2 tablespoon of coconut oil|
|* ½ cup cornstarch or arrowroot||* 1 tablespoon of witch hazel (or water)|
|* ½ cup citric acid||* 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil|
|* ½ cup of Redmond Sea Salt (coupon below)||* 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil|
|* RMO essential oils or Plant Therapy Oils|
|* powdered food coloring||Optional:|
|* dried flowers or herbs||* liquid coloring|
|* vitamin E oil|
|Other Items:||* other carrier oils|
|* alumimum ball mold|
|* plastic ball mold|
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1. Combine all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
I chose to use the Redmond Bath Salts (Use code bathewiththh to get 15% off your order) in these because of their healing and detoxification properties. We use Redmond on a regular basis and love all of their products.
You can either use corn starch or arrowroot. I tried the recipe with both and found that the ones made with arrowroot tended to crack a little bit, but that could be remedied by adding more carrier oil or witch hazel.
Because your skin is the largest organ in your body and absorbs its environment, I chose to use organic ingredients, but you can easily make these with conventional ones.
I chose organic citric acid and cornstarch because many are made from GMO corn or mold.
If you want to add color, then I would suggest a colored food powder or even some powered beet (high in vitamins and minerals) or turmeric (anti-inflammatory and antioxidant). Powered works better than liquid food coloring. However, I preferred the natural look with the Redmond Sea Salts.
If you do choose to color them, only use a little coloring to give them a slight tint. If you add too much, it could leave a ring in the tub.
2. Melt the coconut oil and add the other liquid ingredients to it.
You can use a variety of carrier oils that fit your needs. I chose jojoba and grapeseed because of their moisturizing properties, but you could also use almond*, sunflower, or avocado*.
* Use caution with almond oil if someone is allergic to tree nuts, and be careful with avocado because some people with a latex allergy are also sensitive to avocado.
You would also add your essential oils in this step. The amount of oil used will depend on the brand and type of oil. There are endless possibilities to mix and match.
Just make sure you are cautious with the oils, especially if you are pregnant or have other sensitives.
Some of our favorite single oils are:
Some of favorite blends are:
3. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir slightly with a fork or spoon.
It will bubble and fizz a little, but that will not last long.
4. Knead the mixture until the liquid is worked into the dry ingredients.
The mixture should have the consistency of wet sand.
You may want to wear gloves if you are sensitive to any of the ingredients.
5. Take your mold and scoop the mixture into both sides of the mold. Press it down lightly and add more to leave a mound in each half.
6. Over the bowl, press the molds together firmly, twisting very slightly as you push the two halves together and allow the excess to fall into the bowl.
7. Tap both halves lightly with your finger or a spoon. Gently pull one half off and then the other.
If it crumbles or falls apart, then dump it back into the bowl and try again, remembering to pack it lightly into each half before bringing them together.
8. Set them out to dry overnight. Enjoy!!
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Love a good relaxing bath? Check out our DIY Oatmeal Lavender Bath Teas.
Not the DIY type but still want to take a good detox bath? Read Erin’s post on how to take a detox bath!