Have bath bombs had their day? I don’t think so and I certainly hope not! I love DIY Bath Bombs. What’s there not to love? With a multitude of recipes and ingredients you really can create just about anything. The only limit to your creation, is your imagination. So, what are the top 10 natural ingredients you could be adding to your bath bomb?
Creating DIY Bath Bombs
Are you looking to create a bath bomb to help with a specific issue? Maybe you want to create a bath bomb that just looks and smells amazing! Or maybe you want to make a bath bomb to gift to a friend or family member.
Whatever your reason, here is a definitive guide to some amazing inexpensive natural ingredients that you can add to your bath bombs. It’ll certainly give them that extra wow (and fizz!)
The Superhero Ingredients
Bicarbonate of Soda and Citric acid are the first two staple ingredients to be found in every bath bomb recipe.
The reaction of these two ingredients when submerged into water releases the carbon dioxide gas which gives the bath bombs their fizz and bubbles. The release of this gas also enables the bath bomb to break apart. This in turn allows any of the goodies contained within the bath bomb to be released.
Bicarbonate of soda – use 260 grams
Citric acid – use 130 grams
What you add next is entirely up to you and this is where you can unleash your creativity. You certainly do not need to add in all the ingredients. You might just want to pick one or two from the powdered ingredients list (cornstarch / clays / milk powder). Then by adding some salts and some essential oils you could create your own detoxifying DIY bath bombs.
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Corn starch – use ½ – 1 tablespoon
Suitable for all skin types, corn starch provides a smoothness to your bath bomb. It also may slow down the ‘fizz’ producing a longer active bath bomb.
Clays– use ½ – 1 tablespoon
Rich in minerals, clays are negatively charged. This charge gives them their drawing abilities. The negative charge attracts the positively charged skin impurities and binds to them, drawing them out of the skin. They are often used in detoxifying facemasks to draw out impurities, such as blackheads.
This healing clay is often used to detoxify the body of impurities.
Kaolin (white) clay
The gentlest of clays which serves to draw out impurities and stimulate circulation to leave skin softened. Ideal for all skin types, particularly sensitive and dry skin.
Ideal for acne prone and oily skin. Its colour will also give you a pale green shade to your bath bomb.
The pastel pink colour of this clay will give your bath bomb a very subtle tinge of dusky pink. Don’t go expecting it to be anything more than a pale pink though. Pink clay is rich in minerals and is suitable for all skin types. Used to cleanse and tone the skin.
Milk powder – use 1 tablespoon
With the presence of fatty acids and lactic acids, milk powder is often included in bath bombs to enhance their moisturising and cleansing properties.
Types of milk powder you could include milk powder, buttermilk powder, coconut milk powder.
Salt – use 1 tablespoon
Not only is salt an effective exfoliator it also contains minerals that cleanse and detox. Salts draw out toxins from the skin . By drawing moisture from its surrounding, salt hydrates the skin. Choose pure salts such as dead sea salt, pink Himalayan salt, Epsom salt.
“Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea”
– Pythagoras 580 BC – 500 BC)
Dead Sea Salt
Derived from the Dead Sea, this salt has a high content of sin loving minerals. This makes Dead Sea Salt a good addition for bath bombs for sensitive or problem skin.
Pink Himalayan Salt
Originating from the Punjab region of Pakistan and around 190 miles from the Himalayas, this salt is often called rock salt, pink salt, Himalayan sea salt. Known for its moisturising and skin softening properties, this salt is ideal for sensitive or problem skin. If you are a rose pink lover then this salt is certainly pleasing to the eye. You can grind this salt to a finer texture for your bath bombs or leave it as is. The salt will dissolve in the bath, but will take longer the larger the crystal is. Larger crystals may be slightly uncomfortable when lying in a relaxing warm bath.
Rich in magnesium, Epsom salts are traditionally used for relieving musclular aches and pains.
Carrier oils – ½ teaspoon
Oils and butters act as moisturisers to the skin. There are many different carrier oils that you could. Some favourites are jojoba, sunflower, avocado and mango butter. Oils are oily! So either be careful when getting out the bath so as not to slide; or add a solubiliser (more about this later) to allow the oil to be dispersed into the water.
The properties within this oil are similar to the properties of our skins own natural oil (sebum), therefore this oil is found in many oil controlling products. As the oil mimicks are own skin it stops the skin producing its own oil and therefore helps oily prone skin.
A nourishing and skin softening oil that is suitable for all skin types.
A soothing oil that helps with dry skin
This will need to be gently heated before adding to a bath bomb. Mango butter has the ability to soften, soothe, heal and moisturise skin. Particularly good with oily skin.
A solobiliser is often used in products where oil and water need to mix. For example, if you use essential oils in the bath you may notice that they float on the top and are not dispersed properly. This means that your skin can potentially come into direct contact with the essential oil, which is not what we want. By adding a solubiliser the essential oil can then be dispersed safely in with the bath water. Two solubilisers that can be used are Polysorbate 20 for essential oil solubilisation and Polysorbate 80 for carrier oil solubilisation.
Colouring – ½ teaspoon
For a natural colour to your bath bomb you could use herbs and spices. These could also double up as decoration too. For more vibrant colours you could use mica powders. Mica is a mineral naturally mined from the earth. It is then coloured, providing us with a variety of coated mica powders to choose from.
Chocolate (Cocao powder)
Not only is this a wonderful mood enhancing aroma but cocao also has some amazing skin enhancing properties. It is rich in antioxidants which our body needs to fight pollutants. It is also very softening and soothing to the skin.
Nutmeg has a warming aroma and natural brown colour.
This will give your bath bombs an orange / yellow colour.
Although this will not completely colour your bath bomb it will provide a purple ‘decoration’ throughout. It is also an incredibly relaxing aroma, perfect for those evening bath bombs.
Dried Rose petals
Similar to lavender, rose petals will provide a dark red decoration throughout.
Scenting – 15 drops
Essential oils are the natural scent to choose from. Not only do they provide a wonderful aroma but they also have many healing properties too. Artificial fragrances are available and are suitable for bath bombs but these will have no healing properties. Some essential the oils are unsafe to use during pregnancy or with certain medical conditions, it is advisable to check the safety instructions when purchasing your essential oils.
A popular choice of essential oil due to its versatility. A calming and relaxing oil.
An uplifting oil due to its fresh citrus aroma. A useful aid for detoxification too.
Safe to use in pregnancy, mandarin essential oil is a relaxing oil with many skin loving properties.
With skin calming properties, rose can be used in skin healing bath bombs
Ideal for oily skin, ylang ylang has abeautiful, exotic aroma. Use a lower dosage (5-10 drops) in your bath bomb recipe as the aroma is fairly strong.
A refreshing and cooling essential oil, that can be used for muscular pain relief or to soothe irritated skin.
Technically not an ingredient but your choice of mold can turn your bath bomb into something much more. Try using a doughnut mold found in most kitchenware shops, or a cup cake tin or even madeleine tin.