February 22, 2017

DIY : Bath Bombs 

Making homemade bath bombs is easier than you think! The best bath bombs are made with natural ingredients that are gentle on the skin and full of luscious aroma. The possibilities are endless for bath bombs, whether you make them for yourself or use them as awesome gift ideas! The best part about bath bombs is that you don’t have to follow a complicated “lush” bath bomb recipe to make them.

Store-bought bath bombs are expensive, and can sometimes contain ingredients that are artificial and/or harsh on the skin. The best way to enjoy them without the chemicals or high price tag is to follow an easy, quick bath bomb recipe like the one below.

Homemade bath bombs are fun for kids and revitalizing for adults, and you can combine endless combinations of natural ingredients to create all your favorite scents.

Essential oils are optional in bath bombs, but most people enjoy the soothing scent they add to a bath. Popular options include lavender, tea tree oil, orange, lilac, peppermint, lemongrass, and eucalyptus.

A student Collin Hilgenberg at our cosmetology school in Des Moines goes LIVE on Facebook to show everyone how to make their very own Bath Bombs

What You Need:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup epsom salt
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • 1 tsp water
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp essential oils
  • Soap Food coloring

Step 1: First mix your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl: baking soda, Epsom salt, and citric acid. Typically, bath bombs need witch hazel to hold together; spray the entire surface of the dry mix with an atomizer or spray bottle, then mix with your hands.

Step 2: Next, in a separate mixing bowl, combine your wet ingredients: water, olive oil, essentials oils (Collin used a combination of rosemary, lavender, and lemongrass), and lastly, soap food coloring. Make sure to use a soap coloring and not your typical cooking coloring to avoid any staining.

Step 3: Very sparingly add a small amount of the liquid into your dry mixture. This will fizzle; remember to only add a small amount. Too much will turn your bath bomb into bath sludge. Baking soda and citric acid does produce a smell, so don’t be alarmed!

Step 4: Slowly continue to mix, using a fork or whisk to blend the ingredients in your large bowl. Once all the ingredients are blended, continue mixing with your hands.

Step 5: Choose a plastic mold for your bath bombs. When choosing plastic molds, you don’t have to specifically choose bath bomb molds; we used easter egg molds. Place the mixture into the mold for about 30 seconds. Then remove by lightly squeezing the side of the mold, and let the bath bomb set for at least 24 hours before use.

Thank you Collin for the great tips!!!

Bath bombs often have a negative reputation for drying out and sensitizing your skin. However, that’s not the situation with our homemade bath bombs. If you’re concerned about the potential effects of a bath bomb on your sensitive skin, we’ve prepared extra and easily applicable tips for sensitive skin.

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