Bath bombs are a great alternative to bubble bath, which is often laced with dyes, perfumes, SLS and parabens. As you soak in a bath, your skin is absorbing what is in your bath water, so you might want to ensure you are using only natural, chemical-free ingredients.
Baking soda fizzes in water, so as you drop a ‘bomb’ into the bath, it fizzes up in a sort of bubbly explosion, releasing all of it’s wonderful ingredients.
In these I used
- baking soda: is alkaline and soothes irritated skin
- cornstarch: gives a nice consistency and soothes irritated skin
- epsom salt: relaxes muscles, soothes the nervous system
- olive oil: moisturizing
- dried flowers or bath tea blend: oats, chamomile, lavender and calendula all soothe skin
- essential oils: sweet orange uplifts the mind, lavender relaxes the body
- citric acid powder: naturally exfoliates dead skin cells
I also played around by adding red clay to some of the balms, different essential oils and different dried flowers. Get creative! Make sure you do a patch test on your skin before using the bath bomb to ensure you do not have an allergy or intolerance to any of the ingredients.
Recipe makes 9 standard muffin sized bombs
In a stainless bowl, combine:
- 1/4 cup citric acid powder
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup epsom salt
- 1 cup baking soda
Mix well, then add:
- 1 tsp olive oil or other carrier oil
- 10 drops essential oil of choice
- 1/4 cup (SLOWLY) water or witch hazel
It is crucial that you slowly add the water or witch hazel as not to dissolve the baking soda. If your dry ingredients start fizzing, you have poured the liquid in too fast and the powder will all dissolve. Once liquid has been successfully mixed in to the dry ingredients, the consistency should be spongy so it sticks together when squeezed.
Prepare muffin tins with liners and fill the bottom of each one with dried flowers.
Press mixture into each muffin cup and firmly press down. Allow to dry for several hours before removing from muffin tins. Store in a tin or tightly sealed jar away from moisture. Drop one into a warm bath when ready to use.