After a day at the spa, your skin and energy always feel delightful, refreshed, and glowing. Wanting to retain a piece of these delightful services in between appointments is something many of us strive for. With home beauty care and regiments, many people are reaching for the different little additives that bring a part of the spa with them. Bath bombs are a growing trend that women and men alike simply adore. But whether you are looking for an alternative to cut costs or ensure the chemicals in them are safe for your skin, you can make your own at home. We at The Skin and Body Refinery have listed a few ways on how you can make these little balls of heaven in the comfort of your home.
Recipes for How to Make Bath Bombs
Below you will find a list of ingredients for the 4 various bath bombs you can craft.
Basic Bath Bombs Recipe (makes 4-8 Small Bombs or 2 Large Bombs):
– Powdered citric acid – ½ cup
– Baking soda – 1 cup
– Cornstarch – ¾ cup
– Water or Olive oil (used to dampen)
– Epsom Salts – ¼ cup
– Food Coloring –Several drops
– Essential oils – Several drops
Ultra Softening Bath Bombs Recipe:
You will need all items listed above with these additions:
– Cocoa or shea butter – 3 oz
– Almond oil – 3 tbsp
– Coconut oil – 3 tbsp
Milky Bath Bombs Recipe:
You will need the primary ingredients of the basic bath bomb recipe along with the following:
– Finely ground Epsom salt – 1/3 cup
– Powdered milk – ¼ cup
– Olive oil – 2 tbsp
– Melted cocoa butter 2 tbsp
– Witch Hazel – Several drops
– Essential oils – Several drops
– Food coloring – Several drops
Directions for How to Make Bath Bombs at Home
1) Combine the powders. Combine your citric acid, baking soda, and corn starch in a large non-reactive mixing bowl. Thoroughly blend all these dry ingredients together using your hands, a whisk, or a mixer. If are creating the milky bombs, add the Epsom salts after stirring the other ingredients together.
2) Add small quantities of water or oil. Use a spray bottle to lightly dampen; adding only enough water so that the dough is compactable, if it starts to fizz you will need to start again. Hold the mixture in your hands and press it together, add mists of water from a water bottle as you need it.
3) Add the liquid ingredients. If you are making the ultra soft or milk bombs, now is when you add the liquid ingredients. If necessary, nuke the oils down to liquid form if they are solid.
4) Add essential oils and food coloring. As the dough is becoming easily molded in your hands, add a few drops of essential oil and food coloring to your liking. Feel free to mix multiple scents and colors to customize your bath bombs. (Lavender is ideal for relaxation, and eucalyptus is optimal for energy or sinus relief.)
5) Mold the mixture. You have options when it comes to the molds you want to use; dome molds or a mold with rounded edges make molding easy, simply press the bath bomb dough into it. To prevent cracking, be sure to use a lot of pressure to compact the mixture firmly into the molds.
You can also use silicone candy molds for smaller bath bombs.
6) Dry the bombs. The molds need to dry for at least 24 hours. Store them in a cool, dry area away from moisture. Remove them from the molds and allow them to air dry independently if after 24 hours the bath bombs still feel damp.
7) Store the bath bombs. When the bath bombs are completely dry, store them in an airtight container. Keep the bombs away from moisture to prevent early fizzing. Use the homemade bath bombs within a few months because they don’t have any preservatives.