While bubble baths have always been the height of an at-home spa experience, they are far from the only way to enjoy this sort of luxury. A great way to enjoy a relaxing bath without sacrificing the soothing, moisturizing effects of your homemade soap is to make your own bath bomb with many of those same ingredients.
Here’s what you need to know to start making bath bombs and experimenting with different moisturizers and Wholesale oils:
“You can ensure you use products that don’t irritate your skin.”
What’s a bath bomb?
Just like when you drop an Alka-Seltzer into a cup of water, when you drop a bath bomb into your tub, you’re immediately inundated with a pleasant fizz. In addition to this fizz, you also get to to enjoy pleasant scents and a sometimes psychedelic swirl of color in the water. When you’re making these products at home, you can ensure you only use ingredients that don’t irritate your skin, like olive oil, essential oils and natural dyes. While you still need to wash yourself with soap when you bathe with these bombs, simply enjoying a soak in the water after a bath bomb has fizzled out will moisturize your skin.
While the dyes, essential oils and other additives, like glitter or dried flowers, are completely optional in a bath bomb, the rest of the ingredients are non-negotiable. The ingredients necessary for a bath bomb include:
- Baking soda.
- Citric acid.
- Epsom salt.
- Olive oil.
When it comes to choosing your additives, you can get creative. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to stray from harsh dyes and additions like glitter. Make your bath an aromatherapy session by including your favorite essential oils in the mix. Some classic aromatherapy scents include lavender, rose, eucalyptus and lemongrass, but there is an near-endless list of options if you’re looking for something a little different. For example, patchouli is great for an earthy scent, while mint is a good option for a holiday-themed bath bomb. If you’re using essential oils, rather than manufactured perfumes in your bath bomb, it’s unlikely you’ll have a reaction to the scents that can cause a rash.
How to make a bath bomb
When you bake, you tend to mix all of the dry ingredients before adding all of the wet ones. Follow this same formula for your bath bomb. Mix the baking soda, citric acid and Epsom salt in a bowl, and combine it with a whisk. If you’re using any dry additives, like flowers or glitter, this is the time to add them as well – unless you’re looking for an “exploding effect;” read on for those instructions. Mix all of the liquid ingredients, like your olive oil, essential oils and dyes, in a separate bowl. Thoroughly combine them before slowly pouring them into the bowl with the dry ingredients.
Combine all of the ingredients until the mixture has completely absorbed the color of the dye. It will be a little moist, but still powdery. However, it will dry quickly so it’s crucial to get all of it into mold quickly so you don’t have to throw away your bath bomb mixture. Pack the mix into the molds as tightly as you can so they dry hard and firm. Though you can remove the bombs from their molds after just a few minutes, allow them to air dry for a couple of days before using in your baths.
An exploding bath bomb
Exploding bath bombs don’t actually explode, but they are an interesting way to make a gift of a homemade bath bomb a little more exciting. To do this, don’t add your solid additives, like glitter or flowers, to your bath bombs until you’re packing them into the molds. Fill the mold halfway, add the additives, then continue packing the mix until the mold. When the bomb starts dissolving in the bath, the receiver of the bath bomb will be surprised when a burst of flowers or glitter comes out of the bomb. Experiment with different scents, dyes and additions to create the perfect bath bomb!