Making your own bath bombs doesn’t have to be tricky
I love baths. It’s a fantastic way to soothe my achy joints. There are some days where a bath is the difference from me being productive and spending the day in bed.
Who knows what I’m talking about?
Hana and I both love a good bath bomb. She’s addicted to shopping at Lush – and granted they have amazing stuff, but the price tag can be a little prohibitive, plus even so called “natural” bath bombs can be full of ingredients that aren’t great for our skin.
Making bath bombs at home can be a challenge though– and I’ve found many of our homemade ones leave the tub way too slippery. I’ve wiped out in the bathroom once. And that’s enough for me. Now I have a secret ingredient. Well. It’s about not to be a secret, but it is still magical.
I read about Turkey Red Castor Oil a while ago. It self-emulsifies in water, meaning no weird floating blobs of oil in your tub and no oil slicks afterwards. I was totally amazed at how well it worked. It also passed Hana’s float test – she does NOT want her bath bombs sinking! The water from this bomb was so soft and luxurious. No slippery tub. Not at all. So stop what you are doing and order this oil!
Plus the aroma of this combo? Tropical amazingness.
Why add the coconut milk? It is a great moisturiser due its soothing properties and has high levels of Vitamin C which helps maintain elasticity and flexibility of skin. It is also rich in copper, and prevents wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots. I get the above milk powder from Thrive Market. Y’all that read the blog know that I love the convenience of Thrive. It saves me from running all over the place.
I think these molds from Amazon make it a lot easier – and using as little witch hazel as possible. I added a little too much for the last one and it starting reacting a bit as it dried (I should have taken a pic of it’s expanded craziness. It still worked though!) You’ll want to pack it just like you would if when you are making a sand castle, enough to hold it’s shape but not overpacked so it won’t come out of the mold. It may take a try or too to get the hang of it, but it’s pretty simple. Just pay attention to how much witch hazel you use. Seriously. ONLY A LITTLE! I mean it!
Coconut Citrus Bath Bombs
1 cup baking soda
½ cup citric acid
¼ cup dried coconut milk powder
1/2 cup Epsom salt
1 tbsp Turkey Red Oil
Spray bottle w/witch hazel
10 drops Lime essential oil
10 drops orange essential oil
Optional: Colorant (I recommend using mica soap colorant)
Add the baking soda, citric acid, dried coconut milk powder, together in a a large, wide bowl and mix well. Stir in colorant if using.
Mix the Epsom salts and Turkey Red Oil together in separate bowl and transfer to the bowl with the baking soda mixture, stirring to combine. Add essential oils (you can increase/decrease amount of EO based on your preference)
Now it’s time to add just enough liquid to get the mixture to hold together in a mold. Not too much, though, or it will react in the bowl/mold, not in your bath. Using a spray bottle and witch hazel both help with this. The spray allows you to add a small amount at a time, a the witch hazel has less of a reaction than water would – plus it evaporates faster than water so your bath bombs dry faster.
Spray a little witch hazel on your mixture and stir thoroughly. Repeat until a clump of mixture will hold together (kind of like brown sugar)
Pack mixture into a mold of your choice. I love using the metal 2 piece mold for a nice size bath bomb. Turn out onto wax paper or freezer paper. Sometimes I leave the bomb sitting in one section of the mold to help keep it’s shape. I’ll turn more often when I do that. Let dry overnight, turning occasionally.
Drop into hot bath, and ENJOY! If you want a good bath but don’t feel like crafting, try our detox bath instead.
An easy print copy of the recipe is listed below.