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Learn how to make these luxurious rose scented DIY bath bombs with this easy to follow recipe. These DIY bath bombs are great fun to make and can double up as cute homemade gifts!
What is a bath bomb?
A bath bomb is an effervescent explosion of colourful fun in your bathtub! As the bath bomb breaks apart it releases emollients and softeners to your bath’s water that moisturise and indulge your skin. No matter what your skin type, the beneficial ingredients in bath bombs leave it soft, supple, and silky.
Whether you’re after a relaxing, petal-laden floral soak or an invigorating multilayered explosion of colour and scent, you’ll find a bath bomb recipe thats perfect for every bathing experience.
Why make your own bath bombs?
I used to spend a fortune on bath bombs and other beauty products but then I learnt you can make them easily at home for a fraction of the cost! Not only that, homemade bath bombs don’t contain any of the nasty ingredients that some store brought products do!
So with that in mind, today I’m gonna share with you this luxurious rose scented DIY bath bomb recipe that will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and invigorated! They also m make lovely Valentines gifts for a loved one or friend.
Materials needed to make bath bombs:
You can make a simple bath bomb with just 3 simple ingredients, baking soda, citric acid and a binder. However the best bath bombs contain a few other ingredients. To make the best bath bombs that fizz and foam beautifully you will need the following ingredients:
Baking soda – Baking soda or sometimes known as sodium bicarbonate is the main ingredient in bath bombs. Baking soda can do wonders for your skin! It can soothe eczema, detoxify, relieve sore muscles as well as help fight skin and nail fungus!
Citric acid – Citric acid is an organic acid found in, yes you guessed it, citric fruits, such as lemons, oranges and grapefruit. Citric acid when combined with baking soda creates a chemical reaction responsible for making bath bombs fizz!
Filler – Cornstarch is a popular filler ingredient that helps the bath bombs to harden. However too much will reduce the amount of fizz the bath bomb produces. Other fillers include cream of tartar and kaolin clay.
Salts – Many recipes including my rose scented DIY bath bomb recipe also include salts due to their renowned health benefits. Epson salt is the most popular with its muscle soothing properties, however sea salt and pink Himalayan salt are also great choices due to their detoxifying properties.
A binder oil – Oils are used to add moisture and bind the mixture together. The most popular oils used in making bath bombs are coconut, sweet almond, avocado, grape seed and jojoba. You will also see some recipes using butters such as cocoa and shea.
For all my bath bomb recipes I use fractionated Coconut oil. This oil is one of the cheapest and most easily available but it’s also extremely hydrating, guaranteed to leave your skin with a healthy glow!
Polysorbate 80 – If you use oil and colourants in your bath bombs, I recommend adding some polysorbate 80. This will help the oils and colours in your bath bombs disperse more evenly in the bath water rather than pooling on top. It also prevents the the oils and mica from clinging to the tub and the bather. This is important as oil on the bottom of the tub can make it slippery.
Rubbing alcohol – Rubbing alcohol is a common liquid binder that will help bind all the ingredients together. It’s especially useful in climates with high humidity as it will help dry out the bath bombs and reduce any premature fizzing. If humidity isn’t a problem then you can also use witch hazel.
Essential oils – Essential oils provide beautiful natural fragrances as well as having a variety of therapeutic benefits depending on which oil is used.
Colourants – Although bath bombs are perfectly fine in there natural colour state, if preferred you can add some extra colourants such as mica powders, or specially made cosmetic grade colourants to make the colour stronger! Please don’t use food colouring as they will stain your bath and possibly your skin!
Moulds – I generally use traditional round metal moulds when making bath bombs. However you can use silicon moulds, muffin tins or even ice cube trays! To make these rose scented bath bombs I have used both round metal moulds and some heart shaped silicon soap moulds.
Benefits of using rose essential oil:
Rose essential oil is renowned for its calming and uplifting aroma and its many therapeutic properties. Rose oil supports cell and tissue regeneration which helps maintain skin elasticity and reduces the appearance of fine lines. Its skin calming and anti-inflammatory properties can also sooth dry and itchy skin.
The beautiful scent of rose oil is also known to help create a sense of wellbeing and increase feelings of vitality.
How to make rose scented DIY bath bombs:
This easy rose scented DIY bath bomb recipe will have you making professional looking bath bombs in no time!
This recipe will make approx 6-8 bath bombs depending on the size of the mould.
- 1 Cup of baking soda
- 1/2 Cup od Citric acid
- 1/4 Cup of Corn starch
- 1/4 Cup of Epsom salts
- 2 Tablespoons of fractionated coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoons of rubbing alcohol
- 10mls Polysorbate 80
- 10 Drops of rose essential oil
- 1 Tablespoon ofDried rose petals (optional)
- Couple of drops of pink soap colourant or mica
Step 1 – In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients.
Step 2 – In a small bowl mix together all the liquid ingredients except the colourant and rose petals.
Step 3 – Gradually add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and stir until fully combined.
Step 4 – Split the mixture into 2 bowls and add pink colourant to one of the bowls. Be sure to only add a drop at at time until you reach the desired colour.
Step 5 – You should now have two mixtures, one white and one pink. You can then use these mixtures as you wish. You can either take a tablespoon of each mixture and pack them on top of each other in the mould to create a marbled effect or you can make separate white and pink bath bombs. I personally love the white bath bombs with the dried rose petals scattered through them.
What ever colour option you choose make sure you pack the mixture into the moulds as tightly as possible.
Step 6 – Leave the bath bombs to dry out over night. Once set gently tab the moulds and remove the bath bombs. Be carefully as the bath bombs may still be a little fragile.
How to store DIY Bath bombs
Bath bombs are best stored in a cool, dry place at room temperature. If you live in a humid climate, you may want to wrap homemade bath bombs tightly in plastic wrap before putting them in a box or bag. The plastic wrap helps protect the bath bombs from excess moisture and prevent premature fizzing. However make sure the bath bombs have completely dried out before wrapping as the may start to fizz.
Stored correctly these rose scented DIY bath bombs will usually last around 6 months.
Gifting DIY Bath bombs
These homemade bath bombs also make great Valentine’s Day gifts. Just pop them in some clear film bags, add some ribbon and a tag and they’re ready to go. I used these lovely free downloadable gift tags from Make Life Lovely!
If you prefer to make your own gift tags I recommend using Avery Design & Print. You can design all your own gift tags or labels with their free templates and software. You can then download for free and print on your home printer.
Please note – When gifting home made beauty products such as these Rose scented DIY bath bombs, you should always be aware of any food or skin allergies of the recipient.
Hope you have enjoyed this post and that it’s inspired you to make your own bath bombs. If so, let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading,
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