Anyone who loves baths has probably come in contact with the term bath bomb.
They are those magical glitter covered spheres that provide fantastic smells and help you enhance your bath experience. But we are not here today to talk about the commercially available bath bombs, we are here to teach you how to make your own.
People in the 1900s used bath fizzies to color and scent their bath water. The bath bombs are their successors but you will be surprised to hear that they are actually a recent invention. Namely, one of the co-founders of the popular cosmetic company Lush invented the bath bombs as we know them today.
We mention this because lately, Lush has been under attack for the harmful ingredients it has used in its products. It all started when it was discovered that they have used dairy in one of their vegan lip tints. That triggered an investigation where the bath bombs were examined. It was discovered that their most popular Sex Bomb contains:
- Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone- An ingredient that leads to allergic reactions. It is not recommended to be used on sensitive skin and is banned for use in fragrances.
- Sodium sesqui-carbonate
- Propylene Glycol- A toxin used in paint and antifreeze.
- Red #4, #27, and #33 as dyes
- Fragrance- Fragrances that contain over 4000 individual chemicals, some of which are known carcinogens
So, in order to prevent you from spending your money toxic, carcinogenic bath bombs that are rich in artificial dyes and fragrances, we recommend that you make your own bath bombs. All you need for a toxin-free, all natural bath bombs is:
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 1/2 cup of citric acid
- 1/2 cup of Epsom or magnesium salts
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- Essential oils
- If you don’t want the bath bomb to be white, you can use some natural food colors like beet juice, which will give it a warm pink color
- Tin molds or muffin dome
The preparation is extremely easy. Mix all the dry ingredients separately from the wet ones and once you do this, combine the two mixtures slowly. Stir constantly and be careful because the citric acid may create a lot of foam. In the end, add the food coloring and the essential oils you chose. Here are some essential oil recommendations if you can decide on your own:
- Jasmine is a highly sensual essential oil
- Lemongrass has a candy scent
- Lavender is extremely relaxing
- Lavender and orange for sweet scent and relaxation
- Orange and lemon if you want one inspiring and refreshing bath experience
It is recommended to add between 5 and 10 drops of essential oil to the mixture. If you are feeling brave, you can make your combination of essential oils that you will add to the bath bombs mixture.
One you combine all the ingredients, oil the tin molds and pour the prepared mixture. Leave it to dry at room temperature and soon as they harden, you can take them out of the molds and throw them straight into your bath.
This type of bath bomb is completely natural and can only benefit you and your health. Magnesium salts or Epsom soothe the muscles, the baking soda alkalizes the body, the coconut oil nourishes the skin and the essential oil provide reduce stress and provide a relaxation.
You can even gift these natural bath bombs. Add some glitter and put them in a jar. They make a great gift for your dearest ones!