A great part about owning your own skin care business is that you basically have gifts on-hand all the time. I don’t know how many times we’ve been running out the door for a party or event and my husband or I say to one another…
“Should we bring something?”
“I don’t know, grab some soap to be safe!”
But by the time Christmas comes around, I don’t have anything to give my family, Modern Hippie product wise, that they don’t already have, so I have to start racking my brain for some NEW, creative DIYs.
This year, the new addition to my DIY-repertoire is Therapeutic Bath Bombs! I’m a little surprised that I’ve never made these guys for gifts before. Aside from the Bath Salts, Bath Bombs one of the more simple skin care recipes you can make, and a great place to start it you’re new to the DIY scene. They’re also super impressive, and if you’re making them as gifts, your friends and family are going to assume that you’re some sort of chemist/genious.
If you’ve never had the pleasure of bathing alongside a fizzy a bath bomb before, you’re in for a real treat. As they fizz and dissolve in the warm water, they release therapeutic essential oils, flower petals and begin softening the water.
Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?
I’ll admit, telling my daughter that she can choose a bath bomb for the tub sure does make bath time easier. And as a bonus, my kids come out smelling like little flowers 🙂
By adding your own unique blend of therapeutic grade essentials oil, you can use these Bath Bombs for all sorts of purposes. Just check out the chart below!
Read on to find out how you can be the fave gift-giver of the family this year…
How to Make Therapeutic Bath Bombs
Bath bombs are fun for kids, relaxing for adults, and make an ideal addition to any Modern Hippie gift basket!
Bath bomb molds – these can be official, circular bath bomb molds like this, small silicone molds like the ones I’m using, or mini-muffin tins.
Spoon and bowl for mixing
2 cups Baking Soda
1 cup Citric Acid*
1/2 cup Arrowroot Powder or Corn Starch
Witch Hazel ** in a Spritz Bottle for wetting the mix OR Modern Hippie Facial Toner (which contains witch hazel)
* Citric acid is not “acid” or unsafe to handle – it’s just the scientific name for Vitamin C!
** The alcohol content in the witch hazel will allow the bath bombs to release from the molds more easily and prevent premature fizzing – just using water as the moisturizing agent would have the bath bomb to take hours to release from the molds.
Essential oils (find a wide range of organic, fair-trade essential oils, here)
Flower petals and herbs (buy here)
Cosmetic clays, like French green or Australian pink (for color) (like this)
Coconut Oil (organic, like this)
Epsom Salts or Pink Himalayan Salt (buy here)
Mix together baking soda, arrow root powder, and citric acid in a large mixing bowl – this is your generic Bath Bomb Mixture.
At this point I separate the bath bomb mixture into three small bowls so that I can make three different bath bombs. If you only intend on making one type, just work with one cup of the mixture at a time.
Add your desired essential oils and optional ingredients – I’ve shared my favourite recipes below!
Spritz the mixture using the witch hazel or Modern Hippie Facial Toner, while stirring. You don’t want to spray too much witch hazel in one area without mixing or it will start to fizz.
Spritz the mixture until it’s the consistency of damp sand, an it binds together when you squeeze it.
Immediately, press the bath bomb mix into your molds using the back of a spoon.
Allow the mixture to dry for 5-10 minutes (longer if you’re making large bath bombs), and pop them out.
Store in an dry place with a lid, and add to your bath as desired!
My Personal Favourites…
The Sick Bomb
1/3 of Bath Bomb Mixture
2 tsp French Green Clay
1 tbsp Coconut Oil
10 drops of each Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Peppermint, Camphor, Cajeput Essential Oils
The Calm Bomb
1 tbsp dried Calendula Petals
20 drops of each, Lavender, Sweet Orange and Chamomile Essential Oils
The Love Bomb
1 tsp Pink Australian Clay
10 drops of each, Patchouli, Rose Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense