When it comes to pampering yourself, you don’t always have to spend a lot of money. Even a long, warm bath filled with fizzing bubbles from a bath bomb is sufficient enough to relieve stress from a hard day. Bath bombs truly are your means of experiencing an at-home spa. The heavenly scent they give off can soothe your nerves and relax your muscles in a way a regular warm bath simply can’t. Instead of buying those luxurious bath bombs, why not make your own? This way, you’ll be spending less for an equally luxuriant bath bomb and you even get the chance to customize the scents and ingredients according to your preference. You can start making bath bombs with something you can never go wrong with—floral bath bombs. They smell and look gorgeous, and they even have a secret cache of flowers waiting to be released. Here’s how you can make floral bath bombs.
- Bath bomb moulds
- ¼ cup oatmeal
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon rose geranium essential oil
- ¼ teaspoon essential oil (lavender)
- ½ cup citric acid
- Rose petals
- Lavender flowers
- Witch hazel
Before you start:
- You don’t necessarily have to buy a bath bomb mould in order to make the bath bomb. You can use other materials such as plastic egg shells or even Christmas ornaments that can be opened in half.
- You can choose whichever flowers and herbs you prefer. Just make sure you dry them before using. Also, remember to match your essential oils with the flowers and herbs you’re using.
- Using the sieve, sift the citric acid and baking soda into a bowl to remove any clumps that may cause an uneven consistency in the finished bath bombs.
- Pour the oatmeal into the bowl and stir with a spoon.
- Add the essential oils and mix everything together. Break any clumps that may form using your fingers.
- Spray the mixture a few spritz at a time with witch hazel until the consistency becomes slightly damp. The mixture should have just enough moisture so that it can hold its form when you press it with your hands.
- Place a few petals at the bottom of one of the halves of the bath bomb mould for decoration. Then, using your hands, press some of the mixture on top of the flowers and shape it around the mould. Apply pressure using your thumbs to make sure that the mixture is compact but leave a hollow at the center. Fill the hollow center with more flowers then set this half of the mould aside for a while.
- Take the second half of the bath bomb mould and fill it to the brim with the mixture, this time without leaving a hollow. Remember to compress the mixture as you go. Top it off with more of the mixture but don’t compress it just yet.
- Pick up the other bath bomb mould and place both moulds together. Press firmly so that both halves compress together and form the bomb.
- Carefully take off the mould at the bottom, the one without flowers, out of the bath bomb. Then, tap the bath bomb out of the other half of the mould. Place the bath bomb on top of a soft surface, like on top of a sheet of cling film placed over a folded towel. Otherwise, leaving it on a hard surface will risk flattening the bottom of the bath bombs.
- Let the bath bomb dry for at least 12 hours. If you want to store it for later use, or for giving away, make sure you’re placing it in a moisture-resistant container or box. You can also set it up somewhere to scent a room before popping it into your tub.