Using Organic Essential Oils in Home Made Bath Bombs
Posted on 17 November 2015
Making your own natural bath bombs are a great way to save money and create unique, thoughtful gifts for loved ones.
Most of the ingredients in bath bombs are pretty easy to get hold of, and if you have some organic essential oils on hand and some quality nourishing carrier oils, you can make some wonderfully luxurious bath bombs that would cost a pretty penny if you purchased them in a store.
So, for our recipe, we use a pretty standard base formula, with the following ingredients:
110g of citric acid (available form your local pharmacy)
110g of baking soda (from most supermarkets)
220g of cornstarch (from most supermarkets)
and then add our luxury ingredients to make it extra special:
85 g of organic shea butter
60 ml of organic carrier oil (we suggest organic almond oil or organic macadamia oil)
10 drops of organic essential oil
You can also add dried herbs such as rose petals or lavender flowers for decoration and additional fragrance too.
First mix together the dry ingredients and then fold in the shea butter and your chosen carrier oil. You may need to heat the shea butter gently to make it liquid.
Once you have all of the main ingredients in the mix and you have a good consistency, you can add your essential oils, we suggest a combination of the following essential oils. Just remember that organic essential oils are very concentrated and should be treated with a great deal of respect, we find that the following organic essential oils are the least reactive for most people and have multiple uses in the home.
Organic lavender essential oil: a favourite in most homes, lavender essential oil is suitable for even sensitive skin, great for children, people with anxiety or sleep issues and blends well with other essential oils.
Organic geranium essential oil: a rich floral scent, that mixes well with lavender, geranium is best used in small amounts, and in the above formula we suggest mixing only 1-2 drops of geranium with other essential oils. Also suitable for children, geranium essential oil is a great addition to your bath bomb blend.
Organic neroli essential oil adds an exotic citrus scent to your bath bomb blend. Suitable to use with lavender and geranium, neroli is calming and uplifting and mixes well with sandalwood oil too. As with all citrus essential oils, caution using the oil on your skin before going out in the sun as this oil can cause photosensitivity.
Organic sandalwood essential oil is a great addition to your bath bomb blend and the deep woody scent makes it suitable for men or women. Blending nicely with neroli essential oil, sandalwood essential oil is calming, relaxing and soothing.
Once you have chosen and added your organic essential oils, mix well to distribute the oils. You should have a mixture that is gently fragrant and that holds together well. You can use specific moulds to make your bath bombs, we suggest using silicone muffin tins or simply using your hands to mould you bath bombs into shape. Using firm pressure when moulding your bath bombs prevents cracks and inconsistencies.
Your bath bombs will need to be left in a dry area to set properly, if you live in a particularly humid area, you may want to pat your bath bombs dry before storing in an airtight container.
Now, your home made bath bombs with luxurious carrier oils and organic essential oils are ready to use in your own bath or to package up to gift to a friend or family member this festive season.