This time of year, it’s really important to give yourself plenty of relaxation time (editor’s note: amen!). With the holiday season just around the corner, try to carve out some “you-time” and create a ritual of self-care. For me, that’s a nice hot bath after a chilly fall day. I’ve been really loving all the new fancy bath bombs on the market, but they can get pretty spendy and some are chock-full of artificial coloring and weird ingredients that I don’t want on my skin.
So instead of shelling out for weekly bath bombs, I thought I’d make my own recipe with a few of my favorite fall scents, like spruce and lavandin with a hint of orange. It has a sparkling orange color that’s completely organic from the Alaea Hawaiian Sea Salt, a natural detoxifying clay mixture. These are a perfect handmade gift for anyone who needs a little extra relation in their life or a fun project to treat yo’ self.
- 1 c. baking soda
- 1/2 c. citric acid
- 1/4 c. epsom salt
- 1/4 c. alaea sea salt
- 1/2 c. corn starch
- 2 tsp. coconut oil
- 3/4 tsp. water
- 2 tsp. essential oils (spruce, orange, and lavandin)
I love that this project just uses a few common kitchen ingredients and an ice mold!
Start by adding the baking soda, citric acid, epsom salt, Alaea sea salt, and corn starch to a medium sized, non-reactive bowl.
Stir the dry ingredients together until evenly combined and break up any remaining lumps.
Next, heat the coconut oil until liquid and stir in the water and essential oils of your choice. Slowly begin to trickle the oil and water mixture into the dry ingredients until combined. If you add it too quickly, the mixture will begin to fizz and won’t have as much fizzing bath bomb action.
Test the consistency by pinching it between your fingers. If it doesn’t hold it’s shape, add more water, a few drops at a time.
Once you’re happy with the consistency, scoop the mixture into your silicone mold. Pack in as much as you can and press it firmly into both sides.
Top off both sides of the mold and press together until the two sides are firmly shut.
Allow your bath bombs to sit in a cool, dry place for at least 24 hours, then carefully remove from the silicone mold. Now you’ve got a relaxing spa day treat or perfect handmade gift for the holiday season!
Photography and styling by Jojotastic. DIY by Material Delight for Jojotastic.