I have another DIY for you today, and it is perfect for Mother’s Day. That’s right I am talking DIY rose bath bombs!
It is mother’s day next Sunday, and what better present to give than something homemade. You may have seen my recent crafty posts DIY Paper Flowers and How to make pom-poms, which are slightly more decoration based than a gift or beauty based. I have always wanted to make my own bath bombs, but never really looked into how to go about. Well, that has changed and I am bringing you my attempt at a DIY rose bath bomb today!
What is a Bath Bomb?
Essentially a bath bomb is a pressed mixture of dry ingredients that react with water and create a fizz. Essential oils, fragrances and colours can all be added to make the bath that extra special. They are a perfect addition to a relaxing bath! Lush! is probably one of the most known brands making bath bombs, and they smell and look amazing when placed in your bath.
How to make DIY Rose Bath Bombs:
The concept making of a bath bomb is quite simple. You add your dry ingredients together, mix with your preferred oil, fragrance and colour (if desired) and mould them into round shapes. Executing the making of a bath bomb is slightly more challenging when you first start out. Once you get to grips with it, making a bath bomb is quite easy. The main issue with making your own bath bomb is the wetness of your mixture, which will have an impact on how well the bath bombs forms. AtomicBalm Bath ‘n‘ Body has a great video on successful making and moulding of a bath bomb. Be warned though it is about 20 minutes long.
I have made three batches of these bath bombs with varying results, however, the final batch turned out just right. The saying practice makes perfect is suitably fitting here I guess! I am sure with more practice and further batches this recipe may change a little, but I guess experimenting is key, and with the basics down, a little change here and there will make these even more lovely.
Ingredients of DIY Rose Bath Bombs:
To make these DIY rose bath bombs you will need the following ingredients:
*I will pop the whole method including ingredients into a handy graphic at the end of this post for your convenience*.
- Dry Ingredients:
- Wet Ingredients:
- Large Glass Bowl
- Glass jug or smaller glass bowl
- Spray bottle
- Bath Bomb moulds**
- Measuring spoons & cups
- Rubber gloves or disposable gloves
- Tray lined with greaseproof paper and/or kitchen roll
**Please note that the links above are affiliate links, which means should you make a purchase through this link I may make a small amount of commission at no extra cost to you.**
*Just another quick note, I would advise using items that are not going to be used with food. The essential oils used may taint your food, even if you have thoroughly washed them. I bought most of my items from cheap shops like Home Bargains and B&M to keep costs down.*
The Making Process:
Firstly you want to make sure that you have all of your ingredients and items to hand, and organised within your workspace. You may also need some tissue or paper towels on hand to wipe any spills. It is also a good idea to have your tray with grease-proof paper and/or paper towels lining it to place your newly made bath bombs onto, ready and waiting before starting to make your DIY rose bath bombs.
Step 1 – Mix the dry ingredients together
Using a sieve, sift the bicarbonate of soda into your large glass bowl, then sift in your cornflour. Add the Epsom salts next and whisk together. This will aid in removing any lumps and bumps from your mixture from the start. Lastly, measure out your citric acid and mix into the other ingredients. You can sift the citric acid, just make sure that your sieve is not damp or wet, as this will cause the acid to begin to fizz. You definitely do not want it fizzing just yet!
Step 2 – Mix wet ingredients together
In a glass jug or smaller glass bowl, measure out your coconut oil, melting this in intervals in the microwave if it is solid. Now, add in your essential oils, you may find that you like less or more drops than in this recipe. Experiment and see what suits you best. I have found that the essential oil smell reduces when the bath bombs have set, so there may be room to add more in. Other recipes I have seen add teaspoon measurements of essential oils, so experiment and see what you feel like.
Once you have whisked together the coconut oil and essential oils it is time to add in a bit of colour. Add as little or as much as you like, this is all preference on how strong a colour you prefer. Since these bath bombs are rose-scented, I though a pale-ish pink would suit them beautifully.
Step 3: Mix the dry and wet ingredients together
So now you have both your dry and wet mixtures prepared, it is time to combine them. Pour a little of your oil mixture into the dry and mix in with your whisk. Adding too much at once can cause the citric acid to begin to react, which you do not want. That bit should be saved to adding the bath bomb into your bath! Keep adding little bits at a time and whisking until all of your oil mixtures has been incorporated.
Have a feel of the mixture to gauge the consistency. Even with the adding of the oil, the bath bomb mixture probably isn’t that mould-able just yet. This is where step 4 comes in.
Step 4 – Spritzing the witch hazel
Now is the fun part of attempting to mould your mixture into bath bombs. Grab your spray bottle and add in the witch hazel. Gently spray your combined mixture with the witch hazel and mix. I would suggest spraying 3-5 times at any one time. Spraying too much may cause a reaction with the citric acid. Keep going with this until your mixture begins to stick together. A good way of gauging if the mixture is ready is grabbing a bit of the mixture and squeeze it in your hand. If it sticks together and you are able to chuck it from one hand to the other without much crumbling then you know it is ready.
Step 5 – Moulding the Bath Bombs
Grab your bath bomb mould, in which ever size you prefer. Then add a small amount of the dried rose petals to each half of the bath bomb mould. (You can leave this part out if you wish to have plain bath bombs). Place handfuls of the mixture into the mould, taking care not to compact them down. You want the mixture to be piled higher than the mould rim. Now do the same with the other half of the mould.
Once you have filled both halves, slowly bring them together, allowing the excess to spill from the sides. When the moulds are closer together and nearly joining, increase the pressure slightly so that the two edges meet. Hold like this for a few seconds to a minute.
Now it is time to see if the mixture is behaving and has formed a full bath bomb. Gently tap one side of the mould, I use my measuring spoons to do this. This breaks the vacuum seal that may have formed from pushing the moulds together. Try to pull this side of the mould away from the other gently. Keep tapping if it is not coming away easily. Hopefully, you will get one half of the bath bomb moulding, and connected with the other. Repeat the process, holding the exposed side of the bath bomb gently in your hand. You should now have a fully formed bath bomb.
Step 6 – Allow your DIY Rose Bath Bombs to dry out
Place your newly formed bath bomb onto your prepared tray and allow to dry out for at least 24 hours-48. If your mixture was a little too damp, then this process may take a little longer and become more crumbly when drying.
There you should have some lovely shaped and smelling DIY rose bath bombs! Keep them wrapped or in an airtight container, as any bit of moisture can cause them to react, which you really want to save for in your bath! They should last for up to 6 months if kept well, that is if you can resist using them all up first!
Issues I had with my DIY Rose Bath Bombs:
As I was new to making bath bombs, I had to make several batches to learn what worked best. Hopefully this trial and error will help you make the bath bombs easier on your first go.
One of the major issues I had when starting out was knowing what the correct consistency of the mix should be. You want to be aiming for a wet sand feel, but not too wet. The video I linked above really helped with this.
The other major issue I had was the mixture not forming a full bath bomb and only making half bath bombs. Now, you can make halves, they look like little fizzers and are quite effective, but the bath bombs are what you really want to achieve. I learnt that compacting the mixture on each scoop could have possibly been to blame. This doesn’t allow for an equal pressure to go through the bath bomb which means it is more difficult for it to stick together in the middle.
I am sure that there will be other issues in future bath bombs I attempt to make, so I will ensure that I update this post for any other helpful tips. From one batch you may have a few casualties, or even mixture left over that won’t fill a mould fully. This can still be used in your bath like bath salts.
In this recipe there are no emulsifiers so you may find that the coconut oil will layer on top of your bath water. Be careful getting in and out of your bath as it may be a bit slippery. Easy enough to clean off though!
What do you think of these DIY rose bath bombs? Think you will be giving them a go?
I can’t wait to see my mum’s reaction when she opens these on Mother’s Day!
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As promised here is a graphic with the full steps. Hopefully, this will make it easier to follow when attempting to make your own DIY rose bath bombs! Also, I would be very grateful if you could share this post far and wide for other people to make these lovely rose scented bath bombs!
As always, thanks for reading!