Bath bombs make our baths more special. Just watching them bubbling and coloring the water changes things. Adding aromatic oils to their composition has therapeutic effects too. This article tells you everything you need to know about using essential oils for bath bombs.
Further on, you’ll discover:
- The benefits of using essential oils in a bath under the form of sizzling bombs.
- A list of some of the best Aromatherapy oils for you to use in a bath bomb.
- Safety tips for the use of aromatic essences during a bath.
- How to make a bath bomb at home, according to your needs and preferences.
- Tips to repair failed bath bombs.
- Recipes and scent combinations to try in your new bath products.
Best Essential Oils for Bath Bombs (Benefits & Safety Tips)
Making your own skin care products can be a lot of fun. If you like to use bath bombs often, that can also become very expensive. The truth is, they do make a bath special and can help us feel a lot better afterward.
Luckily, you can make your own bath bombs at home, with essential oils. But why essential oils, right? Because they are natural plant essences that have therapeutic effects on the mind and body.
It also takes about 10 minutes to make 2 – 3 bath bombs at a time. This is usually enough for a whole week of special baths. Sometimes, people don’t even have time for more.
The Benefits of Using Essential Oils in a Bath
Essential oils can be used not just in bath bombs, but in the bathwater too. To do that, you need to dilute them in carrier oils and a dispersant.
Aromatherapy can enhance your bath time, but so can the bath bomb ingredients. As for Aromatherapy, studies, though not as many as needed, show some true therapeutic benefits.
They have the potential to help with many ailments and beauty conditions. They can also reduce anxiety and stress, and improve the sleep quality.
Essential oils are concentrated liquids extracted from various plant parts. They can be extracted by steam distillation from leaves, blossoms, roots, and incense.
However, the seeds of some fruits or herbs are used for the extraction of essential oils too.
Depending on the plant and where it grows, essential oils can have the following benefits:
- Disinfectant (antibacterial).
- Antiviral and antifungal.
- Analgesic (pain relieving).
- Diuretic (promotes urine production and stimulates toxin elimination).
- Digestive (stimulates the production of bile and the digestion process. It can also relieve gas and cramps).
- Antioxidant (protects against free radicals damage, thus it improves the aspect of the skin and strengthens the skin cells. It can also promote skin detoxification).
- Anti-aging (some oils can also stimulate the production of collagen and improve the aspect of wrinkles).
- Soothing, calming, and sedating.
- Circulatory (improves the blood flow in the body and to certain areas).
- Improves focus and concentration.
- Anti-irritation and redness.
- Anti-itching (pruritus).
You can now see why so many people choose to use essential oils for bath bombs.
You can make an aromatic bath bomb with essential oils to take care of almost all your problems. I’m not talking about major illnesses like diabetes, cancer or heart problems.
Essential oils are not miracle cures and we’re still far from an undeniable proof that they can actually help people fight those diseases.
However, essential oils can help you get over a headache, a cold, and even the flu. They can improve your breathing and digestion, and they can help you sleep.
Using Aromatherapy on a daily basis, you can feel less anxiety and stress. This means a better mood and health.
What is the best essential oil for bath bombs?
There are many great essential oils for bath bombs. What matters most is your need and preference.
Things like what you’re in the mood for or how you feel that day can influence the making of various bath bombs.
Before giving you the steps and telling you how to make bath fizz balls, let’s talk about the essences.
One single essential oil can be used for many purposes. A bath bomb usually contains 2 – 5 different aromas, which impact the health differently.
Also, for safety reasons, some essential oils can’t be used for bath bombs at all. They can’t be used in a bath because of several reasons, of which I’ll talk in more detail soon.
I’ve put up two lists of essential oils for bath bombs, according to their relaxing or energizing potential.
Energizing Essential Oils for Bath Bombs
- Lemon & Lime
- Green Mandarin
- Sweet Orange
- Juniper berry
- Douglas Fir
- Eucalyptus radiata
Relaxing Essential Oils for Bath Bombs
- Ylang Ylang
- Sweet Orange
- Sweet Marjoram
You can buy these essential oils for bath bombs almost anywhere. It can be online or from Walmart, what matters is the quality. At a first glance, the quality of an essential oil is in its label.
You need to see its botanical name, country of origin, and extraction method on it. Chemotypes and expiration dates are also important details.
Of course, the brand matters too, but not that much. As long as they display all the necessary details and are transparent to the public, you can buy your oils from anywhere,
Also, for buying them online, you can always ask for the GC/MS report of the oil. That’s where you’ll see all the details about the oil you’re interested in.
The benefits of a bath bomb
Obviously, a bath bomb contains more than essential oils. Those other ingredients can also add benefits to your bathwater. A bath bomb can:
- Leave your skin very soft and clean.
- Exfoliate your skin.
- Fizz in the water for a few seconds, for extra fun in the bathtub.
- Fill your scents and the bathroom with lovely, relaxing or energizing scents.
What happens when you drop a bath bomb in the water?
When you drop an essential oil bath bomb into the water it starts to fizz and bubble.
What you see is not actual foam, it’s the bubbling reaction of the citric acid with the baking soda and water.
That’s also the moment when the scents get released into the air. The oils used in the bath bomb recipe will spread on the surface of the water (because they don’t mix).
This is the moment when you massage your skin with those oils for more nourishment and softness.
Safety Tips for the Use of Essential Oils
Although they’re natural, essential oils can also be dangerous. That can happen especially when they’re not properly used. Check out these tips and keep them in mind when you use essential oils in bath bombs.
- Always test your new oils for allergic reactions. Dilute and apply a small amount on the inside of your forearm. Wait for a few hours or until the next day to make sure your skin and body tolerate the essence well.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, check with your doctor first.
- Also, if you suffer from seizures or asthma, make sure the oils you use are safe. For extra safety, check with your doctor too.
- If you suffer from heart or circulatory problems, make sure it’s ok to take hot baths and inhale essential oils.
- Always dilute the essential oils for bath bombs with a carrier first. Luckily, in the making process, you have to do that anyway.
- Some essential oils must not be used in bath bombs. They are those that can severely irritate or burn the skin. Example: Clove, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Wintergreen, etc.
(How to DIY) One Basic Bath Bomb Recipe, 10 Fun Ideas
We’re finally here: the big DIY of a bath bomb. I’ve prepared the necessary steps for the basic recipe you’ll be using basically for every new bath bomb you’ll make. You’ll also find some bath bomb scent ideas and recipes to try next.
It takes about 10 minutes to make 2 – 3 bath bombs. This is one batch that could (and should) last you a week of pampering sessions.
- They’re cheaper to make and especially more fun (to make and use).
- They don’t compare with the commercial bath bombs.
- They can be pretty imperfect, especially until you get the hang of it. But their therapeutic effects are real.
- You can’t use fragrance oils in bath bombs and get the same benefits. These fragrance oils are synthetic (man-made). They can only influence your mood, because scents work the way they work, regardless if the source is natural or not. They all stimulate the limbic part of the brain that triggers or creates memories.
How to Make Aromatherapy Bath Bombs
First, let’s see what ingredients you need:
- Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate (one part)
- Cornstarch (½ part)
- Citric acid (½ part)
- Epsom salt (can be optional)
- Essential oils (1 teaspoon)
- Carrier oil (1 – 2 tablespoons)
- Hydrosol or water in a spray bottle
- Sugar decorations (optional)
- Food coloring (optional)
- Silicone molds
Basically, you have dry and liquid ingredients with which you’ll have to work. Here are the steps:
- In a glass bowl, mix all your dry ingredients/powders and whisk the mixture for a minute. They’ll have to blend really well.
- This is the part when you can add other dry ingredients. They can be biodegradable glitter, lavender buds, etc.
- Use a spray bottle to slowly add some hydrosol or water. Sprays work best because it spreads the liquid evenly, so you don’t get clumps. Use a very small amount of water/hydrosol and whisk until you get a wet sand-like texture. Too much or too little can affect the way the bath bomb will hold.
- Mix the essential oils with the carrier oil and add it to the wet sand-like mixture. Add them slowly, drop by drop and mix in really good. The texture may change into small lumps, which is normal. The best carrier oil for bath bombs can be anything you prefer or anything that suits your skin type. Sweet Almond, Grapeseed or Macadamia are great for oily, normal or combination skin types. Fattier oils like Avocado, Jojoba, and Olive are best for dry, cracked, and/or eczema-affected skin.
- If you’re using liquid food coloring, now’s the time to add it.
- Mix all the ingredients really well and then start molding them. You’ll have to move very quickly before the composition starts to dry. If that happens, you can spray a bit more water/hydrosol.
- The silicone molds are very easy and practical to use. You can get the bath bombs out easier too. For that, you can always smear some oil on them before adding the composition in.
- Leave the bath bombs to dry for at least 24 hours.
- Finish up the creation process by throwing one into your bathwater and enjoy the relaxation.
Tips to Repair Failed Bath Bombs (Troubleshooting)
- If your bath bombs become too crumbly, it means they’re too dry. Smash them and spray a little more water or hydrosol until you get the right texture.
- If and when you add too much water or hydrosol, the bath bomb usually loses its shape. To avoid that, use small spray bursts and mix really well after each. That way, you can be in control of how wet the composition is. If you’ve added too much already, add some more Epsom salt or cornstarch.
- Food coloring can stain the skin, bathtub or clothes. You can use mica coloring instead. Another more natural colorings are the beetroot juice and Curcuma powder.
- Once they’re done and dried, they’ll be very sensitive to humidity. Make sure you store them in a dry place. You can also keep them in big enough plastic bags, but you’ll need to aerate them often. The bath bombs will release carbon dioxide gas, which is why it makes those bubbles. That’s also why you should not store the bath bombs in closed containers because they’ll release gas and pop the lid.
- It’s normal to get a little fizz when you’re making the bath bomb. However, if things get out of control, you can either keep mixing until it stops or you can add more salt or starch.
- If you want your bath bombs to have therapeutic effects, you can’t replace the essential oils. The only substitute for essential oils in a homemade bath bomb would be fragrance oils. They’re not recommended because they’re not natural. Thus, they don’t have therapeutic effects either.
It may sound like a complicated process, but it’s just the lack of practice. Once you’ve done your first batch, you’ll know exactly what else to do.
How do you make bath fizz balls? Easy. You just need some citric acid and probably some essential oils. The other ingredients are usually found in almost all households.
Essential oils for bath bombs work great with Epsom salt, but they still need to be diluted first. An important question I see people asking is “what can I use instead of citric acid in bath bombs?”.
The whole idea of a bath bomb or a “fizz ball” is its sizzling nature. That sizzling is given by the chemical reaction between the baking soda and the wet acid in its composition.
When they react, both ingredients cancel each other out. There is no baking soda there anymore, just like there is no citric acid either. All you’re left with is the bubbles, which are in fact, carbon dioxide gas.
If you’re worried about the effects of the baking soda and citric acid on the skin, you shouldn’t. Therefore, you don’t have to replace the citric acid in the bath bomb.
But, if you still want to do so anyway, there’s another option. You can use some cream of tartar instead of citric acid in your bath bombs. Cream of tartar is also an acid (tartaric acid) and it comes from the wine residues left on the barrels.
Combined with baking soda, it also releases carbon dioxide gas. In the kitchen, cream of tartar can be replaced with white vinegar or fresh lemon juice.
So, if you want to make essential oil bath bombs without citric acid, you can just replace it with cream of tartar.
Bath Bomb Scent Ideas and Recipes
And now, for some more inspiration, here are a few bath bomb recipes with essential oils.
I would not recommend using these scented bath bombs in the shower. They’d only be wasted because the water doesn’t even touch your skin.
You can use essential oils in the shower simply by placing them on the shower floor. The hot water steam will disperse and help the oil molecules to rise and get to your nose.
Relaxing Lavender Bath Bomb Scent Idea
- 15 drops of Lavender essential oil
- 1 teaspoon (or less) dry lavender buds
Add each ingredient following the steps I described above. Add these oil drops to the measurements I gave you for the basic bath bomb recipe. Keep in mind that too many lavender buds can clog the drainage of the tub.
Improved Breathing Bath Bomb Scent Idea
- 5 drops of Eucalyptus radiata essential oil
- 10 drops of Pine essential oil
Citrus Joy Bath Bomb Scent Idea
- 5 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil
- 5 drops of Lime essential oil
- 5 drops of Green Mandarin essential oil
Christmas Bath Bomb Scent Idea
- Vanilla absolute: 4 drops
- Rose essential oil: 2 drops
- Sweet Orange essential oil: 15 drops
Rose Delight Bath Bomb Scent Idea
- Rose essential oil: 10 drops
- Rose blossoms or petals
The scent might be very strong, that’s why I gave you a smaller amount to use. After you’ve made it this way and if you want it stronger, you can simply increase the number of drops.
You can use many essential oils for bath bombs. You can enchant your senses with any scent you like and also improve the aspect of your skin. Just make sure that the oils you’re going for are safe for your body. If you’re not sure, you should talk to a doctor first.
What is your favorite combination of scents for bath bombs? I’d like to know more about your experience with them so far, so don’t be shy and use the comments section below.