Learn how to make relaxing bath bombs with Simply Earth's new bath bomb supplies! This is an easy lavender bath bomb recipe that uses lavender essential oil and dried lavender buds for a beautiful bath bath bomb that's perfect for personal use or gift giving.
How to Make Lavender Bath Bombs
I've been getting the Simply Earth recipe box for a few years now, and I love getting the monthly box. It's a great deal, and it's a great way to learn about essential oils in small chunks at a time.
You can also buy single oils at fantastic prices, and they are adding a bunch of single ingredients now too. They offer free shipping on orders over $29 too.
They just added more bath bomb ingredients, so they had a special Bath Bomb week to launch it. They sent me a box of ingredients, so I got to play along at home.
I made the lavender bath bomb recipe because who doesn't need some more relaxation? I've made a lot of bath bombs, but this is the first time I've made one with emulsifying wax. I love that addition, and I'll be using it for bath bombs from now on.
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What is a Lavender Bath Bomb Good For?
Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular essential oils, so I used it for lavender bath bomb benefits. Lavender is said to be calming and can relieve stress and anxiety to help calm you.
Lavender bath products can help promote a calming sensation and reduce stress. It's a good option for before bedtime to help you relax.
Lavender bath bomb benefits are also for your skin because this is a good oil to promote skin health. Lavender is also soothing for your skin, so it's a good essential oil to use topically.
It's naturally anti-inflammatory and can promote skin health. Lavender can be used by most skin types, and it's good for body acne and dry skin.
Can You Use Fresh Lavender in Bath Bombs?
Fresh lavender smells so good, but it will rot in a lavender bath bomb recipe. Instead, use dried lavender buds.
How Do I Scent my Bath Bombs Naturally?
I used lavender essential oil for my relaxing bath bomb recipe. Essential oils are natural, but they should still be treated with respect.
It's important to dilute them properly. Don't increase the amount used in this recipe because it can be too strong for lavender bath products. Use a printable dilution chart to guide you when making DIY recipes.
I also recommend the following blends for relaxing bath bombs:
Do You Need to Rinse Off After a Bath Bomb?
You don't need to rinse off after using relaxing bath bombs. However, you can if you want to. This relaxing bath bomb recipe can leave residue on your skin, so rinse if you want.
Do You Use Drop a Bath Bomb in Water?
Relaxing bath bombs are easy to use. Simply fill the tub with the desired amount of water. Then drop the bath bomb into the water and watch it fizz.
It will dissolve and release bubbles as it melts.
Do Bath Bombs Ruin Bathtubs?
Generally, no your bath bomb will not ruin your bathtub. There are two things to be concerned about if you use them often.
First, any additives in the bath bomb can harm your pipes. Some bath bombs have coconut oil or other solid oils. Over time, the oils can build up in your pipes and cause a blockage.
Secondly, large additives like dried flowers or herbs can also clog pipes. These may collect in a septic tank.
I have a septic tank and an 1860s farmhouse with fickle plumping. I use bath bombs just a few times a year and scoop out any herbs that I use before draining.
Additionally, the mica used to color the bath bombs can leave a ring in your tub. You can eliminate this ring by using an emulsifier to bind the oils and mica with the water.
Most bath bomb recipes use polysorbate 80, but this easy lavender bath bomb recipe uses emulsifying wax.
How Long Do Homemade Bath Bombs Last?
Your relaxing bath bombs will last about 6 months on the shelf. For best results, store them in an airtight container.
Store them outside of the bathroom because the bathroom can be too humid. Moisture in the air can cause the citric acid and baking soda to activate.
Easy Lavender Bath Bomb Recipe Ingredients
Here's what you need to make lavender bath products and why you'll use each ingredient. Simply Earth carries these products, so you can get them all in one place!
Almond Oil - Almond oil is used to dilute the essential oil. It also helps bind the dry ingredients together. You can use any other carrier oil except solid coconut oil as a substitute. Learn more about carrier oils and their benefits.
Emulsifying Wax - Emulsifying wax is optional, but it helps the mica, almond oil, and essential oil mix with the water. It also helps harden the bath bombs.
Lavender Essential Oil - Lavender essential oil is relaxing and soothing for your skin.
Citric Acid - Citric acid helps create the fizz when it's combined with baking soda. It also naturally cleanses the skin.
Mica Powder - Mica is a natural colorant for bath bombs. It can stick on the tub and create a ring, so I recommend using emulsifying wax.
Lavender Buds - Dried lavender buds are pretty and promote skin wellness. They are optional.
Baking Soda - Baking soda helps create fizz when combined with citric acid. It's also soothing for your skin.
Isopropyl Alcohol - Water activates the fizz, so use a spray bottle with 99 percent isopropyl alcohol to spray the mixture to make it stick together to mold.
Bath Bomb Molds - I like to use metal bath bomb molds because they don't "give" when pressing the mixture into the mold. I used a 6.5 cm mold, but Simply Earth also has 4.5 cm.
How Do You Make Lavender Scented Bath Bombs
In a medium sized bowl, combine the baking soda and cornstarch.
Place the almond oil and emulsifying wax in a small bowl. Heat in the microwave until the wax is just melted. I did 30 seconds and then another 15 seconds. Add the essential oil and stir well.
Pour the oil mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir with gloved hands. Spray with alcohol until the mixture holds it shape when you squeeze it. The amount that you need depends on the humidity in the air.
Stir in the citric acid and 1/8 teaspoon of purple mica powder until combined. It might fizz a little, but this is fine.
Add a pinch of lavender buds to one half of the bath bomb mold. Then fill one half of the mold and pack gently then overfill the mold until rounded. Then fill the other half of the mold in the same manner. Press both halves of the mold together and and twist gently.
If you have several molds, you can leave the lavender bath bombs in the molds to harden. Otherwise, carefully remove from the mold and set on a plate to harden. Avoid touching for several hours.
Tips for Making Relaxing Bath Bombs
Here are some tips for learning how to make lavender bath bombs:
- You can substitute the almond oil for another carrier oil. You can also use a different essential oil.
- The emulsifying wax is optional, but it helps the oil and bath water mix to prevent a ring in the tub.
- It's important to get the ingredients to the right consistency. Squeeze some in your hand. It should hold its shape like a snowball. If it's too wet, it will take a long time to dry. Too dry, and it won't hold its shape.
- Use isopropyl alcohol or witch hazel as a binder. If you use water, it could activate the baking soda and citric acid.
- Wear gloves to protect your hands from the essential oils.
- Humidity can affect your bath bombs. Try to avoid making bath bombs when it is really humid.
- I used the larger sized bath bombs. Since I had one mold, I unmolded right away to reuse the mold. The larger sized bath bombs tend to fall apart before they are dry due to the size and weight. I highly recommend buying a few sets of molds. (This easy lavender bath bomb recipe made three large bath bombs.)
- If your bath bombs fall apart, it's not a failure! You can crumble up the powder and use it as a bath powder.
I hope you enjoy this relaxing bath bomb recipe!
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