Move over bubbles…bath bombs are taking over bath time. Drop a bath bomb into the water and you’ve got yourself fizzy, aromatic, psychedelic water works. But, is the fizzy fun worth the potentially toxic exposure?
Most bath bombs on the market are tightly packed with toxic chemicals and ingredients. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. Homemade bath bombs work just as well, and are totally safe and nontoxic. So, if you’re wondering how to make your own bath bombs…read on!
Careful with Those Store-Bought Bath Bombs!
The next time you’re out shopping, check the ingredient label of your favorite bath bombs. Do you see the words “fragrance,” “fragrance oils,” or “fragrance oil blends?” This could very well be code for more than 3000 toxic ingredients!
Did you know 95% of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are made from petroleum (crude oil)? Fragrance ingredients used in bath bombs have been linked to endocrine disruption, increasing your risk for infertility, breast cancer, type II diabetes, and other diseases. These chemical fragrances can also disrupt the pH of the vagina and trigger vaginal yeast infections and UTIs.
In addition to hormone-disrupting chemicals, many bath bombs contain coloring dyes that can penetrate your skin and mucous membranes and seep into your bloodstream. These chemicals have been linked to neurotoxicity, allergens, and respiratory irritants. Yellow dyes may even increase your risk of developing kidney or adrenal cancers.
It all adds up to one conclusion: bath bombs aren’t worth the risk…unless you make all natural bath bombs using 100% nontoxic ingredients.
All Natural Bath Bombs
Here’s a basic recipe for homemade bath bombs that you can tweak according to your desired scent.
- 2 glass or ceramic bowls
- 8 ounces baking soda
- 4 ounces citric acid
- 4 ounces Epsom or sea salt
- 4 ounces cornstarch
- 5 tablespoons coconut or almond oil
- 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
- 1 tablespoon witch hazel
- 2 teaspoons essential oil
- Dried flower petals
- Using a whisk to remove all the clumps, mix the dry ingredients together in a glass or ceramic bowl: baking soda, citric acid, sea salt or Epsom salt, and cornstarch. These four ingredients work together to give your bath bomb its fizz. Plus, they have health and skin benefits. The baking soda detoxifies and alkalizes the body, the cornstarch softens your skin, and the salt provides magnesium for relaxation and total body wellness.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the liquid ingredients. Start with the cream of tartar and witch hazel, which will help your bath bomb harden. Then mix in the almond or coconut oil and essential oils of your choice. We like lavender, frankincense, clary sage, and ylang ylang. You can also add dried rose petals for ultimate luxury. To make the mixing easier, add the ingredients to a glass jar and shake, shake, shake!
- Now it’s time to combine the wet and dry ingredients…but slowly, one teaspoon at a time. If the mixture starts to fizz you are going too fast.
- You’re ready to shape your bath bomb using bath bomb molds. We recommend silicone bath bomb molds, but you can also use lightly greased cookie molds or muffin tins. The mixture may expand, so continue to push into the mold at first until it starts to set.
- Let your homemade bath bombs set for 1 to 2 days, and then store in an airtight container in the fridge. Use within 2-3 weeks.
The pampering doesn’t stop there! Step out of the bath and rejuvenate your skin with luxurious, safe beauty creams that help turn back the hands of time and keep your skin looking youthful and fresh.
Want to see how to make your own bath bombs? Check out this video from Dr. Axe: Terrifying Bath Bomb Ingredients & Safer Bath Recipes.