How Bath Bombs Can Feed Your Skin (Includes Recipe)

Laura Billingsley

Today Bath bombs can be found in almost any store you walk in to.  They can be healthy and healing for your skin and the aroma can help to soothe your soul.  However, many mass produced bath bombs also add a cocktail of chemicals to your bath that counteract many of the healing benefits of the natural ingredients.  I always encourage people to read the ingredients list.  If you cannot identify or pronounce any ingredients why would you bathe in them?  Bath bombs should be made with all natural, plant based, organic ingredients because Mother Earth provides us with a bounty that contains everything we need to keep our skin healthy and beautiful.  Even the essential oils you select are important so make sure you are using the purest and highest quality you can find.  Natural, organic botanicals are a great add to your recipe.  You can easily find a botanical to achieve the skin benefits you want by doing a quick google search.  I happen to like Mountain Rose Herbs.  Here are the main ingredients in bath bombs along with how they feed your skin.  When I make them, I also add Vitamin E oil for added moisture and doTerra ( essential oils.

Citric Acid:  Fruits contain various acids that have been used in alternative health and beauty products for centuries. Topical acidic treatments can brighten skin, shrink pores, treat mild acne, and correct dark spots and fine lines. Common fruit acids include malic acid from apples, tartaric acid from grapes and citric acids from citrus fruits. These acids can be applied to skin in the form of masks, scrubs, toners or peels. Citric acid, which is one of the most astringent of these acids, can be purchased in powder form to add to beauty treatments as desired.  When applied to skin, citric acid can slough off dead skin cells and speed new cell turnover. The latter promotes new skin growth that can help alleviate the appearance of age spots, acne scars, small wrinkles and areas of uneven tone and texture. Homemade beauty products containing citric acid are more affordable than professional treatments but can be similarly effective -- if on a smaller scale. Side effects of citric acid use on the skin include slight burning, tingling, and temporary redness. It is important to test all homemade beauty products on a small patch of skin several hours before using the product on your face. The underside of your forearm is an appropriate spot.

Arrowroot Powder:  Arrowroot (Maranta arundinacea), which comes from the Marantaceae family of plants, isn’t a plant per se; it’s a nutritionally dense starch that can be extracted from the tubers of a number of perennial rhizomes. It’s not technically a root but rather an underground mass of roots or root system.  Arrowroot flour has been known to contribute to many medicines and health-related substances because of its moisture-absorbing properties. Arrowroot is anti-inflammatory and also can work as an antiseptic, making it perfect for irritated areas such as burns, rashes and sores. In some countries, it is even used with water as a paste to apply to open wounds.  Arrowroot is predominantly known for its soothing properties. A natural healer for small irritations, it assists with the drying out of wounds, rashes or blemishes. Because of its natural origin, arrowroot flour will not hurt the skin further, allowing it to rest without additional irritation.

Sodium Bicarbonate:  Throughout history, baking soda has been used as a rising agent when baking. It’s 100 percent sodium bicarbonate; so when mixed with acid, baking soda makes bubbles and gives off a carbon dioxide gas, causing the dough to rise.  Baking soda is known as nahcolite, which is part of the natural mineral natron. Natron contains large amounts of sodium bicarbonate and has been used since ancient times as a deodorizer, soother and cleanser.  If you have dry, scaly skin, adding a couple of handfuls of baking soda to your bath water could work wonders. In fact, some experts recommend it as a treatment for ichthyosis, a group of skin disorders characterized by dry, scaly skin. Baking soda is thought to work by raising the pH of water.

Himalayan Salt:  Himalayan salts are exotic, beautiful, and a wonderful addition to any bathing experience. Himalayan salts are found deep within the rivers and valleys of the Himalayan Mountains. For centuries, Himalayan salts have been celebrated for their versatility, purity, and many cosmetic benefits, and have long been a staple in the local economy. Their pinkish hue and crystalline beauty sets them apart from any other salt, and their benefits are wide-ranging both in and out of the tub. In addition to being used as a bath salt, Himalayan salts are quite healthy and used in place of ordinary table salt due to their rich nutrient and mineral content.  Himalayan salts are also known as “White Gold”, and are used in bath and beauty products, recipes, and more. Himalayan salts also go by the name “King’s Salt”; hundreds of years ago, Himalayan salts were served only to royalty, whereas the lower classes were served less valuable table salt. They were also used to preserve meat and kept it fresh for as long as one year. Himalayan salts are considered the most pure salts in the world, and contain upwards of 84 minerals including calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium.


All-Natural Organic Bath Bombs

8 ounces Organic Citric Acid

4 ounces Organic Arrowroot Powder (you can also substitute organic cornstarch)

4 ounces Organic Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda)

½ Cup Organic Himalayan Sea Salt

15 Drops Vitamin E Oil

4-6 Ounces Melted Coconut Oil

15 Drops doTerra Essential Oil (Either a single oil, or your own blend)

(Optional) 1 Tablespoon Botanicals (Whichever speaks to you and be open to play!)

  1. Please wear gloves when handling citric acid as it may irritate your skin like rubbing a lemon on chapped skin can be irritating.  Mix together Citric Acid, Arrowroot, Sodium Bicarbonate, and Himalayan Salt in a glass mixing bowl.  Make sure all clumps are removed and ingredients are mixed well. 
  2. Rub your botanicals together between your hands to grind them to a course powder and add to dry ingredients.
  3. Very slowly add coconut oil to the dry ingredients while mixing well with your hands. Adding the oil too quickly can cause the citric acid and sodium bicarbonate to react causing the ingredients to fizz (we want to avoid that).  Your recipe may take slightly more or less than ¼ cup of oil depending upon humidity in the environment.  Add oil until your mixture resembles damp sand and clumps together in your hand.  Get your hands down in there and make sure all the dry ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Add essential oils and Vitamin E Oil and mix well.
  5. Fill both sides of your mold (I prefer metal molds) until it is slightly overfilled when lightly packed. Firmly press both sides of the mold together and let it rest for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Unmold your bath bombs and let them cure for 48 hours before use. To unmold, gently tap the mold against a hard surface like cracking an egg then very slightly work the top mold back and forth with your fingers until it loosens.  Turn over and drop the bottom half out. 
  7. Take a bath!

Too much oil can make unmolding more difficult, so if you are having that trouble let them sit in the molds for 24 hours until the oil returns to a more solid state and try again.

Too little oil can cause your bombs to crumble easily.  Try adding a little more oil.

If you have trouble getting your bombs to mold, no worries!!  Put the mixture into a pretty jar and use them as bath salts!



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