Turn your plain old baths into a spa like experience with these homemade stress relieving bath bombs made with all natural ingredients. They also make great budget friendly gifts for your family and friends. Grab the FREE printable gift tags/labels and the easy recipe below!
I was never that fond of taking baths until COVID.
Now that I think about it, my dislike for baths started way back when those Calgon bath powders were all the rage (do you remember those?) but they, unfortunately, made me break out in a full body rash!
Ever since then, I’ve found plain baths to be unnerving NOT relaxing–especially because I feel more comfortable “doing” something than “sitting” still.
But soon after my Bikram Yoga (yoga
torture practice done in a sauna like room set at 104 degrees) studio shut down due to COVID, I took up taking baths as my next best alternative.
This is when I discovered a way to make my bath times much more rewarding if not advantageous; Now, I think of bath time as an invaluable part of my weekly self-care practice.
Upping my bath time with Bath Bombs
This didn’t happen because I got better at sitting still, but because I found a way to make my “sitting around” more worthwhile.
Since I’ve been using these DIY Stress Relief bath bombs made with essential oils, my bath sessions have become more like a private aromatherapy/spa experience—all at much lesser cost and hassle!
How Essential Oils Upped My Bath Game
Using essential oils like Lavender and Frankincense in my bath bombs now make me look forward to taking baths.
I mean what’s there not to like about melting away the days stresses with the relaxing aroma of Lavender and the grounding scent of Frankincense?
Add to that the analgesic properties of Peppermint and Rosemary essential oils that helps to relieves the tension and tightness that builds up near the back of my neck… Soon, by the time my muscles start to relax, even the tightness in my chest goes away.
I also love the way these bath bombs fizz and bubble as the combination of citric acid and baking soda hits the water; It’s almost like having my own mini whirlpool sauna in my tub.
These bath bombs are also so simple and cheap to make, I can always have plenty nearby the tub ready to go whenever I need them.
Best of all, since these bath bombs contain only all natural ingredients, I no longer have to worry about them causing break outs or any bad skin reactions.
Instead, my skin glows after these bath sessions. The steam and the heat not only draws out impurities from my pores, the Lavender and Rosemary essential oils calms inflammation and the coconut oil relieves my flaky, itchy dry skin.
Add to this all the other benefits like stress relief, emotional balance, better sleep and relaxation, and relief from muscle aches and pains and these bath bombs are THE BOMB!
This is why, I’m gifting these bath bombs to my friends and neighbors this holiday…
Here’s the recipe if you’d like to get some stress relief this holiday along with access to FREE printable gift labels/tags in case you want to give them as gifts, as well.
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DIY Muscle Relaxing Bath Bomb Ingredients and Supplies
Here are the ingredients and the supplies you’ll need to make these stress relief bath bombs.
Ingredients for the DIY Bath Bomb
- Arrowroot powder/Corn Starch
- Baking soda (sorry, not shown in the photo)
- Citric Acid
- Coconut oil/Jojoba Oil/Vitamin E oil/Almond oil
- Epsom salt
- Himalayan salt (optional-this is only necessary if you want your bath bombs to look pink)
Essential Oils For Your DIY Bath Bomb
As you’re selecting your essential oils, be sure to find one that’s of the highest quality since many cheaper oils contain synthetic chemicals or irritants that can be harmful.
Use this quick Blot Paper Test to see which ones are pure and which are not.
After using cheaper oils in the past only to find them disappointing (if not headache inducing), I now get my essentials oils from Young Living.
They cost a bit more than those grocery store ones but they’re so much more potent since their SEED to SEAL promise ensures they only use the highest quality products and processes.
Here’s a list of the essential oils I used in my bath bomb but you can use any combination of the oils you like.
To get these oils from Young Living at 15% off member discounted rates, become a member or just go to this link and purchase using my sponsor ID: 20419431
Equipment You’ll Need
- Measuring cup
- Bath bomb mould
- Flat tray (like a baking tray) lined with parchment paper
- Spoon for stirring
Directions for Making DIY Bath Bombs
Here are the simple directions with photos on how to make these bath bombs.
In your bowl, combine 1 cup of each dry ingredient and stir until they’re well mixed.
Then, add about 10-15 drops of essential oils into your dry mixture.
Then pour 3/4 cup of the oils, fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or the vitamin E oil, into the bowl with your dry ingredients.
Mix them all together until they start to look and feel grainy like the consistency of wet sand and that they can easily form clumps.
Then using each half of the mould in each hand as a scooper, scoop up the bath bomb mixture and form a tightly packed ball.
Be sure to scoop up enough of the mixture or otherwise the mixture will fall apart.
Carefully lift up half of the mold from your bath bomb. The bath bombs should look rounded and smooth and hold their shape. If they’re crumbling, try again but this time scoop up more of the mixture until some of the excess squeezes out of the molds.
Carefully remove the other side of the mold and lay them out on a tray lined with parchment paper.
Let them dry for 24-48 hours.
FREE Printable Gift Labels/Tags
These bath bombs make THE best budget friendly last minute gifts for everyone on your shopping list.
Just print out these FREE Christmas Bathbomb gift labels or tags depending on how you want to package them.
On one sheet, you’ll get three different design options: Two 3” and three 2.6” and 1.7” round labels/tags.
Two Ways To Use the Printable Gift Labels/Tags
As Gift Tags
Because I wanted to use them as gift tags to tie around these clear cellophane bags I had, I printed the tags out using some 8 1/2 x 11” card stock I had on hand.
I cut out one of the 2.6″ inch tags out, punched a tiny hole at the top using a hole puncher and threaded some string through and tied it around the cellophane bags with the bath bombs inside.
I just love how simply and easily these all came together.
As Gift Labels
You can also use these printables as gift labels by printing them out on plain copy paper, cutting them out, and gluing them directly on to a box top like I did here.
Or you could print them out on vinyl adhesive sheet labels and stick them directly onto the bag you’re using or on top of individually tissue wrapped ones like this.
I think all of these options work well given how big or small you’d like to make your bath bombs.
Stress Relief In A Ball
If the holiday stress (+COVID stress) has got you longing for something to, “take you away~”, try these stress relieving bath bombs this week in your bath and feel the tension melt away.
Why rely on those synthetic Calgon bath powders when you can make a cheaper, faster and better version like these DIY Stress Relief Bath Bombs at home?
Have a peaceful, relaxing holiday, everyone!