Our skin deserves the best of care, and bath bombs are one of my favorite new ways to achieve that. If you’ve never used bath bombs before, they are hard packed mixtures, made up of many different beneficial ingredients. When thrown into a bath, the ingredients release into the water, adding scents, colors, and other skin bettering benefits to the bath.
As the summer brings more time spent outside, my skin has been feeling the affects of the powerful sun and hot temperatures. To keep it looking young, it’s important to care for it in the proper way. Bath bombs are an easy way to give our skin a pick me up, and using the right ingredients, you can make some that will sooth the skin and help repair it after a long day spent in the sunshine!
What you need:
1/2 cup baking soda
4 tablespoons citric acid
4 tablespoons corn starch
4 tablespoons epsom salt
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/3 cup oats
2 tablespoons green tea powder
1 teaspoon water
a few drops of lavender essential oil if you prefer.
The sun savers in this recipe are the oats and green tea powder. Oats can help relieve the itch that a bad sunburn brings along, and can help draw out heat from the top layer of the skin. Green tea is a natural anti-inflammatory, and will lessen the effects of a sunburn. Green tea also has properties that will help prevent and alleviate the skin from harmful UV rays. If you don’t have access to green tea powder, you can substitute in green tea leaves.
Pour all of your ingredients into a bowl.
Stir the mixture with a whisk or a spoon, and it will soon begin to clump up.
The mixture is supposed to be somewhat dry, with just the right amount of water to bind it together. Be careful not to add too much water!
Now, if you have any special molds you want to use to shape your bath bombs, feel free to pack the mixture into those. Pack it tightly, allow it to sit for a couple minutes, then carefully remove the bath bomb from the mold and place it somewhere safe to dry. If you prefer not to use a mold, you can always just break off medium sized pieces from the mixture and roll it into balls. Allow the bath bombs to dry, which could take anywhere from 12-24 hours. Before using them, they should be hard to the touch.
To use, place one in the tub as you are drawing your bath. Soak, and enjoy! Store the rest in an airtight container until use.
*Note: It’s a good idea to put a little piece of cheesecloth or a drain catcher over your drain so the oats don’t clog it!