Nowadays, there are tons of different kinds of shampoos and soaps that come in many aromatic scents. Oftentimes, we don’t usually check the harmful chemicals mixed in our bath essentials. This is where bath bombs come into the picture. They are made as an alternative to harsh chemical-based bath products with the goal to use all-natural ingredients that are kind to the skin.
Not only does it come in many fun shapes and colours, but bath bombs are also infused with so many different additives like full-spectrum CBD oil, which is known for its pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory and anti-stress properties, and essential oils like lavender, chamomile and peppermint that’s best for relaxation which enhance your bathing experience.
Bath Bomb Power
Most of the ingredients of bath bombs are naturally derived and are gentle to the skin. With added essential oils, consumers are able to take advantage of any therapeutic effects of this product. Here are some:
Pampers your skin. Bath bombs are packed with emollients and skin softener, which leaves the skin soft, supple, and healthy.
Aromatherapy. Scents have powerful effects. Aromatherapy is known for its wide array of therapeutic benefits, which helps with pain, sleep, stress, anxiety and fights bacteria, viruses or fungus, amongst many others.
Helps with sleep. The relaxing soak surely helps you feel calm and stress-free. Added essential oils like lavender oil for relaxation, ylang-ylang oils for lowering blood pressure, and other essential oils that work together to have a sleep-inducing effect making you feel ready for bed after your relaxing bath. Others opt for CBD oil for sleep in the form of bath bombs due to CBD’s potential therapeutic benefits, such as helping improve sleep, relieve pain and reduce anxiety.
Rids of bad odour. The combination of great cleansing agents such as baking soda and citric acid together with essential oils not only gets rid of the dirt but also rids of bacteria that usually cause bad odour leaving you smelling fresh.
Soothes body aches. Soaking in warm baths improves blood circulation, which provides more oxygen and nutrients to your muscles that helps release tightness and relieve pain.
Detox. The baking soda and citric acid in bath bombs are the ones responsible for providing the detoxifying effects. It has an amazing cleansing power that also boosts your immune system and eliminates toxins in the body.
Improved bath experience. Bath bombs are not only designed for cleaning purposes. It is also intended to cause a luxurious bathing experience to the user making their bath time worthwhile and relaxing with a change of spa-like atmosphere.
What’s in It?
Baking soda. This ingredient is known to be a powerful deep cleaner in our home. Unbeknownst to many, it is also a natural skin exfoliant. It has anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties that make it effective with some skin conditions. It also helps with the reduction of irritation and itching.
Citric acid. Aside from being a natural preservative, citric acid has antioxidant properties which help brightens and restore the skin, reduces ageing and strengthens the blood vessels.
Epsom salt. This ingredient is often used in detox baths. It is known to rid toxins in the body, soothe skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, and soften rough and dry skin.
Carrier oil. To keep the bath bomb in perfect shape and structure, carrier oil is important. But not only that, different kinds of carrier oils such as coconut oil, avocado oil, hemp seed oil, almond oil, and olive oil provide additional benefits to your skin.
Cornstarch. With powerful anti-itch properties, cornstarch is widely used to soothe dry and itchy skin and sunburns.
Essential oils. There are lots of essential oils that can provide benefits to overall wellness. These oils not only soothe your sense of smell via aromatherapy but also cause relief to the body. Some examples of essential oils commonly infused in bath bombs are chamomile for moisturising the skin and tea tree oil for its antifungal properties, amongst many others.
Dye. Using powdered herbs to colour your baths is not only fun but also beneficial due to its soothing and cleansing properties. Some natural colourants include activated charcoal powder, beetroot powder, peppermint leaf powder and cocoa powder.
Easy DIY Bath Bomb Recipe
Want to have a relaxing bath with bath bombs, but you don’t have time to buy outside? Don’t worry! Here’s an easy DIY bath bomb for you!
What You’ll Need:
- ½ cup baking soda
- ¼ cup citric acid
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- ¼ cup Epsom salt
- 5 to 10 drops of preferred essential oil
- 1 to 1 ½ teaspoon water
- 1 ¼ teaspoon carrier oil of your choice
- 1 to 2 drops of natural colouring (optional)
- Combine all the dry ingredients, mix thoroughly to remove lumps.
- Combine all the wet ingredients, set them aside.
- Slowly pour the wet ingredient mixture into the dry ingredients while whisking.
- Take a small amount and form in a ball. The mixture should stick well together. If too powdery, add a tiny amount of water until it is sticking well.
- Fill both halves of your bath bomb mould and press together, making sure it is packed.
- Remove one half of the mould and let it dry for one hour.
- Remove the other half of the mould, and wait another hour for further drying.
- Slowly remove from the mould and see if it won’t crack.
- Allow to dry out thoroughly for eight hours or overnight.
- Enjoy a luxuriously relaxing bath with your DIY bath bomb!
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