That 80s Referenced Bath Bomb Recipe
Confession time! Every time I hear Jon Bon Jovi declare his yearning to “lay you down on a bed of roses,” I start imagining myself in that scenario. I’m talking a la Mena Suvari lying naked in a pool of rose petals from that iconic scene in American Beauty… only with one of my kids yelling “Mommy!” in the background. But what does this have to do with how to make bath bombs? Does it even have anything to do with a bath bomb recipe?
Well, only the Kardashians can pull the rose petal stunt because buying the roses solely for this purpose would cost an arm and a leg.
So here’s a cheaper alternative… Rose Bath Bombs! DIY bath bomb recipes are natural with lush aromatics from your favorite fragrance oil. Not to mention without the expense of tub discoloration in the process. This is a step by step on how to make bath bombs that will make every woman feel like a million bucks.
Why not roses? Roses are the universal symbol of love when it comes to flowers. It conveys beauty, passion and romance. But other than its cheesy symbolism, roses have been used for centuries for its therapeutic benefits especially when it comes to skin care.
Rose oils have been known to help with depression and decrease anxiety. Even if you just fill a tub with water and sprinkle rose petals in it, you’d already feel your spirits being lifted up high to the Almighty. I know it’s not going to fix depression but we can all agree that bathing in a tub filled with rose petals makes us feel like goddesses. (Click the link for dried flowers à https://amzn.to/2E5v4Ig )
And since this article will have a bath bomb recipe for you to use, I’ll tell you the many things roses can do for your skin. It evens out your skin tone, moisturizes it, brightens, firms, you name it! Some even say it could be the secret to anti-aging. The coveted “fountain of youth”.
ROSE OIL VS ROSEHIP OIL
It is quite a favorite to use rose oils and rosehip oils for a DIY bath bomb or handmade soap recipe. Even though they come from the same rose family and both have anti-aging benefits for the skin, there are actually a lot of differences between the two.
Rose oil is extracted from the petals of the famous rose while rosehip oil is from the seeds of a wild rose bush mostly found in Chile. They also differ in color, the rose oil has a light yellow or greenish hue while the rosehip oil has an orangey shade.
Rose oil smells like fresh roses which I absolutely love. I think it has to be one of the best scents in the world, the kind that really makes you take a deep breath where you can almost picture the fumes entering your nose and filling up the rest of your body with such sweet goodness! Oh yea and the rosehip oil smells like earth. Herbaceous and earthy. Still good though.
While rose oils have a shelf life of 4-6 years, the rosehip oil only has 6 months. Store it in the refrigerator to prolong its life expectancy.
EASY WAYS TO MAKE BATH BOMBS USING ROSES
And now the moment you’ve been waiting for… the part where I tell you how to make bath bombs. We’ll start off with a simple rose bath bomb recipe decorated with dried rose buds.
You’re probably thinking, “Do I really have to add rose buds?” I’m sure you could make a perfectly fine rose bath bomb without the rose buds but adding them really helps especially if you plan on giving them as a gift.
Even a tiny little rose bud goes a long way, turning a plain looking bath bomb to something artsy. Roses just have that magical ability to make anything look elegant.
ROSE BUDS BATH BOMB RECIPE
- 2 Cups Baking Soda
- 1 Cup Citric Acid
- 2 Teaspoons Rose fragrance oil
- Dried Rose Buds
- Love in the Afternoon Mica (Spring Collection Mica Powder)
- 90% or higher Isopropyl Alcohol in a spray bottle
- Bath Bomb Molds
- In a large mixing bowl, combine baking soda and Love in the Afternoon Mica. Mix well using a whisk or your hands (wear gloves). Make sure they’re blended well until you can see the pink color distributed evenly.
- Add the Rose fragrance oil and stir until it’s fully incorporated into the mixture. Watch out for those clumps, use your whisk to get rid of them or your hands (gloved) if you prefer.
- Rose Otto Oil can actually be pricey and since we made an agreement earlier that don’t want to lose any limbs to make this bath bomb recipe, you can use Rose Absolute Oil. It is a cheaper alternative and its fragrance is said to be much closer to the rose compared to the Rose Otto.
- Next, whisk in the citric acid. Again make sure that it is blended in properly into our mixture.
- For the next step, we’ll be adding the isopropyl alcohol so you should be working in a well ventilated space. You don’t want to inhale too much of those fumes, never get high on your own supply! Open a window if you must.
Stir constantly while spritzing your mixture with the isopropyl alcohol, this is to prevent a fizzing reaction from occurring. You want to add just enough wherein the mixture clumps together when you squeeze it in your hand. Try a few spritzes first and then check its texture. If it’s still not holding together, you may add more alcohol.
- Some people use water or witch hazel as the liquid but this is only advisable if you live in a desert climate. Doing this in a high humidity location can cause premature fizzing and we don’t want that.
- Don’t worry, I have not forgotten about the dried rose buds. Now this is where you can play around with your creativity. Where do you want your dried rose buds?
You can either place them on the bottom of one side of your mold so they come out as a fancy decoration for your DIY bath bomb. Or you can even mix them all into your mixture so no one can doubt that you really made rose bud bath bombs. Another fun way and my personal favorite, would be placing the dried rose buds in the middle of your bath bomb. Once they drop the bomb in the tub and it starts to fizzle… BOOM! An explosion of beautiful rose buds.
- Once you’ve decided where to put the dried rose buds, fill your mold with the mixture. And I mean FILL IT! Don’t let overfilling stress you out because that is exactly what we want to happen. IT. IN. Now press your molds together firmly as hard as you can. Make sure they are packed hard enough to prevent cracking during the drying process.
- Let the mold sit in peace for about 10-15 minutes. Remove the bath bomb from the mold slowly and gently setting it on a flat surface. You may also lay it on parchment paper to dry.
- Leave overnight untouched and undisturbed. No touching, no poking, don’t even try breathing around it. Make sure it has hardened fully before you make an attempt at packing it.
- You can place your finished bath bombs inside an airtight container or a sealed jar. For my high humidity dwelling sisters, wrap your finished products tightly in plastic. This will protect them from that pesky excess moisture. We want to keep these babies as dry as possible.
MILK N’ ROSES
Sweet child o’ mine, are you starting to feel the 80’s nostalgia? Let’s put the guns down this time and talk about milk, goat’s milk to be exact.
It’s no secret that goat’s milk has a lot of benefits both for the inside and the outside. In fact, people have been using goat’s milk soap because it is a great moisturizer so it is especially perfect for those with dry skin. It can even be used to speed up the healing process of skin infections such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. And it is even said to have anti-aging properties. Now if you’re a true child of the 80’s, that previous sentence has already got you convinced to try this.
I know you are dying to get that goat milk soap recipe but let’s do a goat milk bath bomb recipe first. I promise we will talk about how to make soap later, I have a couple melt and pour recipes I would be happy to share with you. But there is nothing like bathing in milk to make a girl feel like Cleopatra. And we are going to be adding dried rose petals too! Wearing a tiara while bathing in it is optional but 10/10 would highly recommend.
Oh and before you grab your goat’s titties, we’re actually going to be using powdered goat’s milk. So let us leave Nanny at peace for now and let her continue with her grazing.
MILK N’ ROSES BATH BOMB RECIPE
- 1 Cup Baking Soda
- ½ Cup Citric Acid
- ¼ Cup Powdered Goat’s Milk
- Rose fragrance oil
- Dried Rose Petals (All Natural Petal Confetti Potpourri)
- Mica Powder (Optional if you prefer to add some color to your DIY bath bomb)
- Mix baking soda, goat milk powder and mica powder in large bowl.
- Add a few drops of your rose oil making sure that it is combined properly with the dry mixture. Use a whisk or your hands to get rid of those clumps.
- Add the citric acid. Give it a good stir with your whisk.
- Sprinkle the dried rose petals on the mixture, channel your inner Salt Bae. You’ll want your dried rose petals mixed in well so to avoid big petal clumps, you may use your hands for the mixing.
- Now this is where you would want clumping to happen. Grab a handful of the mixture and if they do the clumping then they’re ready for the molding. Spray alcohol or witch hazel as needed.
- Scoop the mixture into the first half of your mold. Do the same for the other half. Go ahead and overfill them. Make sure they are packed tightly into your molds.
- Leave your molds undisturbed for a few minutes. And then gently remove from the mold, placing them on a flat surface covered with wax paper.
- Allow to dry overnight or up to 24 hours. We want to make sure they have hardened properly so we can avoid crumbling when packing.
OATMEAL ROSE BATH BOMB
So I know we have been referencing 80’s bands and now that we are going to talk about oatmeal, I thought I would be at a loss and completely lose our theme. What 80’s band could I possible relate to oatmeal??!
Oatley Crüe? Twisted Oatmeal? Bruce OATSteen?! Then it hit me… And I’m sure you’ve already thought of it. Yes that’s right… HALL & OATES!
Okay now that we have gotten that out of our system, let us really talk about oatmeal. It is not just healthy breakfast food you can eat, it also has a lot of benefits for your skin. It is also skin food! Oatmeal has anti-oxidants and makes your skin feel silky smooth and glowing. It can also help reduce itching and inflammation of the skin.
And since we have also been talking about how to make bath bombs, our next rose bath bomb recipe is going to have… dun dun dun dunnnn… OATMEAL! (No I have not forgotten my promise to, we are still going to learn how to make soap later)
WARNING: Bathing in this may or may not turn you into a maneater.
Oooh here she comes!
ROSE & OATES BATH BOMB RECIPE
- 1 Cup Baking Soda
- ½ Cup Citric Acid
- ½ Cup Quick Oats
- 2 Drops Rosehip Oil
- Dried Rose Petals
- Rose Liquid Soap Dye (Skin Safe Liquid Soap Dye)
- Bath Bomb Molds
- Mix baking soda and quick oats in a big bowl.
- Add the rosehip oil and rose liquid soap dye. Use a few drops or until the desired color is achieved. Make sure to get rid of any clumps that could appear, a whisk would be helpful here.
- Now add the citric acid and stir slowly.
- Sprinkle the rose petals on your mixture. (If you prefer a rosy surprise, place the petals after mixture has been scooped into the mold.)
- Scoop the mixture into your mold. Make sure it is packed tightly into it. Go ahead and overfill then press together using enough pressure to ensure they are firmly attached.
- Set the molds on your work place for a few minutes. Using multiple bath bomb molds would be advisable so you don’t have to wait a long time to mold your next bomb. Saves a lot of time especially if you are making them as gifts or giveaways for a wedding.
- After 10-15 minutes, you may try to remove them from the mold. Do this GENTLY and SLOWLY. Leave them on a flat surface or a baking tray lined with parchment paper and let dry overnight or up to 24 hours.
USING ROSE CLAY IN BATH BOMBS
Rose clay also known as pink clay is a mild kaolin clay. It is great for sensitive and dry skin types. It does what other clays do, detoxifies and removes impurities from your skin clearing up your pores. A lot of people add clay to their bath bomb recipe because of those reasons. It also adds structure to your bath bomb helping hold their shape. Rose clay can also be used to color your DIY bath bomb or used in milk and pour soap recipes giving a nice pink hue result. Using too much could dry your bath bomb so go easy on the clay. Here’s a simple recipe that uses rose clay with special guest, Lavender.
LAVENDER & ROSE CLAY BATH BOMB RECIPE
- 2 Cups Baking Soda
- 1 Cup Citric Acid
- 1 Tablespoon Rose Clay
- ½ Teaspoon Lavender fragrance oil (Learn how to make DIY Fragrance Oil here)
- 1 Tablespoon Rose Absolute Oil
- Dried Lavenders and Rose Petals (All Natural Petal Confetti Potpourri)
- 90% or higher Isopropyl Alcohol or Witch Hazel in a spray bottle
- Heart Shaped Bath Bomb Molds
- Combine the baking soda and rose clay. You want to add the rose clay to the dry ingredients before the liquid ingredients. This makes mixing easier. Mix thoroughly.
- Now add your liquids, lavender oil and rose absolute oil. You can use your fingers to get rid of any clumps.
- Whisk the citric acid into the mixture.
- Spray Isopropyl alcohol but be careful not to overdo it. Start with about 3 spritzes and then check your mixture’s consistency. You’ll want it to clump together when you grab a handful. If they don’t, spray once and then check again. Add more if needed. (Use witch hazel if you live in humid areas.)
- Place a few dried lavenders and rose petals in one half of your mold. Scoop your mixture into it, pressing tightly. Do the same to the other half of your mold.
- Let it sit in your mold for about 15 minutes or so. Gently remove from the mold and place on a flat surface to dry. Leave overnight or up to 24 hours. Make sure no moisture gets to them.
BATH BOMBS WITH HIDDEN SURPRISES
Remember how we talked about putting dried rose petals hidden inside your bath bomb for a flowery explosion in the bath tub? If you liked that, then why don’t you put a ring in it?
Hiding jewelry in bath bombs have become really popular these days. Some companies even have promotions where you could get a chance to find a $5000 ring in one of their bath bombs. You’d have to be really really really lucky to get to be “the lucky one”. If you want to make your own bath bomb surprise, there’s no need to sell Nanny. Remember, it’s the thought that counts!
Placing the ring inside isn’t rocket science. Just make sure you place the jewelry inside a plastic capsule before you start mixing your ingredients. The capsules are to protect the jewelry from the reactive ingredients used to make the bath bombs. After all the ingredients have been mixed and you have achieved the desired texture, gently place the mixture in one half of your mold. Make sure it is packed tightly. Add the capsule and place a few more of the mixture. Then pack the other half of your mold and press both sides together. Leave inside for a few minutes, release from the mold gently and let the bath bomb dry overnight.
Who says kids can’t join in on the fun? Instead of fancy rings and jewelry, place toys inside the bath bombs. They will definitely look forward to bath time!
Want more crafting ideas for kids? Hover here!
PROTECT BATH BOMBS FROM MOISTURE
So you have learned how to make bath bombs or you already know how to make bath bombs but now what? If you were planning to give them as a gift, it’s not like you can just slap that bath bomb straight from drying and onto your friend’s palm and be off. “Me got bath bomb for you. Me go now.”
I’m just kidding but really, let’s talk about packing your finished products. Yes you throw bath bombs in the water but it can also be your bath bomb’s worst enemy. Moisture can trigger premature fizzing so we’re going to go over protecting them and packaging ideas.
Make sure your bath bombs are dry before you start wrapping them up to avoid crumbling.
You can use a resealable plastic bag, plastic wrap or a shrink wrap. When used properly, these can protect your bath bombs from moisture effectively. Squeeze out any air because you don’t want to leave any inside that could create moisture thus ruining your precious bath bomb. When using a shrink wrap, you can use a heat sealer for a clean finish. If you don’t have one, use a hair dryer holding that nozzle at least 6 inches away from your shrink wrap.
PACKAGING BATH BOMBS FOR GIFTING
Now that you have safely secured your DIY bath bomb in plastic, you’re ready to gift wrap them. The possibilities are endless.
If you want to keep things simple, just put a custom made sticker on your finished product. Or wrap it in colored tissue paper then a sticker. If you have one end twisted, tie a ribbon around it. You can even twist two ends to make a cute bath bomb candy wrapper. Wrap in tulle if you want to be extra!
If you want to put them in individual boxes, place some fillers like packing peanuts to keep them secure. You can also try stuffing decorative tissue paper in there or even newspapers.
When packing multiple bath bombs in one box, you want to make sure they aren’t all huddled up and bumping into each other. Stuff some paper in between each bath bomb. Shredded paper works too. Just make sure that there is space between each bath bomb.
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5 BATH BOMB SECRETS AND TIPS
- To avoid lumps in your bath bombs, sift your dry ingredients to remove the clumps.
- Cornstarch inhibits the fizz. For that reason, I opted not to add cornstarch to the given recipes above.
- Eliminate Epsom salt or sea salts completely. They do nothing to help your bath bomb keep its shape but they can also cause premature fizzing because of moisture in the air. If you really want to add salt, just make sure you don’t add too much.
- If your bath bombs are sticking to your silicone mold, try using plastic molds. Your bath bombs will release easily because they have better airflow. If all you have are silicone molds, make sure you set them in a cool and dry area. You can even use a fan or dehumidifier if you have one.
- Water can cause premature fizzing. Use 90% or higher isopropyl alcohol especially if you are in the high humidity areas. It evaporates faster thus preventing a bath bomb disaster.
BONUS HANDMADE SOAP RECIPE
Just like I promised earlier, a handmade soap recipe! There are a lot of melt and pour soap recipes out there but what we’re about to do is a goat milk soap recipe.
This goat milk soap recipe is perfect for people with dry skin. With roses of course. We can’t forget Rose, even if she let go of Jack’s hand after telling him she wouldn’t let go. And there was space for two on that board!
I’m pretty sure most of you already know how to make soap but for those who don’t, we are going to learn how to make soap today!
ROSE MILK MELT AND POUR SOAP RECIPE
- Goat Milk Soap Base
- Rose Essential Oil (Make your own here)
- Dried Rose Petals (Get HERE)
- Rose Liquid Dye (Optional) (Get HERE)
- Soap Mold
- Heat-proof Bowl
- Chop goat milk soap base and place in heat-proof bowl. Melt in microwave, careful not to overheat. Avoid stirring.
- While waiting for your soap to melt, you can place dried rose petals in your molds according to the chosen design.
- Once it has melted, add rose absolute oil. And if you want some color, now would be the time to add the liquid dye
- Pour melted soap into your molds. You can add more dried rose petals as you see fit.
- Give it a light tap to get rid of any air bubbles for a smoother looking finish.
- Leave overnight or until soap hardens. You can place them in the refrigerator to speed up the process.
- Once it’s ready, remove from the mold. Wrap and store or go take a shower and use it.
There you go. Hope you liked that goat milk soap recipe. It was simple and very easy to do. You’re welcome!
How much do you know about your handmade soap?
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