How to Make Evergreen Bath Bombs

How to Make Evergreen Bath Bombs

Great gift idea

Everyone loves a hot bath.

What if you could make a great gift for someone’s bath?

Imagine a gift that makes everyone’s hot bath even more luxurious and relaxing… including your own.

A great idea from Learning Herbs invite you to relax into a hot bath scented with the resinous aromas of evergreens.

Every year around the holidays I send out boxes of gifts to
my family and friends. The treasures within are a mixture of edible and natural
crafts made by local artisans as well as a few handmade gifts by me. This
yearly ritual started when I was very young as I’ve long been craft-inspired and
my dad raised me to know that thoughtful handmade gifts are always best.

Many of the DIY recipes I share with you here during the
holidays are in the packages I send. These natural bath bombs or bath fizzies
are no exception (sorry, spoiler to my friends and family reading this!).

For nine years I lived without running water and so baths
were an infrequent luxury. I’ve now lived with hot running water for two years
and I still get giddy for bathtime (which this time of year is almost
nightly!).

For a long time I didn’t use anything but Epsom salts and
sea salts in the tub. But after a while I wanted some scent. At first I bought
some natural bath salt blends. What I especially loved was how silky one
particular product made the water feel.

I then started to buy bath bombs. Sometimes these made the
water silky and sometimes they didn’t. They were always expensive though,
especially considering how frequently I like to take a bath.

Seeing the thousands of DIY bath bomb recipes out there, I
decided to start experimenting to see if I could come up with the perfect
seasonal recipe – and that is exactly what I have to share with you today..

How They Work

Bath bombs or bath fizzies are a combination of simple and
natural ingredients that have a chemical reaction when they hit water. Remember
the baking soda and vinegar volcanos that are popular with school-aged science
fairs? This is essentially that! In this recipe the baking soda and citric acid
(instead of vinegar) create carbon dioxide bubbles when they hit the bath
water.

The cornstarch makes the water feel silky and smooth as does
the additional oil.

Epsom salts are commonly used to relieve muscle aches and
pains. They form the base of the recipe, but I’m not sure that this limited
amount will give you noticeable benefits. When I am sore, I add at least a
quart of Epsom salts to the bathtub. If desired, you can use both a bath bomb
and more Epsom salts in your bath.

Evergreen Inspired

As the snow begins to cover the ground, my gaze is often
elevated to the evergreen trees all around me. This is the perfect time of year
to celebrate the many gifts of trees! Christmas trees, holiday wreaths and
swags and pine-scented products fill the month of December! It’s with this in
mind that I’ve created these Evergreen-Scented Bath Bombs.

For the optional needles in this recipe, you can use
practically any evergreen needles, with a few cautions. While most evergreen
needles are safe to use, the needles from the yew tree (Taxus spp.) are not. Be
sure to know the identity of your needles to make sure they are safe. If you
would like to use the needles from your Christmas tree or holiday wreath, check
with your supplier to make sure the trees or boughs weren’t sprayed with any
strange chemicals.

You can vary the amounts and kinds of evergreen essential
oils you use. I created the blend in this recipe using what I happened to have
on hand.

I’ve also made this with various hydrosols. Witch hazel is
often used for DIY bath bombs but I’ve also had success using many others,
including Douglas-fir hydrosol and lavender hydrosol.

Gift idea: In the
past I’ve shared recipes with you for Evergreen Lip Balm, Evergreen Body
Butter, and an Evergreen Moisturizing Salt Scrub – these would all combine to
make a lovely seasonal gift basket!

Evergreen-Scented
Bath Bombs

These winter months offer the chance to slow down and sink
into self-care and introspection. This recipe invites you to relax into a hot
bath scented with the resinous aromas of evergreens. Start the bath water, put
on your favorite music, light a candle, sink into the restorative water, drop
in your bath bomb, and breathe. 

Tip: You can buy
molds specific for making bath bombs, but rather than buy something new with
such limited use, I chose to use a 1/3 measuring cup.

What you’ll need…

·        
1 cup baking soda

·        
1/2 cup citric acid

·        
1/2 cup Epsom salt

·        
1/2 cup cornstarch

·        
2 tablespoons olive oil

·        
25 drops fir needle essential oil (Abies
balsamea)

·        
15 drops black spruce essential oil (Picea
mariana)

·        
15 drops scotch pine essential oil (Pinus
sylvestris)

·        
Witch hazel (or other hydrosol) in a spritzer
bottle Evergreen needles (optional)

 

 

1.      
Blend the baking soda, citric
acid, Epsom salts and cornstarch together in a large bowl. Stir well and
break up any clumps within the mixture.

2.     
In a small bowl blend together the olive oil and
essential oils.

3.     
Drizzle them onto the previous dry mixture. Stir
well.

4.     
Now you need to moisten your salt mixture
without getting it too wet. Spray the witch hazel around the bowl, pausing to
stir every 10-15 sprays or so. (If an area in your bowl gets too moistened, it
will start fizzing; stir it in to stop the reaction.)

5.     
After stirring, take a clump of it in your hand.
The mixture is ready when it forms a molded clump in your hands, basically the
consistency of damp sand.

6.     
Once you have the desired consistency,
immediately start pressing it into molds. If using evergreen needles, place a
couple in the center of your measuring cup. Less is better here as lots of
needles can be a bother to clean up after your bath. Pack the measuring cup
with the mixture. Use the heel of your hand to pack it in firmly and to create
a relatively level space at the top.

7.     
Once it’s packed in the mold, you can tap it out
onto a sheet of parchment or wax paper. The first time I did this, the mold
crumbled. I added a bit more witch hazel to the mixture and then slightly
tweaked my tapping technique. By the third one, I was getting a perfectly
shaped fizzy. Which is all to say that if it doesn’t work the first time, just
keep playing with it and it’ll come to you. Any crumbled fizzies can be
repacked into the mold. Sometime I need to remoisten the mixture before
finishing making the fizzies.

8.    
You can use these right away but they will
easily crumble.  For best packaging results, let them dry out for 24
hours.

Yield: 6 (1/3
cup) bath bombs

Optional Variations

Another festive option is to use red alaea salt from
Mountain Rose Herbs in place of the evergreen needles. For the photo below, I
added two tablespoons of red alaea salt to the base dry mixture and then
sprinkled some fresh salt in the measuring cup for the top portion.

If you aren’t feeling the evergreen vibe this year, the base
recipe can easily be varied to suit your tastes. I’ve also made these by
substituting 45 drops of lavender essential oils and using a small pinch of
lavender flowers. One batch I used rose petals and rose geranium essential oil.
The options for variations are endless!


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