Herbal Interests | Himalayan Pink Salt + Rosemary Bath Bombs
Remember those bath bombs I made a while ago? They are addicting to make, let me tell you, to make and to use. For one thing, they're incredibly easy to throw together. In fact, I had one of my dear friends from high school come visit a couple of months ago and she said she wanted to try making some kind of herbal recipe. She knew that I had been making things and sharing them on the blog for sometime, but we only had a short amount of time to make them before she had to pack up and leave home. There was also the issue of having something that could travel easy. I thought about lip balms or a lotion bar, but those were kind of messy and I had to melt all of my beeswax to just use a little bit of it. Bath bombs seemed to be our only option, and I quickly realized that they were probably our best bet.
For someone who's interested in making their own bath and beauty items but doesn't want to spend the big bucks on strange ingredients, or who really doesn't know where to begin, making yourself a bath bomb is super easy! You only need a handful of ingredients from the grocery store to make it work. The other add-ins, like essential oils and scents and herbs are completely up to your preference. The base of a bath bomb is just baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, and water. The citric acid chemically reacts with the liquid and causes it to fizz. This is not harmful on your skin. When you add in epsom salts, dead sea salt, and/or essential oils, you can get a really relaxing time in the tub, whether that's with aromatherapy or a hug to your sore muscles and body aches.
While my friend was here, I decided that I wanted to experiment with coloring my bath bombs naturally. I had just finished up making some all natural makeup for the team at Flourish, so I had plenty of beetroot and hibiscus powder on hand. If you have a local health food store near you, then these two ingredients are pretty easy to find. Even though I knew I could color the bath bombs with the beetroot powder, I was afraid it would stain the tub. Thankfully, I only had to use a tiny bit of the powder to achieve a pretty and subtle pink color - just what I wanted. To my delight, when my friend tried out her bath bombs at home, she said that there was no stain left on her shower! She used them as a shower bomb, which worked just as well! Phew. So, here are the pretty pink bath bombs and the recipe that we used. It smells so good, I love this combo!
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup arrowroot powder
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup Himalayan pink salt
1/4 tsp beetroot powder
2 1/2 tsp grapeseed oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
10 drops tea tree essential oil
1 tsp witch hazel
1 tsp dried rosemary
In a medium bowl, mix together the baking soda, arrowroot powder, citric acid, pink salts, and beetroot powder with your fingers to break up any clumps.
Slowly drizzle in the grapeseed oil and mix in with your hands. Drop in the essential oils and mix again.
Begin to spray or drop in your witch hazel. Mix with your hand while you spray until the consistency of the mixture becomes like damp sand and can form together when squeezed with pressure. It shouldn't be too wet!
Place the dried rosemary in one side of your bath mold (I use these - they're great!) and fill each side of your mold, packing it tightly until it is overflowing. Press the two sides together and let sit for 1-2 minutes.
Remove from mold and let sit overnight.
I love the coloring of these! So simple and sweet. I think they are perfect for spring. For this set that I photographed, I decided to mold them into a mini muffin pan, which worked just as well! A little bit more messy, but that differing shape was fun (;
I decided to add Himalayan Pink Salt to this recipe because of its amazing beauty benefits for the skin. It's actually really trendy right now for whatever reason. I had no idea what it was until this year when I was visiting friends in Atlanta and saw it on their kitchen counter. I was told that it was somehow a lot better for you than regular table salt. Intrigued, I decided to read up on how I could use it in my beauty recipes. I learned that it detoxifies your skin by drawing out any heavy metals and other toxins from the body. If you use it as a scrub, you can use it to exfoliate, and it can also balance your skin's pH levels. Sounds decent to me!
You can throw these together in under 10 minutes, and I love that about bath bombs. The hard part is waiting to use them!!! Grr!