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Making your own homemade rose bath bombs with essential oils is an incredibly easy DIY project. Even better, the fun extends beyond the preparation stage.
When you drop the homemade sphere into the water, it fizzes and sparkles as it dissolves, treating you to a fun visual display before releasing its heavenly aroma.
Then, as you soak in the rose-scented water, the ingredients in the fizzy bath sphere work to nourish your skin and drain your stress away.
This rose bath bomb recipe contains ingredients that provide a variety of skin-nourishing benefits while also offering a distinct aroma that promotes relaxation and reduces stress.
Learning how to make your own homemade rose bath bombs is a great way to treat yourself to a luxurious and indulgent bath experience.
What Is A Rose Bath Bomb?
A rose bath bomb is a type of bath bomb that’s infused with rose essential oil and rose petals to provide a relaxing and soothing experience while you soak in a warm bath.
These small compact spheres are made of a combination of baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, and other ingredients such as Epsom salts, essential oils, and colorants. The sphere dissolves when placed in water, releasing the ingredients and allowing you to enjoy the benefits.
There are several bath bomb recipes that you can choose from depending on the benefits you hope to enjoy. The best bath bomb recipes are those that use only high-quality, organic ingredients.
I chose this particular recipe as I was making these to gift to a friend who loves anything rose-scented.
As it was nearing Valentine’s Day, I made a few extra because the aroma of rose essential oil is a known aphrodisiac. Perfect timing!
How To Make Homemade Rose Bath Bombs
The ingredients below are sufficient to make 6 medium-sized fizzies.
Below the rose bath bomb ingredient list and instructions, you’ll find helpful notes about the purpose of each ingredient along with substitution ideas and a few tips.
Rose Bath Bomb Ingredient List
1 cup Baking Soda
½ cup Citric Acid
½ cup Epsom salt
½ cup Corn Starch
4 teaspoons Rose Infused Carrier Oil
10-15 drops Rose Essential Oil
2 tablespoons Small Dried Rose Petals
1 teaspoon Rose Powder
Set of Bath Bomb Molds
Step-By-Step To Making Homemade Rose Bath Bombs
1. Mix the cornstarch, baking soda, and Epsom salt together in a bowl and set the bowl aside.
2. In another glass bowl, add 10-15 rose essential oil drops into the rose-infused oil and mix them together.
3. Slowly add the blend of oils to the dry ingredients in the first bowl, stirring as you go. Add the oils VERY slowly and avoid over-stirring. Gently does it!
4. When the oil is fully poured out, the mixture should have a damp crumbly texture that resembles moon sand. If the mixture cannot be clumped together at this stage, add some more infused oil a little at a time.
5. When the mixture feels ready to be molded, slowly add in the citric acid.
6. Add in the rose petals and mix thoroughly.
7. Add the mixture into both parts of the mold, pressing down firmly so the ingredients stick together. When both halves are filled, press them tightly together. You want the mold to be overflowing so both halves will stick to each other.
8. Push the two molds together and twist until the two metals touch each other.
9. Allow the mold and its contents to sit undisturbed for at least an hour before unmolding.
10. To unmold, slowly take off one half of the mold, then the other.
11. Set the unmolded bath bombs on a clean flat surface and leave them to dry for at least 24 hours or until they are hard to the touch. If they still are crumbly, let them sit longer.
12. That’s it! Your homemade rose bath bombs are ready to use or to be wrapped and given away as gifts.
A Closer Look At The Bath Bomb Ingredient List
All bath bomb recipes will contain baking soda and citric acid.
While most other ingredients can be substituted with other options, these two are non-negotiable. That’s because it’s the reaction between baking soda and citric acid that creates the fizz, crackle, and pop.
Baking Soda or Sodium Bicarbonate
Baking soda acts as a gentle exfoliant, helping to remove dead skin cells and leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth.
It also helps soothe irritated and inflamed skin and is especially beneficial for soothing skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
But above all, baking soda is added to create that characteristic fizzing action.
Baking soda and citric acid only react with each other when they come in contact with water. When the sphere is dropped in water, sodium bicarbonate reacts with citric acid, producing carbon dioxide gas, which bubbles and fizzes as the colorful orb dissolves.
The main purpose of adding citric acid to bath bomb recipes is to create a fizzy reaction with baking soda. But that’s not the only reason.
Citric acid also helps maintain the pH balance of the water in a way that protects the skin’s natural moisture barrier, reducing dryness and irritation.
Lastly, citric acid also acts as a preservative, helping to extend the shelf life of your homemade rose bath bombs. It works by preventing the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms that can cause spoilage or contamination of the product.
Epsom Salts or Magnesium Sulfate
Although Epsom salts are an optional ingredient I highly recommend adding this component for its many benefits.
Epsom salts are known for their ability to relieve muscle soreness and tension. When dissolved in warm water, they are absorbed through the skin and can help soothe sore muscles.
Epsom salts can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. Magnesium, which is found in Epsom salts, has been shown to have a calming effect on the nervous system. They also help improve sleep.
In addition, Epsom salts also remove dead skin cells, improve skin hydration, soften skin, and soothe skin irritations caused due to eczema, psoriasis, and acne.
Cornstarch serves an important purpose too.
When combined with the other ingredients in a bath bomb recipe, corn starch can help to create a cohesive mixture that holds together well. This is essential for forming the shapes and preventing the spheres from crumbling.
In addition, cornstarch helps to soften and soothe the skin by creating a protective
Rose Infused Sweet Almond Oil
The best bath bomb recipes will always include a good carrier oil. This could be fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, evening primose, or jojoba oil.
I used homemade rose-infused argan oil in this recipe. Get the instructions for how to make rose-infused oil – it’s surprisingly easy!
Adding rose-infused oil gives you the combined skin-nourishing benefits of the rose petals and the carrier oil.
You can use any of these carrier oils from Plant Therapy if you don’t have rose-infused oil. They are all high-quality, organic carrier oils and work well with all bath bomb recipes.
Rose Essential Oil
Rose essential oil has a long list of benefits that make it one of the more popular essential oils.
What makes rose essential oil a popular ingredient in all types of bath care products is its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which are beneficial to skin health.
In addition, inhaling the aroma of rose essential oil helps calm anxiety and promotes better sleep.
And of course, rose is the best aphrodisiac essential oil. Soaking in a bath infused with the aroma of rose is great for ramping things up in the bedroom.
Dried Rose Petals and Rose Powder
These ingredients are added primarily for their aesthetics but they do offer some benefits too.
Dried rose petals add a lovely decorative touch to homemade bath bombs. Seeing the petals float around the water as the sphere fizzes and dissolves also adds to the visual display.
Make sure to use small rose petals. If the petals are too big, the bath bombs may not stick together that well.
The rose powder adds a natural color that won’t stain the bath. If you want to make bath bombs in another color or a combination of colors, make sure to add skin-safe colors such as mica powder or food coloring.
Optional: Bath Bomb Press Machine – Bath Bomb Mold Press Kit
This Bath Bomb Press Machine & Mold Kit makes it easy to create perfectly-shaped bath bombs every time. This can be a great investment if you plan on making large amounts of bath bombs for sale or even to give away as gifts.
Variations Of Bath Bomb Recipes
The aroma is an important part of the bath bomb experience. The best bath bomb recipes use pure essential oils.
Experiment with adding rose essential oil by itself or try combining complementary scents such as lavender, vanilla, rosemary, or eucalyptus essential oils.
Tips For Making Perfect Homemade Rose Bath Bombs
Making perfect homemade bath bombs takes a bit of practice, but here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your bath bombs:
Use high-quality ingredients – Make sure you use the highest quality ingredients for the best results.
Add rose-infused oil to the dry ingredients slowly – Just a teaspoon or two of the infused oil is enough to help the mixture come together. Avoid adding too much or it can cause the bath bombs to become too wet and not hold their shape.
Use molds – Using molds helps the bath bombs hold their shape and keeps them from crumbling. it’s less fiddly than trying to shape them with your hands.
Ideas For Customizing Your Homemade Rose Bath Bombs
With so many different ways to customize your homemade bath bombs, you can go all out and truly have a blast!
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Add colors – The best way to customize bath bomb recipes is with different colors. Give each bath bombs a unique color with food coloring, natural dyes, or mica powder. Start by adding just a pinch of color and then keep adding more if you want to.
Add texture – Adding dried herbs or dried flower petals gives your homemade bath bombs a unique visual effect. There’s no hard and fast rule, it’s best to use dried herbs or petals from the same family as the essential oil.
Add glitter – Sprinkle some natural glitter on your bath bombs for a bit of sparkle.
How to Use Bath Bombs
I’ve written a detailed guide on How To Use Bath Bombs: A Comprehensive Guide. It covers the most common questions that first-time users ask about using these fizzy spheres in the bath.
How To Store Bath Bombs
Bath bombs must be stored in an air-tight container in a cool dry place. This will protect them from excess moisture, which will trigger the fizzing reaction prematurely.
Also, exposure to air will cause the essential oil to evaporate, so the aroma will be lost.
In general, the sooner you use the bath fizzy, the better. The longer you wait, the less effective it will be.
Creative & Practical Packaging Tips
Packaging the finished product is an important part of the process. Here are some tips for packaging your homemade bath bombs:
Ensure the packaging is airtight – Wrap each bath bomb tightly with plastic wrap or Ziplock bags. This will keep them from coming in contact with moisture and crumbling.
Label each item – Labeling your bath bombs will ensure that you’re using the right one for your aromatherapy experience. You get some interesting ready-made bath bomb labels if you don’t want to make your own.
Use creative packaging – Get creative with your packaging, especially if you’re giving your homemade creations as gifts. Place them individually or as a set in decorative boxes or organza bags. Accessorize the container with ribbons and other decorative touches.
Homemade bath and body care products with essential oils make for a unique gift idea for just about any occasion. Once you learn how to make homemade rose bath bombs with essential oil, simply wrap them creatively and you’ve got a unique gift that’s sure to be appreciated.
This is also a great project to work on at an essential oil party. It’s easy to do, doesn’t take much time, and doesn’t require much prep either. All you need to have on hand are the few items from the bath bomb ingredient list.
Another option is to buy a bath bomb DIY kit. This may be more practical if you’re looking for an even easier and more convenient way to make these bath products.
These are some of the best bath bomb DIY kits that I found on Amazon:
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Disclaimer: This information is not intended to serve as medical advice. Please consult your doctor before using any natural medication or if you experience any unusual symptoms. See Full Disclaimer here.