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Cristina Riches aka Bird, is the founder of BirdsParty.com. She's also a creative mom of two, published author, graphic designer, freelance photographer, magazine editor and unconditional party lover. Her party ideas and photos have been featured on numerous publications such as Forbes.com, CNN Entertainment, Parenting Magazine, Celebrate Magazine, All You Magazine, Elle Decor and MarthaStewart.com. She also regularly creates content for brands such as PBS Parents, HGTV, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Pillsbury, PayPal, Mars, Hellmann's, Cultura France and Danone to name a few. 

DIY Scented Bath Bombs


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We're starting our week with a super fun and gorgeously fragrant DIY. Is there a better way?!

These scented bath bombs look so pretty and are a fun crafty activity to make with girlfriends during a girls night-in or spa party and they make a super sweet gift for teachers, or party favor for so many occasions and celebrations!

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I made these with the help of my little girl for our Mother's Day spa party a few weeks ago, and we love making them so much that we're planning on making some more soon!

Bath bombs are such a simple DIY gift for teachers, neighbors, and you could totally pin this idea for next Mother's Day too. But I wouldn't wait that long to make them, 'cause you'll be hooked like us. Trust! 😉

Not only do these scented bath bombs smell pretty amazing due to the essential oils we used, but they offer such a relaxing aromatherapy experience at bath time and help to hydrate your skin thanks to the coconut oil in them.

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We used heart-shaped molds for the bath bombs, but you could totally use whatever mold you prefer or already have at home. You could use round molds, cupcake-baking pans or any silicone mold, really.

The trick is to let them dry well overnight at least, so they firm up and don't get crumbly on you. Then just package them nicely into glass jars for a thoughtful and useful gift idea!

I also love that the ingredients are all readily available online and can get delivered to your doorstep, so you don't need to go on crazy hunt for rare materials!

DIY Scented Bath Bombs - made with natural ingredients. A fun activity for bridal showers, spa party favors, handmade Mother's Day or teacher gifts! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #diybathbombs #scentedbathbombs #diy #crafts #handmadegift #teachersgifts #homemadegifts #diygifts #spaparty

My recipe uses citric acid as one of the main ingredients, which helps keep the bath bombs for longer and has a mild antibacterial property. Citric acid may sound scary but it's basically what lemon juice consists of, so nothing weird here. It's often used in canning or candy making too.

From a science point of view it's the mixture of the citric acid (weak acid) and baking soda (aka sodium bicarbonate or bicarbonate base) that create the reaction or fun fizzy reaction in contact with water. 

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The Epsom salt (or magnesium sulfate) are also in the ingredients list, and they're added for muscle relaxation (athletes use them for this purpose too).

I didn't add any color to my bath salts as I wanted them as natural as possible, but we did add some dried flowers like rose petals, lavender, rosemary, sage and chamomile. But you could also use dried oats in place.

DIY Scented Bath Bombs - made with natural ingredients. A fun activity for bridal showers, spa party favors, handmade Mother's Day or teacher gifts! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #diybathbombs #scentedbathbombs #diy #crafts #handmadegift #teachersgifts #homemadegifts #diygifts #spaparty

PLEASE NOTE: Whatever you put inside your batch bombs will end up in your bath and drains. So make sure any dried flowers used in the bath bombs are fine enough that they don't block your drains! Or you can leave them out of the preparation altogether, and only use them as decor to your packaged bath bombs.

DIY Scented Bath Bombs - made with natural ingredients. A fun activity for bridal showers, spa party favors, handmade Mother's Day or teacher gifts! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #diybathbombs #scentedbathbombs #diy #crafts #handmadegift #teachersgifts #homemadegifts #diygifts #spaparty

The last ingredients, and my favs (you probably saw them on my Instagram stories?), were the coconut oil (SO many skin benefits) and essential oils of lavender (great for relaxation and calmness), rose, orange, tea tree (great for spots and pimples) and lemongrass (invigorating).

DIY Scented Bath Bombs - made with natural ingredients. A fun activity for bridal showers, spa party favors, handmade Mother's Day or teacher gifts! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #diybathbombs #scentedbathbombs #diy #crafts #handmadegift #teachersgifts #homemadegifts #diygifts #spaparty

DIY Scented Bath Bombs

Ingredients: Makes about 12 x 2 inch blocks or heart-shaped bath bombs

* 2 cups sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
* 1 cup of citric acid (powder)
* 6 tablespoons Epsom salt
* 1 tablespoon each of dried lavender, chamomile, rose, rosemary or other herbs and dried plants (optional)
* 15-20 Drops of essential oil in your choice of scent. I used orange, lavender, rose, tea tree and lemongrass. Use less for a milder scent.
* 1 tablespoon of coconut oil per bowl

Materials:

* Metal mixing bowls (plastic will retain the smell of the oils)
* Large metal spoon
* Spray bottle filled with water 
* Heart-shaped or other silicone cupcake molds or baking pan

DIY Scented Bath Bombs - made with natural ingredients. A fun activity for bridal showers, spa party favors, handmade Mother's Day or teacher gifts! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #diybathbombs #scentedbathbombs #diy #crafts #handmadegift #teachersgifts #homemadegifts #diygifts #spaparty

Directions:

1) Combine the dried ingredients - baking soda, citric acid and Epsom salt in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.

2) Separate equally into different bowl for each scent, then add coconut oil, dried flowers of choice (if using) and essential oil scent of choice. Mix until combined.

For the scents I used:

* rose essential oil + dried rose petals
* lavender oil + dried lavender buds
* orange oil + chamomile 
* dried rosemary + lemongrass oil
* dried thyme and sage + tea tree oil

But feel free to use whatever combination you like, or leave out the dried flowers altogether.

3) Test the consistency of the mixture by squeezing  a little on your hands. The mixture should feel like wet sand and clump together easily. If it does not, then lightly spray a little water until the right consistency is achieved. TIP: Do not over water as the fizzing reaction will occur and the mixture will swell up too much. Tried and tested 😏

DIY Scented Bath Bombs - made with natural ingredients. A fun activity for bridal showers, spa party favors, handmade Mother's Day or teacher gifts! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #diybathbombs #scentedbathbombs #diy #crafts #handmadegift #teachersgifts #homemadegifts #diygifts #spaparty

4) Now pack the mixture tightly into the silicone molds, and leave to dry overnight at least.

5) Once fully dry, carefully take them out of their molds and package into a clean glass jar. You can add dried flowers on top or into the packaging for decor if you're gifting them.

DIY Scented Bath Bombs - made with natural ingredients. A fun activity for bridal showers, spa party favors, handmade Mother's Day or teacher gifts! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #diybathbombs #scentedbathbombs #diy #crafts #handmadegift #teachersgifts #homemadegifts #diygifts #spaparty

It's so easy, right?! How about you? have you ever made bath bombs? Would you try them? Let me know in the comments! 😍

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3 comments:

  1. These are soooo adorable! Thanks for sharing with Thursday Favorite Things - I'm featuring you tomorrow!

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  2. I like making bath bombs but LOVE using them in a nice hot bath with flower petals floating around me. So relaxing! My favorite essential oil is Jasmine. These heart-shaped bath bombs are beautiful!

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  3. These are gorgeous and I love the styling in this post! ;-)

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