It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary. – Mandy Hale
If you happen to be anything like me, then you too, will love nothing better than to spend some quality ‘ME Time’ away from the hustle and bustle. In fact, it’s always nice to love the skin you’re in and my favourite way of doing this is to indulge in a heavenly scented bath with a good book, scented candles and some soft, gentle music in the background.
Recently, I’ve discovered a few bath bombs, which are absolutely heavenly, filling your bathtub with the most delicious scents for a true spa-like experience. They’re available at most spa and beauty stores, but one of the best ways to do it is to make them at home yourself. This is not only fun, it will save you a trip to the mall or beauty store, save time and will be easy on your purse, too. So take the much-needed break and give yourself a spa treatment!
I have to admit, I am now addicted to making these DIY bath bombs. They are very similar to bath salts but come with a lovely fizziness, which gives your bath a lavish feeling. There are an array of recipes in a number of different scents and relaxing ingredients – I usually match them to the ones found in my favourite Yardley skincare products.
What’s more, with the festive season around the corner, these make for awesome gifts too! Personalized with essential oil, shapes and colours; you can also pack them in unique gift boxes, mason jars, trays, bottles, etc.
Here are some of my favourite recipes for bath bombs. Let us know in the comments if you enjoyed these too!
1 – DIY Lavender Bath Bombs
- 1/2 cup powdered citric acid
- 1 cup baking soda
- 10 drops pure lavender essential oil
- ½ tablespoon almond oil
- Blue and red food coloring
- Water in a spray bottle
- Large glass bowl
- 4 (4-oz.) silicone molds
- 1-2 tablespoons dried lavender buds
First, add the citric acid and baking soda to the glass bowl and whisk together. Then add the essential oil and almond oil to the mixture. Put in about 4 to 5 drops of the red and blue food colouring and mix well. Spritz in a little water to moisten the mixture but do not use too much at once. Then mix the ingredients well until it is the consistency of slightly wet sand. Sprinkle the dried lavender leaves into the bottom of the molds. Use a spoon to transfer the mixture to the silicone molds. Pack it in very tightly, all the way to the top. Lay a few paper towels on a flat surface, carefully turn the mold over, and pop out the bath bombs. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and transfer the paper towels and bath bombs to the baking sheet. Cover with a few more paper towels and allow to dry overnight. Store in an airtight container. To use, drop in a bath with warm running water. Swish around with your hands and enjoy.
Helpful Tip: Lather on some Yardley Lavender Body Lotion afterwards to prolong the heavenly feeling of lavender on your skin.
2 – DIY English Rose Bath Bombs
- 3 cups Baking Soda
- 1 & 1/2 cups citric acid
- 1 oz rose oil
- 10 ml pink colorant
- Witch hazel
- Water spray bottle
- Dropper & Silicon Mold
- Glass bowl
Mix the baking soda and citric acid together in a glass bowl. Then add the rose oil, a little at a time and mix. Add the pink colorant a drop at a time until it reaches the colour of your choice. Using the water spray bottle, spritz as much witch hazel as needed to make the mixture stick together. The recommended amount of witch hazel is between 7 to 10 spritzes, but you can spritz more if required. Just check the consistency. Use a spoon to transfer the mixture to the silicone molds. Pack it in very tightly, all the way to the top. Lay a few paper towels on a flat surface, carefully turn the mold over, and pop out the bath bombs. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and transfer the paper towels and bath bombs to the baking sheet. Cover with a few more paper towels and allow to dry overnight. Store in an airtight container. To use, drop a bomb or two in a bath with warm running water and enjoy.
Helpful Tip: Heighten the feeling of relaxation by using Yardley English Rose body lotion and Body Spray afterwards.
3 – DIY Everyday Bath Bombs
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/2 tbsp coconut oil or almond oil
- 2 to 3 tbsp lemon or bergamot juice
- Essential oils – rose 5 drops, lily of the valley 5 drops, peony 7 drops
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- A spray bottle
- Molds (I use silicon ice cubes molds of different shapes)
- Decorations (optional) – I used dried rose and peony petals and oatmeal at the bottom of the mould.
Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda in a bowl. Add half a tablespoon of the oil. Mix with a spoon until well combined. Add 2 tbsp of honey and vanilla extract. Add the drops of essential oils. Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of bergamot juice in a spray bottle. Carefully spray the mixture, stirring well between each spritz of bergamot juice. You don’t want the mixture to start fizzing in the bowl! Check to see if the mixture clumps together. Make sure the mixture is wet. Take a dry mould and lace it with dry petals and oatmeal at the base. Scoop 1 tablespoon of the mixture into your mould and press down firmly with your fingers. Keep adding more until your mould is filled, pressing the mixture down as you go. Set the bath bombs aside and give them time to dry. It definitely takes longer than regular bath bombs. I waited at least 2 days for mine to dry completely.
Helpful Tip: You can put lavender flowers, rose petals, etc., in your mixture, but if you put too many dried flowers in the bomb, it may not come together and potentially clog drainage pipes so crush them finely. Also, after this luxuriously relaxing bath, use Yardley Royal Diamond Moisturising Body Lotion followed by a generous spritz of Royal Diamond Eau De Toilette to feel like royalty, all day long.