I’ve become more and more interested in ‘natural’ beauty products as I learn more about the harmful chemicals in some mainstream beauty products. Some of these chemicals are bad not only for our skin but also for the environment either through their creation or their entry into our waterways or landfill once we’re done with them.
So when Biome Eco Stores launched a DIY skin care section of their website I was so excited. Biome is one of my favourite stores as they fit in with my values of minimising and simplifying my life and have helped me discover new brands in helping me to reduce my waste and live a more sustainable and environmentally friendly life. They have lots of great recipes on their website for zero waste, plastic-free, natural beauty products as well as selling all the ingredients you need to make them.
One recipe that particularly caught my eye was the Moisturising Rose DIY Bath Bomb. As you would know, self-care is a huge priority for me these days and taking a bath is one of the most luxurious (and easy) ways to indulge in a little bit of self-care.
I reached out to Biome to talk to them a little more about their new DIY skin care recipes and they kindly sent out some ingredients for me to try it out for myself to show you just how easy and rewarding it is to make your own beauty products that are good for you and good for the environment.
It was really exciting to get these beautiful ingredients in the mail. The glass jars are so gorgeous and I love that I can now reuse them. The jars come in a 1/2 cup measurement so I got 2 jars each of the bi-carb and citric acid.
The process for making the bath bombs was actually super easy. Make sure you allow enough time for the rose petals to infuse in the oil before you decide to make the bath bombs, I left mine overnight to allow it to soak up as much of the rose scent as possible.
The trickiest part of the process for me was the actual shaping of the bath bombs and compacting the mix enough for it to hold together. I got the hang of it after the first two that I shaped, and I ended up with six (instead of five) because the first two I made were on the small side until I was confident that I knew what I was doing.
The smelled absolutely amazing while they were out to set overnight and held together really solidly once they had set which made it really easy to put them into a glass jar for storage.
I probably have a bath between once a fortnight and once a month (something I want to make more of a regular treat for myself) and I was so excited for my first bath after making these. There is just something so satisfying about dropping a bath bomb into the bath and watching it fizz! It was even more rewarding because I knew I had made it myself with all natural (and zero waste) ingredients.
The smell of the oils releasing as the bath bomb dissolved was heavenly!! It was such a treat. And the castor oil made the bath super moisturising which was great. Sometimes bath products can strip my skin of moisture and oil, so to have something so moisturising was really nice (just be careful when you step out of the bath).
If you’re considering a foray into the world of DIY natural beauty products I’d definitely recommend looking through Biome’s recipes to see if any take your fancy. I’ve since ordered the products to make my own lip balm and I’m so excited to try that out next!
Moisturising Rose DIY Bath Bombs
And here’s the full recipe and method for you to make these beautiful bath bombs for yourself.
- 2 tablespoons dried rose petals (1 tablespoon will be infused in the castor oil and the remaining tablespoon is for decorating)
- 1 cup bi-carb soda
- 1 cup citric acid
- ½ cup cornstarch
- ½ cup castor oil (or another light oil such as sunflower, rice or grapeseed oil)
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional)
- 6 drops rose geranium essential oil
- 6 drops lavender essential oil
- 6 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 6 drops mandarin essential oil
- Infuse 1 tablespoon of dried rose petals with castor oil (or alternative oil) for a few hours or overnight. Once the dried rose petals have been infused, strain the oil through a garni bag, some muslin or a sieve into a cup and set aside. You may need to squeeze the rose petals to get more of the oil out.
- Stir all of the dry ingredients together in a glass bowl until mixed through.
- Add rose infused castor oil, essential oils and vitamin E oil (if using) to the dry ingredients and mix until you have a crumbly mixture that still holds together well.
- Divide the mixture into 5 equal portions.
- Gently roll each portion into a ball without pressing too hard. This will take a little patience, but slowly you’ll start to see you ball form and hold together.
- Once you have 5 balls, roll each of them in the remaining rose petals. You might like to grind the petals down using a mortar and pestle to make the smaller. This will help them stick more easily to the bath bomb.
- Let the bath bombs set overnight, and let them air dry for another 24 hours after that.
This recipe makes enough for approximately 5 round 100g bath bombs.
To use, run a warm bath and drop one in. It should fizz and release a beautiful relaxing aroma.
Store in a sealed glass jar out of direct sunlight.
Have you made any DIY natural beauty products before? Would you be interested in seeing some more DIY beauty posts on Lauren Lately?
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