DIY Sleepy Time Bath Bombs With Essential Oils To Promote Relaxation
All-natural, DIY sleepy time bath bombs with essential oils make a great homemade gift (just like these sugar scrubs). This particular easy DIY bath bomb recipe is even more special- they're sleep-inducing (followed up by this baby body butter recipe). Thus, they make the perfect addition to your night-time relaxation routine or a thoughtful self-care gift to friends and family!
It's not often I get to take a bath with two littles. Actually, more often than not, if I do get to take one a toddler keeps coming in and trying to "help" me 😛
Though, when I do find the time, it is nice to relax with some DIY bath bombs for sleep! Even watching them fizz is relaxing! And, like most things in my house, homemade is best.
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However, DIY bath bombs eluded me for a really like time. I actually failed miserably at them and it took me forever to get a system down! You can read more about my attempts (and fails!) in my blog post: How & Why To Make Your Own Bath Bombs.
One of the reasons I like DIY bath bombs is because they're now only amazing for your own pampering routine but they also make great homemade gifts! Likewise, you can change up the color, scents, and molds to create and customize new bombs each time.
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Why These DIY Sleepy Time Bath Bombs Are Effective
These DIY bath bombs for sleep are a classic, homemade recipe that contains two main ingredients of a detox bath.
The bath bombs are Epsom salt-based. I adore Epsom salts because they're made to help soothe aches and pains. Furthermore, between their mineral properties and helping with muscle aches, they make a great addition to bath time. Plus, they're magnesium-based which is ideal to help prep the body for sleep
Magnesium is a component of good sleep. I use Magnesium Powder from Perfect Supplements both in my baths when I take them as well as our kid's bedtime snack or my nighttime tea. Magnesium is a mineral we're often deficient in and it promotes relaxation and removes the "fight or flight" feeling.
Thus, I've added it to these DIY bath bombs for sleep to help it do just that.
Essential Oils For Sleep
The essential oil blend is taken from my own sleepy-time spray and promotes breathing, relaxation, and calming. I actually adore this blend and use it for just about everything.
However, there are a lot of essential oils that promote sleep to choose from if you wish to make your own blend.
When it comes to the dilution rate of essential oils, most people agree that 5% is a good place for adults (and 0.5-1% for kids). Which is about 10 drops per one tablespoon of carrier oil (this website states you can use up to 20 drops per tablespoon). So, while this would be alright for adults, I'd scaler back the amounts for kids. Here are my DIY bath bombs for kids.
How To Color Them
These bath bombs with essential oils are also colored using mica powder, a non-toxic mineral that keeps these bombs all-natural. I love using mica because it works so well and creates gorgeous colors but it does leave a colored ring around the tub. Therefore, if this doesn't both you- rock it. If you're lazy (me) just omit the mica and leave them white.. they still work the same!
Some other coloring options include:
- soap dyes
- ground herbs
When To Use The Bombs
- Relaxing after a long day
- Before the kiddos head into their bedtime routine
- As a homemade gift for friends
Homemade Bath Bombs For Busy Moms
It took some time but homemade bath bombs are kind of my jam now… but it wasn’t without some effort! In fact, there were quite a few tips and lessons I learned from stumbling through them for so long. And you can find all of those tidbits in this mini bath bombs workshop!
If you’re struggling to start making homemade bath bombs or the ones you’re making just aren’t turning out- peek at the workshop.
In it, I share my exact method to make homemade bath bombs (literally, I make them on video so you can visually see how I do it!) and walk you through all the tricks I’ve learned from years of making them.
Everything from essential oils and coloring options as well as what each ingredient does and my tricks for the best fizz. Likewise, this workshop not only comes with videos of it all but also:
- Ingredients List
- Equipment List
- Step by step instructions
- Crucial Fizz Tips
- A list of my favorite Essential Oil Blends
- Bath Bomb E-Book with some of my favorite Bath Bomb Recipes!
Thus, take the stress out of trial and error and learn my exact methods of creating (and enjoying!) homemade bath bombs... for only six bucks. Jump into learning here.
- 1 cup baking soda
- ½ cup citric acid
- ½ cup Epsom salts
- 2 tbs almond oil
- ¾ cup cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon Magnesium Powder
- ¼ teaspoon purple mica powder (or color of choice)*
- 3 teaspoon witch hazel
- 8 drops lavender essential oil
- 8 drops chamomile essential oil
- 5 drops breathe essential oil
- Small spray bottle with water
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How To Make Them
First, in a large bowl combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Make sure there are no clumps.
Then, in a small glass bowl, combine the almond oil, essential oils, and witch hazel. Whisk.
Pour the liquid mixture into the large bowl, it will fizz once the liquid touches it.
Begin mixing using a fork (or your hands) until everything looks combined and somewhat moist.
Finally, prep your silicone molds and use a spoon to fill the molds halfway. Using a silicone spatula, press the mixture into the molds firmly. Spray each mold with a small bit of water (one spray) and press down again to make sure they're firm.
Using too much water will cause the bombs to lose their fizz. Whereas if you don't press down firmly, the bombs will not hold together.
Divide the rest of the mixture into the molds and again press down firmly. Spray the top with water and press down again.
Finally, let sit on the counter for twenty-four hours to set before removing from molds.
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Diy Sleepy Time Bath Bombs
If you're looking to relax and prepare your body for sleep, these easy, sleepy time DIY bath bombs for sleep are the perfect addition to your nighttime routine. Even more, these handmade bombs are simple, natural, and utterly calming.