Relaxing by the Ocean

Is there any place more relaxing than the beach?

I love

the feel of sand in-between my toes,

the wind gently blowing through my hair,

the warm sun on my skin,

and of course, the sweet smell of the salt air.

That ocean smell, it’s fabulous!

If I could bottle it, I would.

I’ve come up with an essential oil blend that, while it doesn’t smell exactly like the ocean, its combination of sweet lavender, citrusy lime, and crisp clear hint of spearmint transport me (at least emotionally) to the seaside.

And then when I combine that scent with the bright blue color of the ocean and the feel of water against my skin and I’m in absolute heaven.

Stress just melts away.

Whatever cares I have or problems I might have had that day, I feel totally and completely relaxed when I see (and smell) this beautiful sea breeze bath bomb in action.

 

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Step-by-step instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs using essential oils. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRINTABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

What’s in the Sea Breeze Bath Bomb?

click here for link to FREE PRINTABLE with recipe for Sea Breeze Bath Bombs as well as recipes for 15 other essential oil blends you can use to customize your bath bombs

baking soda–  Helps to detoxify and alkalize your body, while also softening skin and leaving it feeling silky soft

citric acid– this what makes the bath bomb fizz.  Well actually, it’s the combination of water, 1 part citric acid, and 2 parts baking soda that causes the fizzing.  I love to see bath bombs twirling, spinning, and rocketing around my tub.  It’s even cooler when you add other little bath bombs inside your big bath bomb and they make it spin even faster and shoot out different colors (those are called embeds, but that’s  for another post on another day).

cornstarch– softens skins and helps it feel silky soft, also helps to harden the bath bomb

cream of tartar– helps harden the bath bomb

lakes– color the bath bombs (and doesn’t stain your tub)

mica (optional)- adds a little sparkle to your bath bomb and bath water

apricot kernel oil – lightweight oil  which allows bath bomb to float on top of the water as it fizzes .  Plus it’s full of vitamins A, C, and E, and antioxidants, making it extremely nourishing for skin.  It’s known for its ability to soften and recondition the skin.

essential oils– wonderful therapeutic benefits (see below)

lavender: eases feelings of tension and soothes occasional skin irritations

lime:  uplifting to the body and mind

spearmint:  combats fatigue and helps with emotional support

cedarwood: promotes relaxation

bergamot: calming and provides skin purifying benefits

wild (sweet) orange: uplifting to the body and mind

Roman chamomile: calming effect on skin, mind, and body

patchouli: grounding, balancing effect on emotions.  Reduces the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, and skin imperfections.

frankincense:  promotes feelings of relation and reduces the appearance of skin imperfections

ylang ylang:  lessens tensions and pressure, promoting a positive outlook.  Promotes mood while having a calming effect.

sandalwood:  grounding and balancing with a mediation-like effect

geranium:  promotes appearance of clear, healthy skin

witch hazel- tones, calms, and soothes skin as well as helping to harden the bath bomb

rubbing alcohol- helps dry and harden the bath bomb

Step-by-step instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRINTABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

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How to make it {recipe and step-by-step instructions}

click here for link to FREE PRINTABLE with recipe for Sea Breeze Bath Bombs as well as recipes for 15 other essential oil blends you can use to customize your bath bombs

add 1 cup baking soda to a medium glass bowl

Step-by-steo instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRITNABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

1/2 cup citric acid

Step-by-steo instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRITNABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

1 Tbsp cornstarch

Step-by-steo instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRITNABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

2 tsp cream of tartar

Step-by-steo instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRITNABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

1/4 tsp lake coloring

Step-by-steo instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRITNABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

whisk dry ingredients together really well before adding wet ingredients

 

1 Tbsp apricot kernel oil

Step-by-steo instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRITNABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

10-12 drops essential oil

for Sea Breeze scent use 4 drops lavender, 4 drops lime, and 2 drops spearmint

Step-by-steo instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRITNABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

whisk together, breaking up any lumps

Step-by-steo instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRITNABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

add a few sprays witch hazel, followed by a few sprays of rubbing alcohol

Step-by-steo instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRITNABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

The water in the witch hazel and rubbing alcohol will cause the very top layer of baking soda and citric acid to react – see how it’s fizzing a little in the photo below.  A little reaction is okay, but you don’t want it to react too much.  You want to save the fizzing reaction for the bath tub.  Less reaction now means more fizzy in the tub.

Step-by-steo instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRITNABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

You want it to get to the consistency of damp (not wet) sand.

It should be able to hold its shape when you squeeze it together, but break apart when you drop it into the bowl.

Step-by-steo instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRITNABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

To form the bath bomb, add a heaping pile of sand to each half of the bath bomb.

Don’t pack the mixture into the mold at this point, just loosely pile it into the mold.

You’re wanting to make a light (not dense) bath bomb that will float on the top of the bath water.  It you over pack the mold be adding too much mixture and pressing it in too firming in the beginning, then the bath bomb may become too dense and sink to the bottom of the bath tub.  It will still work, but you won’t get that amazing show of the bath bomb twirling and spinning and rocketing around the top of the tub.

Step-by-step instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRITNABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

press the two halves of the bath bomb mold together

see how there’s extra mixture on the top of each half?  most of that will get squeezed together into the bomb and some will fall back into the bowl

Step-by-step instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRITNABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

take one half of the mold off of the bomb

viola!  a bath bomb

Step-by-step instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRITNABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

place the bath bombs on top of something really soft and cushy to dry

I use a clean bath towel on top of a couple layers of bubble wrap.

Step-by-step instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRINTABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

now, that you’ve got the hang of it, you can make more!

make them in every color

layer two or three colors together

make huge ones and make teeny tiny ones

make them in shapes (cookie cutters and Wilton  mini cake pans work great)

so many creative possibilities!

Step-by-step instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRINTABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

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How to use

1) fill bath tab with water

2) place bath bomb in water

3) watch it spin, twirl and rocket around the tub as it dissolves

4) take a long, relaxing bath and enjoy!

Step-by-step instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRINTABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

Step-by-step instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRINTABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

Where to get supplies

baking soda– Costco has a great deal on a big bag of baking soda

click here or here for citric acid

cornstarch– grocery store in baking aisle

cream of tartar– you can buy a small jar at the grocery store, but if you’re going to make a few batches of bath bombs, then click here for a good deal on a larger size

click here for apricot kernel oil

witch hazelthis is the kind I like, but can also get at Walmart or Target

rubbing alcohol– Walmart or Target pharmacy section or drug store

click here for lakes

click here  or here for large bath bomb molds

click here for small bath bomb mold

Step-by-step instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRINTABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

click here for link to FREE PRINTABLE with recipe for Sea Breeze Bath Bombs as well as recipes for 15 other essential oil blends you can use to customize your bath bombs

Step-by-step instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRINTABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

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Step-by-step instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRINTABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

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Step-by-step instructions for how to make the perfect bath bombs. So easy, even I can do it! Plus there's a FREE PRINTABLE of the bath bomb recipe and 15 essential oil blends to customize the scent and therapeutic benefits

 

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27 Comments

  1. Karen June 18, 2016 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    Hey!! I’m loving looking at all your posts and want to try these bath bombs. However, can you use something other than the apricot oil? It looks really expensive to me and with so many other oils out there just wondered if you knew that another one would work too? I’m kind of new to all this and just trying to figure it all out. Thanks!

    • Sarah Lewis June 26, 2016 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      Hi, Karen. Thanks for the question. Yes, you can definitely substitute another oil for the apricot kernel oil. Sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, and safflower oil would all work great. You could even use olive oil; it’s wonderful for moisturizing skin, is pretty affordable, and you probably already have some in your kitchen. – Sarah

  2. Brittany July 4, 2016 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Hey! How many small bath bombs does the recipe above make? I am trying to decide the amount of ingredients to buy for a party!

    • Sarah Lewis July 12, 2016 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      Hi, Brittany.
      This recipe makes about 6-8 of the small bath bombs using the meatball tool (1.75 inch size). It varies a little depending on how tightly you pack the bath bomb mixture into the mold.
      Have fun at your party!
      Sarah

  3. Lia Olson July 14, 2016 at 11:40 am - Reply

    I made these last night with my teen daughters (Lush addicts!) and they are truly the Bomb (Pun Intended!) Came out beautifully, set up overnight and fizzed nicely in the bath-definitely plan on making these as holiday gifts this year along with body scrubs and body butters from your blog site-Thank you

    • Sarah Lewis July 19, 2016 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      Hi, Lia.
      Thank you so much for you kind note.
      My 13 (almost 14) year old daughter and I are also Big Lush addicts! And we love making these bath bombs together, too. It’s so fun seeing what new colors and scents we can come up with.
      Sarah

  4. Haben July 20, 2016 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Hi I’d love to know what colors you mixed to get the 3 colors in your post. And where did you get them? Thank you!

    • Sarah Lewis August 6, 2016 at 1:14 pm - Reply

      Hi, Haben.
      I mixed blue and yellow lakes to make all three colors in this post. Lakes are great because they give nice rich colors, they tint the bath water without staining the tub, and with just 3 colors of lakes (red, yellow, and blue) you can mix and make pretty much any color you want.
      For the green, I mixed about 2 parts yellow and 1 part blue (and then I adjust from there, if needed). For the dark blue, I mixed about 7 parts blue to 1 part yellow. For the turquoise, I mixed about 5 parts blue to 2 parts yellow.
      Here’s a link to Wholesale Supplies Plus where I get my lakes. http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/store-search.aspx?CatalogID=-1&FBK=lakes
      Sarah

  5. Kelley August 3, 2016 at 3:52 am - Reply

    Would food colouring (food dye) be okay to use for bath bombs?

    • Sarah Lewis August 6, 2016 at 11:57 am - Reply

      Hi, Kelley.
      Many people use food coloring to tint bath bombs and it works just fine. If that’s all you have, then that’s what I’d use, especially if you’re making your first bath bombs and are keeping them to use yourself.
      I prefer to use lakes because they give a richer, deeper color that doesn’t stain my tub. Also, if you’re planning to sell any of your bath bombs, then you can’t use food coloring. When selling beauty products, coloring needs to be cosmetic grade (and not just food grade).
      Sarah

  6. Terry August 5, 2016 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Just recently found your blog and am loving it! Where do you purchase your essential oils?
    Thanks

    • Sarah Lewis August 6, 2016 at 10:16 am - Reply

      Hi, Terry.
      Thanks so much for the note. I’m so glad that you are finding my blog helpful. That’s wonderful to hear!
      I don’t sell essential oils (or promote any particular brands of EOs). I personally use a combination of doTERRA, Young Living, and Plant Therapy, and I’m open to other high quality brands.
      My hope for One Essential Community (blog, Facebook, etc) is that regardless of the brand of essential oil that we each use, we can share, support, and learn from each other. I believe that as essential oil users we all have much more in common than we are different because of the brand of essential oils that we choose to use.
      Sarah

  7. Terry August 7, 2016 at 6:52 am - Reply

    It can be confusing, I’m finding, in the essential oil world! It’s refreshing to have someone say that there isn’t one brand better than the others and I agree with your thoughts on this topic. Thanks!

  8. Debbie October 1, 2016 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Just found this and can’t wait to make them. They sound like something the kids would like to make and then use. Tks

    • Sarah Lewis October 7, 2016 at 9:27 am - Reply

      Hi, Debbie.
      I agree bath bombs are a fun craft to do with kids. My daughter and I love making them together! She can get very creative with the colors and essential oil blends we use. Lots of fun!
      Sarah

  9. B October 30, 2016 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    hi there,,,,
    i want to make the turquoise colour. could u break it down to maybe tsp. sorry I’m not good when it comes to parts.lol thank you 🙂

    • Sarah Lewis November 1, 2016 at 9:31 pm - Reply

      Hi B,
      I just tried it and here’s what worked for me: a slightly heaping 1/4 tsp of yellow and a scant 1/4 tsp of blue. That is, a little bit more yellow than blue. Mix that up and then drop just a tiny amount into a bit of water and see what you think of the color. If it’s too blue, add a bit more yellow. If it’s too green, add a tiny bit more blue.
      Sarah

  10. B November 29, 2016 at 2:56 am - Reply

    hi sarah,,,

    i made ur B/B recipe turned out great & the colour was beauty. thank you

  11. Toni February 2, 2017 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Hi love this but do you really nerd the cream of tarter

    • Sarah Lewis February 12, 2017 at 9:53 pm - Reply

      The cream of tartar helps harden the bath bombs. You could omit it, or you could use kaolin clay instead.

  12. Stephanie April 15, 2017 at 4:54 am - Reply

    Hi,
    I just found this through Pinterest and it sounds great. I would love to try your bath bombs recipe out but I have a question about the colorant. I’m not seeing anything on the website you linked that is actually called lake color- just powder or liquid colors. So which is the right one to get? Thanks!

    • Sarah Lewis April 17, 2017 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      Hi Stephanie,
      Sorry for the confusion. Lakes are what that site refers to as “bath bomb powder color”. I used a blend of the bath bomb blue powder color and bath bomb yellow powder color to make the various shades of green, turquoise, and blue in my bath bombs.
      Sarah

  13. Rhiannon September 13, 2017 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    What is the shelf life of these bombs?

    • Sarah Lewis September 22, 2017 at 8:42 am - Reply

      I usually use mine within a few weeks of making them so the essential oil scent and therapeutic properties are still strong.

  14. Ella October 28, 2017 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    I’ve never made bath bombs before, this was so easy and worked so well!! I loved the addition of essential oils- so relaxing! I didn’t use the colorant you suggested and my tub turned green! I ordered the powder you recommended so hopefully no more green tub lol!

  15. Jenny T November 17, 2017 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Just made them. we used Mica powder and it worked good. She wanted pink. It was easy and fun. She used one right away and it’s fizzed beautifully.

    How long do I need to let them set before taking out of the mold? I removed one half.

    • Sarah Lewis November 18, 2017 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      With this recipe, you don’t need to let them set up in the mold. Once you have the mix in the mold, you can remove the bath bomb right away and use the same mold to make the next bath bomb.

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