Bath bombs are so much fun. They make your skin feel soft and moisturized after a bath, and they can help you relax and de-stress. But what if you’re sensitive to fragrances or other ingredients in bath bombs? Does that mean you have to skip the fizziness? Not at all. Keep on reading for the best bath bomb recipe for sensitive skin.
The ingredients in bath bombs can irritate sensitive skin or allergies
To make sure your bath bomb is safe for sensitive skin, it’s important to be mindful of the ingredients you’re using within your bath water. Some common irritants include:
- Fragrance: This is often listed as “fragrance” or “parfum” on ingredient lists and can contain allergens like linalool, limonene and citronellol among others. For example, one study found that fragrance mixes containing these chemicals caused contact dermatitis in 100% of people who tested them—and they didn’t even need to apply it directly to their skin.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): This additive has been linked to dryness, irritation and acne-like symptoms when used in large amounts. It’s also commonly found in toothpaste and mouthwash, so if you tend towards sensitive teeth or gums this may not be the best option for you either.
Finding a recipe that includes sensitive skin-friendly ingredients is key
When you’re looking to create a bath bomb recipe, follow these steps:
- Avoid using fragrance oils and artificial colors if you have sensitive skin.
- Avoid using essential oils in large quantities if you have sensitive skin (and if possible, avoid using any essential oils at all).
- Use organic ingredients whenever possible. You can find them online or at your local health food store; the prices are often comparable to non-organic products anyway. If they’re not available locally, look into buying them online—it’s worth it for your health.
- Non-GMO is also important when it comes to choosing which ingredients go into your bath bombs, because genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been linked to several serious health conditions such as cancer and infertility among others
Choose a bath bomb recipe with essential oils instead of fragrance oils
A good bath bomb recipe for sensitive skin will use essential oils, rather than fragrance oils. Essential oils are natural and can be diluted in water, whereas fragrance oils are made with synthetic chemicals that can irritate your skin if you have sensitive skin.
Essential oils are also more expensive than fragrance oils because they’re produced from natural sources like plants or flowers, which means they can sometimes cost as much as $30 per drop.
If you want to reduce the price of your homemade bath bombs even further and still keep them safe for sensitive skin, try using a carrier oil such as sweet almond instead of coconut milk or olive oil.
Carrier oils are less expensive yet still provide hydrating properties and moisturizing effects that will help nourish your pores after soaking in a hot bath.
Always use non-GMO and organic ingredients
As a rule of thumb, always try to use the best quality ingredients that you can find. Organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients are better for your body and the environment.
They may be more expensive but they are worth it in the long run. Non-GMO products also tend to be easier on our sensitive skin and more natural looking when used in facial masks and bath bombs alike.
Finding organic products is easier than ever these days, but can still be difficult at times, especially if you live in an urban area where stores aren’t widespread throughout town or if they’re too far away from home.
Look into joining a co-op near you or ordering online through companies like Thrive Market which carries brands like Aveda & Dr Bronner’s; both of which have extensive lines of organic beauty products available at great prices (as well as other awesome stuff).
Investigate the source of your DIY ingredients for quality purposes
If you’re making a bath bomb recipe that involves using essential oils, it’s important to be sure you’re using quality ingredients.
Essential oils are often used in bath bomb recipes because they can add wonderful scents, as well as other beneficial properties like skin-soothing and pain relief. But if you don’t use quality ingredients, you may end up with an awful smelling bomb or one that doesn’t provide the benefits you want.
When buying essential oils for your DIY projects, make sure they are organic and non-GMO (genetically modified organisms). If possible, buy them from a company that is ethical about how their products are sourced.
You should also be aware of what specific oil does before purchasing it—for example cinnamon oil might be helpful for inflammation issues like arthritis but eucalyptus oil would work better for respiratory conditions like asthma or allergies.
Do NOT add additional essential oils to a bath bomb recipe
If you’re new to making bath bombs and don’t want to incur the wrath of your skin, it’s best to leave the essential oils out of your bath bomb recipe. If you do decide to add them, make sure they’re properly diluted first.
Essential oils are extremely concentrated and can cause irritation if not diluted enough before adding them to bath bombs. A good rule of thumb is that you should add 20 drops of essential oil per ounce (roughly 30 ml) of carrier oil or other base ingredients in your mixture’s water phase.
This may seem like a lot of oil at first glance — but keep in mind that unlike salt or baking soda, which are added after all other ingredients have been thoroughly mixed together, essential oils should be added separately from other liquids because they will not dissolve well with water and could end up clumping up on top rather than mixing into solution with everything else as intended.
Create a base recipe using baking soda, citric acid and cornstarch
A base recipe using baking soda, citric acid and cornstarch is an easy way to get started. Baking soda is a natural ingredient that helps cleanse and exfoliate the skin while citric acid provides a gentle chemical exfoliation.
Cornstarch is a great thickener, so if you don’t want to use sodium bicarbonate in your bath bomb (because of its alkalinity), you can still make something creamy by adding it in with the citric acid.
As well as being inexpensive, these ingredients are also accessible: all three can be found at most grocery stores or online retailers such as Amazon.
Add oils to your base recipe and mix thoroughly before adding water
To make the base, you’ll need to add all of your ingredients together and mix them really well until they are completely smooth. Use either a whisk or a food processor to ensure that everything is evenly combined. If you don’t have either of those things, use a blender instead.
Now that your base is mixed together, it’s time to add water. Make sure that all of your ingredients are completely smooth before adding water; this will help ensure that there aren’t any clumps in your bath bomb mixture later on.
Adding enough water will also help keep each bath bomb from being too hard once it’s dry—if you add too much or too little water (or none at all), then it might not dissolve properly when placed in warm water for use as directed later on down the line.
What’s the best bath bomb recipe for sensitive skin?
If you have sensitive skin, finding the right DIY bath bombs recipe can be tricky. Fortunately, there are a few recipes that are specifically designed with your skin type in mind.
One of the best is the mild and soothing lavender bath bomb recipe. To make this bath bomb, you will need food coloring, baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, lavender essential oil, fractionated coconut oil, and witch hazel.
Start by mixing together baking soda and citric acid in a bowl. Next, add the lavender essential oil and mix until everything is well combined. Add some food coloring for a more vibrant look, and then slowly add in the fractionated coconut oil and witch hazel until the mixture reaches the desired consistency.
Use your hands to form the mixture into balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or use a bath bomb mold to form your epsom salt fizz bath bombs. Allow the bath bombs to dry overnight within the molds, before using them in a relaxing tub.
The scent of lavender is known to be calming and can help reduce anxiety, while the combination of these ingredients make it gentle enough for people with sensitive skin.
Which bath bomb ingredients are good for sensitive skin?
When it comes to choosing bath bombs to use on your sensitive skin, you want to make sure you buy bath bombs that are made with natural ingredients. The main ingredients you should look for when selecting a bath bomb for sensitive skin include kaolin clay, oatmeal, and chamomile.
Kaolin clay helps absorb oil and dirt while calming the skin. Oatmeal is an anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant, making it a great choice for those with sensitive skin.
Chamomile also calms and soothes the skin, and is also a natural antiseptic. Another important ingredient to look for is essential oils such as lavender, chamomile, rosemary, or peppermint.
Essential oils like almond oil, coconut oil and shea butter help moisturize the skin, but can also be irritating in large doses. You should also avoid bath bombs with fragrances, artificial colors, and preservatives as these can be very harsh on sensitive skin. By choosing bath bombs with natural ingredients, you can safely moisturize and restore your skin without any irritation or flare-ups.
Sensitive skin may need extra care when soaking with a bath bomb
If you have sensitive skin, bath bombs can be a great way to relax and unwind. However, the wrong ingredients in a bath bomb recipe can irritate your skin further and make things worse.
You’ll want to avoid citric acid, alkali salts and any other strong smelling essential oils. In addition to these ingredients that can be harmful for sensitive skin (and even cause minor burns), consider adding some natural moisturizers like coconut oil or olive oil. This will help balance out any dryness caused by the citric acid or other harsh ingredients in your homemade bath bomb mixture.
If you’re not sure about how much of an ingredient is okay for your body’s needs, try diluting it first with water before adding it into your mix. Just be sure not to add too much water if you want a firm but still malleable texture for your DIY creations.
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the best bath bomb recipe for sensitive skin. I know it can be a little overwhelming, but once you get your hands on your own ingredients and start experimenting with them, you’ll find there are so many great options out there. And remember: if you don’t like one combination, just try another.