See how to make DIY rose petal bath bombs! This all natural bath bomb recipe is made with dried rose petals, coconut oil and essential oils. The tutorial also shows how to form homemade bath bombs with a measuring cup and includes tips for bath bomb storage and shelf life.
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DIY rose petal bath bombs – All natural bath bombs recipe
DIY bath bombs are one of my favourite bath recipes, because they are easy to do, yet look impressive, and everyone loves receiving them as a handmade gift. Since we have been sharing a lot of rose inspired beauty recipes lately, I decided to add homemade rose petal bath bombs to the collection.
Not only do these rose bath bombs look stunning, they are also packed with nourishing coconut oil and rose absolute – which means that this bath bomb DIY is both moisturizing and relaxing. And since these natural bath bombs take just 30 minutes to prep (the rest is drying time), you can make this DIY beauty recipe really quickly.
Ingredients for rose petal bath bombs
Wondering how do you make natural bath bombs? You’re in the right place because this a completely natural bath bomb recipe! My homemade rose petal bath bombs are free of artificial dyes or fragrances, but instead made with skin-loving ingredients that will leave your skin feeling soft and supple.
Bath bomb materials
Here is what we need for these handmade bath bombs:
- baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) and citric acid – Citric acid in combination with baking soda is responsible for the fizzing reaction. I also have a tutorial showing how to make bath bombs without citric acid in case you’re interested.
- coconut oil – Coconut oil is a versatile ingredient in DIY skincare recipes and for good reason! The oil is very moisturizing and will make your skin feel hydrated and supple. If preferred, you can, swap coconut oil with shea butter or cocoa butter.
- rose absolute – Rose absolute gives the rose bath bombs a lovely rose fragrance. The oil is helpful in skin rejuvenation, as it can help to reduce the visible signs of ageing. I also find the scent very soothing and calming, just perfect for relaxing in the tub.
- dried rose petals – A rose petal bath bomb DIY has to include rose petals! The petals are also packed with antioxidants that fight free radicals and are said to reduce oil overproduction in fatty skin types.
- pink pitaya powder – Pink pitaya is sourced from the red dragon fruit and packed with vitamins, trace minerals and antioxidants. The powder is a completely natural alternative to synthetic dyes and turns the bathwater bright pink. Cyna also used the powder in her rose body wash recipe.
In case you are wondering, yes, these are bath bombs without cornstarch, witch hazel and rubbing alcohol. My goal was to create a no fail bath bomb recipe with as little ingredients as possible.
How to make bath bombs without a mold
I regularly receive questions along the lines of What can I use instead of bath bomb molds or How do you make bath bombs without a mold? And I’m happy to report that there are several ways to shape bath bombs without bath bombs moulds.
You can use a sturdy silicone mould (like I did for these snowflake bath bombs) or a moon press. There also plenty of household items that you can utilise to form bath bombs, e.g. an ice cube trays, cookie cutters, a muffin tray, measuring cups, or a cookie scoop (like in these lavender bath truffles).
However, if you prefer round bath bombs, check out the step by step tutorial in my relaxation bath bomb recipe.
How to form bath bombs with measuring cups – Step by step tutorial
In this post, I want to show you how to use measuring cups to form bath bombs. Almost everyone has measuring cups, and they are great replacements for classic bath bomb moulds. I especially love that you get perfectly shaped disks with straight sides and super sharp edges.
What kind of measuring cups should I use for bath bombs?
Best are sturdy, inexpensive plastic measuring cups. I used a cheap set from Amazon. Metal cups can scratch the work surface and glass or porcelain measuring cups will break, so I do not recommend those.
What is the best size for bath bombs?
1/2 and 1/3 cup pieces are perfect for bath bombs. Be sure also to have 1/4 and 1/8 cups around as well, which we need to compress the bath bomb mixture into the mold.
With that out of the way, let’s see how to make bath bombs with measuring cups!
Make the bath bombs mixture
The first step is to prepare the bath bomb mixture. The instructions are included in the DIY box below, so I won’t repeat them here.
Add rose petals
Sprinkle a few rose petals into the measuring cup. It’s best to stay clear of the edges as the petals can cause breakage. I also recommend tearing up large petals into smaller pieces.
Fill the cup with mixture
Next, fill the measuring cup with bath bomb mixture. The cup should be filled to the edge.
Compress the mixture
Once the cup is filled, press the mixture down with your fingertips. Then use a measuring cup in a smaller size and further compress the mixture. Pack the mixture as tightly as you can and pay special attention to the edges. The flat bottom of the measuring cups does an excellent job at this and will create a level surface.
Unmould the bath bombs
Turn the cup over and firmly tap on your work surface to release the bath bomb. I also like to punch the cup with the back of my hand to ensure the bath bomb comes out. Be careful when lifting the cup.
The bath bombs are very fragile after unmoulding and need to harden for a couple of hours of overnight, ideally in a dry, cool place.
- Release the bath bombs onto a piece of wax paper so you can lift and move them around for drying.
- Wipe the inside of the measuring cup clean after every use. Bath bomb mixture tends to stick to leftover residue.
Bath bomb decorations
Rose petal bath bombs are beautiful as they are, so decorating them further is optional. However, I could not resist and decorated my vegan bath bombs with a simple mica paint drip in pink and gold. It looks so elegant and feminine, don’t you think?
Here is how you do it:
- Add the gold and pink mica powder into 2 separate bowls.
- Add enough alcohol to form a thick paint.
- Using a dropper, spritz droplets on the bath bombs.
Allow the natural spa bath bombs to dry before applying the paint. And read this post to learn more about how to paint bath bombs with mica.
Can rose petals go down the drain?
The fizzing bath bombs will dissolve entirely in water expect the rose petals. Before flushing the tub, simply skim the petals from the water surface. You can also put a sink strainer over the drain, which will catch all petals.
Storage instructions and shelf life
How do I store DIY bath bombs?
To keep your rose petal bath bombs in top condition, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. Keep the bath bombs away from direct sunlight as the light can deteriorate the essential oil and melt the coconut oil.
Since steam and moisture dissolves bath bombs, try to find a place outside of the bathroom to store your all natural bath bombs recipe. A cupboard is a good option.
If you live in a state with high humidity, I also recommend wrapping each bath bomb in a plastic wrap/clingfilm to protect them from moisture as much as possible.
How long can I keep homemade bath bombs?
Fresh bath bombs have the best smell and fizziness. The shelf life of these cool bath bombs is 6 months, just be sure to store them properly.
More bath bomb recipes
If you like this relaxing bath bombs recipe, you might also like some of my other relaxing bath ideas:
- bath bombs without citric acid
- lavender bath bombs
- aromatherapy bath bombs
- milk and honey bath bombs
- pink Himalayan salt bath bombs
- lavender bubble bar scoops
- eucalyptus bath bombs
- Epsom salt bath bombs
And check out these seasonal bath bomb ideas too:
- speckled egg bath bombs
- pumpkin spice fall bath bombs
- peppermint bath bombs
- moisturizing snowflake bath bombs
- candy cane bubble scoops
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