Add luxury to your bath time with floral DIY bath creamers! Homemade bath creamers are a mix of fizzy bath bombs and nourishing bath melts. The natural ingredients for these handmade beauty products include moisturizing shea and cocoa butter, milk powder, and fragrant essential oils. The bath creamers are also studded with dried flowers and petals.
DIY bath creamers
If you have ever looked for ways to moisturize and care for your skin, throw a handful of a bath creamer into your bath. They dissolve in a fun fizz and enrich the water with soothing and nourishing ingredients that cater to your skin needs.
The bath creamers release a lovely floral fragrance, allowing you to pamper yourself and enjoy a wonderful spa-at-home experience. They are also a thoughtful homemade gift for everyone interested in natural skincare.
What are bath creamers?
I’m not sure if anyone outside the UK has ever heard of bath creamers. If you have, drop me a comment and let me know. In Britain a couple of companies offer them, but you can easily make your own DIY bath creamers at home. Think of bath creamers as a “hybrid” between bath bombs and bath melts.
They have the creamy texture and skin-nourishing oils of bath melts but fizz like bath bombs when put in the tub, albeit a bit slower. Bath creamers are usually relatively small-sized, much smaller than traditional bath bombs, and I tend to add a couple of them to my bath water.
What ingredients do I need to make DIY bath creamers?
Floral DIY bath creamers are an all-natural homemade beauty product. Before making the recipes, let’s take a moment to talk about the ingredients and their skincare benefits.
Cocoa butter and shea butter will make the bath water feel silky smooth and luxurious. Both kinds of butter contain many natural vitamins and fatty acids that provide nourishment and moisture for the skin.
Cocoa butter is rich in antioxidants and an excellent emollient, meaning it helps the skin absorb moisture. Furthermore, shea butter has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce skin inflammation, prevents drying, and softens the skin.
I enriched the bath creamers with goat’s milk powder, which is packed with vitamins, particularly vitamins D and A, some of the most important vitamins for the skin, and nourishing minerals.
This powder also contains linoleic acid, which supports the skin structure, and other essential fatty acids that are very moisturizing and help to even out the skin tone.
Baking soda, SLSA & cornflour
Other ingredients include baking soda and a small amount of SLSA, which add to the fizziness, as well as cornstarch (cornflour), which helps with the texture of the creamers. If you wish to make the recipe without SLSA, just replace it with the same amount of soda.
Essentials oils are an excellent way to fragrance the bath creamers naturally. You can use any essentials that are skin-safe. I wanted something fresh and floral smelling and used a blend of grapefruit, mandarin red, and ylang-ylang.
Grapefruit essential oil tones and cleanses the skin and hair and smells wonderfully fruity and energising.
Mandarin red essential oil has a refreshing yet calming fragrance and is good to tone oily, acne prone skin.
Ylang-ylang essential oil gives a floral and uplifting scent and perfectly rounds out the citrus scents of the other oils. Since the creamers are so small, the scent throw isn’t overpowering but still pleasant.
Dried flower petals
I rolled the bath creamers in dried flower petals because it looks gorgeous and the petals will steep in the bath water and add even more benefits to your bath time. Just note that the petals don’t dissolve in the bath water. But that’s really the only clean up required with this product, and they wipe away easily with a paper towel.
I didn’t add any micas or color to the DIY bath creamers. The bath water will simply look milky and smell oh-so-good. I plan to make more bath creamers in the future and look forward to experimenting with color.
Tips for making DIY bath creamers
If you have ever made bath bombs you know that the bath bomb mixture should feel like damp sand. In comparison, the bath creamer mixture should have the consistency of cookie dough.
Looking at the ingredients list, you can see that I wrote 150 to 200 g (5.3 – 7 oz) cocoa butter. I recommend to start with 150 g (5.3 oz) and increase the amount of cocoa butter only if the mixture is too dry to roll balls.
On the other hand, when the mixture is too soft add soda and cornstarch, a spoonful at a time, until it maintains its shape. You can also gently warm the mixture in the water bath should it become too firm to form creamers.
For gift giving, I put the bath creamers into jars that I decorated with a piece of ribbon and a printable label.
- 1 cup – 1 1/3 cups (melted) / 150 – 200 g / 5.3 – 7 oz cocoa butter
- 1/3 cup (melted) / 50 g / 1.7 oz shea butter
- 2 1/2 cups / 600 g / 21.2 oz baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups / 200 g / 7 oz goat’s milk powder
- 1/2 cup / 60 g / 2.1 oz cornstarch (cornflour)
- 3 tbsp / 20 g / 0.7 oz SLSA (Sodium Lauryl Sulfocetate)
- 200 drops / 10 g / 0.35 oz grapefruit essential oil
- 100 drops / 5 g / 0.17 oz mandarin red essential oil
- 25 drops / 2 g / 0.02 oz ylang-ylang essential oil
- dried petals mix
- Melt the butters. Add the cocoa and shea butter to a heat-resistant bowl and melt in a water bath over a low flame. Once completely melted, take off the heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Then stir in the essential oils.
- Mix the dry ingredients. Put on the mouth cover and gloves. Weight out the dry ingredients and put them into a mixing bowl. Combine until no lumps are showing.
- Make the bath creamer mixture. Pour the melted butter-essential oil mixture over the dry ingredients and knead well to combine.
- Form and chill the bath creamers. Form 3 cm (1.2 in) balls from the mixture and then roll in dried flower petals. Place the bath creamers on a lined plate or tray and let firm up in the refrigerator or freezer for one hour.
Instead of covering the creamers with mixed petals, you can also decorate them with a single type of flower (e.g. dried rose petals, lavender, cornflowers, or calendula petals).
I also recommend to use a digital kitchen scale for measuring our the ingredients so you can prepare the beauty recipe with precise measurements.
How to use the DIY bath creamers
Drop the bath creamers into a warm bath, and they will fizz softly, releasing its moisturizing butters and fragrant essential oils into the water. Apply body lotion or body butter after the bath.
Storage and shelf life
The DYI bath creamers can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for up to a year.
Printable Bath Creamer Label & Gift Tags
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