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Epsom salt bath bombs are a quick and easy way to relax.
If you're feeling sore from a long day, or just looking for a way to unwind, Epsom salt bath bombs are a great choice. They're not only relaxing, but they also provide relief for aches and pains.
In this article, we are going to teach you what epsom bath bombs are, possible side effects, which are the best products you can buy, and how to make your own DIY bath bomb.
Let’s get started.
What are epsom salt bath bombs?
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Bath bombs are one-time-use spheres that dissolve rapidly in warm water. Their formula includes essential oils and mineral salts to help soothe your skin and relax you.
As the bath bombs fizz into the water, they release their ingredients, treating your skin and mind. These products are extremely popular because of their aesthetic appeal.
Side effects of epsom salt baths
You might not experience any side effects after taking an Epsom salt bath. However, it's possible for people with sensitive skin to develop a rash or contact dermatitis.
Which are the best epsom salt bath bombs?
There are many different kinds of bath bombs but there are two that are great for most people.
Trihard’s The Muscle & Mind Soak
The Muscle & Mind Soak by Trihard is specifically designed for athletes, as one of their main goals is to speed recovery.
It contains Epsom Salts, Dead Sea Salts, argan oil, and obliphica tree oil, which help the body absorb magnesium, reducing muscle cramps, swelling, and joint stiffness.
It also contains natural oils, red algae, aloe vera and menthol to soothe and nourish your skin. Additionally, it reduces anxiety, depression, stress, and sleep problems.
Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt Bath Bombs
With Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt Bath Bombs, you will be able to moisturize your skin and rejuvenate it.
They contain almond, jojoba, and sunflower oils that moisturize and nourish the skin. Coconut and essential oils that soothe the body and mind to relieve stress. You can add them to your bath to add moisture.
What ingredients do I need to make an epsom salt bath bomb?
There are many commercial bath bombs that work well and are full of beneficial ingredients, but they can be extremely expensive.
The following instructions will teach you how to make a DIY bath bomb at home. Here are the ingredients and equipment you'll need:
- 2 cups Baking Soda
- 1 cup Corn Starch
- 1 cup Citric Acid
- 1 cup Epsom Salts
- 4 tsp Sweet Almond Oil
- 4 tsp Fragrance Oil
- 2 tsp Distilled Water
- A few drops of Liquid Soap Dye or food coloring
- 1 bath bomb mold
- 2 mixing bowls
How to make an epsom salt bath bomb
- In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients except the citric acid.
- Mix all the wet ingredients in a separate container.
- Mix your wet ingredients slowly into the dry ingredients, taking care not to disturb the baking soda. At this point, the mixture will begin to stick together.
- Once you've mixed the liquid thoroughly, add the citric acid and mix again. Use gloves if you're planning to use your hands since citric acid can irritate and burn your skin.
- Put the mixture into the bath bomb mold. Make sure to heap the halves to ensure that they stick together.
- As you press the halves together, the mixture will bond together into a ball. The mold should be easy to remove after a few seconds.
- Ideally, it will just pop out, but if it does not, gently tap it to loosen it. Make sure you don't leave the mixture in the mold for too long.
- Lastly, let your bath bombs dry for a couple of days, at least 24 hours.
Here’s a video that shows you the whole process:
Making Bath Bombs FAQ
There are other questions people frequently ask but the answer isn’t very extensive, so we’ll cover them here.
How long do homemade bath bombs last?
Bath bombs have a shelf life of around one year. The fizz may fade after six months, but it's still safe to use. However, added ingredients, such as essential oils and oatmeal, can turn rancid or moldy within a year. You should store them in a cool, dry place.
How do I get a bath bomb out of the mold?
- Pack them tight enough so they maintain their shape, but not so tight that you have to force them out. The more material you put into the molds, the harder it will be to remove bath bombs.
- Make sure you use the right amount of moisture. Bombs will fall apart if they are too dry, and they will lose their shape if they are too wet.
- Prep the mold with a release agent before adding the mixture. You can use mineral oil, petroleum jelly, or cooking spray as release agents.
- Some molds are just easier to use than others, so invest in a new one. A silicone mold is usually the easiest to use.
- A few minutes in the freezer can help the bath bomb fall out of the mold.
- Gently press the bath bomb out or tap it to loosen it up.
Epsom salt bath bombs are one-time-use spheres that dissolve rapidly in warm water and release their ingredients, treating your skin and mind.
Trihard's Muscle & Mind Soak is the best epsom salt bath bomb because it contains magnesium, argan oil, and obliphica tree oil, and reduces anxiety, depression, stress, and sleep problems.
Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt Bath Bombs moisturize and nourish the skin, while coconut and essential oils soothe the body and mind.
To make a DIY epsom salt bath bomb, you'll need baking soda, corn starch, citric acid, epsom salts, sweet almond oil, fragrance oil, distilled water, and a bath bomb mold.
Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, then add the wet ingredients, and mix until the mixture begins to stick together. Add the citric acid and mix again.
Put the mixture into the bath bomb mold, heap the halves together, and press them hard together to bond them into a ball. Let your bath bombs dry for a couple of days, at least 24 hours.
Bath bombs have a shelf life of around one year. However, added ingredients can turn rancid or moldy within a year.
To get a bath bomb out of the mold pack them tight enough so they maintain their shape, but not so tight that you have to force them out (otherwise they may break).