Sea Salt & Shea Butter Bombs

Sea Salt & Shea Butter Bombs

As a mom, baths are a wonderful luxury I miss out on regularly.  I dream of soaking in an infusion of floral herbs in a big white tub accented with a rustic wooden tray holding beeswax candles and live green plants.   The kids screeches are so distant they only offer relaxation. When you’re a mom, complete silence can be concerning.  Hearing their little squeals in the background provides peace of mind and knowing they’re being taken care of without me for a moment offers a little bliss.

If you do finally get the chance for peaceful bath you’ll want to use one of these all natural bath bombs for ultimate relaxation and pampering. These bombs are not the conventional fizzy wonders with potentially toxic bubbles or crazy artificial colors.  Instead, these simply crafted bombs are a magical bath elixir for skin soothing and mind calming.  They are loaded with nourishing sea salt, shea butter, and your favorite  blend of calming essential oils.

Sea Salt

Sea salt contains an abundance of minerals that absorb through the skin. They work in synergy to aid in your health and healing by treating and detoxing your body. Magnesium, potassium, and calcium are just a handful of the many wonderfully beneficial trace minerals found in the sea.  Magnesium is known for relaxing the nervous system. Both magnesium and calcium work to prevent fluid retention, while potassium aids in balancing skin moisture. Together this elixir of minerals helps relax stiff, aching muscles and also calms nerves while soothing your skin.

Shea Butter

The  very well known shea butter, in my opinion, is one of the best moisturizing and healing butters in existence. It’s rich, creamy, and has an earthy nutty scent. Embrace it guys, nature loves us, lets love it back in all its essence.  Shea contains essential fatty acids, vitamin E, and high amounts of vitamin A.  It’s an exceptionally healing plant fat used for a multitude of skin conditions ranging from eczema to wrinkles. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory and can help heal inflamed wounds and burns.

Sea salt and shea butter bombs will leave your skin softly coated in a light layer of earthy shea –  nourishing, protecting, and healing your skin. It will also “protect” your tub, so be careful stepping out!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup citric acid – food grade, citrus derived, non-gmo
  • 1/2 cup sea salt – fine
  • 1/4 cup Himalayan salt (optional for color)
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 2 tbsp shea butter – unrefined
  • 1 tbsp jojoba oil
  • 30 drops essential oils of choice – Lavender is a great choice!
  • 2-4 tbs witch hazel or water in a misting bottle
  • aesthetic additives such as large grain Himalayan salt, lavender flowers, rose petals, etc.
  • bath bomb molds, muffin tins, silicone trays, snowball makers, clear DIY ornament balls, etc. anything will do!

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all dry ingredients except for the aesthetic additions. Whisk until evenly combined
  2. Over low heat, melt the shea butter until just melted. Add the jojoba oil and  your essential oils of choice to the melted shea.
  3. Slowly drizzle the liquids into the dry ingredients. I find it easiest to mix with my hands – usually with gloves.
  4. Spray with witch hazel or water as you mix until the mixture clumps well.
  5. Add your aesthetic imbeds to one half of your mold (I had 2 molds going in the picture).  Pack a small amount of mixture into your mold over your aesthetic imbed to hold it in place.
  6. Loosely fill both pieces of the mold so they’re over flowing and push together firmly. “They” say not to pack or twist, but I’ve both packed it in and twisted it to remove excess mixture and they turned out great!
  7. Tap the molds with the back of a spoon, if necessary, to loosen the bomb from the mold and slowly remove it.
  8. Let them air dry for 24 hours before storing in an air tight container.

TIPS

Bath bombs can be very finicky. To help alleviate possible pre-activation:

  • use as little witch hazel as possible
  • don’t make them on a rainy or humid day
  • place them in a non-humid room or container to dry
  • Dead Sea salt and epsom salts contain high amounts of magnesium which attract moisture and can activate the bath bomb.

References

http://www.livestrong.com/article/444622-can-you-absorb-magnesium-from-epsom-salt/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/324195-what-are-the-benefits-of-raw-shea-butter/

Sea Salt & Shea Butter Bath Bomb
Pamper yourself and your skin with these fun, moisturizing, and relaxing bath bombs!
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