Learn how to make these nourishing calendula bath bombs, made with calendula flowers, calendula essential oil, and kaolin clay.
If you’re searching for calendula bath bombs, you likely already know that calendula is a therapeutic herb. When you use calendula, you get additional benefits beyond an indulging relaxing bath!
Benefits of Calendula
Calendula has many medicinal benefits, including reducing fevers, treating varicose veins, and reducing inflammation (source). It also has been used for:
- Menstrual cramps
- Preventing muscle spasms
- Healing wounds
- Diaper rashes
- Vaginal yeast infections
How to Make Calendula Bath Bombs
Now that you know some of the various benefits of calendula, you can learn how to make bath bombs with calendula flowers and essential oil!
To make these calendula bath bombs, you’ll need:
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1 cup citric acid
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 cup white kaolin clay
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp polysorbate 80
- 10-20 drops calendula essential oil
- 1/4 cup dried calendula flowers, whole or ground
- 1-2 teaspoons orange mica colorant
- Stainless steel bath bomb molds
- Spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol
- 1 large mixing bowl
You’ll start by mixing together baking soda, citric acid, white kaolin clay, and cornstarch.
Whisk in the calendula flowers.
Next you’ll add coconut oil. While this will be super great for your skin when you’re soaking in the tub, it also helps bind the ingredients together so your bath bombs won’t crumble.
Mix in the polysorbate 80. This is super helpful, because it helps disperse the coconut oil in the bath water, prevents the mica coloring from sticking to the sides of your tubs, AND it will make your bath bombs more bubbly.
You’ll also add in the calendula essential oil at this point.
Mix everything together thoroughly. You can break down any lumps with your hands. When the mixture feels like wet sand, it’s ready!
Add in the orange mica colorant (if using).
Fill your stainless steel bath bomb molds with the mixture, then press the molds together firmly, removing away any excess mixture.
Gently tap the sides of the molds to release the calendula bath bombs. Set aside and allow to dry for at least 24 hours. When they’re hard to the touch, they’re ready!
Store in an airtight container until you’re ready to use them.
Calendula Bath Bombs
Fragrant calendula bath bombs made with calendula flowers, calendula essential oil, and kaolin clay.
In a large mixing bowl, add the baking soda, citric acid, white kaolin clay and cornstarch. Whisk dry ingredients together. Whisk in calendula flowers.
Add the coconut oil, polysorbate 80, and calendula essential oil. Mix ingredients thoroughly, until consistency feels like wet sand.
Mix in orange mica colorant, if desired.
Fill both sides of the mold with the mixture, press molds together and grind to remove excess mixture. Gently tap each side of the mold to release the bombs. Allow to dry a minimum of 24 hours.
Store in an airtight container until ready for use.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long do Homemade Bath Bombs Last?
These homemade calendula bath bombs should last for 6 months, if stored in an airtight, moisture-free container.
Do I have to add Mica Colorant? Can I use Food Dye Instead?
Adding mica colorant to this recipe is completely optional. These bath bombs turn out beautifully without the addition of mica.
I have seen some bloggers use food dye in their bath bomb recipes, but I find it doesn’t mix well and the results aren’t reliable. I personally wouldn’t recommend it.
Will the Mica Colorant Change the Color of the Water?
Yep! If you add the mica colorant, it will change the color of the water. The intensity of the color will depend on how much colorant you added to the bath bombs.
How Many Bath Bombs does this Make?
This recipe will make about 10 bath bombs.
Can I Gift These?
Of course! These calendula bath bombs make wonderful gifts for Christmas, birthdays, showers, or Mother’s Day. I love wrapping them in plastic baggies, tied with twine.
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