Who doesn’t love making your own beauty products? DIY crafts can be such a blast to whip up, and even a method to destress from our hectic lives. What is even better than eliminating stress through crafting is if the products you make are know to help relieve stress as well. Talk about a double-whammy! Today, I am going to list recipes and instructions on how to make your own bath bombs and body wash for that perfect relaxing bath after a long day!

DIY Bath Bomb

After trying out a few different bath bomb tutorials, the one from brightest.com was my personal favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz of baking soda
  • 4 oz of citric acid
  • 4 oz of corn starch
  • 4 oz of fine grained Epsom saltsTwo DIY Bath Essentials
  •  ¾ tsp of water
  • 2 tsp essential oil (popular scents are tea tree, peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus)
  • 1 tsp oil (preferably almond or coconut oil)
  • A few drops of food coloring of your choice
  • Round, plastic, snap together dome molds
  • Whisk
  • Bowl and cup for mixing
  • Fluffy towel

Directions:

1. Combine dry ingredients. Place all of your dry ingredients (citric acid, corn starch, Epsom salts and baking soda) into a large bowl and stir together with your whisk until fully mixed.

2. Combine wet ingredients. Pour all of your wet ingredients (water, essential oil, almond/coconut oil and food coloring) into a cup and stir until well mixed.

3. Mix together. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir them. The mixture should begin to clump together as you mix.

4. Pack mixture into molds. Grab your plastic mold and pack the mixture into the first half of the mold. Pack it as tightly as possible into the mold. Then, do the same with the second half.

5. Press together. Add some extra mixture on top of the second half and squeeze the molds together to create your sphere. Make sure to press firmly when doing this. Tip: If the mixture isn’t packing well, place the ingredients back in the bowl and add a tiny amount of water. Be careful, though, too much water will ruin your bath bomb and all your work thus far!

6. Let dry. Wait a about 8-10 minutes, and then carefully remove the bath bomb from the mold. Place it on wax paper on top of a fluffy towel. Repeat the process until you have used up your bath bomb mixture. Let the bath bombs dry for at least one day before you use them. If your bath bombs are a gift, wrap them in cellophane or tissue paper. To store them, keep them in a plastic, airtight container.

DIY Body Wash Spray

Who doesn’t love a nice, beautifully scented body wash? A recipe I enjoy is from diynatural.com, where the final product will be moisturizing and natural for your skin. (Some other homemade body washes can irritate because of the artificial ingredients used.) This DIY is quick and easy!

Ingredients:Two DIY Bath Essentials

Directions:

1. Measure ingredients. Measure out all ingredients and combine in a bottle with a squirt top, shaking to mix. Shake gently before each use.

2. Using product. To use, squirt onto a washcloth, bath pouf, or directly onto body. Tip: If your raw honey is creamy and thick, warm it a bit to liquefy before combining with other ingredients. This will allow for thorough mixing of ingredients.

Note: Since this recipe doesn’t contain water, it has a long shelf life of up to a year.