Roses are a symbol of love and beauty, and while some people may think that they seem old-fashioned, roses come by that honestly. Early use of rose as an aromatic herb in the bath, as decoration, and to flavour wine, dates back to ancient Persia. Today’s recipe for rose petal bath bombs takes that luxury from the past to create a romantic spa experience for modern times.
History of the Rose Oil Bath
Modern Day Pampering: Rose Petal Bath Bombs
Rose Petal Bath Bombs Recipe
Makes eight 2.5” heart-shaped tub fizzers
Ingredients and Equipment
- 250 g non-aluminum baking soda
- 125 g citric acid
- 125 g organic corn starch
- 125 g Epsom salts
- 100% pure witch hazel
- 20 drops of rose essential oil or a floral blend
- Dried rose petals
- Small spray bottle
- Heart-shaped mold
In a large bowl, measure in the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the essential oils and mix again. Using a small spray bottle filled with witch hazel, spray the surface of the powder with 6-8 sprays.
Working quickly, mix the witch hazel in using your hands. Add a few more spritzes of witch hazel on the surface at a time and keep using your hands to blend it together rapidly until the mixture has the consistency of damp sand. It should feel dry but hold together when formed into a ball with your hands.
Add the rose petals to the mold and give a quick spray of witch hazel so they adhere to the bath bomb.
Firmly press mixture into mold. Press into all the grooves of the mold with your thumbs, and keep topping up the mix until you have no give at all when pressing. You really want to pack the mixture in there tightly. Smooth the back of the bath bomb so it is not higher than the top of the mold.
Gently tap the mold so that the bath bomb releases and carefully lay on a tray to dry. Let the bath bombs dry undisturbed for 24 hours.