Bath oil beads are made by agglomerating aromatic bath salts with the help of oil. They are mainly used to soothe the skin with bath oils, and relax the mind with the wonderful aroma of essential oils. The commercial beads come in different sizes and shapes, including round, rectangular, star-shaped, and heart-shaped beads. Oil beads can give a rejuvenating or refreshing bathing experience, besides making your skin beautiful. You can also gift them to your friends. However, the commercial beads can be a bit expensive. But you can make such bath beads at home with a few ingredients that can be easily found in a drug or health store.
How to Make Bath Beads
The ingredients that you will need for making bath beads are:
- Epsom salt (about 2 teaspoons)
- Sea Salt or mineral salt (1 teaspoon)
- Baking soda (2 ½ to 3 teaspoons)
- Cornstarch (2 teaspoons)
- Powdered milk or goat milk powder (1 ½ teaspoon)
- Coconut oil, preferably virgin coconut oil (about ½ teaspoon)
- Essential oil (15 to 22 drops)
- Cocoa butter (about 1 ½ teaspoon)
- Citric Acid (1 teaspoon)
First of all, grind the Epsom salt and sea salt in a coffee grinder. Mix the ground salt with baking soda, citric acid, and cornstarch. Add powdered milk or goat milk powder (whichever you prefer) to this mixture. Now, mix all these ingredients properly.
Put cocoa butter and virgin coconut oil in a saucepan, and heat the mixture on a low flame. Be sure to keep stirring the mixture, till it melts completely. Now, take about 7 tablespoons of the dry mixture (the mixture of salt, baking powder, and powdered milk) in a mixing bowl, and slowly add the mixture of cocoa butter and coconut oil into it. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
Now, you can add a few drops of essential oil into this final mixture. While choosing an essential oil, be sure to do some preliminary research on various types of oils. If your skin is oily, then you can use lemon oil, as it can remove dead skin cells, and cleanse the skin to clear up acne and pimples. It can also be used for rejuvenating dull skin.
On the other hand, people having normal skin can go for lavender oil. It is one of the most commonly used aromatherapy oils, that may help treat several skin conditions, like acne, sunburn, eczema, and psoriasis. If your skin is dry, you can use rose oil, rosemary oil, and lavender oil. Rose oil is beneficial for dry and sensitive skin. Rosemary oil can improve your skin tone and remove dryness.
So, the type of essential oil that you are going to use depends on your skin type and preference. Instead of using one essential oil, you can also go for a combination of essential oils. However, be sure to not add a large amount of essential oil/oils in your bath beads. Just add 15 to 20 drops of essential oil to the final mixture, and mix it thoroughly.
The last step is to make the beads. You can make beads of different shapes and sizes, and store them in a lidded glass jar. Be sure to secure the lid tightly, and place the jar in a cool, and dry corner of your bathroom. While taking a bath, put 2 to 3 beads in slightly warm water, and let them dissolve completely. Then soak in the tub to enjoy the refreshing fragrance of the beads. The homemade bath oil beads can also be an excellent gift for your friends, which they will surely appreciate.