These homemade bath bombs have the amazing, relaxing scent of spicy chai tea. They are perfect for relaxing in the tub on a chilly fall night!
One of my favorite things to do on a chilly fall night is to relax in the bath with a cup of hot chai tea and a good book.
There is something about the spicy blend of chai with its cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg that is just soothing and warming.
So I decided why not combine my love for chai with my love of bath bombs. What could be better than relaxing IN that warming spicy scent?
For these bath bombs we’re using chai tea, you can use pretty much any brand and it will work well. However, if you want them to have a stronger fragrance you can also add essential oils.
The typical spices in chai are cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom, and allspice. You can find an essential oil for each of them, but all of them are fairly strong oils. If you decide to go that route make sure you dilute them properly in the coconut oil before you get started. Here is a great resource to check appropriate dilutions. And here is are my favorite places to buy affordable quality essential oils.
If you’ve made bath bombs before there may be an ingredient or two that you don’t recognize. Powdered buttermilk is the first it has an amazing softening effect in the water and leaves your skin feeling lovely. And second is polysorbate 80 this helps the coconut oil disperse more evenly in your bath water, makes the bath bombs bubbly and prevents the colorant from sticking to the side of the tub.
Here’s how to make these chia tea homemade bath bombs
2 Cups Baking Soda
1 Cup Powdered Buttermilk
1/4 Cup Cornstarch
1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
1 teaspoon Polysorbate 80
2-3 Drops of flesh or light brown gel food colorant
4-6 Tea bags or 4 tablespoons of Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea
Spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol
First, you’ll want to mix your buttermilk, cornstarch, and baking soda together in a large bowl. Use a whisk to get it well incorporated.
Now add in your coconut oil and polysorbate 80 and mix well. Next, add in your colorant.
Now mix everything together thoroughly breaking up any lumps, you can use your hands if necessary. It is perfect when it holds together when pressed together and feels like wet sand.
Next, add in your chia tea and mix thoroughly.
Once your chai tea is mixed in press the mixture into both sides of your bath bomb molds until they are slightly overflowing, then press both sides together.
Once they are molded you can tap each side of the mold to release the bath bomb. Then repeat to make more bath bombs until the mixture is all used.
Let your bath bombs sit for 24 hours to let them get nice and dry. When they are hard and dry to the touch they are ready to use. You can store them in an airtight container until you’re ready to use them.
To use just pop one in a warm bath, soak and relax!
- • 2 cups baking soda
- • 1 cup powdered buttermilk
- • 1/4 cup cornstarch
- • 1/3 cup coconut oil
- • 1 teaspoon polysorbate 80
- • 2-3 drops of flesh or light brown gel food colorant
- • 4-6 tea bags or 4 tablespoons of Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea
- Stainless Steel Bath Bomb Molds
- Large bowl
Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, add the baking soda, powdered
buttermilk and cornstarch. Whisk dry ingredients together.
Step 2: Add the coconut oil. Next, add the
Step 3: Add the colorant.
Step 4: Mix everything together
thoroughly. You may need to use your hands to break down any lumps and make
sure everything is mixed in. The mixture is perfect when it holds together when
you press it into your hands and feels like wet sand.
Step 5: Mix in the Vanilla Chai Tea.
Step 6: Add the bath bomb mixture to the molds until they are
slightly overflowing. Fill the other side of the mold with the mixture.
Step 7: Press molds together.
Step 8: Grind molds together to remove the excess mixture.
Step 9: Gently tap each side of the mold to release the bombs. Allow
to dry a minimum of 24 hours. If your climate is wet or cold, allow an
additional 24 hours. My rule of thumb is that when it is hard to the touch, they
are ready for the tub! Store in an airtight container until ready for use.