Aug
23

Calendula Bath Bomb


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Calendula Bath BombCalendula Bath Bomb

We have a beautiful new bath bomb to show off to all our customers! Our Calendula Bath Bomb is an excellent way to give your skin the nourishment it needs and deserves! Just by having a relaxing soak in your tub, you can give your skin some much needed Vitamin C without drinking any Orange Juice! This bath bomb uses both Calendula flowers and Calendula flower powder. We have also incorporated Bentonite Clay Powder and Safflower Oil. We have also chosen our fresh and flowery Floral Bouquet fragrance oil.  Not only will we share the amazing benefits of using Calendula, but we also have a few other recipes that use calendula to help inspire you!

 

Calendula Bath Bomb: What is CalendulaCalendula Bath Bomb: What is Calendula

Calendula,  also known as Calendula officinalis, is a very well known therapeutic herb. Since it is native to Northern Mediterranean countries, it is used in many of their food dishes.  Calendula is an annual flower, which refers to the tendency it has to bloom accordingly with the calendar. Calendula is a modern Latin diminutive of the word calendae, which means “little clock” or “little calendar.”  It usually blooms along with the full moon or at least once a month. The more commonly known name, pot marigold or the nickname “Mary’s Gold”, refers to the Virgin Mary. These flowers are used in some Catholic ceremonies to honor her.

This herb has a great number of uses in many different industries, including cosmetics. Egyptians considered the herb to have rejuvenating powers. Also, in the Hindu world, the people adorned the statues of their gods in their temples with the flower.

Calendula Bath Bomb: Uses and Benefits of the CalendulaCalendula Bath Bomb: Uses and Benefits of the Calendula

So what are the uses of calendula? Well, there are a multitude of uses for this gorgeous, sunny yellow flower! It is used in food as a colorant for some foods, such as cheese or butter. Also, it is completely edible and makes a wonderful addition in salads, soups or even stews. This flower can also be made into a tea that is chock full of healthy benefits for your insides!

Medicinally, this flower has been used for centuries! As far back as the Civil War and even during  World War II, calendula flowers were used on battle fields to keep open wounds from hemorrhaging. It was used as an antiseptic to help clean wounds. Calendula is best known for it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. It’s use in salves and ointments help promote healing from burns, frostbite, diaper rash or cuts. Also, when made into a tea, calendula can help heal ulcers, relieve colitis, gastritis or even menstrual cramps.  A mouth wash made from this mighty flower can help with gingivitis, gum problems or can be gargled with to reileve sore throats.

In bath and body products, Calendula is even more amazing! When made into any type of lotion, soap, cream, oil or even an astringent, your skin will look healthy and feel healthy. As we talked about before, topically, this herb is amazing in healing many kinds of skin issues. From acne, to eczema to cuts and burns, Calendula can heal it all.

Calendula Bath Bomb: Some of the other Ingredients

We also have a few important ingredients in this recipe that are also beneficial to the skin. The first two are the base of any bath bomb recipe: citric acid and baking soda. Combined, these two will give your bath bomb its fizz. Seperately, they are very gentle cleansing agents. Baking Soda has been around since ancient times. It can be found dissolved in many mineral springs and is a component (the natural form is called nahcolite) of the mineral natron. Ancient Egyptians used natron as a soap.

Calendula Bath Bomb: Bentonite Clay PowderCalendula Bath Bomb: Bentonite Clay Powder

Our next ingredient is Bentonite Clay Powder. This is a very popular ingredient in creating bath and body products. Bentonite clay is used in face mask formulations to help clean impurities from the skin. In soap making, it can be added to cold process soap during trace to help oily skin. It can help thicken lotions and aid in emulsifying the ingredients. Also, adding bentonite clay to bath bomb recipes helps to make your bath bombs harder.

Calendula Bath Bomb: Safflower OilCalendula Bath Bomb: Safflower Oil

Safflower Oil is not just for cooking your heart healthy food dishes. This oil is a wonderful addition to any type of bath and body product. This oil has a high linoleic acid that is important for boosting the appearance of your skin. It can help with new skin cell regeneration and help clear up scars and blemishes.

 

 

Calendula Bath Bomb: Floral Bouquet Fragrance OilCalendula Bath Bomb: Floral Bouquet Fragrance Oil

The fragrance oil we chose for this bath bomb is our Floral Bouquet. This fragrance oil has a definite Floral Shoppe scent to it. Close your eyes and you can picture vases of roses, tulips, carnations surrounding you!

So you see, this bath bomb is just the thing to help give you a relaxing soak in the bathtub! There’s some amazing action going on in this happy little bath bomb!

 

Calendula Bath Bomb: Ingredients you can get at Nature’s Garden

Calendula Bath Bomb: Other Ingredients and Equipment Needed

  • Witch Hazel (in spray bottle)
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Scale

Calendula Bath Bomb: Total Recipe Amounts

  • 300 grams Citric Acid
  • 600 grams Baking Soda
  • 10 grams Bentonite Clay Powder
  • 18 grams Safflower Oil
  • 18 grams Floral Bouquet Fragrance Oil
  • 5 grams Whole Calendula Flowers
  • 5 grams Calendula Powder

Calendula Bath Bomb: Before You Get Started

Before you get started on your recipe, it’s always important to take a few steps to help your creating go along smoothly. Clean and sanitize your work area. Also, give your equipment and packing materials a cleaning and sanitizing. We suggest wearing an apron, gloves and other protective clothing when preparing your recipe. One last step, fill your bullet bottle with witch hazel and place a sprayer on top. We will be using this when we start to form the bath bombs.

Calendula Bath Bomb: Prepping the Dry IngredientsCalendula Bath Bomb: Prepping the Dry Ingredients

Our first step will be mixing the dry ingredients. So in your first bowl, after placing it on the scale and taring out the weight, you will weigh the dry ingredients. To the bowl add 300 grams of Citric Acid, 600 grams of Baking Soda and 10 grams of Bentonite Clay Powder.

 

 

Calendula Bath Bomb: Mixing the Dry IngredientsCalendula Bath Bomb: Mixing the Dry Ingredients

Now, with gloved hands you will mix the dry ingredients together, breaking up any clumps that you come across. This bowl will be set aside as we move on to our wet ingredients.

 

 

 

Calendula Bath Bomb: Prepping the Wet Ingredients

Our second step will be the wet ingredients. To a second bowl, after placing it on the scale and taring out the weight, you will weigh in the wet ingredients.  So to the bowl add in 18 grams of Safflower Oil and 18 grams of Floral Bouquet fragrance oil.

Calendula Bath Bomb: Mixing the Wet Ingredients

Now that your wet ingredients are together, give these a nice stir making sure that the oils are combined well.

Calendula Bath Bomb: Adding the Wet IngredientsCalendula Bath Bomb: Adding the Wet Ingredients

Next, you will be adding the wet ingredients to the dry. Once the oils are all added into the powders, used your gloved hands to thoroughly mix the bath bomb ingredients together. Continue mixing until you are confident that you have everything completely and evenly mixed.

Calendula Bath Bomb: Dividing the Mixture

You will now need two mixing bowls. You will need to divide you bath bomb mixture into two equal parts. Place each half in an empty bowl.

Calendula Bath Bomb: Adding the Calendula Flowers and PowdersCalendula Bath Bomb: Adding the Calendula Flowers and Powders

Now that our bath bomb mixture is evenly seperated, place the first bowl on the scale and tare out the weight. Weigh in 5 grams of calendula powder.  Remove this bowl, set it aside and place the second bowl on the scale. Tare out the weigh and add in 5 grams of the whole calendula flowers. You can remove this from the scale also.

 

 

Calendula Bath Bomb: Using the Witch HazelCalendula Bath Bomb: Using the Witch Hazel

Now that we have everything add in we will be using the witch hazel to help create and form the bath bomb mixture into a dough. Starting with your first bowl, begin spraying the mixture with the witch hazel and using your hands, mix the ingredients together, misting as you go. You should have a crumbly, dough like texture when you are done. Next, you will do the same to the second bowl, misting with the witch hazel and combining the ingredients until you have reached the crumbly dough stage. You are now ready to move on to creating the bath bombs.

Calendula Bath Bomb: Before Making the Bath Bombs

Before you start adding the dough to the bath bomb mold, take a small amount of whole calendula flowers and place them in the bottom of each one half of the molds you will be using. This will add a pretty touch of interest to your finished bath bomb.

Calendula Bath Bomb: Filling the First Half of the  Bath Bomb Molds

Now you can move on to creating the bath bomb. These bath bombs will be layered. So, add a small amount of the mixture that contains the calendula powder. Then, add a layer that contains the whole calendula flowers. You will repeat this process filling one half of each mold.

Calendula Bath Bomb: Filling the Second Half of the Mold

For the second half, it will not have the extra calendula flowers added in. It will simply be the dough mixture. So continuing the layering process and fill the second half until it is completely full, just as you did with the first half of the mold.

Calendula Bath Bomb: Fitting the Two Halves Together

The last step will be fitting the two halves of the mold together, to form the bomb. Take both halves of the bath bomb. Next, mist each half lightly with witch hazel. This will help the bath bomb adhere together. Now, press the two halves together until the mold is closed. Continue filling and layering the remaining bath bomb molds and pressing them together. This recipe will give you 6 bath bombs.

Calendula Bath Bomb: Letting the Bath Bombs Set UpCalendula Bath Bomb: Letting the Bath Bombs Set Up

When you have completed all the bath bombs, you will allow them to set up and harden. This can take anywhere form 24 to 48 hours. It will all depend end on the humidity of your environment. We do suggest that creating your bath bombs is best done in a cool, dry area. Also, keep them in the same cool, dry area while they set up. Creating your recipe in an area that is humid will make the bath bombs difficult to form and set up.

Once your bombs have hardened, you may leave them in the mold, which makes packaging for selling or giving away, easy and fast. However, you may remove them from the mold and package them however you choose.  When your ready to use your Calendula Bath Bomb, simply place it in a nice, warm bath and relax!

Calendula Bath Bomb: That’s All For Now

We hope you enjoyed this fun new bath bomb recipe! We also hope you enjoyed learning about how amazing this pretty yellow flower can benefit you in your every day life! It’s an incredibly versatile product to have around. If you enjoyed this recipe, we have a few more recipes that we have incorporated Caldendula in. We have two wonderful cold process soap recipes, Calendula Sunshine Cold Process or our Calendula Swirl Soap. Also, we have a Calendula Bath Melt recipe that will give you some amazingly soft, moisturized skin! Would you like some more detailed information on the Calendula? Follow this link to learn some more amazing benefits!

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