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Looking for a fun holiday themed DIY gift? How about Christmas tree bath bombs that smell just like a Christmas tree farm?!!!
I’ve shared many Christmas themed skincare products already… gingerbread bath bombs, eggnog sugar scrub, Christmas bath confetti…
I’ve also shared many ways to use pine or fir needles (in other words “how to reuse your Christmas tree“!)
Today, I’m sharing how to make a Christmas themed bath bomb that makes use of those lovely evergreen needles!
Pine Bath Bombs, Fir Bath Bombs, Evergreen Bath Bombs, Christmas Tree Bath Bombs
I decided to name this DIY “Christmas Tree Bath Bombs because everyone knows what a Christmas tree is (and will likely have access to those needles).
That said, if you have a yard of pine or fir trees (or you just went foraging in the woods) then you can still make these bath bombs! And you don’t have to wait till the Christmas season!
Evergreens have quite a few benefits which I’ll explain below…but first a few informational/disclosure notes about using pine/fir….
Pretty much any pine or fir tree is safe to use except for the ponderosa pine and the yew tree. (I’ve not heard of ponderosa or yew being used as Christmas trees)
You can also make use of your actual Christmas tree but you’ll want to check that it hasn’t been sprayed with chemicals like pesticides or paints.
(Here is a great post on foraging for pine needles). I’ve also heard that Australian Pine and Norfolk Island Pine are toxic but those seem to be more iffy as some sources seemed to think they were not toxic.
*And of course, it’s always worth doing a small test to make sure you aren’t allergic to pine as some people can be allergic or sensitive to it. (My husband being one of those people)
What Ingredients are in these Christmas Tree Bath Bombs?
Baking soda not only is a great cleaner it is also quite the skin soother (I know that seems like an oxymoron, I mean baking soda is an amazing souring powder and yet it’s soothing on the skin? Yep!)
Epsom salts have been used for ages for their relaxing properties. It can help relieve sore muscles, pain, and cramps. It can also help your body detox and it’s a nice like magnesium boost too!
I actually thought citric acid served no purpose other than to create that fun fizzing that bath bombs are known for however, it turns out that citric acid can help removed dead skin cells.
Coconut oil is used to help hold the bath bombs together as well as add a bonus moisturizing ingredient. It’s perfect for helping hydrate your skin.
Pine is anti-everything! Antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. This means it’s great for treating issues like psoriasis, eczema, athlete’s foot, and more.
Pine is anti-inflammatory so it can help soothe skin and easy muscle aches!
Pine is also a calming plant. And if you are using this scrub during the holiday season, what better time for a nerve calming scrub?
Pine Essential Oil
Just like using the pine needles, pine essential oil adds to the scent and skin benefits!
How to Find Pine Needles… you are best off foraging for pine needles (or for needles) yourself. For some odd reason, it’s rather hard to find pine needles for sale. Even amazon did not provide me with pine or fir needles.
These pine bath bombs also make great gifts, especially if you pair them up with my pine sugar scrub! Of course, I won’t blame you if you make them all for yourself either.
Note: While I didn’t make these bath bombs in the shape of Christmas trees, you definitely could if you have a Christmas tree silicone mold!
Christmas Tree Bath Bombs
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup epsom salt
2 tbs. melted coconut oil
1/2 tbs finely chopped pine/fir needles (dried)
15-20 drops of pine or fir essential oil
Whisk together baking soda, citric acid, and epsom salt in a medium sized mixing bowl.
Add in pine/fir needles.
Add melted coconut oil and essential oil to the dry ingredients and mix well.
You want to be able to mold your mixture in your hand but it still needs to be more dry than wet (too wet and you loose all your fizz before your bath even starts!)
Fill one half of the bath bomb mold with the bath bomb mixture and do the same for the other half of the mold.
Press the two halves firmly together and wiping excess mixture back into your mixing bowl.
Place on a baking sheet or plate and allow to set (in the mold). I recommend allowing them to set for 5-10 minutes before carefully removing the mold. (you can try to un-mold them instantly but I find they are finicky if done so early)
After removing the mold, allow the bath bombs to dry for 24 hours.
Keep in a sealed container until ready to use.
Need more DIY pine/fir ideas?
Rejuvenating Pine Vinegar Hair Rinse
Muscle Relaxing Pine Bath Salts
Renewing Pine Sugar Scrub