07 July 2023

How to Make Bath Powder at Home

Learn how to make bath powder at home.  This is an easy bath recipe, and it's perfect for gift giving.  I made a rose bath powder with essential oils, but I also have ways to customize it with other herbs and essential oils.

Rose Bath Powder Recipe

I was excited to get my July Simply Earth Essential Oil recipe box and find a bath powder recipe.  It uses Natrasorb, which I have had on my to try list for a while.

This is one of the reasons that I love getting the monthly box.  I get to try new ingredients without buying big containers to store on the shelf.

Simply Earth July 2023 Essential Oil Recipe Box

The July box is all about Bath and Spa.  It has:

You'll use these ingredients to make this bath powder recipe, spa day roller bottle, rose sugar scrub, a diffuser blend, and two kinds of bath salts.

For less than the price of the four oils, you get so many extras each month.  I love that it helps break down the information into smaller chunks once a month so it's not overwhelming.

Use code EVERYTHINGPRETTYFREE when you subscribe to get a free $45 gift card!

Getting Started with Bath Powder Making

Before embarking on any DIY project, it's essential to gather the ingredients, equipment, and knowledge to achieve the best results.

Additionally, choosing the right base for your bath powder is crucial. One popular option is Natrasorb, a versatile natural absorbent with excellent detoxifying properties.

What is Natrasorb?

Natrasorb is made from tapioca, but it's not the same as tapioca starch.  It's a powder, but it absorbs large quantities of oils.  

It has small pockets that can hold a lot of oil, making it perfect for making a bath powder recipe.  It also holds essential oils or fragrance oils to hold more scent than other powders.

I highly recommend using Natrasorb to make rose bath powder, but you can also use arrowroot powder or tapioca powder.

Try this herbal bath powder recipe for a version without Natrasorb.

Exploring the Various Herbs and Botanicals

I made rose bath powder with rose petals, but you can also use one of the following herbs:

  • Lavender: Renowned for its relaxation and stress relief properties, lavender adds a calming and soothing touch to your bath.
  • Chamomile: Embrace tranquility with chamomile, known for its calming effects and skin-soothing qualities.
  • Rose Petals: Elevate your bath into a luxurious experience with the aromatic and moisturizing properties of rose petals.
  • Eucalyptus: Clear your airways and enjoy respiratory support with eucalyptus, perfect for refreshing baths.
  • Calendula: Nourish your skin with the gentle and healing properties of calendula flowers.
  • Peppermint: Revitalize your senses with invigorating peppermint, offering a refreshing and cooling effect.

Incorporating Essential Oils for Aromatherapy Benefits

Rose essential oil would be wonderful to make rose bath salts.  Rose essential oil is expensive, but you can try one of these rose essential oil alternatives.

I used Palmarosa essential oil and Tangerine essential oil for a fun and fruity scent.  You can also try one of the following essential oils:

  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Enhance your bath with eucalyptus oil, which aids in clearing congestion and revitalizing your senses.
  • Lavender Essential Oil: Promote relaxation and a peaceful sleep with the soothing scent of lavender oil.
  • Lemon Essential Oil: Add a burst of energy and freshness to your bath with the zesty aroma of lemon oil.
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil: Harness the skin-healing properties of tea tree oil for a rejuvenating bathing experience.
  • Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil: Immerse yourself in a sense of well-being and balance with the exotic scent of ylang-ylang oil.

Grinding Rose Petals and Herbs

I did not grind my herbs,  Instead, I scooped them out of the water before I drained the bathtub.  You can use a mortar and pestle to grind the herbs into smaller pieces. 

Storing Your Bath Powder Recipe

This rose bath powder makes enough for one use, but you can double or triple it to make more.

Opt for airtight containers, preferably made of glass or BPA-free plastic, to prevent moisture and air from affecting the quality of your bath powder.

I used a metal tin from SKS Bottle for short term storage.  You can also find the tins on Amazon.

Bath Powder Troubleshooting and Tips

Even with careful preparation, you may encounter a few hiccups along the way. Here are some troubleshooting tips for a successful bath powder-making journey.

  • Dealing with Clumpy Bath Powder.  To avoid clumpy bath powder, ensure that your ingredients are thoroughly mixed and dried before blending. If you encounter clumps in your bath powder, simply break them apart with a fork or your fingers until the mixture is smooth and even. You can also pass the powder through a fine sieve to remove any remaining clumps.
  • Adjusting the Scent Strength to Personal Preference: Everyone has different preferences, so don't hesitate to reduce the amount of essential oils  in your bath powder to suit your liking. Do not use more than called for in the recipe.  Use an essential oil dilution chart to ensure that you use the correct amount.
  • Not Properly Drying Ingredients: Ensure that your herbs, botanicals, and colorants are thoroughly dried before adding them to the bath powder mixture. Moisture can lead to clumps and reduce the shelf life of your creation.
  • Save Your Recipes.  Keep track of your favorite recipes with a printable essential oil journal.

How to Use Bath Powder

Now that you have your beautifully crafted bath powder, it's time to indulge in a spa-like bathing experience. Follow these steps for a relaxing and rejuvenating bath:

  1. Prepare Your Bath: Fill your bathtub with warm water, ensuring the temperature is comfortable for you.
  2. Add the Bath Powder: Sprinkle 2 to 4 tablespoons of your rose bath powder into the water. Watch as it disperses, releasing its delightful scents and skin-nourishing properties.
  3. Swirl the Water: Use your hand to gently swirl the water, distributing the bath powder throughout the tub.
  4. Soak and Enjoy: Step into the fragrant water and soak in the goodness of your DIY creation. Take this time to unwind, relax, and let the stresses of the day melt away.
  5. Remove Flowers: Remove whole flowers or herbs before draining the water.

Rose Bath Powder Ingredients and Supplies

How to Make Bath Powder at Home

Step #1

Combine sweet almond oil and essential oils in a small bowl.

Step #2

Add the Natrasorb bath powder and stir well.

Step #3

Add the rose petals and stir.  Place in a container with a lid.  

To use, add to a full bath and soak.  Remove rose petals before draining.

Now you know how to make bath powder at home and how to use bath powder!  Don't forget to use code EVERYTHINGPRETTYFREE when you subscribe for your free $45 gift card!

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homemade bath powder, natrasorb
Yield: 2 tablespoons
Author: Cari @ Everything Pretty
Estimated cost: $5

How to Make Rose Bath Powder

prep time: 5 Mperform time: 5 Mtotal time: 10 M
How to make rose bath powder with Natrasorb.


  • 1 tablespoon Natrasorb bath powder
  • 1 tablespoon rose petals
  • 1/2 tablespoon sweet almond oil
  • 3 drops Palmarosa essential oil
  • 2 drops Tangerine essential oils
  • 1 ounce jar


  • Small bowl
  • Spoon


  1. Combine sweet almond oil and essential oils in a small bowl.
  2. Add the Natrasorb bath powder and stir well.
  3. Add the rose petals and stir. Place in a container with a lid.
  4. To use, add to a full bath and soak. Remove rose petals before draining.
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