DIY Bath Oil that Foams | Mum In The Madhouse

DIY Bath Oil that Foams

Our DIY bath oil is made with moisturising rice bran oil which is known for its ability to cleanse, soften, moisturise, soothe, nourish, and smooth the skin. Pour our DIY Foaming Bath Oil into a hot bath and enjoy a fragrant, foaming and skin-softening bath fragranced with essential oils or emulsify by using a scrunchie or sponge in the shower or bath. I made our latest batch with sweet orange essential oil and it is delicious.

Essential oils and water do not mix, so that is why it is best to use an emulsifying agent such as the Lumorol K 5229 (which we get from Armomantic) and the rice bran oil with essential oils as opposed to just essential oils in bathwater this dilutes the essential oil and is also brilliant for the skin.

How to make DIY Foaming Shower and Bath Oil

Whichever of the oils you decide to use, the principle of making it is the same. 2% of essential oil are used with a carrier oil such as almond oil, olive oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, sunflower oil or rice bran oil that we prefer to use.

Mix and store your bath oils into a dark (again ur preference) or clear glass jar or bottle (protecting the oils from daylight if using a clear glass) shake well and leave to mature for 2 weeks.

This is my husband’s favourite bath product. I make his with peppermint, yarrow, fennel, pine & eucalyptus essential oil, as they moisturise the skin, de-stress the mind, relieve aches and pains, ease stress headaches and clear the airways.

2 blue bottles containing DIY Bath Oil

Essential OIl Combinations

  • Sleep – Lavender, Roman Camomile and Cedarwood
  • Destress – peppermint, yarrow, pine, fennel and eucalyptus
  • Relaxing – lavender, Roman Camomile and Sandalwood
  • Balancing – lavender, geranium and jasmine.
  • Soothing – Sweet Marjoram, Black Pepper and Rosemary
Two blue bottles with orange essential oil

How to get the best out of your Aromatherapy Bath Experience

I am a huge fan of aromatherapy and have been since living next door to a qualified aromatherapist 14 years ago.

Before adding any oils to the bath make sure you close the bathroom door so that you can keep as much of the scent in the room as possible.

These bath oils will keep up to one year in coloured glass bottles (as direct sunlight can degrade the essential oil), depending on the expiration of ingredients used. If any ingredient used in bath oil expire before one year, that expiration date should be used.

DIY Foaming Shower and Bath Oil

When I talk about ingredients I am going to talk in % that way you can make as many or as few as you want. For ease, I am going to work in g and 1 g = 1%!
Keyword bath melts, DIY Bath Products
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 Bottes


  • 58 % Cocoa Butter
  • 40 % Lumorol K 5229 waterless surfactant. This amazing product is a surfactant, emulsifier and foaming agent in one, and is an ideal primary ingredient for making foaming shower/bath oils.
  • 2 % Essential Oil of your choice


  1. Combine all the ingredients at room temperature and stir slowly so as not to create bubbles.
  2. Pour into bottles and label and date.
  3. To make them even more fun and luxurious, add dried botanicals to your essential oils.

Recipe Notes

To Use: Pour in a hot bath and enjoy a fragrant, foaming and skin-softening bath fragranced with essential oils or emulsify by using a scrunchie or sponge in the shower or bath

These DIY bath melts can cause surfaces to become slippery, so use caution when getting out of the bathtub or shower.

A foaming bubble bath with gold taps and bath oil on the side

Make sure you also check out our other fab cosmetic DIY’s:

DIY Foaming Bath Oil

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