What do you picture when you think of a tropical vacation?
Most of us picture soft, white sand beaches next to endless blue water, roads lined with towering palm trees, and tropical flowers at every turn.
Tropical flowers…found in your fruity drink with an umbrella straw, tucked into your mermaid hair, or hanging from your neck in the form of long colorful flower lei.
There’s one flower that is abundant in tropical regions around the world. It grows in nearly every shade of color – orange, red, purple, pink, white, and yellow with blooms up to half a foot across fanned in the shape of a trumpet. This iconic tropical flower is Hibiscus.
Color and size aside, there is so much to gain from hibiscus!
Enjoyed as tea worldwide for its many benefits – known as “sorrel” in the Carribbean, “karkade” in North Africa and Italy, and “agua de Jamaica” in Latin America. But perhaps the best hibiscus benefits are gained by using it for the skin…
Ever Heard of the Botox Flower?
If you were just scrolling, I’m sure this stopped you…mid-scroll. All seriousness here, if there is any flower that has botox properties it is HIBISCUS!
Not only is the Hibiscus a stunning tropical icon, it is known as “Nature’s Botox.”
Filled with collagen boosting properties hibiscus is a powerful anti-aging plant with a reputation for increasing skin elasticity and so much more. Let us share with you four reasons why we love using hibiscus in our skincare.
Hibiscus Benefits for the Skin
#1 Lift and Firm Skin
Scientifically speaking, hibiscus has the ability to inhibit the work of the enzyme elastase, whose reckless job is to break down our skin’s coveted elastin. Hibiscus combats this aging process, in turn lifting and firming our skin for a natural youthful boost – A.K.A. plant botox!
#2 Even Skin Tone
Unleash hibiscus on uneven skin tone, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and other discolorations like age spots or sun spots. Powered by alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), hibiscus can help speed up cell turn-over naturally, versus synthetic products.
#3 Exfoliate and Unclog Pores
The benefits of AHAs for skin don’t end there. Combined with saponins, these powerful exfoliators of hibiscus can dissolve dead skin cells, cleanse and unclog pores, tighten fine lines and wrinkles, and exfoliate to improve the surface of the skin.
#4 Repair Skin Damage
Turn to hibiscus if you spent too much time on the beach and forgot your SkinShade (learn to make your own here). Bursting with high antioxidant levels, hibiscus can help reduce the damage of UV rays, free radicals, and premature aging. Soaking in hibiscus can help regulate the body’s temperature as well as tone and cool irritated tissue. Meaning…it’s great for sunburns!
Unlock these robust anti-aging hibiscus benefits with a tropical hibiscus bath bomb recipe. Pamper and rejuvenate your skin with whole hibiscus flowers and rosehip seed oil. Release muscle tension with pink Himalayan salt and relax as sweet fragrant bursts of flower petals and the rich pink color of hibiscus flower powder disperse all around you.
Tropical Hibiscus Bath Bombs Recipe –
Vacation Bombs Recipe Anyone?
Vacation Bombs Recipe Anyone?
- Bath bomb molds (this is an affordable set with various sizes)
- Metal whisk
- Glass mixing bowls
- 2 teaspoons hibiscus flower powder
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
- ½ cup baking soda
- 2 tablespoons finely ground pink Himalayan salt
- ¼ cup citric acid
- 1 tablespoon whole hibiscus flowers, set aside
- 1 teaspoon rosehip seed oil
- 3 teaspoons sweet almond oil
- 1 teaspoon witch hazel or filtered water (here’s our easy-peasy DIY witch hazel recipe)
*I got 1 large and about 3 and a half small bombs.
Make Hibiscus Bath Bombs!
Step 1: Combine all dry ingredients (except whole hibiscus flowers) into a large glass mixing bowl. Whisk well to combine and set aside.
Step 2: Pour all wet ingredients into a small glass mixing bowl and stir to combine.
Step 3: Slowly add the wet mixture into the dry mixture, whisking as you go.
Step 4: After combining both mixtures, work quickly and scoop a small amount into your hand and squeeze it together to test the consistency. It should form together like wet sand.
NOTE: The humidity in your workspace can effect bath bombs consistency, as it does certain baked goods. If the mixture is too dry add a drop of rosehip seed oil. Then, mix well and test again. Repeat until you have it right. Remember…wet sand is the right consistency.
Step 5: Place a pinch of whole hibiscus flowers into the base of one half of the bath bomb mold. Then scoop your mixture into each half of the bath bomb mold until just overflowing. Based on a reader question in this last batch I placed them in the freezer for 20 minutes to set. It worked perfectly! Just pop them out after 20 minutes.
Step 6: Let your bombs set for at least 8 hours to fully cure. Store in an airtight container and use within a couple of weeks.
If you are new to making bath bombs here’s a great reference for troubleshooting.
Does Hibiscus Stain?
Hibiscus’s gorgeous color makes for a great natural coloring agent without harmful chemicals, like in our popular DIY blush recipes. But…with such an intense hue it’s common to wonder if these hibiscus bath bombs will stain. It will turn your bathtub a pretty blush pink while you soak, but luckily it doesn’t stain. We’ve tested in both marble and cast iron bathtubs. No stains, no worries!
Soak your cares away to somewhere tropical right in your own bathroom with these beautiful age-defying bath bombs adorned with organic hibiscus flowers…nature’s gift of botox!!!
Not feeling particularly DIYish?
Simply not enough hours in the day? Pinning more than you could ever tackle these days? No worries. I have got you covered. Please, head on over to the Skincare Shop where I sell a lovely herbal bath tea set that just might interest you. While you are there, please look around at all of my other skincare creations. I love making them for my family and for you!