This moisturizing pumpkin spice latte bath soak is an indulgent fall treat for your skin. It contains nourishing milk powder, natural Australian Ceara bath salts, pumpkin powder, and a dash of coffee grounds. Vanilla, coffee, copaiba, and cardamom essential oils impart a warm pumpkin spice latte scent to this colourful bath soak.
Love it or hate it, the minute the cool weather hits, it’s pumpkin spice everything.
I love the scent of pumpkin spice, but only when it’s achieved using essential oils, not migraine-inducing synthetic fragrances. For this reason, I prefer to make my own pumpkin spice bath products rather than buying them from a big-box chain.
There are two ways to make this bath soak recipe, depending on your personal preference – pumpkin latte or pumpkin spice latte.
Essential oil safety in the bath
Using essential oils in bath products requires an emulsifier to safely disperse the oils. Contrary to popular belief, you shouldn’t drop essential oils straight into your bathwater. This is especially important when using spice oils like cinnamon and cardamom.
Since oil and water don’t mix, the essential oils will float on top instead of mixing into the water, creating puddles that can directly contact your skin. These undiluted puddles of oil can cause skin irritation and possibly even skin burns.
There are a variety of emulsifiers you can use to properly disperse essential oils. For this bath soak, I chose Natrasorb Bath, a natural powdered emulsifier derived from tapioca starch. It’s easy to use and ensures that your bath soak will be safe for your skin. For more information about essential oils and bath safety, check out this article by the Tisserand Institute.
Cinnamon oil is a common ingredient in pumpkin spice fragrance blends. However, I chose not to include it in this recipe because cinnamon carries a high risk of skin irritation. Instead, this bath soak includes copaiba and cardamom essential oils for just a hint of spiciness. Both oils are less likely to cause skin irritation when compared to other spice oils.
As always, proceed with caution when using essential oils. If your skin is very sensitive, I recommended omitting the cardamom oil completely.
Ingredients for pumpkin spice latte bath soak
Pumpkin powder is pumpkin that has been dehydrated and ground into a fine powder. Like the pumpkin itself, the resulting powder is antioxidant rich. It also contains a multitude of vitamins that are great for skin, including vitamins A and C.
Combined with the milk powder in this bath soak, the pumpkin powder helps moisturize and soften the skin. It also acts as a natural orange colourant for the salt crystals in this recipe.
You don’t have to worry about the smell of the pumpkin powder in this recipe being too overpowering. The scent is both light and fresh and smells a little like baked pumpkin muffins. Pumpkin powder is so gentle that we’ve also used it in our DIY pumpkin face mask.
Ceara bath salts
For this soak, I used medium course Ceara bath salts because they’re naturally white and perfect for colouring.
Ceara salts are solar evaporated sea salt from Australia. The bath salts are produced when salt water is captured in shallow ponds and then allowed to evaporate naturally in the sun.
The resulting crystals are then safely cleaned without processing, which removes the impurities, but doesn’t compromise the purity of the salts.
Salt baths have been linked to a more restful sleep because they can help promote relaxation and reduce stress. They can also gently calm inflamed or irritated skin. Additionally, bath salts can provide some of the minerals that are so often poorly absorbed by our bodies through food sources.
Milk powder has a plethera of skin benefits. It contains lactic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). Lactic acid is known for its exfoliating properties, but only when used at a low pH. When added to bathwater, lactic acid will instead act as a natural humectant and can help to soften and hydrate your skin.
Another reason milk powder is wonderful for skin is due to its high saturated fatty acid content. The humectants in the milk will help pull moisture into your skin, and the fats will create a barrier to help keep the moisture there.
The combination of lactic acid and fat in the milk powder will leave your skin feeling softer and more moisturized.
However, if you’re vegan or allergic to dairy, you can easily substitute the powdered milk in this recipe for organic coconut milk powder.
Coffee is primarily known for its ability to reduce the appearance of cellulite when used in body products. This is why coffee is often a common ingredient in body scrubs and lotions intended for this purpose.
However, coffee is also high in antioxidants. In fact, coffee is touted as one of the most antioxidant rich beverages, surpassing both green tea and cocoa in antioxidant activity.
Aside from its antioxidant benefits, coffee also adds a natural coffee scent to this pumpkin spice latte bath soak.
You can use regular ground coffee in this recipe, but if you’d like your coffee to dissolve completely in your bathwater, you can also opt for instant microground coffee.
Natrasorb Bath is a specially modified tapioca starch. The starch is processed to create “pockets” that have a high affinity for essential oils. Once Natrasorb contacts the bathwater, it immediately disperses the oils. As a bonus, it also lends a soft-like quality to bathwater.
Pumpkin spice latte essential oils
I included a mixture of vanilla, coffee, copaiba and cardamom essential oils in this recipe to create a sweet and aromatic pumpkin spice latte scent.
I opted to omit some of the traditional spice essential oils such as cinnamon, clove and nutmeg to make this bath soak recipe more suitable for sensitive skin. Copaiba and cardamom essential oils still add a hint of spice but with a lesser chance of irritation.
Alternatively, you can also use a pre-made pumpkin spice essential oil blend in your bath soak. I love Plant Therapy’s delicious Pumpkin Pie blend, but it’s limited edition and not always available for purchase.
Vanilla oleoresin not only has a sweet and fragrant aroma, but it possesses anti-inflammatory properties which can help soothe dry or inflamed skin. In aromatherapy, vanilla is known for its calming and mood-boosting properties.
Coffee essential oil
If you’re a coffee lover, this will be your new favourite essential oil. Coffee essential oil adds an even more potent coffee aroma to this bath soak. It has energizing notes that are both uplifting and invigorating. Aside from its aromatherapeutic properties, coffee oil also provides antioxidants that promote skin health.
Copaiba oleoresin has potent anti-inflammatory properties and is one of the safest essential oils for topical use. It has a pleasant fragrance that adds a sweet, rich spiciness to this bath soak’s aroma.
As an added benefit, copaiba is known to help reduce muscle pain and is used in a variety of natural pain relief products.
Cardamom essential oil
Cardamom essential oil is one of the gentlest spice oils. It can be used at higher concentrations than spice oils such as cinnamon or clove bud since it has a lower capacity for irritation.
Cardamom essential oil adds the “spice” to this pumpkin spice blend. It has a warm and robust aroma that is also known to help soothe nausea.
Though cardamom oil is much safer for sensitive skin than cinnamon oil, please don’t use it if your skin is particularly sensitive or if you suffer from an inflammatory condition such as eczema.
DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Bath Soak
1-3 cups Australian Ceara salts or bath salts of your choice
1 cup milk powder or coconut milk powder
1/4 cup pumpkin powder
1/4 cup ground coffee or microground instant coffee
1/4 cup Natrasorb Bath
15 drops fractionated coconut oil
10 drops vanilla oleoresin
10 drops coffee essential oil
10 drops copaiba oleoresin
5 drops cardamom essential oil
To begin, place your bath salts, Natrasorb Bath, coffee grounds, pumpkin powder and milk powder into separate glass bowls. Set aside all bowls except for the bath salts.
Using a dropper, add the fractionated coconut oil to your bowl of bath salts and mix gently.
Once the salts are coated in oil, slow sprinkle a tablespoon (or more) of pumpkin powder to colour the salts a lovely light orange colour. Stir gently. Repeat until you get your desired colour. If you choose, you can also add a dash of coffee grounds to the salts. Or, you can chose to add the coffee later during the layering process.
Slowly add your essential oils to the bowl of Natrasorb Bath. Mix gently but thoroughly. Then, add your bowl of milk powder the the bowl of Natrasorb and mix to combine.
Prepare the soak by layering the ingredients in a glass jar that comes with a lid or cork stopper, such as the one shown in the photos. Alternatively, you can layer the bath soak in glass bath vials, which are also called bath shots and are also pictured.
How you display and store your soak is up to personal preference. If you wish, you can also choose to mix all of the ingredients together before placing the soak in your storage containers. This bath soak can also be placed into muslin bags and turned into a pumpkin spice latte bath tea.
If making the pumpkin latte version of this recipe, omit the cardamom essential oil.
Store you bath soak in a cool, dark cupboard. It should last approximately one year.
How to use your pumpkin spice latte bath soak
Whenever you want to indulge in a little self-care, sprinkle the contents of your glass jar (or one bath vial) into a warm bath. If using as a tub tea, place your muslin teabag under the faucet while you run your bath.
Soak for 20 minutes or more to maximize the benefits.
This bath soak would also make for a lovely homemade gift.
DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Bath Soak
What You'll Need
- 1-3 cups Australian Ceara salts or bath salts of your choice
- 1 cup
milk powder or coconut milk powder
- 1/4 cup
- 1/4 cup
ground coffee or microground instant coffee
- 1/4 cup
- 15 drops
fractionated coconut oil
- 10 drops
- 10 drops
coffee essential oil
- 10 drops
- 5 drops
cardamom essential oil
- To begin, place your bath salts, Natrasorb Bath, coffee grounds, pumpkin powder and milk powder into separate glass bowls. Set aside all bowls except for the bath salts.
- Using a dropper, add the fractionated coconut oil to your bowl of bath salts and mix gently.
- Once the salts are coated in oil, slow sprinkle a tablespoon (or more) of pumpkin powder to colour the salts a lovely light orange colour. Stir gently. Repeat until you get your desired colour.If you choose, you can also add a dash of coffee grounds to the salts. Or, you can chose to add the coffee later during the layering process.
- Slowly add your essential oils to the bowl of Natrasorb Bath. Mix gently but thoroughly. Then, add your bowl of milk powder the the bowl of Natrasorb and mix to combine.
- Prepare the soak by layering the ingredients in a glass jar that comes with a lid or cork stopper, such as the one shown in the photos. Alternatively, you can layer the bath soak in glass bath vials, also pictured.How you display and store your soak is up to personal preference. If you wish, you can choose to mix all of the ingredients together before placing the soak in your storage containers. This bath soak can also be placed into muslin bags and turned into a pumpkin spice latte bath tea.
More DIY beauty recipes for fall
We hope you enjoyed our fall bath soak recipe. If you did, you may like some of our other fall-themed recipes:
- Pumpkin Spice Body Butter Recipe
- DIY Pumpkin Face Mask for Glowing Skin
- Pumpkin Spice Room Spray with Essential Oils
- DIY Sugar Scrub Cubes for Fall
- Peppermint Hot Cocoa Body Butter
- DIY Milk and Honey Floral Bath Soak
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