Anyone who has ever used a bath bomb will know it adds a whole other dimension to your relaxing soak in the tub. These fantastic fizzies add an effervescent feel to your water combined with all the luxury of a spa treatment due to their use of essential oils. Not only do these oils smell fantastic, essential oils have therapeutic effects on your mood and leave your skin feeling fabulous.
Anyone who uses these on a regular basis knows they are definitely worth the price you pay for them whether they’re sold commercially or by a craftsperson making the homemade versions but making them yourself is really not that complicated and can save you money.
You can make several different recipes of these bath bombs, some of which have various skin health properties. For the most basic recipe, here is what you will need:
Recipe 1 – Basic DIY Bath Bomb
- Baking soda 1 ¾ Cups
- Cornstarch 2 Cups
- Citric acid 1 Cup
- Spritzer bottles
- Food coloring
- Glass bowl
- Essential oil
- Baking molds
Mix dry ingredients together in a glass bowl. Run them through a sieve or strainer to remove any clumps then place 1 cup of the mixture in a smaller glass bowl. To create different colored bombs, add 6 drops of food coloring to water in a spray bottle which has a spritz or mist setting. Slowly spritz your dry mixture while mixing. If it begins to foam, you are using too much water. The product is still salvageable at this point; just mix it quickly with the rest of the bowl’s contents. Continue to slowly spritz and mix your dry ingredients until you can pack them tightly into a ball or shape. Add 5-6 drops of your essential oils, one at a time, into the mixture while mixing to prevent the mixture from fizzing. When thoroughly mixed with your favorite scent, pack the completed mixture into baking molds or craft molds and allow them to dry for approximately 2 hours. Gently remove the bath bombs from the molds and seal them in plastic or a container. Failure to seal them can result in them having a reaction with moisture in the air and losing all their fizz.
Recipe 2-Skin Softening Bath Bombs
- 8oz of cornstarch
- 4oz of baking soda
- 4oz of citric acid
- 3oz of cocoa or shea butter
- 3 tablespoons of almond oil
- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
- Essential oils for the scent (up to 6 -10 drops)
- Food coloring
As in the basic recipe, mix all dry ingredients together and sift to remove clumps. In a jar with a lid, mix the cocoa shea butter, almond oil, coconut oil, and essential oils together, shaking vigorously to mix. Slowly add the oil to the dry mix stirring the entire time to prevent foaming. Add a few drops of food coloring but be careful not to add too much as it may leave a ring around your tub. Press into molds and allow drying as indicated above.
Recipe 3-Flower or Herb Bath Bombs
- 50g citric acid
- 100g bicarbonate of soda or baking soda
- Essential oils
- Water in a spritzer bottle or you can use liquid body spray
- Food coloring
- Dried herbs or petals (optional)
- Cosmetic glitter (optional)
Mix dry ingredients as in previous two recipes, add cosmetic grade glitter, and your herbs or petals. Spritz food-coloring infused water to your dry mixture as in the basic recipe until you can pack it firmly. Add your essential oils and mix thoroughly. Press into molds and let dry.
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Don’t be afraid to play around with your colors, skin benefiting oils, or essential oils. While you may wish to stick to more basic scent combinations when you first start out, making up your own unique scent combos can allow you to create entirely new scents. Keep track of what oils you tried together and in what combinations in case you wish to repeat (or never repeat) the combination again in the future.
These bath bombs make great gifts for family and friends, are nice as party favors, or just to stockpile away for yourself. If you choose to use nut-based oils, be sure to wash your hands and all equipment thoroughly, package up your bombs, and wash all surfaces before you begin another batch to prevent cross-contamination issues for anyone with peanut or tree nut allergies.
The variation possibilities on bath bombs are incredible and you can always try something new with them. Molds come in so many shapes, sizes, and types and are available in baking and craft stores everywhere so the design options are nearly endless. If your mold has a lot of fine detailing, make sure your bath bomb is completely dry before trying to remove it as it can destroy any pattern you may be trying to imprint, or can cause them to crumble apart. Should the worst happen and your bath bombs crumble when taking you’re taking them out of the mold, you may wish to use the bits for making bath bomb cookies which are a little smaller. Simply mash them up to reduce them to pieces as small as you can manage and re-hydrate them with spritzes of water and press back into small molds.