My kids adore bath bombs, they are tons of fizzy fun. Actually – I adore bath bombs. Bath bombs are cheap to make. Much cheaper than buying them in a store or online. Plus, they can be made with natural products. Most of which you probably already have on hand.
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Honestly, if you are looking into making your own natural beauty products this is a great place to start. The base of the recipe is simple and you can experiment with add-ins in whatever way pleases you. Add different smells, colors and other fun things.
There are some ‘need to know techniques’ to successfully make bath bombs.
- This is not a quick make and use instantly type of project. Bath bombs are a patience project. It will only take 20 minutes to make them, but you really need to wait at least 24 hours for them to dry and harden before use.
- The correct amount of moisture is key. Don’t worry though, it’s easy to achieve.
- Be prepared to get your hands dirty. You will need to dig in with your hands for this craft.
- There are soooo many options!! You will see the word optional a lot below. I wanted to give a straightforward recipe, but the truth is you can really do whatever you want with them. Which is what makes them so fun.
So let’s get started!
Bath Bombs DIY
First the basics:
I think if you are just starting out in natural ingredients (or food canning) citric acid sounds intimidating. Don’t let the ‘acid’ part intimidate you. You can usually buy it in your local store, or I buy mine online here.
These two ingredients are the base for all bath bomb recipes. They make the fizzzzzz.
You will need molds as well. I have used everything from ice cube trays and silicone molds to muffin tins. However, the best thing to use, in my honest opinion, are these plastic ornaments that open in half. The reason being is that they close together and keep everything compacted. You could also use plastic Easter eggs. Just depends on the shape you want.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/2 cup Epsom or sea salts (optional)
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1 Tsp. Carrier Oil (optional, for moisturizing purposes *see Carrier oil suggestions below*)
- 5-6 drops essential oils (optional, for pleasant smell)
- aprox. 1 Tbsp. water
- Spray bottle
Okay, so there is the basic recipe.
To me, salts in bath bombs are a must. You don’t have to have them. Although, Epsom salts help with muscle aches and softening the water.
I have researched the reasons for including and excluding cornstarch. Truth is, I can’t find any given reason to use cornstarch as a benefit in the bath. The only benefit is for better binding your ingredients. I have made many batches with and without it and my bombs always turn out better when I include cornstarch.
Carrier oils are to add extra moisture for your skin in the bath. You could use olive oil, jojoba oil, liquid coconut oil, almond oil, grape seed oil, etc.
Begin with your basic ingredients.
Combine the baking soda, citric acid, salts and cornstarch. Use your hands to break up any clumps in the mix.
If you choose to add a carrier oil and essential oils do so now. In the below picture I was making all different types of bombs so I separated the dry mix into different bowls and added my oils. However, you can add your selected oils and create one batch if you choose.
If you want to add color, do so now. You can add natural powder pigments (micas and clays). If you choose to go with liquid food coloring, know that it will activate the citric acid and fizz effect. You need to add it and stir quickly! Use your hands to break up the clumps and spread the color throughout.
♥ Be aware: liquid food coloring is like adding water. It will add moisture to your mixture and you will need to be mindful of this when adding the water for binding. No food coloring = a little more water. Food coloring = a little less water. Also, go easy with coloring. It is possible it could stain surfaces.
Now, put water in a spray bottle. Spritz your dry mix a few times and quickly use your hands to mix it together. Gather a handful of the mix and squeeze a fist. When you open your hand if the mix crumbles out of your hand easily (like below) you need to add more water.
If when you open your hand it clumps slightly (like below) then your mix is READY! 🙂
Ready, set, Mold! Take one half of your mold and pack it in. Overfill each side a bit and twist the sides together. Make sure your sides close together completely. I use a rubber band and wrap around my molds.
Here are some additional ideas for add-ins. (Add these before you spritz with water).
Flower petals (I would use immediately, if you add fresh petals).
Sprinkles (place in mold, then pack in mix)
♥ Be aware: these add-ins might make for some extra cleanup in the tub. Your bath bombs will look B-E-A-Utiful though!
These make great gifts for others and yourself. Take a soak and enjoy!