I’m a fan of a nice hot bath. It helps me relax, destress and maybe even offers a place to read a book. I like it bubbly or fizzy and scented if possible. So if you ask me what I want for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or even a Tuesday, I will put a nice relaxing bath on my list. Maybe even during the middle of the day with a nice book and if I’m pushing my luck, a glass of wine. But, the store bought ones can be so expensive, so I figured out how to make bath bombs myself.
I’ll even make it easier on myself and make some bath bombs or bath fizzies with my girls first. It’s the win-win of holiday crafting and giving. Doing something fun together, and creating and also having a little escape, too.
I already had my oils on-hand. I had previously purchased the coconut oil or almond oil for making sugar scrubs online. I also had access to water (but you could also use witch hazel) and essential oils (I use a mix of joy and lavender both of which come in the premium starter kit) for fragrance. You can choose any mixture of essential oils that you like, or other fragrances. A favorite in our house is also stress away.
The only thing we didn’t already have at our house that I needed was citric acid. I was able to pick it up at the store near the canning section, but you can also get it online. You also need epsom salt, baking soda, cornstarch, food coloring (if you want). For the food coloring, you will need a lot of it and the liquid can cause the bath bombs to start reacting. I’ve yet to try powdered food coloring, but I think those would add more color and less worries about reactions. Next time, I will also add some dried lavender to give them a little something special.
If you are going to be making a lot of bath bombs or bath salts, get a big container of epsom salt. The ones from the store always seem huge until you end up making 20 containers and you run out mid recipe. Also, dried lavender adds a nice dimension of both fragrance and appearance that can’t be passed up.
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Fizzy bath bomb recipe
I mixed the dry ingredients together and whisked them to make sure there weren’t any clumps. And, mixed the wet ingredients separately. Then I attempted to use a spray bottle to distribute the water, coconut oil and essential oils in little sprays and it wasn’t coming out. So, instead I just put a little bit of a mixture of the liquid ingredients at a time into the dry until it sort of stuck together.
It’s really helpful if you have two people; one to whisk and one to slowly add the liquid ingredients. You want to do this gradually and mix quickly so the water doesn’t react with the citric acid and baking soda. It’s basically like moon sand at this point. When you grab a handful of your DIY bath bombs and squeeze it together and it holds and keeps it shape, you are done adding liquid. You want it to hold together without having to stay in a mold.
Also, these are purple if you can’t tell. But, they sort of turned out more grey. So when it comes to coloring, you’ll have to add more than you can imagine if you are using traditional food coloring.
Side note: The last couple times, we’ve just gone without and the bath bombs turn out to be a nice white. While the white isn’t as fun, you don’t have to worry about staining a bathtub or your skin. And it allows for more versatility with gift packaging!
Then I pressed it into a mold. Since we had a ton of Easter eggs laying around, I used those. You could use muffin tins, candy molds or even just squish them into balls.
Even handier, you can buy molds specifically made for making bath bombs! These bomb molds really are the bomb (I can’t help myself) and make making bath bombs much easier. I prefer the metal ones to the plastic, but either one works.
Then I sort of gave them a little shake over my hand and popped them out of the molds and set them down to dry. Here’s where it’s not so useful to have a three year old near the water. Because you can see what happens when they splash a little of the water out of the container. Exactly what you want to be happening in the bathtub. Fizzing. So, try to avoid the water.
Then you will want to leave them in a non-humid environment overnight to dry out some.
Make it into fizzy bath salts
Another option if you don’t want to go through the process of molding them is to leave the water out, mix it really well and then spread it out to allow the coconut oil and food coloring to dry out. Then, you can put it in sealed glass container and just use approximately 3 Tablespoons in a bath. You could even leave out the food coloring!
Another option if this how to make bath bombs isn’t striking your fancy
Bath salts without the fizz are incredibly easy to put together and gift. I bought some nice canning jars, and a string, placed some epsom salt in the jar and then sprinkled the recipients choice of essential oils over the top. Then I closed up the lid and it was ready for the gift of a nice smelling bath soak that is good for the muscles.
So, craft time with the kids and then enjoy a nice relaxing bath. If your kids are like mine (the 8 and 6 year olds), they will also want their own bath bombs, so let them have a bath, too. Mine stayed in for at least an hour just relaxing and playing.
Not only do we make them for ourselves, but we’ve found that a homemade bath bomb makes a great gifts for loved ones, teachers, family and friends. Who doesn’t love bath bombs?
- 1 cup Baking Soda
- 1/2 cup Citric Acid
- 1/2 cup Epsom Salts
- 1/2 cup. Cornstarch
- 10 Drops Essential Oil I used 5 Joy and 5 Lavender
- 2 1/2 tsp. Coconut Oil
- 6 drops food coloring
- 1-2 tsp. water
- 1 T dried lavender
- glass bowl
- Combine the dry ingredients in glass bowl and whisk to break up lumps.
- Combine the liquids in a small container (preferably glass)
- Slowly and in small amounts add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk continuously.
- Allow it to just be moist. Add more water if necessary.
- Push the mixture in a mold.
- Remove from mold and place in a dry area on a flat surface to allow them to dry out overnight.
- Place 1-2 bombs in a bathtub and enjoy.
- *Please always test essential oils to make sure you don't have a reaction to them just like you would any other bath ingredient.