DIY Bath Bombs
Looking for a fun and easy gift to give this year? Try making these wonderful DIY bath bombs! You’ll be sure to impress when you mention that these little cuties were hand made! You can add them to a gift basket or give them as teacher gifts or really to anyone on your list.
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My sister and I decided to try our hand at making bath bombs last year and they were such hit that I had people asking me about them again this year. So here we go, round two! I happened to do an Instagram story of us making them and a friend told me I should share the recipe and that made me realize how awesome of a Christmas gift these really are!
These DIY bath bombs make great stocking stuffers or little gifts for people you don’t now what else to get; you know, like your boss, distant relatives, Aunt Susie, you know…people. The best thing about these DIY bath bombs is that they’re easy to make and really cost effective too! I bought one huge bag of citric acid last year and it lasted me all the way through this year too! Most of the ingredients you can get from your local super market, so you can run out today and buy what you need to make a bunch.
You can purchase fragrance oils fairly cheap on Amazon and trust me when I say a little goes a long way! Last year my sister and I ended up using half a bottle in a small batch and when I threw one in the bath later I was overpowered by the fruity fragrance. Although the original recipe that we found calls for 1-2 teaspoons, I only add 10-15 drops.
I’ve also used some of my favorite essential oils by Vitruvi; they make awesome herbal, citrus, and botanical blends that smell amazing. If you’re interested in making DIY bath bombs with real essential oils, I suggest you check out their line of products! Trust me when I say you’ve never smelt anything as amazing as their grapefruit or sweet orange!
DIY Bath Bomb Recipe
1 Cup Corn Starch
2 Cups Baking Soda
1 Cup Citric Acid
1 Cup Epsom Salt (rock or powder is fine)
5 Tea Spoons Oil (almond, canola, sunflower, really anything is fine)
2 Table Spoons of Water
10-15 Drops of Essential Oils or Premium Fragrances
Food Coloring; neon colors work best! (optional)
Dried Tea Leaves (optional)
Sprinkles, Glitter, Decorations (optional)
Note: You will also need a metal bath bomb mold or silicone molds to shape your DIY bath bombs.
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Bath Bomb Directions:
Step 1: Combine all your dry ingredients together and stir well. I prefer fine epsom salts as they provide a bit smoother texture, but I’ve found you don’t really notice a difference in the look once the ball is made.
Step 2: Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl. *Note: I recommend not adding your essential oils or food coloring at this time. You’ll most likely want to do different scents and colors so wait until a later to add those!
Step 3: Slowly, yet quickly combine wet and dry ingredients. What I mean is, add small amounts fast! Normally my sister slowly pours the liquids in while I vigorously stir the dry ingredients (trying not to inhale too much dust). If you add too much liquid too fast you’ll end up causing a reaction and things will start bubble!
Step 4: Once combined separate the mixture into a few small bowls to add the scents and food coloring. It shouldn’t be too wet at this point, but if pinched should stick together. Add the scents and food coloring the same way you did the wet ingredients.
Step 5: Now comes the fun part! When making DIY bath bombs, the biggest thing to remember is not to over pack! Spoon enough mixture in to fill one half of the mold, lightly pack down with your fingers (until it’s about 3/4 full). Mound mixture over the top, lightly pack again. Spoon loosely on top. Repeat with the other half and then squish them together. I like to not only squeeze but give the mold a few vigorous shakes to help the ball form. You should be able to carefully remove one half, flip it over and remove the other!
Step 6: Let them dry! 24 hours at least!
If you want to make your DIY bath bombs fancy like to ones you see in the store, try adding something fun to the bottom of the mold! I’ve used dry tea leaves at the bottom of bath bombs featuring lavender essential oils and they were a huge hit! This year we decided to make cupcake inspired bath bombs using a cupcake scent, pink “frosting”, and sprinkles on top; they’re the cutest little things ever!
Also, while combining scents, try to envision what would go best together! Lavender and coffee? Not so much. Snickerdoodle and coffee? Yes please!
Notes: If your food coloring sticks in little clumps, use the back of a spoon to spread/smoosh it into the rest of the mixture.
If the balls are sticking to the mold, try packing it less. You can also try tapping on it with a metal spoon to help loosen the bath bomb from the mold. With our first batch I about had a melt down when we tried making them in our metal molds and all the balls crumbled or just wouldn’t come out! We were ready to give up when I decided to give it one last go and ended up realizing I’d been overpacking the mold the entire time and thus it was sticking to the sides! After that first bath bomb slid smoothly out of the mold we were on a roll!
Let Me Know How It Goes!
I truly hope you’ll try making these awesome DIY bath bombs; you may become just as addicted to them as we are! I always say I’m just going to make one batch but I have so much fun I end up making several! I’ve nodded these in to many gifts last minute and they’re always well received.
If you do end up making them, make sure to tag my in your pictures; I’d love to see you creations! Also, don’t forget to pin this recipe for later!
You’ll Thank Me Later,