Homemade Bath Bombs!
It all started with a Christmas gift. My cousin’s fiance gave all the girls in the family adorable Christmas shaped bath bombs from a store called ‘LUSH’. My boys commandeered them and dropped them into their bath and laughed with pure joy at the “fuzzers” and instantly wanted more. When I realized that this was going to end up being a pretty expensive bath time ritual I took to the internet to see if I could make them myself. Turns out, you can!!!
Through trial and error (too much water in the first batch) I found the perfect recipe and the kids couldn’t be happier!!!
The first batch wasn’t a total loss… I colored them orange and scented them with orange essential oil but I used too much water (I think). As the balls started to expand and grow into each other I decided to roll out the massive growing lump (like cookie dough) and cut them out with my little veggie/fruit cutters. Most of them survived and turned out quite cute! I do have a few additional tips if you plan to make these yourself, so check that out below. But now that I’ve found a method/recipe that works, I’m thinking these will make nice teacher gifts! Added bonus: It seriously makes your whole room smell amazing while you make these! (My husband was annoyed but I thought it was great!)
Homemade Bath Bombs, makes two (you can easily double or triple) Although, I used the second smallest (1.96 in) mold and got 10 per batch!
4 oz. baking soda
2 oz. corn starch
2 oz. citric acid
2 oz. Epsom salt
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons water (start with 1 and add a little more if needed)
1 teaspoon essential oil
1 1/4 teaspoon oil (I use melted coconut oil)
1-2 drops food coloring (optional)
In a bowl combine the dry ingredients (the first four listed above). Whisk to remove any clumps, corn starch tends to be a little lumpy. In a small glass jar (or a separate small bowl) stir together the wet ingredients (the last four ingredients listed). If you’re using coconut oil, give it a quick melt in the microwave or stove top first so it will more easily combine with the other ingredients. Slowly pour the liquid mixture in with the dry mixture, whisking as you go. If you see the mixture fizz or foam, you may be adding the liquid too quickly. Once all the wet ingredients are combined with the dry, take a small amount in your hand and squeeze it together. It should stick together fairly well in one or two big chunks. If it’s still too powdery to hold together, just add a tiny bit more water and mix until it does hold together. I used too much water (I think) with my first batch. I was able to salvage most of the mixture but I would start out with 1 teaspoon and gradually add a little more if needed…
Then fill each half of your bath bomb mold with the mixture until it’s just overflowing a little. Press together, then gently remove one side of the mold. Place the bath bomb on a tray and allow to dry out just a little (10-12 minutes) before removing the other side. (I didn’t do this with my final batch because I was in a hurry and being impatient. I lost a few this way but my kids don’t really care what they look like so they got the “duds”)
Once you are ready to remove the other side, gently invert the bath bomb so the uncovered side is facing down, then gently remove the other half of the mold from the top. The key word, is gently. These can fall apart on you very easily if you’re not careful. If a bath bomb does crack in half while you’re removing it, you can gently press it back on top of the other half, or remove all the mixture back to the mixing bowl and refill the mold. I had this happen to a few.
Once they are completely out of the mold, allow them to dry out for 8 hours or overnight (I let them sit out on wax paper covered trays overnight in my dining room). Once very dry, you can wrap them in plastic wrap and store in a dry place until you’re ready to use them, or you can gift them to friends.
The smaller shapes (that didn’t turn out that well from the first batch) were stored in a jar in the kid’s bathroom for bathtime.
I bought my molds from Amazon. But you could also use those plastic holiday ornaments that come apart or Easter eggs for the molds if you already have either of those on hand. I plan on using Easter eggs and “planting” little dinosaurs or other animals inside so they “hatch” in the bath. I think my boys would LOVE that!
I even used bath bombs for cute party favors for my daughter’s birthday party.
I just sealed them in cellophane bags for easy gifting. “Thanks for making my Birthday the bomb!” They were a hit!
These turned out to be a lot of fun to make, and they are even more fun to use! I highly recommend giving them a try!