Every once in a while, I get to treat myself with a long soak in the tub, uninterrupted by kids and free from any worries of the day.
It doesn’t happen often so when it does, I make an event out of it with a stack of fluffy towels fresh out of the dryer, my laptop playing a favorite movie set up on a little table and something fizzy to sip on. I load up on bubbles and plop in a giant bath bomb.
Today I’ll show you how to make your own bath bombs that you can customize with your favorite scents. Or make them color and scent free, if you’re sensitive to store bought bath products.
Why go to the spa when you can create a relaxing retreat at home?
How To Make Bath Bombs
You can order plastic snap molds for making bath bombs or use some odds and ends from around the house. Here are a few ideas for bath bomb molds:
- plastic Easter eggs
- ice cube trays
- silicone molds in cute shapes
- mini muffin tins
- plastic snap-together Christmas ornaments
In one bowl mix 5 tbsps citric acid, 2/3 cup of baking soda and 6 tbsps. of cornstarch.
You can find citric acid in health food stores or grocery stores with a canning department. I attempted to make bath bombs using cream of tartar instead of citric acid but there really wasn’t enough fizz.
In another bowl, mix 3 tsp coconut or other skin-safe, neutral oil, 3 tsp water and 6 drops of food coloring, if desired. At this point, you can also add 10-15 drops of your essential oils. I’m using my favorite, honeysuckle oil. You can find all kinds of wonderful essential oils at health food stores. I buy mine at a little metaphysical gift shop down the street. If you can buy them in person to smell and test them first, that’s best but if you’re in a small town without anywhere to find oils, you can also find them online from suppliers.
Add wet ingredients to dry, a little bit at a time, quickly mixing the two together. The mixture will look crumbly but if you squeeze it in your hand, it should hold together. If it doesn’t, add water, a teaspoon or two at a time, till it holds together. If you live in a very humid environment, you will need a little less water. I used 8 teaspoons of water in mine
Bath Bomb Tips
You can add dried flower petals, herbs, bath salt, fine glitter or bath confetti to your mixture at this point.
Pack the mixture tightly into your mold. This recipe filled one regular sized ice cube tray.
Allow the bombs to dry overnight in the molds in a dry place. After 24 hours, remove the bombs from the molds and enjoy! Store them in a sealed container, away from moisture (like a pretty mason jar) for your next spa day indulgence or package them in a lovely box or in cellophane wrappers as thoughtful gifts for friends and family.
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