I am obsessed with bath bombs. Totally obsessed. They’re amazing. Fun, relaxing, and as I recently learned, super easy to make.
You read me right. You can make bath bombs right in the comfort of your own home. Say what?! It’s just as good as being able to make pizza or play dough in your very own kitchen! Seriously. This is crazy stuff right here and I couldn’t be more excited to tell you about it.
After spending an obnoxious amount of money on bath bombs, I knew I needed to figure out a cheaper way to get my fix. So I did. Don’t get me wrong here. These will never be the same as Lush’s amazing yoga bombs, but they’re still awesome in their own little way. They’ve got the same fizzle, the same pop, and the same beautiful feel, at a mere fraction of the price.
Are you ready? This recipe should make 3-4 medium sized bath bombs.
- 8 oz baking soda
- 4 oz citric acid
- 4 oz corn starch
- 4 oz fine grain Epsom salt
- 3/4 tsp water
- 2 tsp essential oil/extract (we used a basic coconut extract paired with a banana extract)
- 1 tsp vegetable, olive, or grape seed oil
- 3-4 drops food coloring (not too much or your bathtub will be dyed)
- Opt. sprinkles, dried flower petals, glitter, etc (to place at bottom of mold for extra prettiness)
- Glass bowl
As you may know, I don’t measure things well at all. I came up with a recipe which uses ounces and I didn’t have a scale, so I estimated based on how much of the product was in the containers. For example, our citric acid came in a 7.5 oz bottle. I knew I needed 4 ounces for the recipe, so I poured in a little over half the bottle. You can do the same, or get really serious and pull out a food scale. It doesn’t matter too much, as long as you get in the right ballpark for all of the ingredients.
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For your extract or essential oil, play around. Pair scents together! We used banana and coconut extracts and it smells SO good. There are so many scents out there that would go well in these.
Once you’ve got all your ingredients out, start by mixing the dry ingredients in a glass bowl. You want to use glass because it will have the least amount of reaction with the ingredients.
In another bowl, mix the liquid ingredients.
Once the dry and wet ingredients are fully mixed in their separate bowls, slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix them together the best you can. You will see it sizzle and bubble. This is OK, and actually something you should look for in a successful batch. There isn’t much liquid compared to dry ingredients, so don’t be alarmed.
At this point, the mixture should pack together nicely in your hand. If it doesn’t, add water a little bit at a time. We’re talking a half teaspoon here, as to not ruin the mixture.
Once it can be easily packed together, pack it deep into whatever mold you have chosen as tightly as you can. We used re-usable cupcake liners (then smashed two together to get the size we wanted) to get the cupcake look, but you can use any sort of mold. Easter eggs for the upcoming holiday, you name it.
As an additional option, at the bottom of the mold (before packing the mixture in), you can add things like sparkles or dried flowers, or like we did, sprinkles. Kids love to have a little extra pretty on the top of these bath bombs and it’s fun to play around with what looks good.
After you’ve filled your molds, let them sit for 24 hours on wax paper.
Remember, you are working with ingredients which react to one another differently in different situations. The mere temperature of your home can change how these bath bombs turn out. Sometimes the ingredients simply react differently than other times and no one can really explain why. If the recipe doesn’t turn out the first time, try it again!
If you want to enjoy bath bombs without the work described above and don’t want to spend major bucks at Lush, pop over to Lotion Fast where you can find some awesome ones in bulk for really, really cheap. I’ve tried a few of them from her store and was impressed by the quality, especially for the price. They smell really good, use quality ingredients, and like I said, are a fraction of the price. I have personally tried the Crazy Love, Watermelon Glitter, Petal Dance, and a few others and loved them all. There’s a multitude I still want to try, so if you end up purchasing some let me know which ones and how you liked them in the comments below!