Hey Inquisitive writers! Today I will be showing you how to make a DIY bath bomb. A bathbomb is something that you put in your bath water, and some versions can smell really good, and many moisturize your skin!
I’ve seen way too many recipes out there (Youtube, Google, Pinterest, and WordPress) that don’t work. And many people are vague in their directions and don’t show many pictures. PLUS, store-bought bath bombs are TOO EXPENSIVE. But that is not the case here! I will show you a recipe that I found on Pinterest (I unfortunately forgot the website address though 😔 ) that I tweaked a bit. Anyways, onto the recipe!
- 1 cup baking soda (this and the citric acid react to the water to make the reaction)
- 1/2 cup citric acid (this is hard to find in stores, but I bought mine here)
- 1/2 cup epsom salt (soothes muscles)
- 3 tsp olive oil (or vegetable oil if you don’t have olive oil)
- 2 tsp essential oil (I used orange essential oil)
- 1 tsp water
- a couple of drops of food coloring (optional, but it adds a whole level of fun to your bath bomb; and no, it will not stain your bath bomb) I used yellow food coloring.
- Whisk (or spoon)
- Extra bowl/container (if you want to make multi-colored bath bombs)
- Bath bomb mold (or you could use plastic Easter eggs or old plastic Christmas ornaments)
Combine all dry ingredients (baking soda, citric acid, epsom salt) into the bowl and mix throughly with a whisk or spoon.
Combine wet ingredients (olive oil, essential oil, water, food coloring) and mix together well.
Tip: You can put as many drops of food coloring you want, depending on how you want the color of your bath bomb
Pour tiny amounts of the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients. Pour about a drop or 2 into the bowl at a time. When it is in, mix it quickly, so it doesn’t activate the solution. Mix it all around the bowl until you’ve used up all of it.
Tip: Don’t pour large amounts of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients or your bath bomb will have small holes all around it
When you’re done, the consistency of the mix should be rough, wet sand. You can form a shape with it in your hands if you press hard enough.
Take some of the mix and put it into your mold. Tightly pack the bath bomb into the mold. Put more than the mold can hold.
Click both sides of the mold together. Wait about 24 hours until you open it. But, when you open it, take a spoon and lightly tap one side, take that side of the mold out, then put the mold back on. Do the same thing to the other side, except take your bath bomb out this time!
Tip: You can add lavender or rose petals in your bath bombs to have a more spa-like feel to your bath. To do this, when filling your mold, put some of your petals at the bottom of one side of the mold. Then, fill that side of the mold. Fill the other side, and put some of the petals in the middle. A good example is done here in filling the bath bomb with petals.
Tip: To make multicolored bath bombs, mix wet and dry ingredients excluding the food coloring, and then when you’re done mixing, separate the mixture into separate containers, and then add different food colorings in both mixtures (for example, red and yellow) and mix throughly.