Spending a ton of money on bath bombs should be a crime! The beauty world knows just how much a lady loves those amazing bath essentials, and continues to charge an arm and a leg. Why not create your own bath bombs and share with your family and friends? You can be the creator of your own scent and color that is perfectly crafted by you, for you! Check out this fun and easy do it yourself bath bomb recipe that will have you and all your friends appreciating your bath time.

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How to Make Your Own Bath Bombs

Getting Started

This recipe makes about 12 bath bombs, but the exact count will depend on the size of the silicone molds you use.

Here are the simple ingredients you will need to make your bath bombs: 8 oz. baking soda, four oz. Epsom salt, four oz. corn starch, four oz. citric acid, a large mixing bowl, whisk, biodegradable glitter or dried flower petals, two and a half tablespoons of coconut or veggie oil, one tablespoon of water, two tablespoons of your preferred essential oil, four to six drops of food coloring, 12-18 silicone molds. 

Mixing Your Dry Ingredients

First, you will mix the dry ingredients (baking soda, Epsom salt, corn starch, and citric acid) together in a large bowl. Use the whisk to make sure the mixture is clump-free. Baking soda is a key ingredient in this bathtub explosion. When all ingredients combine with water, it produces carbon dioxide bubbles.

Citric acid takes the place of vinegar in this chemical equation; however, it does not react with the baking soda until it gets wet. If you want, you can add visual decorations like biodegradable glitter into the mix or the dried flower petals. Whatever you use, just be sure you do not use regular old craft glitter.

Mixing Your Wet Ingredients

Once the dry ingredients are mixed, now mix up the wet ingredients (oil, water, essential oil, and food coloring) separately. The easiest way to combine these wet solutions is to put them in a jar and shake them up. This is the step where you need to make some important decisions about scent. You can tweak quantity to suit your smell, however keep in mind you should use about two teaspoons total of essential oil or perfume.

If you do not want to use any essential oils try opting to use cinnamon, cocoa, peppermint, or coffee scents for the winter holidays. If you love the essential oil route, we definitely recommend going with something classic. Consider a spa-like eucalyptus and lavender mix. The possibilities are truly endless.

Add Your Coloring

Once you have figured out the scent you would like to use now it is time to make decisions about color. To avoid coming out with a color like black or brown, I suggest beginners to stick to one color. Perhaps try four to six drops of food coloring total, but feel free to mix up different complementary pigments.

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Combining all Ingredients

Next, you will need to slowly add the liquid to the dry mixture.  As slow as possible, whisk as you pour the liquid into the dry mixture, and slow down if things start to look fizzy. You should end up with a mixture that just barely clumps together, like damp sand.

Adding to Your Molds

Put that combined mixture into your silicone molds, as soon as possible. You don't want the mix to dry out while it's still in the bowl, which is why you should make sure you have enough molds to make a dozen or more bombs at one time. 

Press the mixture down firmly into your silicone molds of choice. Let the bath bombs dry. If your mold has a lot of details in it, you might just want to give them a whole day of drying to be safe.

Test them Out

Once dried, pop them out and throw one into the tub and enjoy the explosive fruits of your labor. Bag the rest up in cellophane and use at your leisure.

 

Bath bombs are a great way to relax after a long, tiring day. They also make for great holiday and birthday gifts! Have you ever made a bath bomb before? If you haven’t, would this fun recipe be one that interests you?  What scents do you prefer your bath bombs to be? Drop a comment below to share!

-Taelor
The CGS Team

Taelor CageContent Contributor