Don’t you just love a nice, long soak in a hot bathtub at the end of a stressful day? I sure do. Give me a good book and a glass of wine and that’s where you’ll find me on any given evening.
What’s even better is a hot bath with luxurious, scented Bath Bombs. Bath Bombs, also called Bath Fizzies are super easy to make with just a few basic, natural ingredients so why not make your own?
Fancy store bought bath bombs or fizzies can be pretty pricey, can’t they? And they’re not something we usually buy for ourselves, either. It’s so easy and much more fun to make your own anyway.
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Save Money! Making your own all natural bath bombs is actually really inexpensive. True, the essential oils can set you back a few dollars but one small bottle will last you a very long time.
The real beauty of this basic recipe is that you can personalize your bath bombs by changing the color or scent.
Added bonus …Bath Bombs make a wonderful gift! And not just for women either. Make some bath bombs for men by using sandalwood or musk oil.
Homemade Bath Bombs
Bath Bomb Ingredients:
One really cool thing about this bath bomb recipe is that the ingredients are all fairly easy to find. Baking soda, corn starch, oil and epsom salts can all be found at any grocery store or pharmacy.
Citric acid is used in canning so you should be able to buy it at the grocery or big box store near the mason jars in the canning section.
Have some fun with the shapes. A bath bomb mold can be anything from cupcake tins to ice cube trays. I found this Wilton heart shaped mold at Michael’s but you can also order it online.
The silicone mold is flexible which makes it easy to remove your bath fizzies without breaking them. And the really cool thing is they come in lots of different shapes and sizes for any occasion! Hearts for your Valentine??
Basic Bath Bomb Recipe:
– 1 cup Baking Soda
– 1/2 cup Citric Acid
– 1/2 cup Corn Starch
– 1/2 cup Epsom Salts
– 1 tsp oil s.a. Almond Oil or Olive Oil
– 1 tsp Essential Oil (I combined Peppermint & Lemon)
– Soap Dye
– 1 tsp Water
– Dust mask (it’s probably not toxic but why risk it?)
– Soap or Candy Mold
– Measuring cups & spoons
– Spoon or whisk
Bath Bomb Instructions:
Put on your dust mask and then in a medium bowl, combine the baking soda, citric acid, corn starch and epsom salts. In a separate small bowl, whisk together oil, essential oil and water. Gotta be fast here…. add the liquid to the dry ingredients and whisk together very quickly.
Now you want to add some color – just a 5 or 6 drops at a time. Drip the color on your bath bomb mixture and stir it in. Feel free to experiment with color combinations, you know: yellow & blue makes green, etc.
At this point, I like to start combining the ingredients with my hands – just knead everything together until it starts to clump.
If it’s too dry, add more water in very small increments i.e. 1/2 tsp at a time. This is also when you add more color if needed. You can use gloves, if you want.
Finish Your Bath Fizzies:
Once the mixture is well blended and holding together, fill the molds and press it down firmly. You want nicely compacted bath bombs that don’t fall apart.
Let everything dry for 24 hours and then you can pop your bath bombs out of the molds.
Bath Bombs made with Mini Muffin tins:
Here, I used the Wilton heart shaped candy mold
Have some fun with these homemade bath bombs! I’m planning Seashell and Horse shaped bombs scented with Lilac or Musk Essential Oil?