For the ultimate handcrafted gift (for others or for yourself!) learn how to make bath bombs with our easy recipe.
We all love taking the time out to relax with a nice warm bath, and the addition of fragrant, fizzy bath bomb makes it even more of a treat.
While bath bombs have soared in popularity, it also means they carry a small price tag. But did you know you can try your hand at crafting fun fizzes at just a fraction of the price?
Not only that but if you make bath bombs, you’ll know exactly what you’re putting in them. After all, so many bath bombs on the market nowadays are full of artificial fragrances or unwanted ingredients that’s aren’t good for your skin.
Plus, bath bombs are a thoughtful yet inexpensive handmade gift to make for friends and family. Who wouldn’t adore the gift of a bath time surprise?
Ready to get crafty? Here’s our easy recipe on how to make handmade bath bombs.
Table of Contents
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup Epsom salt
1/2 cup corn-starch
2 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon water
10 drops of your favorite essential oil
2 teaspoons of all-natural food coloring, optional
Large mixing bowl
Small mixing bowl or a glass measuring cup with a spout
Bath bomb molds or muffin tin
For gifting: Plastic molds you can give away or plastic used for shrink wrapping
Place the baking soda, citric acid, Epsom salt, corn starch, and food coloring (if using) into a large bowl and whisk together.
Remember, anything acidic can be damaging to countertops so be careful not to splash. This is especially so for marble countertops.
If you decide to use food coloring, we recommend using natural powdered food coloring as it only activates when it’s wet in the bathtub and won’t stain.
Separately in the small bowl, combine the melted coconut oil, essential oils, and the teaspoon of water. Be strict not to use any more water than this!
When it comes to choosing an essential oil, fragrances such as peppermint, lavender, sweet orange, and chamomile will all make your bathtub smell heavenly.
While whisking the dry ingredients in the large bowl, very slowly drizzle the liquid ingredients from the small bowl into the large bowl until well combined. The resulting consistency should resemble crumbly, dry sand and shouldn’t be wet.
Again, be very careful, as if the mixture gets too wet it will trigger the fizzy part of the bath bomb!
Very tightly pack the mixture into each side of the mold before pressing the two sides together. If you have enough time, let the mixture remain in the mold overnight to merge well.
If you’re purchasing a mold especially for bath bombs, we recommend the stainless-steel variety which works very well.
When the bath bombs are ready to be removed from the molds, lightly tap around the mold with a spoon to very carefully open and take away the bath bomb.
The finished product will be delicate, so be gentle! This recipe creates roughly six bath bombs, but it all comes down to the size of your molds and how large or small they are.
If you’re gifting your bath bombs, you’ll need to keep them safe and secure as they’re very fragile. Transfer them to same-size plastic molds or place them in shrink wrap baggies and tie them shut with a pretty decorative ribbon.
However you present them, just make sure they’re secure and protected before handing them over!
Ready to Make Handmade Bath Bombs?
Whether you’re making handmade bath bombs so you can relax in the tub after a long day of work, or you’re looking to impress friends and family with your crafty gift-making skills, you’ll find this recipe both easy and effective.
And if you’ve never experienced bath time with a fizzy, bubbly bath bomb? There’s no time like the present! Wondering what else you can put your skills to? Here are 17 easy and cheap DIY birthday gifts. You’ll be a pro at this rate!