Let us set the scene: A beautiful bath in the middle of a stunning bathroom complete with oak floor and high ceilings, candles everywhere and soothing music in the background. You reach for your bath bomb and watch it explode and fizz creating dreamy colors and smells. You take the plunge and realize how moisturized and energized your skin feels against the water…
Even if the reality is that you storm into the bathroom to get 5 minutes peace, fling the kids' toys to one side and try to ignore the sounds of bickering from downstairs, there is no denying that bath bombs are a game changer. Bath bombs are one of those l bath products that are as fun as are they luxurious. Think about it, no matter how old you are it's exciting to watch bath bombs fizz to release gorgeous oils and fragrances into your water.
In recent years, bath bombs have soared in popularity means that there are literally thousands of options available on the market today. Whenever popularity skyrockets, so do price tags so why not treat yourself by making a home-made alternative for a fraction of the price? Not only will they make amazing gifts but they're an easy way to take your bath up a notch too. What's more, these home-made bath bombs will be free from artificial ingredients, dyes, and fragrances!
Before we begin, let's talk about coloring agents.
Of course, you want your bath bomb to be as cool and colorful as something that you'd find in any other beauty store but you must ensure that you get your coloring agent right before embarking on your bath bomb journey. The bottom line is that if the dye isn't water-soluble then there's a chance that you'll end up staining the bath which won't be pretty, trust us. Therefore, it's best to stick to soap dyes and food colorings which can be found almost anywhere!
So now you've had your color warning, allow us to introduce you to our easy-to-follow steps on how to make the dreamiest and fizziest of bath bombs!
These quantities will allow you to make between 8-10 bath bombs depending on how big you make them. Just keep molding until all the mixture has been used!
2 cups Baking Soda
1 cup Citric Acid
1 cup Corn Starch
1 cup Epsom Salts
4 tsp Sweet Almond Oil
4 tsp Orange Essential Oil (or choice of other fragrance oil)
A few drops of Orange Soap Dye
2 tsp Water
A Bath Bomb Mold
For the easiest version of a bath bomb, you can mold the mixture with your hands. If you're really looking to wow the crowds then you can actually purchase bath bomb molds on Amazon for around $10. What's more, cupcake molds also work nicely too!
In terms of ingredients, you can try switching almond oil for olive oil, coconut oil, sea buckthorn oil, argan oil or apricot oil. If you feel like upping your game, you can also switch in water for organic witch hazel to make your skin extra silky smooth!
Step 1: Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl, excluding citric acid.
Step 2: Mix together liquid ingredients too, including coloring agents. If you want to, you can add the color agent to the Epsom salts rather than the liquids but it's important to ensure it is thoroughly mixed before they are added to the rest of the dry ingredients.
Step 3: Slowly add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients by pouring a bit at a time. Be sure not to disturb the bicarbonate of soda. The ideal texture you should be looking for is damp, not saturated, sand.
Step 4: Add citric acid to the mixture and stir again. If you are using your hands, ensure that you are using gloves.
Step 5: If you are using a bath bomb mold, take both halves and fill each side with the mixture. Ensure that each half is heaped so they stick together nicely.
Step 6: Press the two halves of the mold together tightly. After a few seconds, you will be able to remove one half of the mold.
Step 7: Gently remove the bath bomb from its mold. If it doesn’t pop out then give it a gentle tap.
Step 8: Leave the bath bombs to harden for a few days out of harm's way. On an unused shelf or above kitchen cupboards are a good option.
Top tip #1: Try to work as quickly as you can!
Top tip #2: Don't leave the mixture in a mold for more than a few seconds!
Top tip #3: Metal molds are the easiest to use!
If you are making these home-made bath bombs as a gift then pop them in a cute gift bag filled with tissue paper and sequins for some real VIP treatment. If it's someone's birthday, you could add a few of these bath bombs to a special hamper full of other gorgeous beauty products!
Bath bombs really are the perfect way to up your bath game after a long day of dealing with whatever it is that life throws at you. Store bought bath bombs are full of incredible ingredients that work wonders on all sorts of skin issues however the only problem is that they cost a bomb (get it?)! So, why not minimize the damage to your bank balance by becoming a DIY pro in the world of bath bombs? Not only is it a quick and easy activity but it's also a great way for you to be creative with your kids on the never-ending summer break. The ingredients are kid-safe and the recipe is versatile too so making these home-made bath bombs are a real way for kids to be creative and get stuck in!