I think I have mentioned it before, but baths are one of my favorite ways to relax and unwind from a full day. What makes baths even better is when you can add a little something to either relax, sooth, or energize. I’ve talked before about DIY Bath Salts, click here to read. So why not also make a Bath bomb?
Many bath bombs today are artificial dye mixed with chemicals and maybe a hint of essential oils for smell. When you make your own you insure that all the ingredients are safe and exactly what you like. So when you put in that fizzy ball the perfect mixture of fragrance plus the relaxing, soothing, or energizing properties of the oils and herb you choose hit you.
What you Need.
I recently went to a bath bomb making class at my local apothecary, and I was shocked at how few ingredients actually go into a bath bomb. The following is everything you will need to create your perfect bath bomb:
- Baking Soda, 4 oz or slightly less than 1 Cup
- Citric Acid, 2 oz or 1/2 Cup
- Epsom Salt, 2 oz or just over 1/2 Cup
- Cornstarch, 2 oz or 3/4 Cup
- Oil, 1.5 TBS – I used Olive but you can also use; Jojoba oil, almond oil, or fractionated coconut oil.
- Water, 0.5 TBS
- 10-15 drops of the essential oil, or oils of your choosing
- Herbs/Dried Flowers of your choosing (optional)
- Large glass or metal bowl
- Small glass jar with lid
- Bath bomb mold
How you make it.
If you are like me and get nervous before trying to make something new, stop right now. This is seriously so very simple and if at first you don’t succeed try again. It took me several tries before I got my molds to come out the right size and density.
- Add all dry ingredients to a medium mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly to ensure all clumps are broken up and all ingredients are well combined.
- Place all wet ingredients (oil, water, essential oils) in your jar, cover with lid and shake until combined.
- Slowly pour your mixed wet ingredients to your dry ingredients.
- Using your hands mix together until your mixture reaches the consistency of damp sand. Note: you DO NOT want your mixture too wet the bath bombs will be harder to mold and will take longer to dry.
- When you reach the desired consistency mix in your herbs or dried flowers. Note if you would like to get a little more fancy you can add in other things like; Clay’s, activated charcoal powder, or flower powders.
- Take your mold and lightly grease the inside. this help the bath bomb slide out easier.
- Pack your mixture into the mold – Note try not to over pack the mold this makes if difficult or impossible to slide the finished bath bomb out.
- Align the 2 half of the mold and tap lightly on a solid surface. This helps release the bath bomb from the mold.
- Gently open your mold.
- Gently place your finished bath bombs on a dish and store in a safe place allowing the bath bombs to dry for at least 24 hours.
If you have issues with your first few bath bombs do not fret. I had to make at least a half dozen attempts before finding the balance for my bath bombs. A few things to consider are:
- If your bath bombs continually fall apart – look at your mixture, if it is too wet your bath bombs will not hold their form. Also if you add too many drop of essential oils the mixture can become too wet and cause the same issue. Some essential oils are more greasy than other so be watchful of the consistency of your essential oils.
- If you open your mold and your bath bomb pulls apart empty the mold and repeat steps 7 – 9 with a little less mixture in the mold.
- If you open your mold and see that you bath bomb looks crumbly or patchy add a little more of the mixture and repeat steps 8 & 9.
Now you have your very own batch of home made bath bombs! They make amazing gifts for yourself, family and friends. I love that you can make them in any way that YOU want. This give you so many options, you could have a different bath bomb for everyday of the week! Remember to have fun and be creative with your combination of essential oils and dried flowers/herbs when making your bath bombs!
Just beware, some essential oils can make your buns a little toasty and you will want to go light with them until you test them out. An example of some of these oils are, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Tea Tree just to name a few.