Is there anything better than a relaxing, soothing bath at the end of a long workday? Now, you can gift your loved ones with the gift of relaxation and skin moisture with homemade bath bombs— they make the perfect gift (to yourself or a loved one!)
Keep reading to learn how to make homemade bath bombs!
The best part is that bath bombs only take mere seconds to make— as long as you get your ingredients sorted and ready beforehand. Here's what you'll need:
First and foremost, make sure you have alkalizing baking soda as it is necessary to work with the acidic citric acid and create that "fizz" we all love so much when dropping a baht bomb into water.
This is the one ingredient you likely don't have already in your pantry, but it is available at your local grocery store. Citric acid is necessary for the fizzing reaction that allows you to feel like you are taking a champagne bath after dropping your bath bomb.
Corn starch provides the bath bomb with that silky, luxurious feeling we all look forward to when taking a bath. Arrowroot will also work but won't provide the same silkiness effect.
Salt, Oil, and Liquid
You will need some form of:
- Oil, like almond olive, olive oil, coconut oil, organ oil, etc.
- We recommend basic salt of Epsom salt.
- You can use just water or test out some with hazel to make your bath bombs even more soothing.
Scents and Colors
Now the fun part. You can use your favorite essential oils, dried herbs, or go for a scent-free option. Try combing lavender and rose oils for a relaxing bath bomb. You can also add some natural dyes to change the color of your bath bomb.
Building Your DIY Bath Bomb
You will need:
- 8 ounces of baking soda
- 4 ounces of citric acid
- 1/2 cup sea or Epsom salt
- 4 ounces of cornstarch
- 2 TBSP oil of choice
- 2 tsp with hazel or water
- 1 tsp vanilla or more water
- 30-45 drops of your favorite essential oils and/or powdered dried herbs
- Mix your oil of choice and essential oils with baking soda, stir well.
- Add your dry ingredients: salt, citric acid, corn starch, mix well. Add powdered herbs if you are using them.
- Add essential oils and slowly spritz with witch hazel.
- Mix well using your hands
- Repeat until the mixture holds together when squeezed and doesn't crumble. Add more/less with hazel until the consistency is achieved
- Quickly push the mixture into molds, greased muffin tins, or another greased container. Press in firmly and leave in place for 24-48 hours.
- Once dry, remove bath bombs and store in an airtight container or bag.
Ta-da! You have successfully made an amazing and thoughtful DIY gift! Just don't forget to make some extras for your own self-care routine!