Like cupcake bakeries, spin classes, and escape rooms; bath bombs have become en vogue within the last few years. You can find bath bombs from high-end spa to your local big box store. With their fun fizzy effect, soothing scents, it is not a shock that that they have become such a big success. Baths have multiple benefits: 1) they help detoxify the body and keep hair and skin healthy and 2) psychologist have said a warm bath helps people feel less lonely.
The problem is that bath bombs are not exactly cheap. Some of the Lush brand bath bombs (arguably the ones that started the bath bomb trend) will run you has high $8.95 plus tax and even smaller ones will cost you over $4.99 plus tax per bath. Thankfully, these bath bombs can be made at home for a fraction of the cost. (Also, neuroscientist have found DIY crafts to be beneficial to your mental health.) Why throw away cash or time when you’re able to make your own bath bombs?
To start with your DIY Bath Bombs, you’ll need to collect a few common household items:
- 2 cup baking soda
- 1 cup citric acid (You can find it in the canning sections of grocery stores or very inexpressibly on Amazon)
- 1 cup epsom salt (the finer the grain the better)
- ½ cup cornstarch
- ½ cup oil (coconut, almond, jojoba, apricot, olive, it’s up to you)
- 8-10 drops of essential oil(s)
- Soap Colorant (really food coloring works just as well)
In a large bowl, start off by measuring out and whisking together your dry ingredients. If you want to have multicolored bath bombs, then you’ll want to divide your mixture into smaller bowls after this step.
Next, combine your liquid ingredients in a separate bowl. (Some oils like coconut oil might be solid depending on the temperature of where you live, a few seconds in the microwave can put it into a liquid state a make it easier to measure.) For the color, add as little or as much as you’d like the intensity to be. The color will get lighter when mixed with the dry ingredients in the next step. Technically, you can add additional drops of color to your mixture, but it’s easier to get a more consistent color by mixing them together in this step.
Now, slowly add your liquid mixture to your dry mixture. You’ll want to go slowly because you’ll want to avoid the moisture causing the citric acid to react. The citric acid is responsible for the bath bomb’s fizz when it is exposed to water. Going slowly with this step minimizes this affect.
You’ll want your mixture to be the consistency of wet sand. It needs to stick together like a sand castle. Think back to your playground days. If you’re a little bit off then add some more dry or liquid ingredients until you get the right consistency.
Now, you’re ready to mold your bath bomb. For the Christmas ornaments, slightly overfill both halves of the mold. Then, strongly press the halves to each other. Using the clear ornament as a mold, make it easier to see that the halves are joining. Your ornament/mold should ensure that your bath bomb has a perfect sphere shape. Wait a moment and then pull it apart. It should come out easily.
Voila! You are done with this simple DIY bath bombs.
If your bath bomb falls apart, it might be too dry. Don’t panic. You can add it back to your mixture and add more oil. Mix again and try your mold again.
If your bath bomb looses its shape and melts, you have to much liquid. Put the bath bomb back into the mixture adding more baking soda or epsom and try shaping them again.
Note: you are going to want to wait for your bath bombs to dry before using, a day or two should be sufficient.