While a good book, a glass of wine or lots of bubbles can make a great addition to a warm bath, a bath bomb can be a more colorful and exciting option. Bath bombs have become an extremely popular product for bringing your home self-care to a whole a new level. They make bath time fun for children and extra relaxing for adults.
Luckily, you don’t have to spend your hard-earned money on this indulgence; you can make various bath bombs with your own two hands. Here is a super quick tutorial for how to make homemade bath bombs.
What You Will Need
Most of the components for bath bombs can be easily found in your kitchen. If not, they are common, budget-friendly ingredients that you should stock up on as they can be used in plenty of applications around the house and for other recipes.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 Epsom salt or sea salt
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 5-10 drops essential oil of choice
- 2 tablespoon base oil (sweet almond, jojoba, olive oil or melted coconut oil)
- 2 teaspoons food coloring (optional)
- 1 teaspoon water
- Large and small bowl
- Measuring spoons
- Spoon for stirring
- A two-sided mould of your choice (candy pans, regular or mini-muffin tins or round moulds specifically designed for bath bombs).
Bath Bomb Instructions
Start by measuring and whisking all dry ingredients together in a large bowl such as baking soda, cornstarch, Epsom salt, citric acid and (if using) powdered food coloring.
Add the wet ingredients, such as base oil, water and essential oils in a small bowl and then blend together. While there are different varieties of essential oils, pay attention to the benefit each oil can offer. Lavender essential oil is known to provide stress relief, chamomile essential oil can help to induce sleep while sweet orange essential oil can increase energy levels.
Also, it might be a great idea to add a few drops of CBD oil for anxiety. Although it is commonly used for stress reduction, CBD can also promote various health benefits, from improved mood, decreased pain and muscle soreness to better sleep and skin condition.
Add the wet components to the dry ingredients. Make sure to do this very slowly while continuously whisking until well combined. The result should not be a “wet” consistency, but something similar to dry, crumbly sand.
Once well blended, you are ready to mould the ball. Let the mould sit for at least one minute, lightly tap around it to carefully open and then remove bath bomb. Using the back of a spoon, try to smooth the sides of the bath bomb where the moulds met. The finished product will still be somewhat fragile, so make sure to be extra careful!
Bath bombs should harden before they can be used in the tub. Leave them to dry for 24 hours at room temperature, and then enjoy the luxury at home.