Here's an easy tutorial on How to Make a Bath Bomb Recipe (with video). With a few simple ingredients, you can relax in a warm bath with an awesome fizzy DIY creation. It makes a great gift idea!
Having girls in the house means they're often looking for fun DIYs. Slime is a favorite, but so are do-it-yourself beauty ideas like this Easy DIY Bath Bomb Recipe.
These fizzy little balls are easy to make and suuuuper fun to watch as they start to fizz in the bath!
It's hard to believe that buying bath bombs can be soooo expensive!! Have you ever been into a Lush Boutique and looked at the Lush Bath Bombs??? Gorgeous, but with the $7 - $9 price tag for just one store-bought bath bomb, it makes creating them yourself that much more inviting!
The other fun thing about this recipe is that you can customize your homemade bath bombs with the colors and scents you love.
These Do-It-Yourself Bath Bombs are pink, but you could do blue, green, purple, or a swirly combination.
Speaking of DIY beauty ideas, you might want to try this easy Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub. It's easy and smells good enough to eat but is so luxurious to pamper your feet and rough patches. Plus, pennies to make!
Related: How about making a Donut Bath Bomb?? Cute, right?
Are Bath Bombs and Bath Fizzies the Same?
What a good question. Yes, for the most part, the two are the same. Obviously, there are many variations to the recipes, but they both produce a fizz once placed in a tub of warm water.
How To Make DIY Bath Bombs
Bath Bomb Natural Ingredients: (may contain affiliate links)
- 1 cup baking soda
- ½ cup citric acid
- ½ cup Epsom salt
- ½ cup corn starch
- 1 teaspoon water (or witch hazel)
- 3 tablespoons oil (olive, coconut, or castor oil)
- Vegetable-based food coloring (any color you want)
- Your choice of essentials oils
Bath Bomb Supplies:
- medium bowl
- small bowl
- bath bomb molds
Note: We like to use essential oils because of their therapeutic properties. We don't recommend using Fragrance oils because they can be problematic. They use synthetic compounds and can be drying and irritating to the skin.
Place the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix together with a whisk.
Now, mix the liquid ingredients together in the small bowl until well blended.
In the large bowl, slowly add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients a little bit at a time. The mixture should hold together when squeezed without crumbling.
Important Tip: Don’t mix the wet and dry ingredients too quickly. This will activate the mixture and it will begin to fizz.
Also, we've been told spraying witch hazel on the mixture instead of water helps get it moist without activating it.
When well mixed, pack the mixture into your bath bomb mold (either silicone or regular) and pack tightly, then let it dry. Make sure you work quickly so the mixture doesn't dry out in the process.
Bath Bombs need a day to several days to fully harden. If they're not quite hardened enough, they may crumble when you handle them, so check to make sure before taking them completely out of the mold.
Store in an airtight container in a dry area until ready to use.
Bath bombs last for about 6 months.
So, plan accordingly 🙂
Tips for Making Bath Bombs
- Don't mix the wet and dry ingredients too quickly. This will activate the mixture, and it will begin to fizz.
- If you live in a humid climate, use 90% or higher isopropyl alcohol as the liquid.
- Make sure you pack your bath bomb (almost overpack it) tightly with your mixture for best results.
- Give your bath bomb plenty of time to harden. It may crumble if you take it out of the mold too soon. More time is better if you're unsure.
- Gently tap the sides of your mold with a spoon to loosen and remove your bath bomb easily!
- Depending on what food coloring you use, you can make your bath bombs in any color you wish.
Why Is My Bath Bomb Popping Open?
The most common reason bath bombs expand in the mold (explode) is the mixture is too wet, and the fizzing reaction is happening prematurely. In addition, bath bomb mixtures can fizz prematurely due to moisture in the air.
For example, making bath bombs on a moist and rainy day can cause the bath fizzies to expand in the mold.
If this happens, try using 90% or higher isopropyl alcohol as the liquid.
What Can I Use As Bath Bomb Molds?
If you don't have a traditional bath bomb mold on hand, try one of these ideas:
- Ice Cube Trays
- Measuring Cups
- Muffin Tins
- Your Hands to Form Balls
- Cookie Cutters (recommended if you're experienced at making Bath Bombs)
How To use a DIY Bath Bomb
Simply fill your tub with warm water, drop a bath bomb into your tub, and watch it start to fizzzzz! The show is fantastic 🙂
Now, soak for about 20 – 30 minutes. Ahhhhh, heavenly!
Why Do You Use Corn Starch in Bath Bombs
You may be asking, why put corn starch in a bath bomb??
The simple answer is corn starch provides the silky feel we all love from bath bombs. If you're relaxing in a warm bath, isn't it nice to come out silky smooth too?! 🙂
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Tips for Making Bath Bombs
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.