There’s no denying it my kids love a good bath and especially a good bath bomb. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t know where they got it from because I LOOOVE a good bath. Give me some extra hot water, a candle, a glass of wine and some bath salts and I am good to go. So I’m honestly surprised that we have yet tried to make DIY bath bombs!
I used to be all about bubble baths but the majority of bubble baths out there aren’t the greatest for you. Filled with unwanted chemicals or leave your skin with an icky residue after. Very seldom do the kids get a bubble bath, but they do have plenty of bath bombs, as most of them are made with natural ingredients. Ones that won’t harm them if ingested (because kids) or leave their skin feeling sticky.
This past Christmas Hazel was given a bath bomb making machine from my sister, bonus points because this was right up her alley. While the machine itself was super cute and offered fun things like adding glitter and little charms to the bath bombs, Hazel and I quickly discovered that we had almost all of the ingredients required to make our own DIY bath bombs right here at home. The only ingredient we were missing… citric acid. Thankfully Amazon Prime is our friend and we had a fairly decent size bag land on our door step a few days later 😉 This is what we purchased.
You’re Da Bomb; DIY Bath Bombs
The recipe for creating your own DIY bath bombs is really quit simple and only takes a few minutes to whip up. The trickiest part is ensuring you leave them in the mold for just the right amount of time so they start to set but don’t break apart once you try and remove them.
DIY Bath Bomb Recipe
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup epsom salt
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
1 tsp water
Essiential oils (optional)
Dried flowers (optional)
In a large bowl stir together all of your dry ingredients until just mixed. Slowly pour in your coconut oil, stirring as you go. Now is the time to add in any essential oils if you have any. As we had scented epsom salts we opted to not. Once coconut oil is mixed in poor in your water and stir quickly, as the water will cause the mixture will start to bubble.
Once gently mixed in, it’s now time to start filling your molds. We used Ikea ice cube trays for ours. While they are on the smaller side, you can toss 2-3 (or more) for your bath, totally customizing your bath bomb experience. When filling your molds ensure you are packing them well as you don’t want the mixture to be loose, it’s kind of like building the perfect sand castle. We let our molds sit for 5-10 minutes before gently tapping them out onto a parchment lined baking sheet where we let them sit for 24 hours to dry. Once dried your DIY bath bombs ready to be thrown into the next bath!
Looking for another way to use essential oils? Here are 5 ways we use them around the house.