What’s a bath without something wonderful to make it warm, cozy and therapeutic? Make your own bath bombs in minutes with these step by step homemade bath bombs w/ essential oils instructions and turn your ordinary bath into a spa.
My inspiration came from a bath bomb kit I bought. I’ll admit, I don’t like buying something I know I can make, so when I saw this cool bath bomb kit at a local indoor market I bought it because I knew I could experiment with theirs, then I could make more bath bombs using products that I have and love. This kit came with instructions and everything needed to make 5 bath bombs, including the bath bomb molds. I made theirs, love it, gave a few as gifts, and now it was time to make my own from products that I adore.
I made theirs, loved it, gave a few as Christmas gifts, and now it’s time to make my own from products that I adore and have on hand.
It’s my husband that loves baths. He says baths make him more relaxed and helps him sleep better. He’s always wanting me to fix him up something with salts and essential oils to use in his baths. So, really, these bath bombs are for him.
Step by Step Homemade Bath Bombs w/ Essential Oils
This mixture makes 7 – 8″ round bath bombs.
Supplies & Essentials:
- 2 cup baking soda
- 3/4 cup citric acid*
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- 1/3 cup Epsom Salt
- 2 tsp fractionated coconut oil (I use doTerra [affiliate])
- 15 drops Lavender essential oil
- 5 drops Geranium essential oil
- 1 TBLS dried lavender buds [mixed with rosebuds (optional)]
*Citric acid can be hard to find, but I did find jars of it in the canning section at Target (and not Walmart) and you can buy citric acid in bulk (affiliate link). You can always substitute the citric acid with 1/2 cup corn starch and 1/2 cup cream of tartar of arrowroot.
- 3-quart mixing bowl (stainless steel or glass)
- Sifter (optional, but easier)
- water in a spray bottle
- towel for laying finished bath bombs on
- 8″ round bath bomb molds (buy bath bomb molds on Amazon [affiliate link])
- plastic or safety gloves
- storage bags/ties to store finished bath bombs
First and foremost, you’ll want to gather all your supplies and have them all measured out so you can quickly make the bath bombs. Keep gloves on the whole time to protect your hands.
Step 1: With plastic or safety gloves on, sift together baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, Epsom salt into mixing bowl. If you don’t have a sifter, make sure this mixture is well combined with no clumps.
Step 2: Slowing add fractionated coconut oil, essential oils and continue to mix, being sure to break up any clumps that may appear. TIP: don’t drop eo’s in the same place, instead drop all over mixture.
Step 3: Using the spray bottle filled with water, spray at least 40 pumps to mixture and mix with hands. Mixture should reach the consistency of wet sand and should stay together when squeezed. Continue to spray water until this consistency is reached. I have had to spray at least 80 pumps of water for mine. You want the mixture to be damp.
Step 4: Add in dried lavender buds, and rosebuds, if using.
Step 5: Molding time. At this point, you’ll want to work quickly as the mixture will start to harden. Using bath bomb molds, fill each half mold with mixture, overfilling both (a lot), then press both half-molds together tightly. Work with it by cleaning off excess mixture, tighten it up, talk to it, rub it, then release top mold and gently dispense bomb from the other mold with your hand onto a towel to dry. Drying may take a full day. I always let mine sit overnight then place them in bags.
**This part of homemade bath bomb making is the hardest, but once you get it down, you’ll have nice 8″ round bath bombs. Take leftover mixture and add it to a jar so you can sprinkle in your bath water.
Step 6: Once bath bombs are dry, store in bags until ready to use. One bath bomb will suffice a bath soak. Enjoy!
These step by step homemade bath bombs w/ essential oils instructions are meant to be easy. Please don’t fret if a few of the bombs fall apart, as that has happened to me. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at email@example.com or simply leave a comment and I’ll respond as soon as possible.
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