Who doesn't love bath bombs? To us, it is so much fun to see the bath bomb fizzing away in the tub. It simply gives your bath time this special sparkle and excitement while at the same time delivering gorgeous scents and skin-loving goodies. What’s not to like?
We've experimented with different ingredients and techniques over the years. In this article, we will show you how to make bath bombs using a very easy bath bomb recipe. It doesn’t require a ton of ingredients and they’re easy to source at your local supermarket and health food store.
For those of you who are new to this whole bath bomb thing, here is a quick rundown!
WHAT IS A BATH BOMB AND WHAT DO BATH BOMBS DO?
Bath bombs are made up of two key ingredients: baking soda and citric acid. Mixing both together will set off a fizzing reaction when immersed in water. Baking soda on its own adds some health benefits to the bathwater, but typically a bath bomb is used to deliver additional skin-loving ingredients (like essential oils, oils, salts etc.) to a bath in a fun way.
HOW TO USE A BATH BOMB
Fill your tub, drop in your bath bomb and watch it fizz. When it’s done fizzing you might want to move the water around a little bit with your hand. Get in the tub and enjoy it.
The bath bombs we’re making today are pretty big, so one bath bomb per bath would be enough. If you are using smaller bath bombs or have a larger tub you might want to use two.
Caution: Bath bomb recipes that contain oil or butter can leave a slick film on the bottom of your tub. Exit the tub carefully and help your kids to get out safely so nobody slips. If you wish to counteract the slickness hazard you can try using sunflower lecithin or polysorbate 80, these will help disperse the oil evenly in the water without sticking to the side and bottom of the tub.
- one medium-sized and one smaller bowl for mixing
- a wire whisk
- a spray bottle for the witch hazel
- bath bomb moulds (I used the 2.6-inch size)
- a shot glass
- gloves (optional)
INGREDIENTS (MAKES 2 BIG 4 OZ BATH BOMBS):
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 Tbsp of grapeseed oil (you can use coconut oil or canola oil instead)
- 1/2 Tbsp of polysorbate 80 optional, will help keep your tub slick free)
- 15 – 20 drops of lavender essential oil
- blue and red food colouring
- witch hazel
- Combine baking soda, citric acid and cornstarch. Make sure there are no clumps by either putting your mixture through a sifter or by working them out with your hands.
- Melt and add the coconut oil; Combine well.
- Add polysorbate 80 and essential oil; Combine.
- In a shot glass combine 12 drops of blue food colouring with 12 drops of red food colouring; Stir.
- While constantly whisking add food colouring to the mixture little by little.
- Incorporate the food colouring thoroughly by rubbing the mixture in between the palm of your hands until the colour is evenly dispersed.
- Spritz with witch hazel until the mixture reaches the desired consistency, test by squeezing mixture in your fist and see if it’s firm enough to hold it’s shape. and won’t crumble if you tap it gently with your finger.
- Fill both halves with the mixture and pile as much as you can on top.
- Firmly squeeze both halves together; Don’t twist!
- Gently release one half, then flip the bath bombs back into that half and release the other half (if you’re having trouble getting the bath bomb out, use a spoon and gently tap on the mould). Release by first twisting, carefully lifting the mould.
- Set the bath bomb aside while still sitting in one half of the bath bomb mould.
- Let set overnight and unmold.
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Xoxo, the Darlings team!💜