At the end of the day, there is nothing more relaxing than sinking into a hot bath. And if you’re a bath lover, there’s a good chance your bathroom cabinets are filled with bubble baths, salt scrubs, and facemasks. You can also appreciate the total bliss of a bath bomb. This tiny, colorful ball turns your bath tub into a work of art, makes your bathroom smell like a spa, and leaves your skin softer than you ever thought possible. But despite their small size, bath bombs are rarely budget friendly — unless you DIY. Keep reading to learn how to make your own homemade bath bombs and keep your bathroom cabinets stocked with your favorite bath accessory forever.
Step 1: Get your mold.
In order to make the perfect bath bomb you’ll need a silicone mold. These are super affordable (just a few dollars for a tray that has six to twelve molds). You’ll find a variety of different shapes and sizes for muffins and cakes, such as flowers and stars. Feel free to get creative! Not only are homemade bath bombs something you’ll always want in your bathroom vanity but they also make great gifts. If you are making these for the holidays, a seasonal mold such as snowflakes or evergreen trees will make your gift even more festive.
Step 2: Round up your ingredients.
Making homemade bath bombs only requires a few affordable ingredients, many of which you probably already have at home!
Here is your shopping list to make about a dozen bath bombs (depending on the size of your molds):
8 oz. baking soda
4 oz. corn starch
4 oz. Epsom salt
4 oz. citric acid
2.5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons essential oil
4 drops skin safe food coloring
You will also need a large bowl and whisk to mix your ingredients together. The list above provides you with everything you need to make amazing bath bombs. If you want to take your DIY project to the next level, you can also include dried flower petals or biodegradable glitter to your mixture.
Step 3: Mix the dry ingredients.
Just like when you’re baking a cake, you will start by mixing your dry ingredients together in a large bowl (if you are adding flowers or glitter you can include those here). Keep whisking until there are no clumps.
Step 4: Mix the wet ingredients (separately).
In a second bowl (or shaker cup) add all of your wet ingredients. For your skin safe food color, stick to one single color and add about four to six drops until you get the perfect hue. Your essential oils will also be a bit of an experiment depending on your preferences. Start slow and work your way up to two teaspoons. The type of bath bomb you are making will affect what type of essential oils you will use. A classic spa combo is eucalyptus and lavender. Peppermint is delicious for the holidays — and almost everyone loves vanilla year round.
Step 5: Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
Slowly pour your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just a splash at at a time. Use your whisk to mix as you pour. If you start to see fizz, that means you should slow down! After all of the ingredients are blended, your mixture will be dense but slightly fluid.
Step 6: Quickly pour your mixture into the molds.
As soon as your wet and dry ingredients have been mixed together, pour them into the silicone molds so that they don’t dry out. There is no baking or freezing required when making bath bombs — just let them sit out to dry. They might not take a full day, but give them 24 hours just to be safe. Use plastic wrap and pretty paper to cover them after you pop them out of the mold, and then store them away in your bathroom cabinets or gift them to your lucky friends and family!
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