I’m a bath bomb fanatic. Gimmie any of them and I’m happy. Not all bombs are created equal though. Some just fizz. NO. But some make pretty water,some make your skin feel amazing…some do both! Of all the ones I’ve tried LUSH is the best,in my opinion. I consider it the best when I don’t have to use shaving cream to shave with while using the bomb.
I stumbled upon a Pinterest DIY for bath bombs earlier in the year and decided to try it. It was magical! I modified it a bit for my likes and that is the recipe I have whipped up here for you!
- 1 cup Citric Acid
- 2 cups Baking Soda
- 1/2 Cup Corn Starch
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil or Almond Oil
You will also need:
- Mixing bowls
- Measuring cups
- Crayola Color Drops (if you want color)
- Soap Glitter or Cosmetic Grade Glitter (if you want glitter)
Things to keep in mind before you buy ingredients:
- When you make these you may want to bathe different ways. Not every night for me is a long soak in the tub. Sometimes I want to get in,take care of business….while having my skin nurtured and then get out. So I make large bombs and small ones.
- Why are you making these? Just for a smelly/pretty bath photo? Do you want soft skin…aromatherapy benefits?
- How many do you want to make? I go by the theory that these are best w/in 6 weeks.
Easy diy (mix dry ingredients,mix wet ingredients,push into molds,pop out and let dry over night) For more info,with photos…read on.
I use a bomb every bath. The coconut oil has completely healed my cracked heels. I notice a difference in the rough skin on the back of my arms. If I’m sunburned these take the pain away and lessen my “burn time”.
Let’s start! In this photo I am also making deodorant. If you’re interested in that recipe,comment on the blog. For this round of bombs I’m using the core ingredients, Baking Soda,Corn Starch,Citric Acid,Coconut Oil,Essential Oils and Bath drops for color. Also..yes glitter 🙂
The process is easy…in ONE mixing bowl mix all the dry ingredients together: Baking Soda,Corn Starch and Citric Acid. I use a whisk to make sure it’s all nice and mixed. Once it’s mixed I separate this mixture into the other bowls. If you are not trying to make more than one color or scent then you can work out of just one bowl. I’m making many!
I use the handle of an ice cream scoop to break the Bath Drops into a powder form. At this point in the process we can go ahead and add this powdered coloring to the bowl we are currently working with.
You can also add glitter now if you like! Warning…a little goes a LONG way. After bathing with a bomb from my first batch it looked like I had just spent time backstage at a Burlesque show. Be sure to use cosmetic grade glitter otherwise there can be skin irritations!
After we have everything dry then we want to add in the wet: This is whatever oil (coconut or Almond)that we have chosen and essential oils. I’m using both. What I do is pour out just a bit of the essential oil into the mixture and then melt 1/4 cup of coconut oil to add in a little at a time. You don’t want a soup.
Add the coconut oil a little at a time and stop once your mixture sticks together like a snow ball….example…
Now comes the fun! You can make and mix whatever colors you want. Experiment! The mixing bowls will help you make variations in colors and scents. You can add colors or mixture in and out of these as needed. Make sure that you add coconut oil to each separate mixture you work with. Again,just until it makes a snowball. Any more than that and they wont dry.
Get out your molds and have a blast! These molds are sold at places like Michael’s Crafts (in the form of soap molds) or at A.C.Moore. You can also use random molds…like we once used old plastic Easter eggs.
You want to push the mixture into the mold and then flip it out onto paper or a towel.
And viola! Bath bombs. You are going to want to let these sit 24 hours before you use them. Whatever room you set them in to dry is going to smell fabulous!
The Color Drops will turn your fingers colors. No worries though,they are non staining and will come off with soap. They don’t stain the tub either!
Using the full recipe I provided this is the batch made: 18 in all. Two big ones that can be broken in half or quarters,one full heart,eight half hearts, one half round and six sea horses.
Other bombs I’ve made while experimenting…
In the tub they are fantastic!!