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Homemade Bath Bomb Recipe and Instructions

Posted on May 11 2016

We adore our Essential Oils here at Paradise Springs, and one of our most loved activities is to make homemade bath bombs for ourselves, friends and family. These make perfect gifts for almost all occasions. It's also a great family activity in the kitchen, which turns into a scent lab as you experiment with multiple mixtures to achieve different themes. 

DIY bath bombs

Homemade Bath Bombs, usually makes about two

4 oz. baking soda
2 oz. corn starch
2 oz. citric acid 
2 oz. Epsom salt
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons water
10-15 drops of your favorite Paradise Springs Essential Oil, or mix and match for fun 
1 1/4 teaspoon oil – we highly recommend Coconut Oil for the skin benefits. Refined will be scentless
1-2 drops food coloring – have fun here

bath bomb ingredients

Just like baking, you will make the dry material separate from the wet material (due to the citric acid fizzing quality). In a bowl combine the dry ingredients. Whisk to remove any clumps. In a separate container, stir together the wet ingredients. If you're using coconut oil and it isn’t in the liquid state, give it a quick melt in the microwave or stove top. It won’t take much heat or very long, Coconut Oil tends to liquefy under 72 degrees Fahrenheit. VERY SLOWLY, drops at a time, splash the liquid mixture in with the dry mixture, whisking as you go. If you see the mixture fizz or foam, you may be adding the liquid too quickly. We also have played with Spray Bottles you can find at most Dollar stores or Hobby Shops as an easier way to whisk the ingredients. Once all the wet ingredients are combined with the dry, take a small amount in your hand and squeeze it together. It should stick together fairly well in one or two big chunks. If it's still too powdery to hold together, just add a tiny bit more water and mix until it does hold together.

Now find a Mold. We have used cups, cookie cutters, or the standard Christmas ornament molds. Fill each half of your mold with the mixture until it's just overflowing a little. Press together, then gently remove one side of the mold. Place the bath bomb on a tray and allow to dry out just a little (10-12 minutes) before removing the other side. Once you are ready to remove the other side, gently invert the bath bomb so the uncovered side is facing down, then gently remove the other half of the mold from the top. Be careful, this is where the bath bomb can crack or crumble. Don’t worry, this takes practice, and it can be fun for the whole family.

Once they are completely out of the mold, allow them to dry out for 8-12 hours, or you can place in the freezer or fridge to speed things up. Once very dry, you can wrap them in plastic wrap and store in a dry place until you're ready to use them, or you can gift them to friends. 

Almost all of the material can be purchased from a grocery store, be careful on the Citric Acid, some chains place this in the Canning section (they actually have these).

For additional fun, try dried flower petals, aloe vera, glitter or any other secret Easter egg for your bath.  

Post below any of your recipes for Bath bombs!