Bath bombs can make each of your bathing experiences even more pleasurable and relaxing. These bath bombs are delightful and fascinating chunks of nice-smelling stuff that tend to explode into nice and colorful fizz while using them in a bathtub. That said, these items serve as perfect gifts for various occasions. You can also treat yourself with these bath bombs from time to time.
However, take note that they are also quite expensive. With that in mind, it would be best for you to learn a thing or two about how to make your own bath bombs so you can save a few bucks. Aside from that, doing it on your own gives you the option to customize the shape, scent, and color of the item, so it can perfectly suit what you want.
Fortunately, bath bombs are quick and easy to make. Some of the ingredients you will need for your DIY bath bomb are the following:
- Baking soda – serves as the foundation of most bath bomb recipes. This alkalizing ingredient is crucial in blending with the acidic citric acid. It also contributes to the fizzing reaction.
- Corn starch – offers the silky feel you most likely notice in bath bombs. You can also use arrowroot as an alternative but note that it is not as silky as the corn starch.
- Citric acid – a vital ingredient because it promotes a fizzing reaction, making you feel like you are bathing in champagne.
- Oil – Choose a simple oil. Some examples are coconut, almond or olive oils. You can also choose fancier ones, including the apricot, argan, and sea buckthorn oil.
- Salt – You can choose to use the basic salt or Epsom salt.
- Liquid – You can use basic water. However, you can also bring it up a notch by adding organic witch hazel to increase its soothing effects on the skin.
- Colors and scents – You have unlimited options for the colors and scents. You can choose to make use of your favorite dried herbs or essential oils, or make it in such a way that it does not have a scent. For color, you can add natural dyes.
Now that you are aware of some of the most common ingredients used in making your own bath bombs, here is one recipe that you ought to try:
- 1 c. citric acid
- 2 c. baking soda
- 20 to 30 drops of your preferred essential oil – You can increase or decrease it based on the strength of scent you want
- 15 to 20 drops of your preferred food color (optional)
- 1 tbsp. sweet almond, olive or apricot oil (optional)
- Small amount of water
- Bath bomb molds
- Glass or metal mixing bowl
- Spritzer or spray bottle
Use a mixing bowl made of either glass or metal, instead of plastic, as the latter might absorb the scent of your chosen essential oils.
- Mix the baking soda and citric acid in a bowl. Mix the ingredients well.
- Pour essential oils, a tablespoon of the extra oil (if preferred), and your chosen food coloring. Using your hands, mix everything quickly before giving the mixture the opportunity to fizz. While the food color might cause the entire mix to become slightly clumpy, you can deal with it by rubbing the clumps in between your hands.
- Spray water into the mixture gradually while mixing continuously. Ensure that you are using just the right amount of water. Your goal should be to reach a consistency, which is still a bit crumbly but capable of holding its shape when squeezing it hard using your hands.
- Use the molds to tightly pack the prepared mixture. Tap the mold as a means of releasing the bath bomb.
- Store it in a dry and warm place for a few hours to dry completely. Make sure that you don’t expose it to direct sunlight.
Yield: 3 large bath bombs or 6 small ones
Make it a point to use the bath bombs within a few weeks. Keep in mind that their fizzing power will diminish if you store them for too long. If you plan to give these DIY bath bombs as gifts then make sure to let the recipient know that he/she needs to use these items in a few weeks. Such will ensure that everyone will enjoy its relaxing, fragrant, and fizzy effects.