How to Make Amazing Homemade Bath Bombs
Welcome! In this step-by-step guide, you will learn how to make a variety of bath bombs, including:
- regular bombs
- seasonal scents
- orange and lemongrass
- fresh pine or cotton
Yes, bath bombs are definitely amazing and smell so nice! You simply throw one into your bath and it will fizz, make bubbles and release a truly refreshing scent. They really are a treat for anyone to use. After a hard day at work, you could have a bath, throw a lavender bath bomb in and unwind. Lavender is known to have relaxing properties, so having lavender in your bath would relax and soothe the body.
You don't need hard-to-find ingredients; some simple household items are all you need. Plus, you can mix and match colours and scents depending on what season it is (more on that below). So, for summer, you could make a rose one and colour it pink or red. Or for winter, you could make a cinnamon one. The choices are endless, and these bath bombs are so much fun to make—so why not have a go?
How to Make Bath Bombs
First, a note on ingredients: glycerine or vegetable oil?
Personally, I like to use glycerine as it softens my skin—not only do you get bubbles and fizz, but it works wonders on your skin, too! You can use vegetable oil if you prefer.
Standard Bath Bombs
The first step is to learn how to make simple ones. Once you can make these, you can add flowers, colours and oils to them to make a truly luxurious bath experience. Like I mentioned before, all you need are household ingredients. They are divided into dry ingredients and wet ingredients. Here are the things you will need:
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 4 tablespoons citric acid
- 3.5 tablespoons cornstarch
- Food colouring: blue, yellow, red (learn to mix colours below)
- One essential oil. Choose from lemon, orange, lavender, Eucalyptus, etc.
- 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil or glycerine
Once you have your ingredients, here is what to do.
- Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl. First mix the citric acid, baking powder and corn starch together. The citric acid and baking powder make a chemical reaction when moisture comes in contact with them so those two ingredients are what will make the fizz for your bath bombs. Corn starch is known to help the mix stay together as it has binding properties. This will help your bath bombs from not falling apart.
- Once you have your dry ingredients in a bowl, add the vegetable oil or glycerine to the mixture drop by drop, very slowly. If you add too quickly, it will cause the mixture to fizz and rise. Then, add your essential oil and food colour. Mix thoroughly. The mix should clump together if you press some of the mixture in your hand.
- Now, quickly shape your bath fizz mix into balls and leave to set on brown non-stick paper. Or, you can add the mix to any mould you can find like ice cube moulds, bun moulds, cupcake moulds etc.
- Leave them to harden for at least 30 hours to 48 hours.
Orange and Lemongrass
Depending on how you are feeling, or what season it is, you can tailor a bath bomb to suit the time of year by adding colours, flowers or scents. For example, during winter, you could add purple colouring, lavender essential oil and lavender flowers.
Here is a recipe for making orange and lemongrass ones, which have a refreshing scent and look amazing.
- 6 crushed vitamin C effervescent tablets
- 1/2 cup of baking soda
- 4 tablespoons of citric acid
- 4 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 3.5 tablespoons of glycerine
- Grated orange curd or skin
- Lemongrass essential oil
- First, add the dry ingredients together. So that means mix the crushed vitamin C effervescent, baking soda, corn starch and citric acid together. The vitamin C effervescent will produce a better fizz and will release an orange scent and colour!
- Then, slowly add the glycerine or vegetable oil and mix. Add the orange curd and lemon grass essential oil. Mix together thoroughly. The mix should be soft and moist.
- Begin to shape the mix into balls and place the balls on non-stick brown paper. They should harden within 30 to 48 hours.
If you would like to have the ultimate spa treatment, you have got to try lavender. This recipe is one of my favourites, and it is perfect for aiding sleep. There is nothing better than having a hot bath and some lavender bath bombs to help you sleep!
- To make these, follow the standard recipe above but add 25 grams of lavender flowers, a few drops of lavender essential oil and a few drops of purple food colour (mix two drops of red food colour with three drops of blue colour and mix) instead.
- Alternately, you can skip the food colour and keep the bath bombs white, if you prefer.
Fresh Pine or Cotton
If you want something fresh and cool, try making some fresh pine or cotton bath bombs! You can colour them blue or white, and they release a truly refreshing scent when added to water!
- Just follow the normal recipe and add either a fresh pine or cotton essential oil. These oils are available on Amazon and are included with the essential oil sets.
Rose or Floral
If you are a floral person, you may like to make something with a strong flowery scent, in which case I think rose would be perfect for you. Just having these dissolve in water makes you feel like you are walking through a garden! Rose oil is easily found on Amazon and can be bought with other floral essential oil sets.
- It is very easy to make. All you have to do is follow the standard recipe, then add a few drops of rose essential oil and some finely chopped rose petals, plus a red food colour (red, when mixed will form pink, add seven drops of red food colour for a deep red colour, three will give a pastel pink colour).
Other Scents and Colours to Try
Purple to White
Perfect for winter, lavender is soothing, relaxing and will help you get a good night's sleep
Eucalyptus or Peppermint
Great for spring, when you need a little refreshment after the dull winter!
Summer: Perfect for when the roses are in bloom!
Orange to Pink
Spring to summer: Perfect for kickstarting your day!
Cinamon and other Indian spices
Autumn to winter: Spices help you feel warmth and are relaxing
How to Mix Food Colours
If you have the three primary food colours (red, yellow and blue), you can make at least twenty different colours. For example, if you want to make purple bath bombs, you will have to mix blue and red. Here is a guide to mixing colours:
- Red and yellow: orange
- Red and blue: purple
- Blue and yellow: green
- Three drops of red: pink
- Six drops of red: deep red
What Kind of Bath Bombs Would You Like to Make?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2013 Susan W