How to Make Bath Bombs

Learn a basic bomb recipe + several exciting ways to make bath bombs!

By: Laura Plack, Editor,
How to Make Bath Bombs

Get ready for the ultimate pampering experience and learn How to Make Bath Bombs!  As far as DIY beauty products go, bath bombs are fairly new in popularity, but they have made a big impression. Designed for relaxation, bath bombs are hard-packed mixtures of dry ingredients which effervesces when wet. Used to calm and de-stress, bath bath bombs are a fabulous way to add scents, color, and fizzing fun to bathwater. DIY bath bombs are a fabulous way to have fun with fizz at a budget-friendly price!

In this collection you will learn the general ingredients and supplies for creating a bath bomb, a basic bath bomb recipe, and so much more. Discover when bath bombs were invented, what bath bombs are used for, why they are so beloved, and where to store bath bombs so you can make them and enjoy them throughout the year. 

Homemade bath bombs are a great DIY gift idea because they are simple to make and easy to customize. Below you will find our best bath bomb recipes and find out why you should make your own bath bombs. So settle in and prepare for a soak, full of vibrant colors, refreshing essential oils, and fun with fizz, once you learn how to craft your own bath bombs. 

Basic Bath Bomb Ingredients

1 cup of Baking Soda
1/2 cup of Citric Acid (or Cream of Tartar if you cannot find Citric Acid or would like to avoid it)
1/2 a cup of Epsom salts
A couple drops Food coloring
3 Tablespoons of olive oil
About 1 tsp of water
Essential oil of your choice (about 2 tsp)
Vitamin E oil (optional)
Dried fruit (optional)
Bath Bomb Mold (Pro tip: They sell the circular molds often around Christmas time and you can use the extras to make ornaments!)

Basic Bath Bomb Recipe - How Bath Bombs are Made

1. Mix your dry ingredients by adding the citric acid (or cream of tartar) and epsom salts into the baking soda. 

2. Stir the mixture. Make sure it is evenly distributed.

3. Set up your molds so that they are ready after you add your liquid ingredients. Try to work quickly so that your mixture doesn't dry and set. 

4.  Add your olive oil.

5. If you want a speckled ball you can add in the food coloring here. If not skip this step and see below about adding food coloring into water)

6. Add a few drops of your essential oil. Add your vitamine E oil here (optional)

7. Add your liquid mixture into your dry ingredients. Continue to stir and distribute the mixture. 

8. Add food coloring to your water. Add a couple drops of water at a time and continue to mix your mixture. You don't want to add too much water because as you add the water it will start to fizz. It should not become a smooth liquid consistency. Once you think you have reached your desired texture try and see if it is ready to be packed by squeezing it together and seeing if it will hold.

9. Pack you mixture into your mold of choice (make sure it is distributed evenly).  

10. Leave this to dry at least 2 hours (or overnight, or even over a weekend, if you prefer). 

When Were Bath Bombs Invented: The History of Bath Bombs

Bath Bombs, as we know them today, are a relatively new phenomenon. While the term "arometherapy" is attributed to a French scientist, chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé, the invention of bath bombs is attributed to Mo Constantine, one of the Lush co-founders, in 1989. Since then, there have been continuous innovations and additions to the making of bath bombs. From to creating a unique and satisying bathing experience filled with color, glitter, and customized scents to treating one's skin with essential oils and soothing butters, fans of bath bombs have found continuous reasons to continue using, improving, and even making their own bath bombs over time.

Gorgeous DIY Galaxy Bath Bomb

What Are Bath Bombs Used For

Bath bombs have numerous benefits! 

- Bath bombs are fabulous as a stress relief activity, especially as aromatherapy. (Bonus: learn other ways to use essential oils for your benefit!)

- Bath bombs are easy to make and are budget-friendly.

- Bath bombs make great DIY gifts. (If someone you know hates perfume, scented bath bombs are great alternatives!)

- You can also make kid friendly ones for like, birthday party gifts, with little things inside (like plastic rings)

- If you are looking for a creative party favor for a wedding or special occasion, bath bombs are a unique idea.

- Bath bombs can be a fun way to celebrate holidays (make bath bombs for Halloween, or try a Christmas Bath Bomb recipe)

Cold and Sinus Relief DIY Bath Bombs

Where to Store Bath Bombs

The best place to store bath bombs is in a cool, dark place. Moisture in the air can cause bath bombs to prematurely fizz. You can store them in an air tight container, or wrap them individually plastic wrap. Avoid store under a sink, or beneath a heating vent. 

Here are some bonus bathroom storage ideas:
Easy Access Small Space Storage Idea
Genius Painted PVC DIY Shelf
Precious Pallet Wood DIY Bathroom Shelves

Easy Access Small Space Storage Idea

What is your favorite bath bomb scent? 

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