DIY Bath Bombs
I have been meaning to make these for a while. Maybe for as long as a year? It seems like I had noble ambitions of making these for family and friends last Christmas… but seeing as I just got around to it, hopefully this Christmas will suffice.
I am not sure why I put them off… I guess I was thinking they would be challenging. Or perhaps tedious, or time consuming. And as much as I like to make homemade beauty products, I really don’t like to invest a lot of time into any project. I’m an instant gratification kinda gal.
I finally bit the bullet, and made these DIY Bath Bombs with ingredients I already had on hand. I actually managed to whip up a batch of 10 of these guys, after 8 hours of work, before I made dinner… and it wasn’t even hard! It took a total of 5 minutes (not including snapping pictures), and 1 hour later, I was testing them out in my daughter’s nightly bath.
But let me back up a second… DIY Bath Bombs… they’re like a beauty salon in your home. YOU can make these. You may already have most or all of the ingredients in your kitchen. It doesn’t require gloves, special containers or a highly polished skill set, these are EASY to make! And, can I also mention that they smell absolutely amazing. Like, forget-you-had-the-worst-day-of-your-life-because-oh-mmm-gee-these-smell-so-amazing-I-just-want-to-relax amazing.
But that’s what I’ve come to expect when you pair lavender with chamomile. And a little bit of coconut oil. Amazing smells, rich moisture, and a zen-like experience.
Go ahead… treat yourself. Make these, grab a glass of wine, and indulge in a nice warm bath.
Or be selfless, and make them for your friends and family for Christmas. But I would buy the material in bulk, because they’re going to come back, asking for more!
DIY Bath Bombs
- 1 cup baking soda
- 3/4 cup citric acid
- 3/4 cup epsom salt
- 3/4 cup cornstarch
- dried herbs (optional)
- 20 drops essential oil (your choice, although I do recommend lavender)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 4 tsp water
In a large bowl, combine baking soda, citric acid, epsom salt and cornstarch. Add in dried herbs if using them*. Mix well to get any clumps out. Add in essential oil and coconut oil, and give it a good whirl. Slowly add in water, stirring after each addition. It’ll fizz a little as you add in the water.
You can divvy this mixture out into ice cube trays, different molds, or use a meat baller to form balls. You could even free form them with your hands, although they might not look as nice.
*The dried herbs add some extra subtle fragrance and some nice color (without having to use food dye). They do, however, make the bath a little messier, so just a word of caution.
So, give them a try! Let me know what you think!