diy bath bombs

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! 

homemade bath bombs

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.  

bath bombs

So, give them a try! Let me know what you think! 

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One Response to DIY Bath Bombs

  1. sheridan says:

    Love Love Love!!

    Just made a batch with some lavender flowers, and roses that I had left over from the garden this summer. I can’t wait to try them in the tub! If all goes well, this will be among my Christmas gift to friends and family. As far as the flowers making a mess, lavender is so therapeutic, it’s totally it! 🙂 They turned out beautifully! Thanks!

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