No matter what age the kids around your house are it’s a good bet that they are in love with bath bombs. Even my too cool for school teenager can’t help but admit that he loves them. ( Just don’t tell the guys on Fortnite lol) I love making DIY bath bombs around here.
Sure, it can be easy to just pick them up but when you have up to four people using one at $3-4 a pop that can start to add up quickly! It is much more cost effective to make your own. It’s a lot more fun too! You can make them any color or shape you want and you can even make them your favorite scent. They take a while to set up but with enough planning that won’t be an issue at all.
How Do You Make Homemade Bath Bombs?
DIY bath bombs are so easy to make. Most of the ingredients you most likely already have around the house. You can pick up everything you need to color, scent, and shape them at your local craft store or on an online marketplace such as Amazon.
DIY Bath Bomb Ingredients:
1 C baking soda
1/2 C Epsom salt
1/2 C corn starch
1/2 C citric acid
2 tsp water
2 1/2 to 3 Tbsp coconut oil
soap coloring ( about 10 drops depending on the desired shade)
soap fragrance ( about 5-8 drops, based on personal preference)
DIrections for Making Homemade Bath Bombs
Combine all of your dry ingredients in a large bowl. I have a separate bowl that I use specifically for bath bombs because I don’t like mixing it with food bowls. You can use whatever you have on hand.
Add your coloring and fragrance to the dry ingredients before you start combining. You want to be sure that you distribute it evenly around the top of the dry ingredients. This will help you incorporate it in evenly as you are mixing. You can always go back in and add more if needed, but you can’t take it out once it’s there. It’s best to start on the low end and work up from there.
We went with a green coloring because, well, dinosaurs! Green was a pretty obvious choice for us with that one. When it came to fragrance I used a cucumber melon scent. It is light enough to not be overpowering but still smells nice and “green”. You can use essential oils here if you prefer. However, it is important to make sure that the oils you are using are safe as some can be very irritating to the skin. If you have sensitive skin in the family you can leave the fragrance out entirely.
Add the coconut oil to the dry ingredients and combine. I find that this works best when I combine by hand. It helps to really get the coconut oil mixing in well throughout the dry ingredients when you can feel the texture being created. You are going for a kinetic sand texture here.
Slowly and carefully add the water in 1 teaspoon at a time. You don’t want to just dump it in and start mixing here. Doing so will cause the bath bomb ingredients to start reacting before you even have a chance to make your bath bombs. Slowly incorporate the liquid in just as you did with the coconut oil.
Once you have your mixture to a consistency where it begins to clump together when squeezed you can pack it into the molds you have chosen. We went with dinosaurs because we’re a family of dinosaur lovers around here. You can use seashells, unicorns, or even poop emojis if you want. Whatever you have on hand is fine. We love silicone molds for baking and crafting but I always keep the baking ones separate from the crafting ones.
You want to pack as much as you can into the mold. This helps the bath bombs remain stronger once they are removed from the mold. Even when you think you have enough in the mold you want to use the palm of your hand to press the mixture down hard into the mold. This is especially helpful if your mold has a lot of detail to it. Don’t worry about overfilling your molds. You can use the back of a plastic knife or a craft stick to scrape the back of the mold clean when you are done.
The recipe above gives us about 6 dinosaurs with the mold that we are using. They are pretty large in size. If you want more you can double the recipe or even use a smaller mold. Even with six bath bombs you are spending much less making your own DIY bath bombs than you would buying them in the store.
Once your molds are full you want to put them in a cool dry location for several hours. We let ours sit for 12 hours to be sure that they hardened properly. You don’t want to be impatient here because your bath bombs will just crumble when you remove them from the mold. You can feel the back of your bath bombs to see if you can feel any moisture. They will also feel solid if you press on them when they are ready to come out.
It is best to turn the molds upside down over a hard surface to remove your bath bombs rather than peeling the silicone away. You can tap or squeeze lightly to help the DIY bath bombs come free from the mold. When they are ready they should just pop out. If they squish when squeezed or don’t quite want to release from the mold they are not ready. Give them a few more hours and try again.
Your DIY bath bombs can be stored in a large zipper bag or individually wrapped for several weeks. They should be stored in a cool dry place to keep them from reacting or crumbling.
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