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DIY Bath Bomb Recipes: Homemade Luxury
— This post is courtesy of diyprojects.com and shared with permission —
I don’t know about you, but I absolutely LOVE taking baths. Baths let me completely relax and rejuvenate, and forget about my other troubles.
Between work and the family, I don’t always get to sit in the tub for hours like I’d like, but I try to make time for at least one bath a week. I call it “tub therapy” 🙂
This year, I want to share the tub love by gifting all my friends DIY bath bombs (and maybe saving a few for myself). Check out some of the neat ideas I found while looking for inspiration from around the web.
Here’s some of the supplies you’ll need for these bath bomb recipes:
- Bath Bomb Molds (I like these cute ones more so than the typical round ones!)
- Soap Coloring
- Essential Oils
- Dried Flowers
1. Fizzy Cupcake Bath Bomb
All cupcake lovers will love whipping this DIY bath bomb up. Pick your favorite color, add some sprinkles and your fizzy cupcake bath bomb is good to go. It’s almost too cute to use! Click here to see the step-by-step instructions on how to make your own. Warning: may cause cupcake cravings in the bath so you may want to make some real cupcakes, too.
This recipe makes 3 large round bombs or 7 cupcake bombs.
- 8 oz baking soda
- 4 oz citric acid
- 4 oz corn starch
- 4 oz Epsom Salts
- 2 ½ tablespoons coconut oil
- ¾ teaspoon water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 drops food coloring
- 3 tablespoons meringue powder
- 6 tablespoons warm water
- 1 lb powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2. Lemon Bath Bomb
Bath bombs come in all different scents. But if you love the smell of citrus and fresh lemon, then these lemon DIY Bath Bombs are perfect for you! It’s a simple bath bomb to make. By adding the right amount of lemon essential oil, it’ll smell just as lemony as you want. After a trip to the grocery store, you can get started on this recipe!
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/2 corn starch
- 3 tablespoons epsom salt
- 3/4 teaspoon water
- 2 teaspoons Almond Oil
- Lemon Essential Oil
- Yellow food dye (optional)
- Wilton Icing Daisy
- Plastic ornament mold
- Meat Baller (optional)
3. Grapefruit Bath Bomb
Who doesn’t want freshly made DIY bath bombs? Here’s another simple recipe to follow to create your own. For a fresh and healthy scent, try adding grapefruit extract. A drop of beet juice gives this bath bomb the perfect shade of pink to match the smell of grapefruit. Click here for the complete tutorial.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid (buy online or most health food stores carry it)
- 2 tablespoons epsom salts
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 teaspoon beet juice (I use the juice from canned beets)
- 4 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 1 teaspoon water (or more if necessary)
- Large ice cream scoop or bath bomb moulds for full circular shaped bath bombs
4. DIY Bath Bombs
Want to see just how easy it is to make your own bath bombs? Watch this video! In just a few minutes, you can DIY bath bombs in whatever scent and color you want! It’s that easy. Grab the materials you need, and get started on this fun project.
5. Lavender Bath Bombs
Lavender is a well-known essential oil due to its calming effects. So, why wouldn’t you want to add it to your DIY bath bombs? There’s no better time to calm down and relax than in the bath. A DIY lavender bath bomb definitely enhances relaxation. Follow the step-by-step instructions here. Don’t forget to add some dried lavender flowers, too!
- 8 ounces baking soda
- 4 ounces cream of tartar
- 4 ounces non-GMO corn starch
- 4 ounces epsom salts
- 3/4 teaspoon filtered water
- 20-30 drops of doTERRA lavender essential oil (or your favorite essential oil scent)
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- Natural food coloring (optional)
- Dried organic lavender flowers (or non-toxic glitter or other decorative items)
- A small mini muffin pan
6. Ice Cream Scoop Bath Bombs
Have some fun with your bath bombs! Turn them into different flavors of ice scream with an ice cream scooper, food coloring and fragrance. From essential oils to extract, your DIY bath bombs can smell like vanilla, strawberry and chocolate. Follow this tutorial here, and in no time you’ll have bath bombs making you hungry for some real ice cream scoops!
- 2 oz cocoa butter
- 1 oz shea butter
- 1/2 cup baking soda (I found aluminum-free baking soda here)
- 1/4 cup citric acid
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
- 2 teaspoons all-natural food coloring (we used red for a pink/ “strawberry” look) OR 4 tablespoons cocoa powder (for color and flavor)
- 2 teaspoons fragrance (we used vanilla extract for both strawberry and chocolate flavors. However, essential oils work great too! We love Living Libations and Aura Cacia.)
— DIY Projects (@DIY Projects) February 18, 2016
7. Kid-Calming DIY Bath Bomb
Add more fun to bath time with a kid-calming DIY bath bomb. It’s a great way to enjoy some time with your kids while also calming them down before bedtime. They’ll love watching the bath bomb disappear before their eyes. They can even help make the bath bomb by picking their favorite color and their favorite scent before! Get the DIY tutorial for this kid-calming bath bomb here.
- Mixing Bowl.
- Spray Bottle with Water.
- Silicone Baking Mold.
- ½ cup Baking Soda.
- ¼ cup Corn Starch.
- ¼ cup Citric Acid.
- 1 tsp. Olive Oil.
- 20 drops of (more or less depending on your preference) Lavender Essential Oil.
8. Oatmeal Bath Bomb
Oatmeal is an excellent natural exfoliant. If your skin is irritated or sensitive to other bath bombs, give this one a try. It’s fragrance and color-free while still giving you the bath bomb experience. In just a few easy steps, you can DIY these bath bombs. If you want the natural exfoliant and a nice scent, go ahead and add your favorite essential oil fragrance!
- ¼ Cup Baking Soda
- ¼ Cup Oatmeal
- 2 Tbsp Citric Acid– this can be found in either the baking aisle or where Ball Mason Jars are in stores like Walmart. Available online here as well (I do strongly suggest buying online if you can just to save yourself from running all around to find this stuff. It is used for canning so it might be next to the spices and gelatin in stores or next to mason jars).
- 2 Tbsp Cornstarch
- 2 Tbsp Carrier Oil — any that you have. I like Coconut Oil but Olive, Almond etc… all work.
- 1-2 Tbsp Water
- Food Coloring, Optional
- Essential Oil for Fragrance, Optional– you might add Rose or Lavender
- Silicon Mold, Optional– these can be found at craft stores, at stores like Ikea and occasionally Target or buy online here
9. Lavender Coconut Oil Bomb
Aroma therapy and moisturizer all at the same time with these lavender coconut oil bath bombs. You’ll enhance your bath time relaxation with this silky, smooth bath bomb. The scent is refreshing and calming, too. Follow the step-by-step tutorial here to start creating your own.
- pipe cleaners
- 1 1/2 cups organic coconut oil
- 1 tb dried lavender buds
- 4-6 drops essential oil
- crock pot
- melon baller
10. Rose & Milk Bath Bomb
Nourish and moisturize your skin with a DIY bath bomb. This rose and milk bath bomb is true luxury. Rose oil and dried rose petals make the bath bomb smell good and look pretty while also helping care for your skin. Follow instructions here to create your own rose & milk DIY bath bombs. You can even gift these to your friends and family.
- 1 cup baking soda
- ½ cup Citric Acid
- ½ cup cornstarch
- ¼ cup Dry Milk
- 3 tablespoons Epsom salt
- handful dried rose petals
- 1 teaspoon water
- 3-4 teaspoons Almond Oil
- 15-20 drops Rose oil
11. Midas Touch Bath Bomb
These DIY bath bombs are perfect for an eye-catching gift or for extreme self-pampering. The mix of fragrance oils creates the perfect scent for ultimate relaxation in the bath. The cocoa butter creates a smooth, silky feeling. Try this DIY Midas’ touch bath bomb by following these instructions here.
- 6-8 Bath Bomb Mold & Packages
- 3 cups Baking Soda
- 1 1/2 cups Citric Acid
- 7 mL Champagne Fragrance Oil
- 7 mL Orange Grove Fragrance Oil
- 1.5 oz. Meadowfoam Oil
- 1 oz. Cocoa Butter
- Coral Orange La Bomb Colorant
- King’s Gold Mica
- 99% Isopropyl Alcohol
- Optional: Witch Hazel
12. Orange Bath Bomb
Looking for a therapeutic DIY bath bomb? Look no further. The orange DIY bath bomb has a fresh, fruity smell that calms and relaxes, too. Use natural food coloring to make sure the bath bomb is a bright orange color. Add body glitter for some sparkles in the tub! See details and tutorials for this DIY bath bomb recipe here.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- 1/4 cup Epsom salt
- 2 tbs almond oil
- 1/2 tsp Orange essential oil
- 1 tbs water
- orange food coloring (gel works better, but there are natural food colorings available these days; India Tree & Color Lovers are two brands)
- **optional** body glitter or mica for sparkle
Watch this video and for more easy DIY bath bomb recipes!
Prefer not to buy all the supplies separately? Check out this great beginners kit!
Want to buy bath bombs instead? Check out these colorful and fragrant bath bombs!
So which of these DIY bath bomb recipes will you try tonight? Let us know below in the comments!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.