Step 2: Ingredients

300g Bicarbonate of Soda

150g Citric Acid

5 – 10 ml Fragrance or Essential Oil of your choice

5 ml Carrier Oil of your choice, such as Sweet Almond Oil, Grape seed Oil, Sunflower Oil, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil.

Colour- Most food colouring can be used or any water based or powdered colour from a supplier of ingredients for bath and body products.

If you are a beginner its worth remembering that smaller bath bombs are easier to make than big ones as the big ones tend to crumble more easily, whereas the smaller ones are more robust.

Start off with a small batches first until your confident, also remember that the weather conditions can effect bath bombs, if its humid or raining when you are making them then you need to use less water in your mix or it will start fizzing and you will end up with a bubbling heap, Its trial and error but you will get the hang of it.

<p>I love homemade bath and body products! Will give this a try :)</p>
<p>you must try! They are so easy to do.</p>
<p>Great, show me some pics when you have done them :)</p>
For the swirls did you put the coloring inside the ornament then the powder? They're so cute!
<p>separate your mix into separate bowls, evenly, (measure it out) before you add your drop of coloring. Then you can make each bowl a different color. Put a bit of each one into your molds. There you go.</p>
<p>where can I get some of the ingredients from: such as the oils and citric acid?</p>
<p>Initially I had the fizzing problem. Couldn't get it right. On the suggestion of my wife (she's a chemist) I started using distilled water. Her hypothesis was that much depends on the hardness of the water used. In case you live in an area where the water is hard (it was in my area). </p>
<p>Are there and replacements for citric acid?</p>
<p>i tried making bath bombs yesterday they seemed to go ok but after a while they sort of fizzed a bit on the outside and look a bit rough. Is there anything i can do to prevent this??</p>
Use less water
<p>Hi Ellis. You may have added a touch to much water which is the usual cause or it could be because the atmosphere was humid. I find its hard work when its raining here in the UK as they either don't hold together or they react like you are saying yours are. Well done for trying it out but don't give up. It takes a few goes to get it right. Just try again but with less water or if it was a liquid color you used maybe use less or try a powdered color instead. The way I test to see if I have added enough liquid to my dry mix is to squeeze some of the mixture in your hand and drop it in the bowl, if it stays squashed together on impact or near enough then that is when it is ready for molding. Hope this helps. Good luck and just message me if you need any more help :)</p>
<p>How long about dose this take?</p>
It depends how many you are making but for a small batch about half an hour.
Thanks do much for the tutorial, I shall be making my first batch sooner now x
Great, have fun x
<p>what happens if the bath bombs end up being too wet? I think i added a bit too much oil...will allowing them to dry longer help or is it a lost cause? :( mine stuck together well, but were way too wet i think </p>
Once they get to wet the fizz will reduce drastically so I would probably try again.
<p>Hi Rye,</p><p>Thanks for your instructable, you inspired me.</p><p><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-wooden-bath-bomb-gift-box/" rel="nofollow">Here is my effort</a>, which I made as Christmas presents this year :)</p>
Lovely! They look great. Thanka for sharing :)
<p>I used lavender essential oil and silicone muffin moulds. I didn't use a dye. I made 4. About to step into my bath with one of my bombs. It fizzed beautifully!</p>
Thats brilliant news. Thanks for sharing :)
<p>How many bathbombs will this make?</p>
what colors did you choose for your pink ones?
<p>Wow that looks so cool! I really want to make some now! :) </p>
go for it x
dammit...no explosions...
<p>No bangs Just lots of fizzing</p>
<p>Ok, I was expectaing something like this:</p><p><a href="http://www.koreus.com/video/blague-mousse.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.koreus.com/video/blague-mousse.html</a></p><p>Thanks and have fun!</p>
<p>You would need a surfactant like Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate to make foam like that. Using SLSa sort of removes it a beginners project</p>
<p>And SLS Really isn't something you need or want in your products, its not really good for you, they add it just because it happens to make things foam, and that makes people think things work. </p>
<p>Well yes it is good advice not to use SLS - sodium lauryl sulfate but that it not what I said. I said SLSa Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate. SLSa doe have a function it, like SLS, lowers the surface tension of water making soap or other detergents more effective. It doesn't make people think it work - it works. </p>
I also make some products with SLSA (widely used). SLSA is the much milder form of SLS which is rarely used anymore.
<p>I agree I have tried sls and it really dries the skin out,not nice stuff!</p>
Wow thats a whopper lol
<p>My wife&quot;s allergic to citrus. Could I leave out the citric acid or is there a substitute for it?</p>
Actually yes, subbing in an equal amount of cream of tartar in the place of citric acid will have the same fizzy effect. It is an expensive way to to it though.
<p>Sorry to hear this. Unfortunately not, its the reaction between the citric and the sodium bicarbonate that cause the fizzing. </p>
<p>Hi. someone said that they have had success substituting cream of tartar for the citric acid. they use it all the time because it is easier for her to source where she shops.</p>
<p>That would be something to look into, a citrus allergy is not the same as citric acid intolerance, citric acid is added to almost everything, and is naturally occuring in many things besides citrus. Someone who has a citrus allergy is reacting to proteins or other substances in specific citrus fruits.</p>
<p>Citrus allergy and citric acid allergy are two seperate conditions, a citrus allergy is normally a reaction to limonene and protiens present in fruit and as additives in food which can cause a reaction when eaten. Limonene is not present in citic acid unless you have put essential oils in with it that contain limonene so a standard citric bicarb mix should be fine to use just be careful what you else you add to it. Hope this helps.</p>
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<p>Those ingredients seem extremely hard to find. Can you get all these items at a health food store or do you have to go to several different places? Can you substitute some of the ingredients? Are they expensive?</p>
<p>bicarbonate of soda = baking soda. Citric acid found with canning supplies. Essential oils can be found at craft stores or make your own perfume place. Pretty much all of the ingredients can be found at a grocery store (though some don't carry citric acid year round or at all). The only thing that might be difficult to find is the essential oil for the scent. I have heard you can use cream of tartar instead of citric acid.</p>
<p>ummmmmmm....</p><p>I strongly suspect that you mean &quot;bath BALM&quot;, rather than &quot;bath BOMB&quot;...</p><p>Easy mistake to make - the two words are pronounced almost the same, and the &quot;balm&quot; does fizz a lot...</p>
<p>Thats what thier called in Canada 2, bath bombs. :)</p>
<p>No I did mean bath bomb as that's what we all call them in the UK </p>
<p>I think they are very similar, but <a href="">bath bombs</a> are a thing too :)</p>
<p>stupid link: </p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.lushusa.com/Bath-Bombs/bath-bombs,en_US,sc.html">http://www.lushusa.com/Bath-Bombs/bath-bombs,en_US...</a></p>
<p>I bought the ingredients from a local supplier (googled it) and they came it today! I got red, yellow, and blue dye so I can eventually have 6 colors! Using the large plastic easter eggs as the mold, the recipe can make about 4 eggs. I found that I didn't need to spray with water. The oils alone seem to be enough. I look forward to trying them out!</p><p>It seems like online, the ingredients are pretty pricey. I'm looking for a more cost effective way to buy the ingredients. Any suggestions?</p>

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