Everybody loves bath bombs. It is like taking a bath in champagne, only without the show tunes and chorus boys. They are fairly simple to make, keeping in mind that the strangest things can make a batch go weird; humidity, room temperature, oil viscosity, the moon rising in the seventh house of Aquarius . . . they are a mysterious wonder.
For this recipe, I am using ingredients that are pretty common, or easy to find in most areas. Essential oils can be found in small amounts at places like health food stores and craft stores often carry essentials and fragrances. Just make sure, if you buy fragrance oil, that you are buying "body safe" oils and not stuff for candles or oil warmers.
So, let's start with a basic recipe in two parts.
Dry ingredients: (By Weight, as measured on a scale.)
  • Baking Soda - 8 ounces
  • Citric Acid - 4 ounces
  • Corn Starch - 4 ounces
  • Salts - 4 ounces ( in these pictures, I used Dead Sea Salts, but mineral salts work too, and are easier to find and significantly less expensive.)
Wet Ingredients:
  • Water - .75 tbsp
  • Essential or Fragrance Oil - 2 tsp (for these I used a Ginger Peach.)
  • Oil - 2.5 tbsp (I used cherry kernel, but any light vegetable oil will work.)
  • Food coloring - 1 or 2 drops. (Your color will look very dark in the emulsion, but will be light in the fizzies, so as to not leave rings around the tub. For this batch I used one drop red and two drops yellow. The final result will be very light peach.)

Step 1: Blend the Dry Ingredients

Begin by putting all of your dry ingredients into a big bowl. Glass is best because it is non-reactive. Whisk or pestle those pesky clumps out. You want a fairly smooth consistency throughout the entire mix.
Hey guys, these are great! I made them yesterday and have packaged them up for my girlfriend this morning! Isn't she lucky it was raining yesterday and I couldn't work :P<br /> I used 2 pairs of measuring spoons to form the molds, they worked well once I had the right consistency. I just forced them together to form a sphere. A 1 Tbsp one for the big ones, 1.5tsp for the medium, and 1/4tsp for the tiny ones.<br /> Over here in a country town in New Zealand, its hard to find the right fragrance oils that are safe for skin. I know I could of ordered online, but it was a matter of now or never,&nbsp; So while wondering what I could use to add some scent, I remembered how much my gf liked my CK cologne, so just cracked open my bottle of that, and poured about 2tsp of the stuff in. Didn't like being with the water much, but guess it was similar to oil.<br /> Here's a couple of pics, Hope you like them.<br /> <br />
<p>Uh where do I find a guy to make me bath bombs :P </p><p>That is super sweet. Nicely done</p>
You put perfume in your bathbomb and it actually smelled like it? Or is it better to use a scented oil type of thing?
Hi, i live in nz too and just writing my list of what to buy for my first batch of bath bombs and i really admire what you did. Would you mind sharing your recipe. Pm me on fb might be better,then i will definetly receive it. Looking forward to your reply. Thanks
they look really cool my mum ordered molds online ages ago and we're making the stuff today
Sweet! I'd love to see pics when you're done! :)
WOW...that is too cute!!! she&quot;s lucky :)
Gorgeous! Go you!<br />
the Secrets of eden (www.thesecretsofeden.com) sells essential oils internationally!<br />
Very pretty and nice job.&nbsp; thank you for sharing that you used cologne.&nbsp; I've wondered if it could be used but haven't done a project yet that would let me find out.&nbsp; You have inspired me!
OK, here they are! I bought 4 of these molds and one batch filled them with a little to spare. I started early for Valentine's Day so I had time to screw up a couple of batches, but I think these are going to be fine as. Peppermint. Maybe I'll make one more different batch. What about glycerin instead of oil, would that work? I used almond oil, but I wasn't really happy with it.
Those are gorgeous! Word of caution: eucalyptus, peppermint/spearmint/wintergreen type oils in a bath product may give you the ability to levitate and walk on water. (Don't ask how I know...well, you could ask...it's a pretty funny story.) Suffice it to say that girly bits and tingly oils...well....it can be a bit, erm...intense. ;) Also, I don't know if you have an Ikea near you, but they make the grooviest silicon icecube trays in various shapes; one of which is hearts. I've used their trays over and over for bombs, traditional soap and glycerin soap and they just last and last. They're cheap and durable. Yay!
i planned on making these for my sister as a birthday present and was hoping to make them peppermint b/c that's her fave smell... what exactly does the "levitation" thing mean...? sorry if i'm just not getting it... :-/
<p>Why would you respond to a 5 year old comment with 'seriously' instead of the answer? </p>
<p>well SoapyHollow the girly bits and tingly oils are good because you can feel like you are having sex in the bath. and thanx for the idea, its sex time!</p>
Here's one for you, I made bath salts and you add epsimons salt, could I put that in the bath bomb mix? Or will I blow up ha ha ! Not sure how to spell that salts hope you can read it
Probably. :) Epsom salts are mineral salts. I'm not sure what else you put in the bath salt mix, but it should probably work.
Oh my, I am so glad you mentioned that about peppermint! I've been "stung" by Dr. Brommers before, I should have known better. Now I know I have to make another batch with a different oil. One thing I like about these molds is that ice cube trays would make half hearts (they're flat on one side). These are snap-together, two piece molds. They make full 3d hearts, which I think is cool. I thought they might break apart unsnapping or trying to pry them out of these molds. But no problem, they plopped right out.
Oh cool!
<p>Why didn't you like the almond oil? I am very curious to know as this is a gift and I am not sure what the benefits are to the different oils in bath bombs as far as skin benefits not just cool looks, smells and fizzies! </p>
where did you get theose heart molds? They are cute!!
FactoryDirectCraft.com I just googled 'fillable plastic hearts' and started clicking. The ones I got are 80 mm (the medium size). In retrospect, they're pretty big, I'd recommend going with the small ones.
<p>I just made these, they are so easy and brilliant. I used coconut oil and musk oil. They look and smell really good. I used a Christmas ice cube tray and it took me two trays to get all the moulds neat, but I got 54 giftable mini fizzies and some, well will just have to use myself, oh dear!</p>
<p>This is my first time making bath bomb and although I made a huge mess in the kitchen, seeing the result really is worth it, thank you for sharing the recipe!!!! :)</p>
<p>These are awesome! Go you!</p>
Great Instructable my mom liked her birthday present
great birthday present idea.... I'd do it too if I could drive to a store to get all the oils and such. "hey mom, can you drive me to the store?" "why?" "to get essential oils." "....why?" ".......because they're essential."
Hee! :)
Those are so fabulous! Go you!
<p>I wanna try it!!!!</p>
<p>how many woul this make?</p>
I made these today, but i added rose clay to the mix and extra avacado oil. I dont ever use water, i use witch hazel to spray into the fixure. Love this recipe.
<p>Hi! I've made bathbombs following the tutorial I found on &quot;A Beautiful Mess&quot; blog (http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2015/03/homemade-bath-bombs.html), wich is based on yours. It turned out pretty well, yesterday, I had very pretty bathbombs. But this morning, i found a huge crack at the junction of the two halves, and when I picked one up to see what was going on, it cracked in two! :( Do you think it's due to puff up? Or maybe I didn't press the two parts together firmly enough? Thank you! ^^</p><p>PS: I'm french, please forgive me if I made any mistakes. ^^&quot;</p>
<p>They can be finicky. If I'm working in dry conditions, I keep a mister bottle handy, and mist the two sides right before I squish them together. But honestly, even under the best of conditions, sometimes the bombs will separate. :) </p>
<p>where can I find the spherical molds</p><p>Or any molds at all?</p>
<p>Micheal's craft store has big bags of them around Christmas time, as hollow ornaments. I tend to stock up at that time of year, with a couple of different sizes. </p>
<p>amazon or walmart</p>
<p>Howdy</p><p>I made it and it was all fine until it brned off my leg hair and skin. Maybe i used too much citric acid. Other than that, it was really great</p>
<p>Are you sure you used citric acid? Citric acid is the same acid as in orange juice, it is a weak organic acid that does not have the ability to either dissolve hair, or burn skin. It could be a couple of things; either you have an allergy (extremely rare) to citric acid, or you purchased something other than citric acid; either by mistake, or because the container was mislabeled. In either case, I would dispose of that citric acid. </p>
<p>Hi, I used lavender oil in my bath bombs and they've turned the yellow dye red, I was wondering if this was due to the lavender oil? </p>
I have been making bath bombs since months now but most of the time they don't fizz aggressively or dissolve fast..it's monsoon here so the humidity is high but i have been using oven for drying it and store them in cellophne bags...but if i use them after a week they fizz very very slowly and dissolve super slow...m planning to start a buisness of bombs..can someone please tell me if m doing anythinh wrong or if i should make some changes ?
<p>I haven't had that problem, but I don't use the oven. I let them dry on the counter for 24 hours. Good luck!</p>
Thanks for replying ! From every batch i make i let a few dry over the counter..and when i touch them after 24hrs they break!! But oven is helping a lot and i have had to make changes to the basic recipe....working on the shelf life now !
<p>I made my second batch and it was awful. they were wet and grew.</p><p>I live in a humid area. how can I prevent this.</p>
<p>It's very humid here in MN right now, and I've found this recipe to work well - 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup citric acid, fragrance, and witch hazel (added three sprays at a time until the mixture is slightly damp). I've found from trial and error that you don't need the mixture as &quot;wet&quot; as you think - just enough to get it to not be the consistency of sand.</p>
<p>Quick question: I want to make fizzies for shower use. I don't think an oily shower floor would be a good idea LOL If leave the oil out of the recipe, should I replace it with more water?</p>
I'm not the OP but know from experience that oils don't have to be used. Just dampen your dry mixture until a little bit will stick together in your hand. Then you know you've got the right texture. The amount of liquid you use can vary depending on humidity, ambient temperature etc so you may need a little more or less each time you make these.
<p>I never use oils, either (beyond the fragrance). I just use witch hazel (in a small spray bottle) to get the mixture damp.</p>

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