Do you love the fizzy and fragrant bath “bombs” sold in stores? They are actually super fun and easy to make yourself! You can customize them with any skin safe fragrance/essential oil you like, and can even add colorants, if you like. And thanks to the basic chemistry of the fizz created by baking soda and a weak acid, you get a delightfully fizzy reaction when your creation hits the water.
All in all, bath bombs take about half an hour to craft, and usually take a few hours to dry. (Larger bath bombs take longer to dry fully than smaller bath bombs.
Here is a basic recipe for bath bombs made with fragrance and coconut oil:
1 cup baking soda
½ cup corn starch
½ cup citric acid
½ cup Epsom salts
2 ½ Tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
1 Tablespoon water
8-10 drops essential/fragrance oil
1.Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl using a whisk.
2.Mix the wet ingredients in a separate dish. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture. (Preferably, mix in ½ teaspoon, stir, mix in another ½ teaspoon and stir, etc.) Keep mixing until all is well combined.
3.Go slowly, so you don’t trigger the fizzing reaction while working!
4.Once the texture is like wet beach sand you would use to build a castle, gently pack your molds with the mixture. (Empty clear Christmas ornaments make great bath bomb molds, as do animal-shaped beach toys and soap molds!)
5.Let each mold sit for a couple of minutes, then gently unmold them onto a surface. (If they are stubborn about unmolding smoothly, put them in the freezer for five minutes and then try unmolding them).
6.Let the bath bombs dry overnight; put them on a baking try in an oven set to “warm” or heated only by the pilot light to speed the process.
7.Use one medium bath bomb per bath and enjoy!!