I’ve fallen into the Pinterest trap of DIYs.
I grew up in a family that did a lot of crafts. My mom is a crafter and taught crafting sessions to ladies and kids at our church. I get my love of crafting and creating from her.
Lately I’ve been wanting to do more fun DIYs like the How to Make a Pom Pom Garland post I did this summer.
So I started scrolling through Pinterest.
And then I was gifted some bath bombs.
And hoo-boy! I’d found my next DIY.
All the tutorials told me that making bath bombs is super easy.
I thought I’d try it.
And it’s easy…but not super easy.
I bought a little “Make Your Own Bath Bombs” kit with sample sizes of the supplies from the bookstore rather than ordering a whole bunch of supplies off Amazon. I figured I’d spend a few dollars to try it and if I like doing it, I’ll spend more to get more supplies.
This is the recipe I tried. There are many more online. Some use epsom salts to add even more bath benefits. Check out my DIY board on Pinterest for more ideas to try. I’ll definitely be trying more of them.
What You’ll Need to Make Your Own Bath Bombs
- 2 1/4 cups Baking Soda
- 1 1/4 cups granular Citric Acid
- 1/4 Cornstarch
- 3/4 cup Coconut Oil
- 1 teaspoon Lavender Fragrance (it came in the kit, but you can also use essential oils)
- 1/2 teaspoon red liquid colour (also came in the kit, but you can use food colouring or order cosmetic grade colouring online)
- Bath Bomb Molds
- Large Bowl
- Small Bowl
- Parchment Paper or Towel
- Baking Sheet
How To Make Your Own Bath Bombs – Step By Step
Just like a lot of baking recipes: mix your dry ingredients and your wet ingredients separately and then combine them.
- In a large bowl, mix your dry ingredients.
- Baking Soda
- Citric Acid
- In a small bowl, mix your wet ingredients.
- Coconut Oil (it smells sooo good!)
- Take of your rings, dump the wet ingredients into the big bowl of dry ingredients, and use your hands to combine.
- Mix by massaging and kneading the mixture with your hands. Pretend you’re at the beach playing in the sand.
- After about five minutes, your mixture will have the consistency of damp sand. That’s exactly what you want.
- Pack the mixture into your molds.
- This will get messy!
- But it’s fun!
- Pack nice and tight.
- Let your molds rest for 24-48 hours and then gently remove the bath bombs from the molds.
Gently remove the bath bombs from the mold right away so you can use the mold to make another one. Just don’t touch the bombs for 24-48 hours so they can harden. Leave the bath bombs on the lined baking sheet to harden.
Now, all the tutorials I’ve read have said that if you’re having trouble getting the two halves of your mold to stick together, then you should over pack them both and then jam them together. I tried this… and I could not for the life of me get the two halves of my sphere mold to stick together. Maybe my mixture was slightly too dry? Or too wet? Who knows. I’m thinking maybe I put too much coconut oil in. But I will try again. I’m debating getting metal molds off Amazon…maybe they’ll work better than my plastic ones.
Since the spherical mold wasn’t allowing me to reuse it, I used the halves of the star and heart molds to make bombs. These did have two sides to them, but as a) the sticking two sides together wasn’t working for me and b) they would have been absolutely massive bath bombs, I decided to just use one half and gently tap it to remove the bomb from the mold and let it harden on my baking sheet.
*I feel like I need to tell you the baking sheet is just to give them bath bombs a place to dry and harden. You DO NOT BAKE the bombs in the oven. Just set them aside in your kitchen to sit for a day or two on the counter.*
The Result – Not too bad
I was able to get quite a few bath bombs from this recipe. Especially since I didn’t stick the two sides together. Thus, I got double the number of bombs I thought I’d get.
After cleaning up my big mess – this is not the tidiest of DIYs – I let my bath bombs rest for a few days.
And then I grabbed a book and took a bath.
It was nice. Not amazing. But nice. There was some fizz, but with the limited amount of colour I put into my mixture, it didn’t colour my bath water much more than make it a little murky. I also only used a little bit of fragrance, so there wasn’t a noticeable scent to my bath. And, the coconut oil was pretty oily. I could see it on the surface of the bath water. My skin felt very hydrated, which was a plus, but also a tad bit slimy feeling. This confirms for me, I probably put too much coconut oil in. Meaning, I didn’t measure well. I kind of guesstimated my measurements. Oops.
In future, I think I’d like to try a recipe with epsom salts so I get more fizz and perhaps change up some of the ratio of oil to make the whole experience a little nicer.
Have you ever made bath bombs? Any advice?