How to make a DIY bathbomb the RIGHT way!

Hey Inquisitive writers! Today I will be showing you how to make a DIY bath bomb. A bathbomb is something that you put in your bath water, and some versions can smell really good, and many moisturize your skin!

I’ve seen way too many recipes out there (Youtube, Google, Pinterest,  and WordPress) that don’t work. And many people are vague in their directions and don’t show many pictures. PLUS, store-bought bath bombs are TOO EXPENSIVE. But that is not the case here! I will show you a recipe that I found on Pinterest (I unfortunately forgot the website address though 😔 ) that I tweaked a bit. Anyways, onto the recipe!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup baking soda (this and the citric acid react to the water to make the reaction)
  • 1/2 cup citric acid (this is hard to find in stores, but I bought mine here)
  • 1/2 cup epsom salt (soothes muscles)
  • 3 tsp olive oil (or vegetable oil if you don’t have olive oil)
  • 2 tsp essential oil  (I used orange essential oil)
  • 1 tsp water
  •  a couple of drops of food coloring (optional, but it adds a whole level of fun to your bath bomb; and no, it will not stain your bath bomb) I used yellow food coloring.
  • Bowl
  • Whisk (or spoon)
  • Extra bowl/container (if you want to make multi-colored bath bombs)
  • Bath bomb mold (or you could use plastic Easter eggs or old plastic Christmas ornaments)

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Step 1:

Combine all dry ingredients (baking soda, citric acid, epsom salt) into the bowl and mix throughly with a whisk or spoon.

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Step 2:

Combine wet ingredients (olive oil, essential oil, water, food coloring) and mix together well.

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I accidentally didn’t use food coloring here, because I thought I was going to make multi-colored bath bombs.

Tip: You can put as many drops of food coloring you want, depending on how you want the color of your bath bomb

Step 3: 

Pour tiny amounts of the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients. Pour about a drop or 2 into the bowl at a time. When it is in, mix it quickly, so it doesn’t activate the solution. Mix it all around the bowl until you’ve used up all of it.

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What it should look like after mixing a couple of drops.

 

Tip: Don’t pour large amounts of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients or your bath bomb will have small holes all around it

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It should look like this when you’re finished mixing

 

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It’s OK to forget to put the food coloring in the wet ingredients. You can just add food coloring after mixing, and combine it.

When you’re done, the consistency of the mix should be rough, wet sand. You can form a shape with it in your hands if you press hard enough.

Step 4:

Take some of the mix and put it into your mold. Tightly pack the bath bomb into the mold. Put more than the mold can hold.

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You can use a variety of plastic and metal molds!
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Overflow both sides of the mold so your bath bomb won’t break or fall apart when you’re opening the mold.

Click both sides of the mold together. Wait about 24 hours until you open it. But, when you open it, take a spoon and lightly tap one side, take that side of the mold out, then put the mold back on. Do the same thing to the other side, except take your bath bomb out this time!

Tip: You can add lavender or rose petals in your bath bombs to have a more spa-like feel to your bath. To do this, when filling your mold, put some of your petals at the bottom of one side of the mold. Then, fill that side of the mold. Fill the other side, and put some of the petals in the middle. A good example is done here in filling the bath bomb with petals.

Tip: To make multicolored bath bombs, mix wet and dry ingredients excluding the food coloring, and then when you’re done mixing, separate the mixture into separate containers, and then add different food colorings in both mixtures (for example, red and yellow) and mix throughly.

 

Enjoy!

29 comments
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  2. It is such a pleasure to see the variant colours dispersed in the water with all that fizz just like the infamous “LUSH” ones.. Loved your detailed recipe❤️❤️

    1. Thank you, I got the recipe from another site but I forgot the url. I combined some of other methods, too.

      1. Yea I understood!! I do make bath bombs so I realised you have slightly tweaked the process.. But the end results are great so no worries..xx

  3. Thank you for the tips. I have been wanting to try this out.

    1. Please do! Tell me how it goes afterwards.

  4. Thanks for sharing! Loved the idea for the containers too.

    1. You’re welcome! Thanks for reading.

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    1. Thank you so much! But recently I switched to be an award/tag free blog. May I decline?

      1. Of course, don’t worry about it! 🙂

        1. Thanks again!

  6. This is such an awesome recipe!!! Thank you so much for sharing it! I can’t wait to try it… ❤

    1. Thank you! Please try this, it does work if you do it correctly.

      1. I definitely will! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate it. But recently I switched to an award-free blog. Can I decline?

      1. Absolutely! No problem 🙂 <3

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  8. coool!

    1. Thanks!

  9. Can’t wait to try it this weekend! Thanks for sharing a real recipe. I wanted to let you know – I nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award, because your blog is awesome. Here’s the link – https://adventuringirlblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/the-blogger-recognition-award/

    1. Yay! Please do. Thanks for the nomination, but I now have an award-free blog. Can I decline?

      1. Yeah sure, it makes sense to have an award-free blog. Though your blog is certainly fantastic 🙂

        1. Thank you!

  10. I’ve seen quite a few diy videos on youtube about this and I want to try making them myself so this post is quite useful! Can’t wait to have time to try it! 🙂

    1. Thanks! I kind of used one method, and a combo of others. This recipe actually does work if done correctly.

  11. Um… If you don’t mind me asking, what is it used for?

    1. Sure! I said in the post that they are used to put in bathwater, can moisturize your skin, smell really good, and bathbombs with vibrant colors can make your bath spectacular!

      1. Ohk…. Thanks for sharing

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