How to Make Your Own DIY Bath Bomb
One of our favorite ways to get ready for the weekend is to soak away the week’s stress in a relaxing bubble bath. And, if you ask us, no bath is complete without a little something special to soak in. One of our favorites? Bath bombs. Bath bombs are not only a great way to spice up a bath, they can be beneficial to the skin—and thanks to relaxing scents, the mind—too. From Epsom salt to nourishing oils, the ingredients found in most bath bombs can hydrate the skin, soothe your body, and may be just what you need to force yourself into relaxation mode—who doesn’t want that? Get in on the action by making your own DIY bath bomb at home. We share how, below!
We love do-it-yourself products because we can completely customize them to our liking, and bath bombs are no exception. Though simple, our favorite recipe includes Epsom salt, powdered milk, essential oil, and coconut oil, for a nourishing bath that leaves our skin moisturized, our body soothed, and our mind relaxed. You can follow this recipe exactly, or switch it up by adding some loose leaf tea, your favorite essential oils, and trading the coconut oil for another hydrating oil like jojoba oil.
What You'll Need:
- 1 cup of baking soda
- ½ cup of citric acid
- ¼ cup of cornstarch
- ½ cup of Epsom salt
- ¼ cup of powdered milk
- 2-3 teaspoons of essential oil
- 2 ½ teaspoons of water
- 2 ½ teaspoons of coconut oil
- 6 bath bomb molds
What You'll Do:
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, Epsom salt, powdered milk, and mix until smooth. You may find that you need to sift or whisk these ingredients as they can clump easily.
- Separately, mix the essential oil—we like tea tree or lavender—water, and coconut oil (melted) together until smooth.
- Once both mixtures are smooth, slowly pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients.
- Using your hands, knead the ingredients together. Pick up a handful and try to clump the mixture together—if it holds, it is ready for the mold, if not, slowly add a little more water. Be careful not to add the water too quickly, or else your ingredients could prematurely fizz.
- To mold, scoop some of the mixture into one side of the bath bomb mold—you can order these online, or use an ice cube tray for a quick fix—until it’s slightly overflowed. Pack firmly and do the same with the other half. Then, combine the two halves and press. Let it sit for a few seconds before removing one side of the mold. With one half of the mold removed, wait about 30 seconds before gently removing the second half and placing in on a cookie sheet or tray to dry. Repeat until all of your mixture has been molded.
- Let the bath bombs dry for about 8-10 hours. Once dried, you place them in a container and store them in a dry area.
- When you’re ready to use, draw a warm bath and pop one of your homemade bath bombs into the tub. Once it’s completed its fizzy action, hop in and enjoy! Remember to rinse off and moisturize once you’re done soaking.