So you just renovated your bathroom–congratulations! Whether you got a new bathtub or replaced your countertops, your new restroom is sure to look elegant. Why not enjoy your luxurious bathroom with something fun for the bathtub–like bath bombs?
Bath bombs are a great way to relax in the bathtub and enjoy your new decor. Better yet, you can easily make your own bath bombs to suit your preferences and health requirements! Keep reading for a standard bath bomb recipe to get you started.
DIY Bath Bomb Recipe
The internet is full of bath bomb recipes, with a variety of different ingredients suited for different preferences and potential allergies. However, several of the core ingredients remain the same. Use this bath bomb recipe as a guide to understanding the proportions and general supplies required for the job. If you can’t use one of these ingredients, it’s easy to find a replacement. Remember, your own preferences and needs come first here.
With that said, these are the ingredients you’ll generally need for a proper homemade bath bomb:
- ½ cup citric acid
- 1 cup arrowroot powder or baking soda
- ½ cup salt of your choice (Himilayan pink salt is always a popular choice)
- ¾ cup cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons liquid oil of your choice
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (if you’d rather skip this, add an extra tablespoon of water)
These ingredients on their own will create an unscented, fizzy bath bomb. Anyone allergic to most fragrances or dyes will likely be content with this. If you’d like to add scents or colors, however, you’ll also need:
- 30-40 drops skin-safe essential oils (check the label–many essential oils are specifically marked as not safe to put directly on skin)
- Dried herbs or flower petals of your choice
- Natural color dyes or food coloring (amount will vary depending on how strong the dye is)
Bath Bomb Ingredients Explained
Each ingredient in your bath bomb plays a role in giving you the most relaxing bath ever. Citric acid is, as its name suggests, a mild acid that causes the bath bomb to gently fizz when submerged in water. Baking soda, an alkaline, simply counters the acidity to keep your bath water at a neutral pH. A dash of salt helps relax your muscles and calm irritated skin. (Epsom salts are an especially good choice for this.) The oil, whether you use anything from coconut to olive oil, helps moisturize dry skin. Finally, the cornstarch makes your skin smooth and silky after your bath. All these ingredients combine for a truly lovely experience!
Preparing Your Bath Bombs
Before you start preparing your bath bombs, find a safe place to mix the ingredients. Do not make these bath bombs on top of your uncovered brand new countertops, especially if they are natural stone! Citric acid can cause mild damage if spilled. Cover the countertops or find a different work surface.
Add the baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, and salt to a large bowl and whisk with a fork until everything is thoroughly combined. In a small separate bowl, mix the oil, vanilla extract, and water, along with any essential oils you’re using for fragrance. If you’re adding any colors, mix a few drops into the liquid ingredients. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir thoroughly. Add any dried herbs you’re using at this stage. Once you’re done, the mixture should hold its shape and not crumble when squeezed. Add more water if the mixture is still too dry. Lastly, press the mixture into pre-prepared molds. You can use specially designed bath bomb molds or even greased muffin tins for this. Finally, leave the bath bombs to dry for at least 24 hours or until hard. Store your bath bombs in an airtight container and use them within about 14 days.
Make Your Bathroom Even More Luxurious!
Fun DIY projects can make for a great hobby. It’s even better if you can use that hobby in a brand new bathroom setting! Customize your bath experience with bath bombs designed to your exact preferences.
Get in touch with us to start renovating your bathroom today!