Make bath time even better with these easy DIY bath bombs. They’re super simple to make plus they’re made with all-natural ingredients!
How to make your own bath bombs
I love bath bombs! They take bath time to a whole other level.
But I’m not a huge fan of the store-bought bath bombs because like so many other store-bought bath products they can be filled with nasty chemicals and junk.
And they can also be kinda pricey.
So I just make my own and they are super easy to make and they work really well.
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Bath bomb benefits & uses
Bath bombs contain ingredients that can help nourish your skin when added to the bath.
And depending on which combination of essential oils you use to create your bath bombs, the bath bombs can also help to relax you, soothe sore muscles or reduce menstrual cramps.
Epsom salt is one of the main ingredients in this DIY bath bomb recipe. Epsom salt is a chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen.
Adding Epsom salt to the bath can help to soothe sore muscles as well as reduce stress.
Bath bomb vs bath salts
Bath bombs and bath salts are pretty much the same thing and serve the same purpose. Bath bombs get fizzy when you add them to the bath and bath salt does not.
Bath bomb ingredients & Supplies
You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to create your own homemade bath bombs.
- baking soda
- corn starch
- epsom salt
- citric acid
- dried flowers (completely optional)
- coconut oil
- essential oils (essential oil combinations below)
How to make easy DIY bath bombs
These bath bombs are easily customizable. You can create bath bombs for sore muscles, menstrual cramps, or for stress relief and relaxation. Customizable essential oil combos are located at the end of the tutorial.
To make these easy DIY bath bombs you’ll first want to gather all of the ingredients and supplies listed above.
Next, coat the inside of your bath bomb mold with coconut oil so your bath bombs will be easy to remove when dry.
I do this by simply adding some coconut oil to a paper towel and wiping the inside of the molds.
You can use whatever type of bath bomb mold you prefer. They sell all types on Amazon.
I had these heart-shaped molds on hand from when I made mini cheesecakes so that was what I used and they looked so pretty!
Add the following ingredients to a large bowl.
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 1/2 cup of citric acid
- 1/2 cup of corn starch
- 1/3 cup of epsom salt
Blend all the dry ingredients well with a spoon or whisk.
Add 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil to a separate bowl.
Add 20-30 drops of essential oil to the coconut oil. You can choose whatever combination of essential oils you choose. Mix the essential oils into the coconut oil.
I have several essential oil recipe combinations below if you need some ideas.
One is for relaxation, one is for menstrual cramps, and one is for sore muscles.
Next, pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients.
Mix together with a whisk or spoon. Make sure everything is well blended.
If you plan to use dry flowers you’ll need to sprinkle them into the bottom of your mold at this time.
Remember, the flowers are completely optional. They are pretty much just for aesthetics.
Using a spray bottle lightly spritz the ingredients with water.
This is the tricky part. You do not want to over saturate the ingredients. 4-8 spritz should do the trick.
Blend together well with your hands.
The ingredients will still feel very dry but will start to bind together when squeezed in your hand. If you get the ingredients too wet the bath bombs will not turn out correctly.
Next, firmly press the bath bomb mixture into your molds.
Sprinkle the dried flowers onto the surface of the bath bombs and press in making sure the surface of the bath bomb is smooth and even.
Allow to dry for at least 24 hours. I filled my molds about halfway and they were fully dry in about 12 hours. But if you try to remove them before they are fully dry you might ruin them.
So use caution. It’s best to allow them to dry as long as possible.
Bath bomb recipe for relaxation
If you want to unwind after a long day, try adding the following essential oil combination to your bath bomb recipe.
Both are great essential oils for stress relief and relaxation.
Bath bomb recipe for menstrual cramps
If it’s that time of the month and you are suffering from menstrual cramps, I recommend adding the following essential oil combination to your bath bomb recipe.
- 10 drops of clary sage essential oil
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops of bergamot essential oil
All three are amazing essential oils for hormone balance and support.
Bath bomb recipe for sore muscles
If you have sore muscles, try adding the essential oil combination below to your bath bomb recipe.
How to use bath bombs
To use your bath bombs all you have to do is fill your bathtub with warm water and drop the bath bomb in and sit back and relax!
These bath bombs also make a great DIY Mother’s Day, Valentine, or birthday gift. Simply put them in a cellophane bag with a cute little bow and your all set.
Or add them to a homemade gift basket.
If you enjoy these bath bombs, you’ll definitely want to check out my homemade bath oil as well.
I hope you enjoy these bath bombs as much as I do. I have very sensitive skin and am prone to irritation. Especially when it comes to bath products and these bath bombs don’t give me any issues.
If you have any trouble making them please let me know in the comments below. I’ll be more than happy to help!