Here’s how you don’t have to spend a fortune for a relaxing spa treatment by making your own pampering “bath bombs” and turning your bath time into a luxurious spa time! Drop one of these fragrant balls in your bath and it will start to fizz away, releasing a relaxing aroma that adds a touch of luxury to your life – without leaving home or spending a fortune!
So what is a bath bomb? A bath bomb is a colored ball (about the size of a tennis ball) that contains natural ingredients that “fizz” when placed in your bathtub. When placed in the bath, they fizz away, releasing skin moisurizers and delicate fragrances to turn your bath into a “home spa”. You’ll love using bath bombs yourself or gifting them to those you love.
Try this Easy Bath Bomb Recipe:
Fizzy bath bomb uses basic ingredients that are easily found in almost any store and they are fairly easy to make.
- 1 c baking soda
- 1/2 c citric acid
- 2 1/2 Tbsp oil (for oils use 1 Tbsp cocoa, mango or shea-butter melted)
- 1/2 Tbsp carrier oil (jojoba, grapeseed or sweet almond)
- 3/4 Tbsp witch-hazel in a mister (can also use flower water, e.g. rosewater)
- 15 to 20 drops essential oils or fragrance
- 1/4 tsp or 1 large capsule Vitamin E oil
- 1/4 tsp borax (an emulsifier)
- Vegetable or other natural color
You will also need a bath bomb mold, ice cube trays or soap molds in order to shape your bath bombs.
Instructions for combining the ingredients
Start by blending the dry ingredients. A mixer comes in very handy. Next, add the dry coloring. There is no need to add too much color, since the addition of the witch hazel will make the color come to life (but don’t add the color just yet).
Now you’re ready to add a fragrance of your choice, followed by the witch hazel. Using a squirty bottle or mister, mist it into the batch while stirring. When the mix begins to stick together, you are ready to transfer the mixture to the molds.
Now you’re at the final stage. Place the mixture in the molds and wait for a few minutes before tapping them out to dry. Dry the bath bombs for a minimum of 3 to 4 hours. The harder your bath bombs get, the fizzier they will be in the bath!
Here are some of the countless variations to the basic bath bomb recipe: While baking soda and citric acid are staple ingredients, you can add half a cup of borax, cornstarch, sea salt, or epsom salts to create a totally different bath bomb. .
These ideas are just to get you started. Grab yourself a recipe book and instruction manual such as “The Handcrafter’s Companion” for more fun and creative spa product ideas. This manual makes it easy for you to make your bathtub into a home spa – with your very own “signature” brand of luxury bath bombs!