A bath bomb is always a fun addition to your bath time. This little DIY project is an explosion of color, natural ingredients, and beautiful aroma to what is your typical, sometimes flat, water-filled tub. There are so many kinds of bath bombs you can do, and not one of them will empty your pocket.
You can create your own and use the time to bond with your family, and enjoy your mini craft later on as you shower and envelope your body with nothing but essential oils, butter, and the fizzy aftermath of the bomb.
1Fizzy Bath Bombs
The Fizzy Bath Bombs Recipe should be the most basic bath bomb recipe you can make, so you can choose what scent and color you would prefer in your tub. For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients: one cup of citric acid, one cup of baking soda, a half cup of cornstarch, a half cup of oil (you can opt for almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil or another of your choice), 8 to 10 drops of your preferred essential oil/s, and a silicone mold or Saran wrap.
Take all your ingredients and put them in a porcelain or glass bowl. Mix everything together, preferably with your hands, so you can make sure everything is well blended and smooth. Mix it well until you form a soft dough texture. If you want your bath bombs to have a relaxing essence, opt for Lavender oil, which is said to eliminate nerve tension and relieve muscular pain, among many of its benefits. If you want a mood booster, on the other hand, you can try a citrus essential oil. Citrus, in general, gives off this sweet scent that is not too strong yet makes you feel good. You can also add in some herbs, flowers or food coloring if you please.
Once you have arrived with a mushy consistency, put the mixture in your silicone mold or wrap it with your Saran wrap in a ball shape and let it dry for 24 hours before removing from the mold. Once they have thoroughly dried, you can enjoy them one a time for your next tub bath, and let it fizzle in the water as you soak in the lovely scent of your bath bomb.
2Chocolate Ice Cream Bubble Bath Truffles
Making your own bath bomb is fun, but what’s even better is making one in a chocolate ice cream flavor. These chocolate ice cream bubble bath truffles look and smell so good it would make you want to eat your DIY craft than use it for a much-needed bubble bath.
Most bath truffles that you would see are typically formed into balls or made to look like flower buds. This time, you can actually make your bath truffles look like scooped out ice cream truffles. It is much easier and faster than molding your truffles – you only need to add a cocoa powder and an ice cream scoop in your list!
Before you start mixing and molding, you will need 2 ounces of cocoa butter, 1 ounce of Shea butter, 1 cup of baking soda, a half cup of citric acid, 5 tablespoons of cocoa powder, a half cup of Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSA), and 1 ounce of essential or fragrance oil. For your tools, you will need a pair of disposable rubber gloves, a mask, a microwave safe container, a sieve, a large mixing bowl, and an ice cream scoop.
When you have everything you need, take your Shea and cocoa butter and place them in your microwave safe container. Put it in the microwave for 2 minutes, stirring the butter every 30 seconds. After which, set them aside to cool off while you attend to the rest of the recipe.
Take your large bowl and mix in the baking soda, citric acid, and cocoa powder. Wear your gloves as you stir and make sure you blend everything well together. Now add in your SLSA and make sure to stir gently as it is made of fine powder that can be blown off easily. Use your mask to protect your face as well. Next, go back to your butter mix and add in your fragrance oil. If you want to take your chocolate truffles another level, use a fragrance oil that blends well with the chocolate flavor, like vanilla, orange, raspberry, mint or even chocolate, too.
Mix the rest of your liquid ingredients into the dry mixture and combine everything together. You should get the consistency of cookie dough. Bath Truffles dry quickly in the open air so make sure you work fast as you scoop out the mixture into the parchment paper using your ice cream scoop. Let your truffles dry for 15 to 30 minutes and keep them in an airtight bag like Ziploc until you are ready to use them. These bath truffles also make a great gift for your loved ones, if not to use for you or your kids’ bath time.
3DIY Bunny Bath Bomb
If you don’t want to do the typical bath bombs in ball forms, you can always opt for a unique shape like a bunny. This Bunny Bath Bomb can be an excellent gift for Easter or when you just want to be more creative with your bath bombs.
For this recipe, you will need one cup of baking soda, a half-cup of citric acid, a half-cup of cornstarch, three tablespoons of Epsom salt, two tablespoons of Sweet Almond oil, a three-fourths spoon of water, 15 to 20 drops of lemon or lavender essential oil, and a silicone bunny mold. Of course, you can add in a food coloring of your choice to complete your bunny bath bomb’s look. Some fun colors include yellow, blue, orange, and purple.
Using a large bowl, combine your baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, and Epsom salt. Take a smaller bowl and place your almond oil, water, essential oil, and food coloring in it. Mix the dry and wet mixture, and stir everything well together, preferably using a whisk, until you get a soil-like consistency. It should be dry enough but still easy to mold.
Take your bunny mold and hand press the mixture in it. Let it dry for not less than 12 hours before removing from the tray. Usually, if your mixture holds its shape, then it’s ready, but if you think it seems too dry, use a spray bottle to spritz water on it. Be careful not to put too much or it will start to fizz.
4Sinus Relief Bath Bomb
This Sinus Relief Bath Bomb won’t only give your bathtub a splash of color, but will help you breathe better, too. This bath bomb recipe is particularly useful for people who have a cold or who think they are about to catch it. This recipe requires the following ingredients: one cup of baking soda, half a cup of citric acid, half a cup of cornstarch, one-fourth cup of Epsom Salt, two tablespoons of 100% pure sweet almond oil, 25 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and bath bomb colors in yellow and blue. For your tools, prepare a set of spoons, a silicone bowl, and a bath bomb mold.
To start with your recipe, gather your baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, and Epsom salt in a large bowl and mix everything together. In a separate bowl, combine your almond oil, eucalyptus essential oil, lavender essential oil, and bath bomb color. Next, combine your dry ingredients with the oil mixture and stir everything quickly. It is highly recommended that you stir as you pour the oil mixture as the water reacts fast.
After which, scoop the mixture from the bowl and transfer them to the molds. Make sure your molds are filled with the mix, and then firmly press the two halves together to make one ball of a bath bomb. Let your bath bomb dry for a few minutes, then remove one-half of the mold to let moisture out. Remove the bath bomb from the molding tray and leave it to dry overnight. Store it in an airtight bag until you have to use it.
5Fizzling Fall-Scented Pumpkins Truffles
Being jazzy with your DIY projects is always a good idea to add more color to your craft or to turn your ideas into a real project. It doesn’t have to be Halloween for you to decorate with pumpkins. It can just be for fun and to see for yourself how else you can do your bath bomb differently, but in a good way. For the Fizzling Fall-Scented Pumpkin Bath Bomb, you will need baking soda, cinnamon, food coloring or liquid watercolors, citric acid powder, olive oil, and a pumpkin cookie cutter.
Take a bowl, and mix in one and a half cup of baking soda and one tablespoon of cinnamon in it. Stir well. Add a three-fourths teaspoon of your liquid watercolors or a few drops of food coloring with a three-fourths teaspoon of water, and mix everything well with your hands until the color is distributed evenly. Next, add six tablespoons of your citric acid powder and mix it again. For the last ingredient, add in two teaspoons of olive oil into the mixture. Stir everything together until you get a dry dough that’s moldable.
Press your dough into the pumpkin cookie cutter, flattening it evenly to get the perfect pumpkin shape. With ample pressure on the mixture, take off the cutter to arrive with your molded dough. Let your pumpkin bombs dry for an hour or so before using for bathing.
6Soothing Oatmeal Bath Bombs
Another bath bomb worth trying is a soothing oatmeal recipe. If you want to experience a bath bomb minus the smell and the color, this Oatmeal Bath Bomb is perfect for you. The creamy color also looks serene and peaceful; it would seem like you’re bathing in milky goodness. They also make a great gift especially when you stack them in a mason jar and finish it off with a ribbon. More so, oatmeal has a healing substance for skin irritations, especially during winter. It can cure dry skin, give you glowing skin, and moisturize your body all over.
For this recipe, you will need one-fourth cup of oatmeal, two tablespoons of citric acid, two tablespoons of cornstarch, two tablespoons of oil like coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil, and one to two tablespoons of water. You have the option to add essential oil, food coloring, and a silicon mold. Once you have all your ingredients, combine your baking soda, oatmeal, citric acid, and cornstarch in a bowl. Mix in your oil and stir everything together until you get a good bath bomb consistency. If your mixture is too crumbly, feel free to add small drops of water until you get the right texture. Don’t add too much water at once; the more you add, the longer it has to dry.
Once your mixture is ready, press it to your silicon mold or mold it with your hand. Let it dry for not more than 24 hours before using it if you mold it by hand. If you use a molding tray, let it dry for 12 hours and remove it from the tray to let it dry for 12 more hours. Keep your oatmeal bath bombs in an airtight bag to preserve the quality.
7Orange Creamsicle Bath Truffle
Citrus is always a good idea whether to eat as a fruit or to put in your bathtub. This particular orange creamsicle bath truffle is made with Shea oil and cocoa butter so it will surely give your skin the moisture it deserves. For this bath bomb, you will need 24 ounces of baking soda, 12 ounces of citric acid, 3.5 ounces of Shea oil, two ounces of cocoa butter, 5 milliliters of creamsicle fragrance oil, coral orange colorant, and a molding tray and a piece of plastic.
In a large bowl, mix and stir your baking soda and citric acid. It is advisable that you use your hands to rid entirely of unwanted clumps. Meanwhile, combine your cocoa butter and Shea oil in a microwave safe container and put it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Next, pour your melted butter and oil into the bowl with baking soda and citric acid. Once again, use your hands to mix everything together. Add the creamsicle fragrance oil.
Once you have mixed in everything together, separate the mixture into two containers. It is to create the illusion that half of your truffle is orange, and half is white. On one container with the mixture, apply drops of your coral orange colorant and blend it well, adding more drops until you get a pale orange color. Once this is done, press the mixture into your mold, filling only half of the container. For the other half, get a mixture from the container with no colorant. Make sure your trays are filled to the brim. Smoothen out the top using your fingers and cap it off with the lid. Allow it to dry overnight and have it for use the following day.