You’ll love this DIY bath bomb recipe! Making bath bombs is simple, and they are a lot of fun in a warm bath as they fizz and bubble and cause the water to roll! Add essential oils for a relaxing aromatic bath experience.
These homemade bath bombs are very popular in my home at the moment. My kids love the fuzziness in their baths! I usually use coconut oil bath melts in my baths, but these bath bombs are a nice change-up! These homemade bath bombs make great gifts for birthdays, holidays, and Christmas.
DIY Fizzy Bath Bombs Ingredients
You’ll need a mixing bowl, whisk, molds (you can also use measuring cups), and a spray bottle to get started. You will also need two cups baking soda (aluminum-free is best), one cup citric acid, one tablespoon coconut milk powder (learn all about coconut milk powder here), two tablespoons coconut oil, and your favorite essential oils and herbs. You truly can use just about any essential oil – I used lavender for this recipe, but you could sub in peppermint for a really refreshing bath.
DIY Fizzy Bath Bombs Recipe
Bath bombs are relatively easy to make, but before you get started, make sure you have the ingredients and proper tools for this recipe. You may also choose to wear gloves if your skin is sensitive to baking soda or citric acid.
Mix the baking soda, citric acid, and coconut milk powder together in a large bowl. Use your fingers to squeeze out any clumps.
In a separate small bowl, mix the coconut oil with the essential oil. Drizzle the liquid mixture into the combined dry ingredients while stirring with a whisk.
Break up any remaining clumps with your hands and make sure the mixture is completely incorporated.The mix will feel like wet sand.
Squeeze a portion of the bath bomb mixture into a ball shape with your hands. If it crumbles, spray 3-5 spritzes of witch hazel into the mixture while stirring, then check again. When the mixture holds together easily without crumbling, it’s ready.
Spoon the mixture into bath bomb molds, pressing firmly as you pack it in. You can add herbs, lavender, or rosebuds to the bottom of the molds. Turn the bath bomb from the molds and onto a sheet of wax or parchment paper.
Allow them to air-dry for several hours, then wrap in airtight packaging. You can use plastic wrap or store them in an airtight container.
If you want to test the mixture before letting the bath bombs set, you can adda small amount of it to warm bath water. The mixture will bubble and fizz!
I have used silicone mold, bath bomb molds, and even ice cube trays! You can get creative made make bath bombs in various shapes.
Simply follow my recipe to make 100% natural bath bombs. All the ingredients in my recipe are completely natural.
Making them at home is much cheaper than buying them! And you’ll be able to make so many bath bombs for the investment in the ingredients.
I personally use pure and organic essential oils in my homemade bath products. My favorite essential oils to use are geranium, lavender essential oil, peppermint, and eucalyptus. You can also add herbs and flower buds, like lavender buds or rose petals to add a nice aroma to this natural bath bomb recipe.
You can create different colors when making your own diy bath bombs by adding dye or natural ingredients. I have added ground herbs, spices, and natural vegetable powders to my bath bombs to give them a natural tint. I love to use spirulina to make green/blue colored bath bombs, and beet root powder to make pink/red tinted bath bombs. You can also add natural food coloring to dye your bath bombs or mica powder to add a shimmer. Add the dry colorants to the dry ingredients before mixing. If you’re using liquid color, add it to the wet ingredients while making these bombs.
When I looked into making my own bath bombs I was a little worried about working with citric acid. I know that citric acid was the ingredient that caused bath bombs to fizz, so I wanted to be careful about working with it. It turns out that citric acid is a natural compound that can be derived from citrus juice (primarily lemon juice) but it can be derived from sugar cane and cassava. It’s the main ingredient in this easy DIY bath bomb recipe and creates the fizzy reaction in bath bombs. When citric acid is added to water, a chemical reaction occurs with the baking soda to produce carbon dioxide gas, which disperses throughout the water and creates the suds. If you’re looking for a cool science project to do with kids, this is a really fun one!
These easy DIY bath bombs make a great gift any time of the year. If you love this recipe, then give our other DIYs a try like this epsom salt scrub, whipped body butter, homemade lip balm, or sugar scrub recipe.Print
Homemade Bath Bomb Recipe
Love making bath bombs? This simple bath bomb recipe comes together quickly with natural ingredients that you can find at the health food store! They are perfect for bath time for the kids, or for a relaxing bath with a glass of wine!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 6 Large Bath Bombs 1x
- Category: DIY
- 2 cups baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
- 1 cup non-gmo verified citric acid
- 1 tablespoon coconut milk powder, milk powder, or white cosmetic clay
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted (other oils like almond oil or olive oil are a great alternative to coconut oil)
- 20 drops essential oils (I used lavender)
- 1 oz. organic witch hazel extract (in a small spray bottle)
- Stir the baking soda, citric acid, and coconut milk powder together in a large mixing bowl.
- Use your fingers to squeeze out any clumps out of the dry mixture.
- In a separate small bowl, mix the coconut oil with the essential oil. Drizzle the liquid mixture into the combined dry ingredients while stirring with a whisk.
- Break up any remaining clumps with your hands and make sure the mixture is completely incorporated. The mixture will have a similar consistency of wet sand.
- Squeeze a portion of the mixture into a ball shape with your hands. If it crumbles, spray 3-5 spritzes of witch hazel into the mixture while stirring, then check again. When the mixture holds together easily without crumbling, it’s ready.
- Fill your silicone molds with the mixture, pressing firmly as you pack it in. Turn out the bath bomb from the measuring cup or molds onto a sheet of wax or parchment paper. If the bath bombs fall apart, pack them back into the mold and leave them in the mold for 3-5 minutes to set. Then turn them out onto the parchment paper.
- Allow the bath bombs to air-dry for several hours, then wrap in airtight packaging. You can use plastic wrap or store them in an airtight container.
This article was original published on February 2nd, 2016 and has been continuously updated ever since.