Admittedly, I’m not a bath person. It’s probably because I’m short and find it nearly impossible to comfortably recline in a tub. Plus, I’ll admit I don’t keep my tub clean enough to like the idea of soaking in it for enjoyment. However, when I started making all-natural products, bath bombs were a constant request. Adults like them to relax and address specific needs, and kids just seem to love the fizzy, colorful aspects.
In any case, I quickly got to experimenting to find a great recipe. My first couple attempts were absolute fails. I’m happy to report, though, that I finally found a great recipe that is easy and results in a great product!
A quick note on molds first: New molds are always awful the first time or two they’re used. The bombs stick in them, and you may find yourself fighting to get your product to release. My best recommendation? Don’t fully clean them between uses. Leaving them “seasoned,” so to speak makes removal much easier on future batches. If your first batch or two is a mess to get out, don’t fret! It gets better.
The other thing I’ll mention about molds is I have found it to be a nightmare to make nice spheres with my bath bombs. Despite multiple attempts, I can never (OK I think I got it to work once or twice) get the two halves to actually stay together when the time came to remove them from the molds. I finally decided it wasn’t worth the trouble, and now my bath bombs are just half-spheres instead. They still do the job, so it’s no big deal for me. If anyone has any tips on this, I’d love your feedback!
I ordered my molds online. There are tons of options–including fun shapes that I like to use from time to time. Here are just a few of the ones I’ve purchased:
- Set of 2, large sphere
- Set of 15; 5 large sphere, 5 medium sphere, 5 small sphere
- Set of 8; 2 shell, 2 starfish, 2 heart, 2 sphere
As for the ingredients, you’ll need baking soda, citric acid, salt (I just use coarse salt, but you can certainly use epsom salts or sea salt if you prefer), arrowroot flour (cornstarch also works, but arrowroot is great for your skin), liquid oil (I keep it simple and use olive oil, but really, any liquid oil will do–fractionated coconut, sweet almond, avocado, grapeseed, etc.), witch hazel (you may use water instead), vanilla extract (you may also use water in place of the vanilla), essential oils, and mineral mica powder (for color, optional). Click the provided links in the recipe list to purchase the items on Amazon if needed.
Finally, before you get started, I like to measure the dry ingredients by weight using a digital kitchen scale. I’ve provided approximate measurements if you don’t have a scale, but I find the recipe to be a bit more precise when measured by weight instead. I simply place my medium bowl (plastic NOT metal) on the scale, zero it out, and add the ingredients watching the weight as I go.
As for the essential oils, be sure to only use pure, therapeutic grade oils. I use and recommend doTERRA oils. Please do not use the oils you can purchase at the big box stores or your grocery store. They are often “watered down” with synthetic ingredients and will not be good for your skin. I like to make a variety of bath bombs for a variety of purposes. The chosen essential oils for each batch will address specific concerns–be it relaxation, energizing, respiratory clearing, or any number of different things!
- Lightly flour your molds with arrowroot, and set them aside. I like to set them all on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper to help contain the mess.
- Place a medium plastic bowl on your digital scale, and zero it out.
- Add the dry ingredients, watching the weight as you go.
- When all dry ingredients (including the mineral powder color if using) are in the bowl, remove it from the scale, and stir the ingredients together. Be sure to break up any clumps with your fingers.
- Mix the wet ingredients in a separate small bowl. I like to use a small Pyrex glass measuring cup. It makes for easy pouring when you’re ready to add the liquids to the dry ingredients.
- Stir wet ingredients thoroughly.
- SLOWLY pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Do small amounts at a time, or the dry ingredients will start to fizz up. I like to pour little bits with my left hand and use my right hand to mix it in.
- Using your hand(s), mix the wet ingredients into the dry. In the end, it should be the consistency of lightly damp sand. If you squeeze some together in your hand, it should hold its form but not be hard. (See the third photo below.)
- Transfer the mixture into your molds. Press firmly to ensure the mixture will hold together when it’s dry.
- Allow the molds to sit for several hours until dry and hard. In a dryer environment, they should be dry in 6-8 hours (or even sooner). In a more humid environment, drying may take 24 or more hours.
- Gently tap the molds to release your bath bombs.
- Store in an airtight container or bag until ready to use.
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