Give the gift of a fizzy, fun, great-smelling bath with these handmade bath bombs scented just to your liking. Anyone who loves a bath will appreciate this handmade, all-natural gift. These make a great gift on their own; are a beautiful addition to a gift basket; or make the perfect stocking stuffer!
Basic Bath Bomb Recipe
(Makes 6 large bath bombs)
- 2 cups Baking Soda
- 1 Cup Citric Acid
- 1 mL (20 drops) Essential Oils
- 2 Tsp 99% Alcohol
- 1 Tsp Water
- Bath bomb mold
For specific skin types: 3 Tbsp clay of choice (such as French pink clay for dry skin, French green clay for oily skin or bentonite clay for a detoxifying bath).
Warning! (READ THIS FIRST) If you dump in all of your water/alcohol into your mixture at once, or use too much, it will start to activate. It may still be usable, but there is a possibility that you will have spent the ‘fizzing’ power of the citric acid.
- If using nut butter (cocoa or other), melt this in a heat resistant dish in a microwave or double boiler.
- Mix together baking soda and citric acid.
- Add essential oil to melted butter (again, if using).
- By hand, mix butter and/or essential oils into baking soda and citric acid and add clay powder if using.
- Mix alcohol and water and add to mixture until the whole mix resembles wet sand.
- If using dried herbs, drop 1/2 tsp into one half of the bath bomb mold before filling with mixture.
- Lightly pack each side of bath bomb mold. Mixture should overflow about an inch above the mold.
- Press mold together in one steady motion, making sure the two sides of the mold meet properly in the middle.
- Hold for 5 seconds, tap mold gently, twist a tiny bit, then gently separate.
- Place bath bomb on a soft surface that will not get bumped. Ideally, allow to harden overnight.
Tip! If your mixture gets too wet and sticky, leave it to dry out for a few minutes then attempt again.