Today I am super excited to share a collaboration I did with my friend and neighbor, Joey from Hodgespodges. We met last Fall and pretty soon after we started hanging out regularly, she mentioned making DIY bath bombs together. I fell in love with the idea and before we knew it, we were buying citric acid and a kitchen scale. So -- we are basically bonded for life now. Read Joey's bath bomb post here.
Over the years, I've purchased my share of Lush Bath Bombs but for as long as I can remember, I've always wanted to try making my own. Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved taking baths. I probably prefer them more than I prefer taking a shower if I don't have to wash my hair. I am also very big on self care and taking a bath is one of the things I do when I am taking time out of my busy day to take care of me. So -- without further ado, below is the recipe that we used (adapted from here).
DIY Bath Bombs
What You'll Need (each portion below makes 2 bath bombs):
- 4 oz. baking soda
- 2 oz. cornstarch
- 2 oz. citric acid
- 2 oz. epsom salt
- 1 1/2 tsp water
- 1 tsp essential oil (we used peppermint, lavender and lemongrass).
- 1 1/4 tsp coconut oil
- 1-2 drops food coloring
- Molds (we used plastic christmas ornaments)
- kitchen scale to measure oz.
1. Combine dry ingredients (baking soda, cornstarch, citric acid, and epsom salt) in a large mixing bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. Be sure to melt the coconut oil beforehand in the microwave for 10 second intervals. This is what is going to hold your bath bombs together.
3. Slowly pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisk as you go.
4. Fill up your molds. Press two molds together and remove one mold. Let dry for 10 minutes before removing the other side of the mold. I think this is where we messed up with ours as the two sides did not stick together the following day after we let them set for 24 hours.
Tip: We used purple food coloring for the lavender, green for peppermint and yellow for lemongrass.
The finished product:
I had so much fun making these with Joey! Now, it's not a quick process but it's actually very therapeutic and calming -- it was my first time using essential oils -- but it will definitely not be my last.
Have you tried to (or do you want to) make bath bombs at home? Please share your thoughts in the comments!