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DIY: How To Make Homemade Bath Bombs

Posted by Alexandra C. | Monday January 2, 201235 comments

After the stress of the holidays (and not to mention that late night New Years Eve bash), you need some time to decompress. Is there any better remedy for your stress than a warm, therapeutic bath? 

I don't think so! So, with that in mind, we have an easy to follow and simple to recreate DIY bath bomb recipe. You and your body will thank me, when you're slipping into an aromatic tub that lifts away all the tension! 

Here's what you'll need:

1/2 cup citric acid (available at most grocery stores) 
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup cornstarch 
1/4 cup sugar 
Food colouring
Essential oil (of your choice) 

Spray bottle
Silicone ice cube tray 
Step 1: Add dry ingredients 

Stir together citric acid, baking soda, and cornstarch in a large glass measuring cup. Using a sifter, scoop up the mixture and pass it through in the same bowl, to get rid of any large clumps and make sure it is well mixed. Stir in sugar. 

Step 2: Add colour and scent  

Fill a small spray bottle with water and add food coloring. Lightly spritz the mixture, making sure not to  dampen it too much or it will fizz. Try using the bottle to spritz in light layers from a distance.

Add essential oil in drops until strength of scent is to your liking. Stir with a spoon to distribute the scent and then using your hands (or a spoon), alternate between mixing and spritzing on more colour until the colour is even throughout and it is the shade you want. The mixture may be crumbly but should be packable. 

Step 3: Let dry 

Spoon into ice-cube tray, pressing firmly. Let dry at room temperature overnight. Pop out of tray gently.  

These bath bombs also make a fabulous gift for a loved one (or yourself)! Try and have fun with different colours, scents and by using different shaped trays! Have fun! 

(recipe adapted via marthastewart.com)
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on December 21, 2013  Anjanie777  1,682 said:

OMG! I love bath bombs! I did not even think that I could make them. This will save me so much money, you have no idea! I will try this out and let all you ladies know how it worked! Take care!

on April 09, 2012  GoneBatty  3,196 said:

Great craft idea to do with my daughter. I love things we can do together to have fun but can also be given as a gift later :)

on February 19, 2012  leno616  158 said:

That is a great idea...plan to use it for a craft idea with my grandson

on February 12, 2012  so_adorkable_  2,602 said:

just finished this DIY, some of them started to get hard right away, hopefully they turn out nicely!

on February 07, 2012  so_adorkable_  2,602 said:

@AlexJC Thanks so much! I looked online at bulk barn and it looked like a small amount. Fresh and Wild is actually pretty close to me so I'll have to check there for sure! I was planning to do this soon so your reply helps a lot. I found a few oils but it wasnt anything I really liked but Im gonna check a few more places for sure. Thanks again!

on February 06, 2012  AlexJC  50 said:

@so_adorkable_ If you are in the downtown Toronto area, I know of two places that carry citric acid for sure- Fresh & Wild at King and Spadina and the Bulk Burn at Yonge and College. Otherwise, I suggest health food stores, or speciality baking shops.

As for esssential oils, they are actually more common than you'd think. Any health food store, and I mean ANY store should carry them. I've also food them in the health food/organic section of chain grocery stores like Loblaws.

on February 04, 2012  so_adorkable_  2,602 said:

im not having the easiest time finding a decent amount of citrus acid around downtown Toronto or good essential oils, any suggestions?

on January 23, 2012  Laynek36  478 said:

WOW! such a great idea and super easy too!

on January 20, 2012  meatkatie  1,714 said:

I am going to make these! I love using bath bombs.

on January 12, 2012  Sarah.ver  403 said:

Can't wait to try!

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