Are you looking for a super fun activity to get your kids away from their gadgets and get creative? Well, look no further because we’re going to show you how to make your own bath bombs. You could do it along with your kids, this will help keep your kids busy for a good few hours and give you a chance to reward yourself with a relaxing bath at the end of the day using your creations!
We’ve come up with some easy and fun recipes for bath bombs for you to try. From the most basic bath bomb, to a geode one if you’re feeling a little craftier. Each of these not only makes for amazing bath times but can also make a great DIY gift.
Tip: Don’t forget to wear gloves and sanitize your work area before you start!
Making a Standard Bath Bomb
You only need a few basic ingredients to make these fizzy goodies: Baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, Epsom salt, food/soap coloring (optional), essential oils (optional), fragrance (optional) and water.
Step 1: Mixing the Dry Ingredients
In a large mixing bowl, add in your baking soda followed by cornstarch, citric acid and Epsom salt, whisking in between each addition. For easy calculations, just remember the baking soda is used in a 2:1 ratio with the rest of the dry ingredients.
So, for every cup of baking soda you need ½ a cup of Epsom salt, cornstarch and citric acid each. Grind your mixture very well to make sure that there are no lumps and all of the ingredients are evenly finely distributed to allow the chemicals to react properly in the bath.
Step 2: Adding the Wet Ingredients
Next in a separate cup, mix in the water, mineral oil, food coloring and fragrance. For one cup of baking soda you need about a tablespoon of water, a tablespoon of mineral oil, a teaspoon of fragrance (you can add more or less depending on your preference) and food coloring if desired. The quantity of water might vary depending on the temperature, humidity, etc.
While adding the wet ingredients to the dry mixture, be very careful because adding it all at once will cause a reaction between the baking soda and citric acid and your bath bomb mixture will fizz before it even has a chance to be formed!
To avoid this, add in a little bit of the mixture, whisk vigorously. Repeat this until you end up with a wet-sand like a mixture that stays together when you clump it in your hands.
Step 3: Molding the Bath bomb
This step requires some serious upper body strength and is the perfect excuse to sneak in a little workout. You will need spherical bath bomb molds, however, if you don’t have those at the moment then empty Easter eggs or old Christmas ornaments will work just fine.
Feel free to whip out some fun shaped baking molds that are available. Just make sure that you’re not using anything with a lot of extra detail because that might result in a cracked bath bomb.
Take the two halves of your mold in each hand and scoop up as much mixture in them as you can. Next, you need to quickly press these together, letting the excess mixture fall out while firmly compressing the rest.
Be sure to push it real hard and if it doesn’t feel compact then take off one half of the mold, add in more mixture and compress it onto the existing ball.
Step 4: Letting it Dry!
For this, we recommend you get an empty container or tray and line it with plastic wrap, silicone mat, or wax paper (this will catch any fallout and make it easier to discard). After your bath bomb is molded, remove the mold and place it in the tray for 48 hours to dry. This method is especially useful if you’re short on molds.
If you do have molds to spare, then remove one half of the mold, place it on the tray (most molds do stand up on their own) and let the bath bomb dry for an hour on that side. Once that’s done, place half the mold back on and repeat with the other side. Next take a plastic wrap or a clear plastic bag, place the bath bomb inside and use a heat gun( a hair dryer works just as well) to melt the plastic onto the surface. This will not only provide a durable, long-lasting packaging but also gives your bath bombs a very professional look.
WHAT TO DO WHEN THE BATH BOMB DOES’NT FIZZ:
If your bath bomb isn’t as fizzy You’ve probably added too much cornstarch or oil! Don’t worry though, it’s an easy fix, just add in more citric acid and decrease the amount of citric acid. If you’re making geode bath bombs, make sure you’re not overdoing the coconut oil. You need just enough to allow the salt to stick together.
IS YOUR BATH BOMB DENTING/ COLLAPSING ON ITS SELF?
Chances are you’ve probably used too much water which caused the bath bomb to collapse on its self while drying. Decrease the amount of water or try using witch hazel instead. Add the witch hazel slowly by using a spray bottle and don’t forget to whisk it in with all your might!
Here are a few alterations you can make to the recipe if you don’t have the ingredients required on hand:
- Substitute cream of tartar for citric acid- this does give you a bath bomb with lesser fizz, however, it is a great alternative if you’re looking for a cleaner and safer option for your children.
- Substitute mineral oils with other oils such as coconut or olive oil. These work just as well in the bath; however they reduce the longevity of the bath bomb as it is more likely to go rancid if you don’t use mineral oil.
- Substitute Epsom salt with Himalayan Salt or Natural Sea Salt. Epsom salt is used in bath bombs because of its pain relief benefits however the other two work just as well while providing health benefits of their own!
Take your bath bombs to the next level with these fun additions!
Once you’ve mastered the basics of making a bath bomb, feel free to get creative with the different colors, fragrances and shapes! You can add in sprinkles, jojoba beads, edible glitter, pressed flowers, and even inflatable capsule toys for a fun surprise. To take it a step further, try these gorgeous geode bath bombs!
Geode Bath bombs
Geode/crystal bath bombs are a huge trend these days and not only are they simple and therapeutic to make, but they also make for a great addition to your bathroom interior!
Step: 1 Making the Rocks
To make these, use the recipe mentioned above for the base to create the ‘rocks’. However, you can substitute 1 to 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol for water and add the rest of the wet ingredients as before. The rubbing alcohol has a tendency to evaporate so it helps the bath bombs dry faster. Once you’ve achieved the desired consistency, take a semi-circular mold and pack the mixture firmly. Use a knife to level it off, then a spoon to dig out some of the mixtures from the center to create a place for your crystals. Take your bath bomb out of the mold and place it upside down on a tray to dry. Once the outside is dry, place it back in the mold to let the inside dry.
Step 2: Making the Crystals
For the crystals, you will need 5 to 6 tablespoons of Table Salt and Sea Salts in two separate bowls. To do this, add soap coloring of your choice and mix until the color is evenly distributed. Explore your creativity and play with colors to create your own or put the salts into separate bowls and add different colors if you want a multicolored bath bomb.
Step 2: Putting it all together
The key ingredient in combining the rock shells with the crystals is coconut oil because it acts as an adhesive. Melt about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a bowl and let it cool down to a gel-like consistency. Then grab a medium-sized paintbrush and carefully apply it to the inside of the dried bath bomb you made earlier. Work in small areas, applying the coconut oil, adding table salt to coat it and letting the excess fall back into the bowl. Once the entire surface is covered, let it dry completely before adding in the sea salt.
Add the sea salt crystals to the bath bomb and use melted coconut oil to brush it in place. Take your time with this process until you’re satisfied with the result. You can add edible glitter to the edges to complete the look!
Get Ready, Get Set, Get Molding!
Now that you know all you need to about making a bath bomb, grab your kids, set up a table and get crafty! Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, you’ll get better with practice. However the most important thing is to have fun, unwind and spend some quality time with your family while you’re at it!
Disclaimer: Content Research, Product Opinion & Publication Process
The articles, cosmetic tutorials, and beauty tips on SheBegan magazine are contributed by experienced fashion professionals, beauty & cosmetics experts. The team of our beauty and cosmetics professionals tests the products and then share the outcomes with proper citations and then after passing all the research & editorial checks; the content is sent live making sure there exists No Conflict of Interest. You can read about our authors, volunteers, team members and editorial board with our content review, product testing, tutorial guidance process here.