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Making Bath Bombs
Make Your Own Bath Bombs
Making bath bombs is not rocket science, but bath bombs rock.
If you've never had the pleasure of bathing with a bath bomb, well, let me tell you, they're great! Some bath bombs fizz (they're also called bath fizzies, go figure) and are especially fun. When the bath bomb hits the water, it fizzes and tingles your skin. Bonus!
Make your own bath bombs. It's easy! The hardest part is rounding up what you'll need. There are lots of "recipes" out there, but I'll give you a few easy ones plus lots of links to check out other bath bomb making recipes.
Note: These are not bomb bombs. They are bath bombs!
Photo of bath bombs I made using plastic Easter eggs as the molds.
Photo Credit for this photo and three photos below of how to make bath bombs: Peggy Hazelwood
Bath bombs fizz from the simple chemical reaction between an acid and a base.
What are the ingredients in bath bombs
that cause this reaction?
Acid = citric acid
Base = baking soda
Bath Bomb Recipe - Simple bath bombs
Here are the ingredients you'll need to make bath bombs. The first four ingredients are the dry ingredients. The remaining are wet ingredients. (Just telling you since that's how I'll refer to them later. Got it? Got it!)
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid (don't worry, there's a link below to order it and everything else here, if needed)
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup sea salt or mineral salt
- 3/4 tablespoon water
- 2 teaspoons of essential oil for fragrance
- 2-1/2 tablespoons light vegetable oil, like light olive oil or almond oil
- 1 or 2 drops of food coloring
Books on Making Bath Bombs - Learn More About This Tantalizing Craft
Mix Dry Ingredients of Bath Bombs
Be Sure Your Molds Are Ready To Go
Have your molds at hand.
When mixed, you need to get the
bath bomb concoction into the molds quickly.
Mix Up the Bath Bombs
Use a plastic or glass bowl (not metal because some ingredients can react to the metal) and mix all of the dry ingredients together.
That would be the baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, and sea salt.
Next, in a small glass or measuring cup, mix the wet ingredients. That's the water, essential oil, oil, and food coloring.
Slowly pour the wet into the dry and mix them together. Go slow and only pour a little at a time so it doesn't foam up.
Mix with your hands and when all of the liquid is incorporated with the dry, the consistency should be kind of like wet sand, but not too wet.
Fill the molds (spread a towel on the table to catch dribbles of the "sand mixture" that will escape the molds).* Be sure to pack the mixture in very tight.
Two-part molds (like the plastic eggs I used) can be opened right away to release the bath bombs. The molds don't have to sit long. Gently unhinge one side and let rest a minute. Then let the bath bomb fall into your hand by holding it upside down.
Molds that are open, like ice cube trays, need to air dry at least overnight to harden.
*Then shake the towel into your bath water later!
Bath Bombs Need to Air Dry
Let the bath bombs air dry at least
overnight or for several days.
If you use a silicone mold, let the bath bombs dry completely in the molds before removing them.
For two-part molds, you can
release them right away.
Mix the Wet Ingredients in with Your Hands a Little at a Time
Make Bath Bombs - Supplies You'll Need
Making bath bombs or bath fizzies requires a few supplies you may not have. Here are some options available for sale on Amazon.
This scoop works great to form round bath bombs!
Recycle Items and Use Them as Molds for Bath Bombs
Molds for Making Bath Bombs
You can use just about anything to mold the bath bombs: ice cube trays, muffin tins, candy molds, plastic eggs, little food containers like what individual-sized dressing comes in, you get the idea.
There are also lots of molds to buy too. Here are a few.
Bath bombs work best in warm
or hot water (not cool water).
Add dried flower petals or herbs
to your bath bombs.
FYI: It's fun but makes bathtub
clean up a little messy.
Watch a Demonstration on How to Make Bath Bombs - There are lots of videos. Here's one.
Bath Bombs Make Great Gifts - Buy Bath Bombs to Give or Make Your Own To Give a Fun Bath Gift
More Recipes for Making Bath Bombs
- How to Make Bath Bombs -- Homemade Gifts Made Easy
Want to learn how to make bath bombs? Try my easy step by step instructions and recipes. Plus, check out my tips on bath bomb molds and fragrances.
- Fizzy Bath Bombs Recipe - Food.com
Make bath bombs with this easy recipe.
Store Bath Bombs Correctly
Wrap bath bombs in tissue paper or store in
an air-tight container away from humidity.
Bath Bomb Kits | Bath Bomb Making Made Easy!
Wild Science Bath Bomb Factory - Make bombs, bath bombs that is
Great gift idea for girls 10 and older. The kit includes materials for six experiments and activities to make bath bombs, cracking balloons, and soapy volcanoes.
Teaches acid and base reactions and about carbon dioxide. Comes with gloves and safety glasses.
Bath Bomb Starter Kit - Great Gift Complete with Everything You'll Need
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