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Making Bath Bombs

Updated on August 1, 2013

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. 1 cup baking soda
  2. 1/2 cup citric acid (don't worry, there's a link below to order it and everything else here, if needed)
  3. 1/2 cup cornstarch
  4. 1/2 cup sea salt or mineral salt
  5. 3/4 tablespoon water
  6. 2 teaspoons of essential oil for fragrance
  7. 2-1/2 tablespoons light vegetable oil, like light olive oil or almond oil
  8. 1 or 2 drops of food coloring

Books on Making Bath Bombs - Learn More About This Tantalizing Craft

Mix Dry Ingredients of Bath Bombs

Mix Dry Ingredients of Bath Bombs
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

Mix the Wet Ingredients in with Your Hands a Little at a Time
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

Recycle Items and Use Them as Molds for 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

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.

Affiliate Disclosure

This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

Have you made bath bombs? - If so, what's your favorite scent? If not, will you now?

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      You make it look easy and it's something I've been wanting to do for a while.

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      seahorse60 3 years ago

      They sound easy to make so I'll have a go. I love your idea of using plastic eggs as molds.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      they actually look like a fun project - a great craft to do with the kids for special occasions

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      Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Thanks for the recipe. Looks like fun. Visited from Bubblews.:)

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I had not heard of these. How fun! The eggs you made are so cute. Talk about a great way to make bath time more appealing for the little ones, and big ones too :).

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @marsha32: I was surprised at how easy they are. Have fun! And thanks for the pin!

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      marsha32 4 years ago

      I've always wanted to make these! I've pinned your lens.

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      CatCave 4 years ago

      Awesome, I will try this!x

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      kathryn-gillespie 5 years ago

      Very cool lens with very instructive recipe! Nice job!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I'd never heard of these but they sound like fun and also great for gifts. I want to try them and your instructions are great!

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      Monica 5 years ago from Illinois

      Very cool! I had no idea it was citric acid and baking soda!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I had no idea that bath bombs were so easy to make. You rock girl.

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Your bath bombs are beautiful... thanks for the recipe! I've been looking for a new craft... and even though these are popular I didn't know about them until just now.. because I live in the boonies. There's nothing like this in the stores around here.

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      kmyangel 5 years ago

      Sounds fun to use !!! Harder to make :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Oh girl! I love these! I'll bet my stepdaughter's little girl would enjoy this too. Come to think of it, so would my stepdaughter!

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      chas65 5 years ago

      This is a new one for me, not heard of them before. But we take showers now. With bad knees, hard to get in and out of tubs.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I didn't know you could make bath bombs - what a fun activity! Maybe I could get the kids to make the bath boms, and I could just test them out.

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      I love bath bombs too, but sadly, I don't have a bath anymore. :(

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      This makes me wish my kids were still little,what a blast they would have had! Fun activity, thanks for sharing.