We love to track the change of seasons with our DIY projects, and this is the perfect winter to spring transitional project. Make lovely spring colors and scents and then go soak out the winter chills in a hot, deliciously scented bath!
This recipe makes 1-2 bath bombs. Double or triple to make more for friends!
– Medium mixing bowl
– Measuring spoons
– Sealable jar (like a clean jam jar)
– Soap or candle mold, or other items to function as mold. You can use plastic Easter eggs, muffin trays, cookie cutters, ice cube trays, etc.
– 4 TBSP Baking Soda
– 2 TBSP Epsom Salt
– 2 TBSP Citric Acid – This can be tricky to find, but check your local health food store. We found it at our local Sprouts, but other people have found it at Whole Foods.
– 2 TBSP Cornstarch
– ½ TSP Canola or Coconut Oil
– 1 ½ TSP Essential Oil or other scent – strongly brewed peppermint tea, almond food flavoring, or other concentrated liquids also work. Since you’re not using your essential oil for food or medicinal purposes, you don’t need large quantities or expensive oils.
– A few drops of food coloring
Try out some of these simple scent combination ideas:
-lavender + rosemary, lemongrass, or peppermint
-orange + clove, peppermint, or cinnamon
-grapefruit + rose or ginger
-almond + vanilla or orange
-basil + lime or rosemary
-tea tree + peppermint or eucalyptus
-lemon + juniper or lavender
-patchouli + rose
1- Put all of the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Break up any lumps and whisk together.
2- Put all of the wet ingredients into a jar. Close the jar and shake it to mix the ingredients. Whisking in a deep cup would probably work just as well.
3- Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk it all together. It may fizz some, but stir and break up any clumps.
4- You may need to add a few more drops of liquid if your mixture won’t hold together briefly when squeezed. However, if you add too much liquid, your bombs may pre-bomb and spill out of your mold. Your bombs will harden as they dry, so don’t worry if your bombs feel crumbly at first when wet.
5- Spoon your mixture into your mold and press it in tightly. If you use Easter eggs, clean the edges carefully so they don’t dry and get stuck. We needed the edge of a knife to open ours.
6- Let the bath bombs dry overnight, then pop them out of their molds, and voila! They may leave an oily residue if left on paper or fabric, so take precautions! You may want to let them dry a few days before wrapping or sealing them.
Troubleshooting your bombs:
1- Pre-bombing – If your bath bombs are expanding out of your molds (popping open the Easter eggs!) or overflowing, you may be adding too much water. Trying using a little less water, and a little more oil. Food coloring and flavoring (like vanilla extract) count as water, not oil.
2- Too crumbly – If your bombs are crumbling apart when they dry, or breaking up as soon as they are out of their mold, you may be adding too little water. Try using a little less oil, and a few more drops of water.
And what does it look like when it bombs? Let’s test them out!
Try these out, and share your scent combinations with us! Instagram photos of your process and your results! Be sure to tag us @earthboundtrading so we can see your creations.