Bath Bomb Recipes

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After the kids go to bed, I like to pamper myself with a relaxing bath. I enjoy some soft music, a little wine, and my favorite bath bomb. The music is free, and I can't make the wine. But, I could probably make my own bath bombs for less than $5 each. Can anyone help me with a recipe?

Start with Epsom Salts

Most bath bombs are just Epsom salts with essential oils. You can get a half gallon of salts at any store and add your favorite oil. Since the salts are about $3 or less and oils cost about $3 to $5, you will have over a year's worth of relaxation for less than two bath bombs. Enjoy!
Judy M. of NY

Easy Bath Bomb Recipes Found Online

Dry Ingredients:

8 ounces baking soda
4 ounces citric acid
4 ounces corn starch
4 ounces salts (mineral salts)

Wet Ingredients:

.75 tbsp. water
Essential or fragrance oil to desired strength
2.5 tbsp. oil (light vegetable oil will work)
1 or 3 drops food coloring

Begin by putting all of your dry ingredients into a big bowl. Glass is best because it is non-reactive. Whisk clumps out. You want a fairly smooth consistency throughout the entire mix.

Blend wet ingredients together. While whisking, add dry ingredients slowly. If the mixture foams, you are mixing too fast. When all dry ingredients are added, you should have the consistency of slightly damp sand. It should clump in your hands.

You can use all sorts of things to make your bombs like muffin tins, ice cube trays, and candy molds. You should get about four to five bath bombs from this, depending on what size mold you use.

Once they are completely dry, store bath bombs in an airtight container or bag. High humidity will make them activate. Because we used oil and water and no preservatives, you want to use them within about six months.

There are a lot of other ideas online. Google how to make a bath bomb. This recipe is pretty easy.

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Her Favorite Bath Bomb Recipe

Basic Fizzy Bath Bomb Recipe by Rachel Faucett


1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid*
Mixing bowls
Essential oil of your choice (see below for recommendations)
Food coloring (optional for color)
Ice cube tray, muffin tin or silicone mold
Tissue paper

*Tip: Most supermarkets carry citric acid. Look for it near the canning supplies.


  1. Sift baking soda and citric acid into a mixing bowl and, wearing gloves, mix well.
  2. In a smaller bowl, combine essential oil, food coloring, and one teaspoon water.
  3. With gloves on, mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients until texture is crumbly and can just hold its shape when squeezed with your hands. Add more water, if needed. Work quickly so the mixture doesn't have a chance to fizz.
  4. Tightly pack mixture into molds. Let sit overnight (do not place in direct sunlight).
  5. Tap molds to release bath bombs. Wrap in tissue paper and store in an airtight container. Use the bath bombs within two weeks, as they will lose their fizzing power if kept in storage too long


Easy to Make, Store, and Use

These aren't "bath bombs" technically, but they are bath salts. They're the same with the exception of not being in a solid shape.

Combine Epsom salts in a glass or stainless steel bowl (I prefer glass because I know there won't be any kind of chemical reaction, and it's just as dishwasher proof as stainless steel is) and a few drops of a scented oil with a few drops of whatever color you like or that seems appropriate.

Quite a few years ago, I made up a few different batches of bath salts near Christmas time and gave them as gifts to female friends. If I were making it for myself, I'd probably buy one of those cute preserves jars with the rubber ring and lid that fastens down, but for the small Christmas gifts, I bought a supply of small resealable bags at a craft store. I bought the fragrance oils at the craft store, too, and bought ones that were scented like peach and "powder room." The peach-scented bath salts were colored a faint orange (which required both a drop of red and a drop of yellow food color). The powder room scented bath salts were colored a light blue color.

This is very easy to make, easy to store, and easy to use. Because it contains essential oils, I wouldn't leave the mixture down where very young children might get it open and think it was some kind of food. I'm not sure it would harm them, but I don't know for sure what the reaction might be.

Between the wide variety of scented oils and choice of colors, you'll have an endless variety to make.

Great Recipes Found Online

I haven't done this myself but having seen the question, I looked online. There are many results under the internet search "DIY bath bombs." This is an example at TheFitnessista.com.

Reviewed September 2017

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