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Don’t Buy, Make: Homemade Bath-Bomb Recipes

These homemade bath bombs will excite your senses and don’t take much time or money to make. They make great gifts, you can use them for yourself or hand them out individually wrapped as party favors. Here are two recipes to create your own.

BASIC FIZZY BATH BOMB RECIPE

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

 *Tip: Most supermarkets carry citric acid. Look for it near the canning supplies. You can also buy citric acid online here or purchase a complete bath bomb starter kit here.

INSTRUCTIONS

  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 1 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
  4. Add more water, if needed, and work quickly so the mixture doesn’t have a chance to fizz
  5. Tightly pack mixture into molds
  6. Let sit overnight (do not place in direct sunlight)
  7. Tap molds to release bath bombs
  8. Wrap in tissue paper and store in an airtight container
  9. Use the bath bombs within two weeks, as they will lose their fizzing power if kept in storage too long

MOISTURIZING FIZZY BATH BOMB RECIPE

MATERIALS
Sifter
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup citric acid *
1/2 cup Epsom salt (plain or scented)
Mixing bowls
Gloves
2 3/4 tablespoons almond or canola oil
3/4 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons essential oil of your choice (see below for recommendations)
Food coloring (optional for color)
Ice cube tray, muffin tin or silicone mold
Tissue paper

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Sift baking soda, cornstarch, citric acid and Epsom salt into a mixing bowl and, wearing gloves, mix well
2. In smaller bowl, combine oil, water, essential oil and food coloring
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

  1. Add more water, if needed, and work quickly so the mixture doesn’t have a chance to fizz
  2. Tightly pack mixture into molds
  3. Let sit overnight (do not place in direct sunlight)
  4. Tap molds to release bath bombs
  5. Package and store as directed above

 *Tip: Most supermarkets carry citric acid. Look for it near the canning supplies. You can also buy citric acid online here or purchase a complete bath bomb starter kit here.

RECOMMENDED ESSENTIAL OILS

A wide variety of essential oils are available, each with its own unique scent that can be used for different therapeutic results. Here are a few favorites that can be used to create the ultimate bath bomb experience:

Eucalyptus: A woody, stimulating scent used to help relieve sinus and respiratory ailments

Grapefruit: A citrusy, refreshing scent used to boost moods

Lavender: A floral scent with a calming, healing effect

Peppermint: A stimulating scent with a strong, minty aroma

Tangerine: A fruity, sweet scent that produces a calming effect

What are your favorite scents?

Rachel Faucett is the author of the well-loved design and DIY crafts blog Handmade Charlotte. She lives on a farm with her adorable husband and their five children.

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