“Mama, I want some bath bombs for my next bath”, said my 4 year old. I don’t know about you but when I was 4 I didn’t ask my mama for bath bombs. Lol! But who can blame her, they not only smell good but are so fun!
I love making bath bombs! They make taking a bath such an awesome relaxing spa-like experience. Plus they make great gifts and clearly, they are fun for the littles ones!
For the longest time we only made our lavender bath bombs, but I love citrus smells and wanted to experiment by making bath bombs with other ingredients…and that’s how we came up with this recipe.
What’s great about making bath bombs is that you know exactly what’s in them and you can avoid toxic ingredients. You can also scent them or color them the way you want to and even use fun silicone molds to make them in cute shapes for the little ones.
Whether you make bath bombs using a bath bombs mold or by simply using a fun silicone mold; the key is to pack tightly the mixture in whatever mold you’re using. This way the bath bomb will stick together and turn out great.
These also make a great Christmas or birthday gift. Pack them in a cute little box with tissue paper and give your loved ones a handmade gift they appreciate.
How to make Citrus Bath Bombs
- 1 cup Baking Soda
- 1/2 cup Citric Acid
- 1/2 cup Epsom Salt
- 3/4 cup organic cornstarch
- 2 tbs almond oil
- 3 teaspoons witch hazel
- 1 teaspoon green mica powder (or color of choice)
- 10 drops sweet orange essential oil
- 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
- Bath bomb mold (or this set) or silicone molds
In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients (baking soda, citric acid, epsom salt, cornstarch and mica powder) and mix well. Make sure there are no clumps.
In a small glass bowl, combine the almond oil, essential oils and witch hazel.
Then, pour the liquid mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients. It will fizz once the liquid touches it.
Begin mixing using a fork (or your hands) until everything looks combined and somewhat moist.
Set up your silicone molds or bath bomb mold on a counter. Use a spoon to fill the molds halfway. Using a silicone spatula, press the mixture into the molds firmly. The key to bath bombs is that you press firmly, if you don’t press down firmly, the bombs will not hold together. Make sure you keep pressing down every time you add a little of the mixture to the mold.
Divide the rest of the mixture into the molds and again press down firmly. If you’re using a bath bomb mold, make sure you pack the mixture tightly on each half and then close the mold to form a ball. If you’re using another type of mold, make sure you add little by little and pack it tightly too.
If you’re using a bath bomb mold, once you have packed it tightly with the mixture and made the ball, remove the bath bomb mold and put the ball on parchment paper. Let it sit 24-48 hours (until it’s dry).
If you’re using any other type of mold just leave the mixture inside the mold and let sit on the counter for twenty four hours to set before removing from molds.
Once the bath bombs are dry, transfer them to an airtight container with care.
To use them: fill up your tub with water, throw the bath bomb in it, sit back and relax!
How easy was that? Now you can have your own bath bombs and relax at home.
Note: from the mica powder and the almond oil these bombs will leave your bath a bit slippery- so take caution when getting out!
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