Have you ever been curious about how to make bath bombs at home, similar to the ones sold in fancy bath stores at the mall? Bath bombs are a fun bath-time accessory that fizz up when placed in the bath tub, make the water turn colors, and smell great! They also make an easy homemade gift. In fact, check out how cute these egg-shaped bath bombs turned out – they will make the perfect addition to Easter baskets!
Homemade Bath Bombs
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup corn starch
1 cup citric acid
1/2 cup canola oil
essential oil of choice (10-12 drops)
food coloring (I used Neon colors)
Mix together the citric acid, cornstarch, baking soda, and oil in a medium sized bowl. Add about 10-12 drops of the essential oil of your choice. I used a nice Purification blend of essential oils with lemongrass. Lavender would be great for the bath too!
Divide mixture into smaller bowls and mix in a few drops of food coloring in each bowl. Using a small plastic egg, add some of the mixture to each side of the egg. Gently pack in the mixture, but take care not to pack it too hard or it may get stuck. Close egg and shake so the mixture takes on the shape of the egg. Carefully open one side of egg and let it dry overnight. Repeat this process with the rest of the eggs. This batch makes about 9-10 small egg bath bombs.
The next day, take out the whole egg-shaped bath bomb and let it dry. The drying process took about 2 days in my home but this may vary based on the temperature and humidity in your home. When dry, enjoy one in your next bath!
If you don’t want to make Easter-shaped Bath Bombs, you can use cookie cutters to create other shapes or even purchase the big bath bomb molds at craft stores or online —> Silicone gel non-stick molds for baking also make great bath bomb molds!
Note about Citric Acid: Although this project was really easy, I did encounter one big challenge – finding citric acid. Don’t do what I did and drive all around to health food and vitamin stores looking for this ingredient. I had heard that Whole Foods Market sold citric acid in the bulk section but mine did not. Instead, I found it with the vitamins at Whole Foods and paid $5 for a small bottle. Next time, I’ll buy bulk on Amazon and double the recipe.
My kids loved these – it’s fun to play with the colors and scents. In case you’re curious, these bath bombs did not stain my tub, but they did leave the tub a little slippery from the oil so be careful. Thanks to Henry Happened for the recipe and inspiration.