Baths have become popular again because of the variety of bath bombs that people are purchasing. There are many different types of bath bombs out there. Some change the color of the water, others add sparkles to the water, and most change the scent of the water as well. They are a new bath time favorite that has been drawing people in for the past year because of the many different types that exist. They can be expensive to purchase, so we’ve listed a few different types of DIY bath bombs that you can create and use at home.
The basics ingredients that you need for any bath bomb are baking soda, Epsom salts, citric acid, coconut oil, and corn syrup. Most recipes include a variety of essential oils and food coloring in order to change the scent and appearance of the bathwater. For a simple bath bomb, follow along with doTERRA’s recipe:
- 1 cup citric acid
- 1 cup baking soda
- ½ cup cornstarch
- ½ cup doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 8-10 drops favorite essential oil or blend
- Silicone mold
- In a bowl, place citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, and oil.
- Add 8-10 drops of the essential oil or essential oil blend of your choice.
- Mix well with a spoon until a soft dough is formed. It should have the consistency of damp sand. If the mixture is too wet, try adding a little more baking soda and cornstarch until the consistency is correct.
- At this point, you may add food coloring, dried herbs, or flower petals to the mixture.
- Place mixture in silicone molds. Let sit 24 hours before removing from the mold.
- To use, drop-in tub or shower and allow to dissolve.”
When using essential oils you can create different scents for your bath bombs, which have many health benefits as well. If you are suffering from a cold use a combination of eucalyptus essential oil and peppermint essential oil in your recipe to open up your sinuses and calm down your digestive system. Pompa has a noteworthy bath bomb recipe to help get you out of the rut of flu season:
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts
- 2 Tbsp. organic, raw virgin coconut oil
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid – can be found at your local grocery store in the canning section
- 4 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
- 2 drops of Peppermint essential oil
- Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
- Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl, mixing slowly. You may see some fizz happening already, but that is okay.
- Start the process of forming the ingredients into small ball shapes.
- Prepare a muffin pan with a few drops of olive oil to make sure each muffin compartment is oiled slightly, so the bath bombs don’t stick after they dry.
- Take the small balls and firmly push them into each muffin mold. Note: don’t put too much of the mixture in, as they expand.
- Leave in a well-ventilated area for at least 3 hours or until they are dry upon touch. If it is muggy, you may need to leave them dry overnight.
- Pop them out of each mold and place in an airtight bag so they don’t get soggy. You can use natural parchment paper baggies from your local health food store to store your bath bombs.”
Homemade bath bombs also make a great gift for people of all ages. They are perfect to include in an at-home spa essentials kit for any gift-giving opportunity. You can also tailor the scents and colors to a personal liking, which will make your friends appreciate your gift even more. Adding sparkles or different dried flower petals can make your bath bomb more sophisticated as well. You can also use different shaped molds to shape the bath bomb for different occasions.
After enjoying your bath bomb don’t forget to use Wet & Forget Shower to keep your bathtub oil and soap scum free! Bath bombs can leave a residue in your bathtub from the essential oils and coconut oil that can easily be cleared with Wet & Forget Shower. For more information on Wet & Forget Shower, click here.
(Photo courtesy of doTERRA)