10 Best Homemade DIY Bath Bombs

Making DIY bath bombs have never been so easy! Scroll down and keep reading today’s article to know about bath bombs, DIY bath bomb recipes, and much more. But let us start with the basics by learning what a bath bomb is.

1. What Is a Bath Bomb and What Are the Benefits of Using Bath Bombs During Bath?

Bath bombs are a mixture of aromatic essences, oils, dry ingredients, and liquid ingredients tossed in water before a bath. They can be of several shapes- spherical, heart, star and are for single-use. The key contents added to the bath bombs’ mixture are citric acid and baking soda, which create fabulous fizz when added to water.

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After adding the bath bombs to your bath water, they dissolve completely, releasing exquisite aroma and all the heavenly ingredients they are made of. Bath bombs are emollients containing luscious oils and peachy exfoliating Epsom salts 1that are healthy for your skin.

Using bath bombs in your bath can turn your monotonous bath into a luxurious spa bath, and you can lounge and relish in a paradise of aroma. Other than this, they smooth the dry skin and hydrate it, loosen your body and mind, and release all the stress and restlessness of the day. You will feel reinvigorated after a bath with bath bombs.

Once you add bath bombs to your skin-care routine, you wouldn’t deny the fact that another name for fancy, relaxing, and luxurious baths is bathing using bath bombs.

One can buy bath bombs from stores or online. The bought ones, no doubt, have marvelous ingredients in them that are wonderful for the skin. But they can be quite expensive because of all the luxurious contents included in those bath bombs.

High price tags should not keep you away from being able to enjoy a lavish bath using bath bombs, as you can make bath bombs at your home itself and enjoy them whenever you would like.

Also, bath bombs found in stores or online might be made using synthetic fragrances and coloring that make the bath bombs look vivid and beautiful, but when you are looking for something natural, DIY bath bombs are there to help you out and are very easy to make too.

2. Benefits Of Homemade DIY Bath Bombs

Now you might wonder whether homemade bath bombs are worth it. Will they be as good as the ones in stores?

Yes, of course! If you choose to make DIY homemade bath bombs2, then the benefits of the bombs are the bonuses.

When you make your own DIY bath bombs, you know what ingredients you are putting in and whatnot, and so you know what is going on in the bathwater. You know which ingredients are beneficial for your skin and senses, and you will put exactly what you want to elevate your bathing experience with bath bombs.

DIY bath bombs create the best bathing experience for you. Homemade bath bombs can be customized as per your choice; they can smell and acquire the color you want. You can include your favorite essential oils or, at first, experiment with the essential oils to find the oil that will suit you. You need to put the right ingredient for your different moods, and you will be all set.

You will find it useful to spend a bit of your time making your own homemade bath bombs following our DIY bath bomb recipe.

3. DIY Bath Bomb Recipe

To get a bath bomb recipe according to your preference and contentment, it is important to choose all the contents carefully. You don’t have to worry about roaming up and down the store aisle to find the bath bomb recipe ingredients, as they are easily available. Probably some of the contents are right there in your kitchen at this moment.

3.1. Color and Fragrance Selection

Choosing the right color for your bath bombs is important as the bath bombs will fizz when they are added to the water, and further, all the contents will mix up with the water. Food coloring and soap dyes such as mica powder are the best to use as the coloring agent for your DIY bath bombs. Plant-based colorings, such as madder root powder for pink color, and turmeric for a golden yellow, can also be a better option as they won’t damage your skin while getting absorbed.

Selecting the right fragrances for the bath bombs is also necessary as you will not want to feel allergic. Putting the right amount of essential oils is requisite. Essential oils can also add a natural and elusive fragrance, so it is an option for you to add fragrances further to your bath bombs. If you are sensitive to fragrances, you might skip fragrant essential oils and other fragrances.

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3.2. The Basic DIY Bath Bomb Recipe

If you are learning how to make DIY bath bombs, then this is the recipe that you will need to get started. Just follow this bath bomb recipe step by step, and you’ll be enjoying a relaxing bath in no time, treating your senses.

Before making bath bombs, ensure you have all the necessary bath bomb recipes ingredients like liquid and dry ingredients.

Adding citric acid mixed with baking soda in the bath bomb ingredients is of the essence as it makes the bath bombs fizz. Epsom salt works as a healing agent. Liquid coconut oil or almond oil prevents the shape of the bath bombs from falling apart, so make sure you put a sufficient amount of these oils in the mixture.

4. Unicolor DIY Bath Bomb Ingredients and Supplies:

The contents below will get you approximately 8 to 10 small-sized bath bombs or 3 to 4 large-sized bath bombs. So you can decide the number of bath bombs you want to make and their size and then measure the amount of each ingredient.

4.1. Ingredients: 

(For making approx. 8 to 10 small-sized/3 to 4 large-sized bath bombs)

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup Epsom salts
  • 4 tsp sweet almond oil or coconut oil (melted)
  • 4 tsp pure essential oil
  • 2 tsp distilled water or tap water
  • A couple of drops of liquid soap dye or food coloring

4.2. Supplies:

  • Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Jar
  • Bath bomb mold (plastic or metal)

5. How To Make DIY Bath Bombs (Unicolor) – Steps:

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5.1. Mix the Dry Ingredients

In a large bowl, put all the dry bath bomb ingredients after measuring, including baking soda 1-2 cups, citric acid 1-2 cups, 1-2 cups Epsom salts, and corn starch.

To mix the bath bomb ingredients, use a whisk and mix the dry ingredients evenly.

5.2. Mix the Wet Ingredients

Take another large bowl that will be used to mix the wet ingredients like the fragrance oils, coconut oil, color or soap dye of your choice, essential oil, and water.

1/2 tsp of food coloring is quite enough to add to the liquid contents for the bath bombs as too much food color can leave stains in your bathtub. But if you want a deep and rich color, add 1 tsp or 1 and 1/2 tsp of most of the food coloring.

5.3. Add Essential Oil 

Steadily and slowly add the wet ingredients mixture to the dry ingredients mixture one spoon at a time and mix it meticulously using your hands. Add 20 to 30 drops of essential oil also to the mixture. Whisk everything well.

The citric acid causes the bath bombs to fizz when it comes in contact with water. So, adding the liquid contents slowly will help you in creating a perfect ball of the bath bomb.

5.4. Mix Them for Perfect Texture

Mix the bath bomb ingredients well so that the mixture starts to stick together and you get a texture similar to damp sand after mixing, add citric acid once more and mix further.

5.5. Put Them in The Mold

After your mixture of bath bomb ingredients is prepared well; you need to mold the bath bombs.

Press the mixture into each half of the bath bomb mold tightly. Firmly press the two halves together so that the mixture forms an orb and leaves the molds to sit for a minute. If bath bomb molds are not available, you can use your hands to mold the mixture.

One thing to keep in mind, you must work quickly before the bath bomb mixture dries out. To prevent it from drying, you can also use an atomizer or spray bottle filled with witch hazel to spray on the mix while you mold it with your hands.

6. Remove the Mold

After a minute, tap one of the mold halves to remove the bath bomb. Please put it on a dry towel and leave the bath bomb to dry for at least 24 hours until they are firm and dry.

Leaving them to dry for at least 24 hours is necessary, or you won’t get the right shape. Even if a bit goes wrong, your final product won’t satisfy you. Please keep it safe in a dry place to avoid it from getting wet anyway.

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These were the basic steps to make bath bombs of unicolor. But what if you want to make those multicolored bath bombs that look so lovely in the stores or online?

I am sure you want to try one of those, too, as they truly are a sight for sore eyes. They are just as easy as you can’t think of. So, without any wait, let us have a look at how you can make multicolor DIY bath bombs.

6. Multicolor DIY Bath Bomb Ingredients and Supplies:

The contents are almost the same as before and of the same quantity if you want to make approximately 8 to 10 small-sized bath bombs or 3 to 4 large-sized bath bombs.

6.1. Ingredients

(For making approx. 8 to 10 small-sized/3 to 4 large-sized bath bombs):

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup Epsom salts
  • 4 tsp sweet almond oil or coconut oil
  • 4 tsp pure essential oil
  • 2 tsp distilled water or tap water
  • Double the few drops of liquid soap dye or coloring used in unicolor bath bombs

6.2. Supplies:

  • Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Jar
  • Bath bomb mold (plastic or metal)

7. How To Make DIY Bath Bombs (Multicolor) – Steps:

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1. You need to follow the basic bath bomb recipe but stop before mixing the wet and dry products.

2. Slowly add liquid coconut oil, and after adding the oil to the dry ingredients, take two bowls and split the mixture equally into each bowl.

3. Now, for example, I am mentioning two different colors, pink and purple. You, of course, have the freedom to choose any color to make your DIY multicolor bath bombs. Add pink in one bowl and purple in the other bowl.

4. Mix the contents of each bowl thoroughly. Then add citric acid again to each bowl and mix the contents again.

5. Now is the time to pack the bath bomb mold with the resultant mixture. Pack one half of the mold with one color mixture and the other half with the other color mixture, or you can fill the mold halves with layers of alternative colors. Post-packing, press the halves together.

Using your hands to stick together and make the bomb would also be much better as the colors will spread unevenly, resulting in a beautiful finishing product.

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Wow! Now you know two different bath bomb recipes and how to make them!

You have now understood that bath bombs are quite easy to make. At first, you might find it hard to handle the liquid, but after some tries, you will become a perfectionist in making your own DIY bath bombs.

If stored carefully in an airtight container or wrapped nicely in plastic wrap, you can use your DIY bath bombs for up to 5 to 6 months. When you’re ready to use the bath bomb, toss it in water and let it fizz and dissolve.

For bath bomb molds, you could use plastic mold but using a metal mold is suggested. There are bath bomb molds of several shapes – floral bath bomb molds, heart-shaped bath bomb molds, and so much more. Mold them any way you want. When you are an expert to make bath bombs, DIY bath bombs will be your thing.

No doubt bath bombs make lovely DIY gift ideas. They are just so easy to make that you will want to make lots of bath bombs and then gift them to someone or might even want to sell them at an affordable price! Now you might probably want to ditch shop bath bombs.

Homemade bath bombs can be fancier by adding many colors, decorating the mixture like glitters, and molding it into different shapes and sizes. There are endless recipes but start with the basics.

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What are the different homemade bath bombs that can be made using budget-friendly components? Let us check them out.

8. 10 Best Homemade DIY Bath Bombs

Now that you know how to make bath bombs, DIY bath bombs benefits, and recipes, here is our compilation of the 10 best homemade DIY bath bombs. The procedures to make them are all the same.

8.1. Cold and Sinus Relief DIY Bath Bomb

Bathing with bath bombs can also help you in getting relief from colds and sinus problems. Mix some DIY bath bombs and make the bath effective as salts could draw out the toxins, and oils could help relieve the pain naturally.

Main ingredients: Baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, Epsom salt, coconut oil, peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils, soap dye, and bath bomb molds.

8.2. Green Tea DIY Bath Bomb

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Relish the goodness of green tea even during your bath time with the green tea DIY bath bombs that will release those gorgeous essential oils in your bath water and rejuvenate you, relaxing all your achy muscles.

Main ingredients: Baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, Epsom salt, coconut oil, green tea seed oil and extract, green food coloring, and bath bomb molds.

8.3. Lemon DIY Bath Bomb

Treat your skin naturally and dip into a luxurious bath filled with the richness of a lemon bath bomb. The essential oils with lemon will treat your acne, pores, and excess oil on the skin. And for those who worry about getting wrinkles, you shouldn’t miss using this bath bomb as it fights wrinkles too.

Main ingredients: Baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, Epsom salt, coconut oil, lemon essential oil, yellow food coloring, and molds.

8.4. Lavender DIY Bath Bomb

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Bath bomb mixture filled with soothing dried lavender petals, lavender bath bombs will leave you fresh and renewed after a bath and will awaken your senses with its delicious scent.

Main ingredients: Baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, Epsom salt, coconut oil, pure lavender essential oil, dried lavender buds, soap dye, and molds

8.5. Peppermint DIY Bath Bomb

DIY peppermint bath bombs are not only a great DIY gift idea but could also be a good replacement for medicines. Fill the bathwater using these and bask in the uplifting aroma of peppermints that will energize your senses, while the coconut oil will smooth your skin.

Main ingredients: Baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, Epsom salt, coconut oil, peppermint essential oil, soap dye, and molds.

8.6. Milk and Honey DIY Bath Bomb

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Perk up your bath bomb recipes with DIY milk and honey bath bombs. The sound of this bath bomb itself feels so luscious that dipping in the richness of the contents filled with cocoa butter, milk, and honey powder will certainly make your skin supple and soft.

Main ingredients: Baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, Epsom salt, coconut oil, essential oil, cocoa butter, milk powder, honey powder, soap dye, and molds.

8.7. Grapefruit DIY Bath Bomb

Including the oil extracted from grapefruit in the bath bomb recipe, it will bring lots of benefits to your skin, exfoliating and removing all the toxins. It detoxes the skin and leaves you healthy and fresh.

Main ingredients: Baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, Epsom salt, coconut oil, grapefruit essential oil, soap dye, and molds.

8.8. Rose DIY Bath Bomb

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One can enjoy the ultimate luxurious bath when the goodness of rose petals is added to bath bomb recipes. Not only with the skin-nourishing properties of rosehip oil, but DIY rose bath bomb recipes are filled with an amazing fragrance that will give you the feeling of living in heaven.

Main ingredients: Baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, Epsom salt, coconut oil, dry milk, dried rose petals, rosehip oil, soap dye, and molds.

8.9. Orange DIY Bath Bomb

Therapeutic orange bath bombs treat your mind and body with their rich, fruity scent. The orange essential oil aids the senses and citric acid, well you know how it works magic.

Main ingredients: Baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, Epsom salt, coconut oil, orange essential oil, orange food coloring, and molds.

8.10. Aromatherapy DIY Bath Bomb

Filled with the goodness of therapeutic essential oils, bathing in these DIY bath bombs will promote better sleep, relieve the restlessness of the day, calm your mind, and could help you in letting go of your worries. Coconut oil and shea butter will work their magic on your skin.

Main ingredients: Baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, Epsom salt, shea butter, SLSA powder, essential oils, coconut oil, food coloring, and molds.

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That was all for today, the bath bomb recipes and the 10 best homemade DIY bath bombs.

Have you tried making DIY bath bombs before we even put up this article? Share with us your experience if you have tried making DIY homemade bath bombs before or following our above-mentioned bath bomb recipe.

9. Frequently Asked Questions

9.1. Are Homemade Bath Bombs Hard to Make?

Absolutely not! Making your own bath bombs may be a simple and enjoyable procedure if you use the appropriate components and the recipe stated above.

9.2. Are Bath Bombs Customizable to My Preferences?

Absolutely! One of the best things about producing your own bath bombs is that you have the opportunity to customize them with your own colors, aromas, and additives.

9.3. What Are the Best Ingredients to Use in DIY Bath Bombs?

Some popular ingredients for bath bombs include baking soda, citric acid, Epsom salt, essential oils, and liquid coconut or almond oil.

9.4. How Do I Ensure that My Bath Bombs Retain Their Shape?

Adding the right amount of liquid coconut or almond oil to your mixture can help prevent your bath bombs from falling apart.

9.5. Are DIY Bath Bombs Safe for Sensitive Skin?

It depends on the ingredients used. If in case you have sensitive skin, it’s recommended to avoid harsh or irritating ingredients and opt for natural, gentle options like plant-based colorings and fragrance-free essential oils.

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