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DIY Bath Bombs

Bath bombs. One of life’s little luxuries. What better way is there to round off a Monday than with a nice bath? Make it fancy with a bath bomb. These diy bath bombs are super easy to make and even easier to enjoy. It’s awesome to have these on hand, but it’s even better to give them as gifts. This bath bomb diy is rose tinted, heart shaped, and soothing with lavender. Experiment with your favorite flower and essential oil combinations. If nothing else, this diy is a great excuse to stock up your home apothecary cabinet. I love the possibilities of what can be done with the dried flower pack linked below.

Bath bomb diy

DIY Bath Bomb Ingredients

1/2 Cup Citric Acid
1/2 Cup Epsom Salt
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
3 Teaspoon Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Water
15 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
A Dash of Red Natural Food Dye
Dried Flowers
Heart Mold
Whisk
Mixing Bowl

DIY Bath Bomb Instructions

making bath bombs

First, whisk all of the dry ingredients together in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Take the time to break up any clumps in the baking soda on this step.

bath bomb ingredients

Next, in a separate container mix all of the wet ingredients together. The olive oil serves both as a carrier oil for the essential oils and as a binding agent for the bath bomb. Lavender is one of the few essential oils that is safe for your skin without a carrier oil, but if you want to experiment with oil combinations you’ll want to make sure to include a carrier. Lavender + eucalyptus or lavender + peppermint is an excellent choice. Clearly, I’m partial to lavender.

I added a touch of red from natural food dye to give the salts a rose tint, but this is entirely optional. This red dye is made from beets! So, a little goes a long way. The rainbow bath bomb concept is super cute, but when it all mixes together in the bath the water turns a super gross color. A light pink tint will hardly show up. It just looks lovable. And whoever you’re making these for deserves to be loved.

mixing bath bomb

Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring well. The wet ingredients will activate the citric acid and baking soda, so go easy. You’ll hear some fizzing. That’s ok.

Once the ingredients are well combined, it’s time to pack them into the molds. You can buy hardshell molds specifically for bath bombs, or use soap or candy molds. I used cute heart-shaped silicone molds. Keep in mind that plastic is porous. If you’re using ingredients that are not food safe, you won’t want to make candy from the molds after you make the bath bombs.

bath bomb molds

Have some fun while you’re packing the molds. Sprinkle some dried rose and lavender flowers in the bottom of the mold. Pack the salts around it about halfway, and add a layer of flowers in the middle for a fun little flower bomb surprise inside. Or, mix dried lavender flowers through the salts so they are evenly dispersed. You can even drop another color food dye in the middle or add some mica for a glittery bath.

Let the molds dry. They’ll expand a little, since the salts are moist. Mine turned into little muffin tops, so I trimmed the sides down with a paring knife.

Pop them out of the molds, and enjoy! Store in an airtight packaging or container for later. Any moisture in the air will continue to make them expand. So, if you live somewhere super humid or near a river, just wrap them up in some cute cellophane.

Bath bomb making

Bath bombs make great gifts! When you drop these in the bath, the flowers will expand and look so lovely. The salts are so soothing, and the baking soda will make your skin super soft. Add the relaxing smell of lavender, and you’re in for a real treat!

DIY bath bombs

Buy Bath Bombs

Not feeling up to making bath bombs? No worries, they are easy to buy, although they are much more fun to make. You can always buy some at Lush. Live a little 😉

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