diy bath bomb

Want to learn how to make bath bombs? Not only are bath bombs a great way to enhance an already pleasurable activity (who doesn’t love a warm soak in the tub!), they also make for fantastic shower or wedding favors.

Bath bombs smaller than these sell for  $6.45 a pop at Lush. If you take lots of baths, your money will dissolve pretty quickly.

Before I go on to tell you how to make bath bombs, I have a confession to make: this is the third bath bomb recipe that I’ve tried – and the only one that worked for me. I nearly gave up after my last attempt turned into a crumbly mess – but something in me was fiercely determined to succeed. And that I did!

After doing some heavy duty reading on how to make bath bombs, I’ve realized that perfecting a bath bomb really does take practice. You might not get it right the first time – and if that’s not okay with you, then you might want to hop on over to Lush to purchase your bath bombs, instead of making them.

If you don’t have all the ingredients to make this recipe, all you really need is baking soda, water, citric acid and essential oil. I suggest you read this guide to making bath bombs before you proceed.

If you are making bath bombs as favors, you’ll probably want to get smaller molds or just fill half the mold for each one. This recipe makes 2.5 eight ounce bath bombs.


    • 8 oz. baking soda
    • 4 oz Citric Acid
    • 4 oz. corn starch
    • 4 oz. Epsom salts
    • 3/4 tsp water
    • 2 tsp. essential oil (I used peppermint)
    • 2.5 tsp almond oil or other light oil
    • A few drops food coloring
    • sugar flower (the kind you use for decorating cakes)
    • Clear Plastic Fillable Ball Ornament

Gather your dry ingredients.

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Dump all of your dry ingredients into one big bowl and stir.

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Place wet ingredients in a small jar and mix.

mint bathPour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir, using a whisk. Mixture should clump together in your hands.

mint bath bomb

Place sugar flower upside down in one half of the baubles.

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Pack mixture tightly into first half of plastic ornament. Repeat with second half. Pile mixture loosely on top of filled second ornament and press both halves together. If you find that the mixture is not packing well, place back into the bowl and add a WEE bit of water. This is tricky, because too much water will ruin your bath bomb.

peppermint bath bomb

minty bath fizzCarefully release from mold. Place bath bombs on a fluffy towel covered with wax paper (this will help to eliminate the flat spot on the bottom of the bomb) to dry. Let dry for 1-2 days before wrapping.

single bath bombIf you are giving these as DIY favors, place in a cellophane favor bag or wrap with tissue paper.