Bath Bomb Recipes

Recipes and instructions for homemade relaxing bath bombs with natural ingredients that can be customized to include your favorite oils and scents.

Life today runs at a hundred miles an hour. Juggling a family, career, and social responsibilities, while still trying to find time for yourself isn't easy. When you do get the luxury of time, you want to make the most of it. Well, there's no better way to spoil yourself than to lock the bathroom door, light some candles, and sink into a relaxing tub. To make your experience even more indulgent, whip up some bath "bombs" to toss into the tub and feel as if you are soaking in a large glass of champagne.

Bath bomb recipes call for citric acid; this is what gives them their fizz. This is available from a number of spice suppliers or at locations that offer soap making supplies. Witch hazel is available in pharmacy section and borax in the laundry section of most stores. In addition, bath bombs must be made and kept in an absolutely dry environment to avoid disaster. If you live in a humid environment, you may experience difficulty, though 1/3 c. Epsom or sea salt will help.

To scent your bath bombs you can either use essential or fragrance oils. Essential oils come directly from plants and are useful in aromatherapy. Fragrance oils are synthetic, and though they do not possess properties of aromatherapy, you may encounter a scent that you prefer. Some various aromatherapy options that work well for this application are lavender (relaxation), sandalwood and ylang ylang (sensual), orange and ginger (energizing), and peppermint and eucalyptus (invigorating). You can also use a few drops of your favorite perfume too. A few drops of food coloring will suffice if you want to add little color to your bombs and should be added with the other liquid ingredients.

To make a basic bath bomb:

½ c. Citric Acid

1 c. Baking Soda

½ c. Cornstarch

2 ½ T. Oil (you can use olive, grapeseed, almond, sunflower, avocado, or most any other oil)

¾ T. Water

2 tsp. Fragrance Oils

½ tsp. Borax

Witch Hazel in a spray bottle

Plastic Soap Molds

First blend all dry ingredients except for the borax (add the borax to the wet ingredients). Once you think you have it blended enough, blend it again, and again. If it is not blended well enough, the bomb will be too grainy.

In a separate bowl mix all of the wet ingredients and the borax (except for the witch hazel). Drizzle into dry mixture with one hand, as you mix it together with the other (it's a lot easier to mix by hand than to try and use a spoon.)

Once the mixture sticks together, put it in molds. (Don't wait too long or the mixture will begin to harden). Pack it as tightly as you can, then immediately flip over and release onto lined counter or cookie sheet. Lightly spritz with witch hazel (too much will cause it to activate and fizz). Let dry overnight. Turn them over the next day and spritz the bottoms. The spritzing will form a crust on the bombs. Let dry completely before packing into an airtight container.

For a moisturizing bomb add to the basic bomb recipe:

¼ c. Epsom Salt

2 ¾ T. Almond oil (use this as your "Oil")

And decrease fragrance oil to 1 ½ tsp.

For Sore Muscles, add the following:

2 T. Epsom salt

1 tsp. Essential Oils (juniper, wintergreen, rosemary, tea tree and eucalyptus are good ones)

1 tsp. vodka

Decrease Oil to 1 Tablespoon and eliminate additional fragrance oils

For a Fizzy Milk Bomb:

1 c. baking soda

½ c. Citric acid

½ c. cornstarch

1/3 c. Epsom salts (finely ground)

1/4 c. powdered milk

2 T. olive oil

2 tsp. melted cocoa butter

1 tsp fragrance oil

When it is so easy to make these wonderful little treats, there is no reason not to. And just imagine what your friends will think of you if you can bear to part with a few for gifts? In today's hurried society, there never seems to be enough time for everything and everyone. You owe it to yourself to MAKE the time, to TAKE the time. I guarantee you'll be glad you did.

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