How To Make A Bath Bomb: Recipes And Instructions

4 inexpensive and easy bath bomb recipes to assit you in making creative gifts and attractive displays.

Bath bombs are fun, creative, and attractive accents for your bathroom.When dropped into a warm bath, the bombs fizz in the water and fill the room with a soothing scent. Bath bombs make great gifts, especially when combined with coordinating homemade bath oil, beads, and body spray (all easy and inexpensive to make!).Commonly the bombs are formed into ball shapes, but depending on the availability of molds in your area you could make any shape imaginable""ghosts for Halloween, hearts for Valentine's Day, and ornaments for Christmas. The best way to learn how to make bath bombs is to practice with a few tried-and-true recipes. After you perfect the craft, you can begin to make your own gift baskets that will bring a smile to anyone's face.

Recipe #1""The Basic


1 cup baking soda; ½ cup citric acid; ½ cup corn starch; 2 tablespoons jojoba; 2 teaspoons witch hazel; food coloring of your choice; ½ teaspoon borax; 1-2 teaspoons of fragrance oil of your choice; mold of your choice


Mix the baking soda, citric acid, and corn starch in a large bowl.

Mix the rest of the ingredients in another bowl. Poor the wet mixture over the first mixture slowly and stir thoroughly.

Put the mixture into the mold and pat down.Once the mixture has taken the shape of the mold it can be removed, even if it is not completely dry.

Allow the bombs to dry over night.Package or display however you like.

Recipe #2""The Large Batch

Ingredients: 1 ¼ cup baking soda; ¾ cup citric acid; ½ cupcorn starch; 2 tablespoons oil; 3 teaspoons water; fragrance oil of your choice; coloring of your choice


As in the above recipe, mix the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately before adding the wet to the dry slowly.

Put the mixture into the desired mold and let dry at least 24 hours.

Recipe #3""The Mini Bomb

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons citric acid; 2 tablespoons cornstarch; 1/4 cup baking soda; 3 teaspoons fragrance oil;5 drops fragrant essential oil; 5 drops food coloring; melon ball scooper; wax paper


Again, follow the above example when mixing the ingredients.Scoop the mixture out with a melon ball scooper and allow the balls to dry on wax paper for at least 24 hours.Package a large number of the small balls in a decorative bag or display in a bowl in your bathroom.Use 3 or 4 balls in each bath.

Recipe #4""The Glitter Bomb

Ingredients: 1 cup baking soda; 1/2 cup citric acid; 1/2 cup cornstarch; 1 teaspoon ultra-fine glitter; 2 1/2 tablespoons almond oil; 3/4 tablespoons distilled water; 1-2 teaspoons fragrance oil; 1-2 drops food coloring; 1/2 teaspoons borax


Follow the instructions for Recipe #1. For an added kick, mix in a package of pop rocks.For an interesting color change effect, add 1 package on unsweetened color change Kool-Aid.

Once you have mastered the basic recipes, you will have all the knowledge you need to create wonderful gifts for friends and family.If you are feeling extra-confidant, sell your bombs at a local craft store or fair. Feel free to include colorful additions to your bombs (such as flowers, large glitter flecks, etc).Experiment with various scents and scent combinations""this is a great way to personalize a gift for a friend.

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