5 DIY Bath Bombs

Written by Chaitra Krishnan, MA (Journalism & Mass Communication)  • 

Taking a luxurious bath after an exhausting day is probably the best way to relax (definitely better than Netflix). It not only cleanses your body but it’s also a great way to de-stress. Remember how Chandler from the sitcom Friends enjoyed baths? Trust us, he wasn’t exaggerating because baths are super relaxing! Rather than taking a quick shower before you jump into your bed, a soothing bath will help you sleep better. Bath bombs add emollients and softeners to the water to make your skin soft and supple. Also, once the bomb fizzes and mixes in the water, it releases pleasant and relaxing fragrances.


However, the only sad thing about bath bombs is that they are quite expensive. This is why it’s a great idea to learn how to make bath bombs yourself. You can make different types of bath bombs and store them for future use or gift them to your loved ones. Making bath bombs are simple and inexpensive if you know the right recipes. In this article, we will introduce you to five of the most popular bath bombs there are.

1. Lavender Bath Bombs

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Lavender is one of the nicest fragrances and it makes your mood lighten up instantly. Making lavender bath bombs are pretty easy and if you’re a baking person, you may find all the necessary ingredients in your pantry already. You will need Epsom salts, baking soda, corn starch, cream of tartar (the dry ingredients) in a large glass bowl and water, purple food color, and lavender essential oil (the liquid ingredients) in a smaller bowl.

Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients drop by drop while constantly stirring. Your bath bomb mixture should feel like wet sand and it should hold together when you squeeze some in your hands. In case it doesn’t, add drops of water until it reaches the desired consistency. Once the bath bomb mixture is ready, put it in the mould and let it dry. You can choose moulds of any shape that you like. After the bath bomb has dried, store it in an airtight container.

2. Citrus Bath Bombs

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Not everyone is a fan of floral scents. If you love citrus fragrances like that of oranges and lemons, this is the perfect bath bomb for you. For this recipe, we will be mixing the scents of both oranges and lemons. Mix one cup of corn starch, one cup of baking soda, one cup of citric acid and a quarter cup of Epsom salt in a bowl. Make another set of the same mixture so that you can prepare the orange content and the lemon content separately. Add the essential oils and food colors to the respective mixtures along with a few drops of water. Using a spray bottle to add water will be ideal so that the content doesn’t fizz during the mixing.

Once the orange and lemon mixtures are ready, fill the mould in layers, let it dry and then store it in a dry container or a plastic cover.

3. Cupcake Bath Bombs

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Bath bombs in the shape of cute cupcakes are a delight to all your senses! The procedure of making the cake part of this bomb is pretty much the same as the previous ones. Use cupcake moulds to make this bath bomb. To make the frosting, whip some cream of tartar, sugar, dry egg whites or meringue, few drops of water, and essential oils. Quickly start the icing with your piping bag so that the frosting doesn’t solidify. Now let the bath bomb dry and store it in an airtight box. If you do not like the sugary frosting, you can remove it when you’re adding the bath bomb to the water.

4. Tie-Dye Bath Bombs

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These are the prettiest and the most colorful bath bombs. All the initial preparation steps are same as the previous bombs and the only difference is that you use multiple fragrances in this one. But remember to use fragrances that go well with each other. Add a few drops of hempseed and flower child fragrance oils to the mixture for soothing aromatic effects.

5. Hot Cocoa Bath Bombs

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If you love the smell of chocolate, you’re going to love this bath bomb (it can be tempting, but don’t eat it please)! Swirling in a tub of chocolate is not just a fantasy but it is actually beneficial for your skin. Cocoa powder contains caffeine which can make your skin firmer and softer. Apart from the usual ingredients, the only extra items that you would need for this bomb are white clay, cocoa powder, and chocolate essential oil. Once the bomb is made, you can make a “chocolate sauce” (optional) with cocoa powder and cocoa butter and pour it on top of the bomb.

These bath bombs are amazing, cost-effective, completely natural, and cruelty-free. Since you’re making them yourself, you get to choose each and every scent that goes in them which is great! Do you like bath bombs? Ever tried making them yourself? Let us know in the comments below.

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