So lately I’ve (re)discovered baths! I know it sounds a little bit silly, but I was in such a routine of jumping in and out of the shower that I had forgotten the joys of taking a relaxing bath. It’s really amazing how much benefit we can get from such little things in life. Taking a good soak in a bath is more powerful than one might believe. Baths are great for dissolving stress and preparing for sleep, and have quite many health benefits to be gained.
To make my baths a little more enjoyable and relaxing, I’ve been treating myself to bath bombs from Lush. I discovered they’re actually such an easy thing to make I decided to try it out myself. Most of the ingredients you can find readily at the market or online at Amazon. And the process is more simple than baking cookies! They’re great for soaking away a stressful day, all you have to do is toss a bath bomb into your tub. Let the fizzy reaction release essential oils to help you relax and unwind, and leave you skin soft and smooth.
This is bath bomb recipe satisfies those sweet tooth cravings without the calories! Inspired by your classic birthday cake, this vanilla scented DIY bath bomb is the perfect little guilty pleasure. With the blend of sweet vanilla scents and soothing coconut oil, this blissful bomb melts into a moisturizing bath that indulges the skin and lifts the spirits.
DIY Bath Bomb Ingredients:
- Baking soda – 2 cups
- Citric acid – 1/2 cup
- Epson salt – 1/2 cup
- Corn starch –1/2 cup
- Coconut oil – 2 tbs
- Vanilla essential oil – 1 tbsp
- Food coloring – 5-10 drops (optional)
- Sprinkles – ¼ cup
Tools for making your own bath bombs:
- Water in a spray bottle
- Mixing bowl
- Baking molds / Bath bomb molds
How To Make Your Own DIY Bath bombs:
STEP 1: Mix it up!
Mix your dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Take your Baking Soda, Citric Acid, Epson Salt, and Corn Starch, throw them all together in a mixing bowl and gently whisk them to mix them thoroughly.
This step is make the mixture mold-able by adding water. Lightly spritz the mixture with the water in the spray bottle, stirring and mixing after each spritz. It’s important to add the water slowly, so mixture does not fizz. Check the consistency of powder with your fingers, as soon as it can be tightly packed or shaped, stop spritzing.
STEP 3: Adding scent
Add one tablespoon of vanilla essential oil to your mixture. Make sure do this a drop at a time while stirring the mixture.
STEP 4 : Adding color (optional)
To give your bath bombs a tint, add a few drops of food coloring. Start with a drop at a time while mixing until you reach the desired hue. Remember when it comes to food coloring, a little bit goes a long way!! If you’re making multiple colors, simply divide your mixture in to separate bowls and add different colors to each one.
STEP 5: Make it special!
Take a pinch of sprinkles and drop them into the bottom of your molds. (If you like you can add glitter or rose petals and get creative!) Then firmly pack mixture into baking molds. Make sure to work quickly so as not to let the bath bomb mixture dry out. But if it does just add as spritz of water.
STEP 6: Almost done!
Tap the top of the molds to carefully pop out your bath bombs. Allow the bath bombs to sit out for 24-48 hours to allow them to fully dry and harden. This recipe should make approximately 4-6 bath medium bombs depending the size of your molds.
Hope you enjoy making your bath bombs! It’s easy to create your own personalized bath bombs by adding different essential oils to help with different ailments. Eucalyptus oil is great for refreshing, and energizing bath. And Lavender oil is great for relaxing and unwinding.
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MannieOctober 6, 2021
If I don’t want to use the citric acid, do I just omit it from the recipe or do I need to replace it with something else, like Epsom salt? Thanks
EileenOctober 6, 2021
Citric acid is what will make the bath bomb fizzy, if you don’t want to use it you can try to find a replacement for it.
NyxinkedJuly 9, 2019
This is beautiful! I’d love to give this a go 😀
EileenJuly 9, 2019
Thanks so much! It’s really easy, definitely give it a try!
Dawn W SmithJanuary 13, 2019
It’s January now, but I’m going to pin this for next fall when I’m trying to find things to make as Christmas gifts. Thank you! These look absolutely wonderful and will make lovely gifts.
HollyJuly 17, 2018
Are these real edible sprinkles?
EileenJuly 17, 2018
Yes, they are! But I probably wouldn’t recommend that you eat them after you take a bath.
TinaNovember 1, 2017
When do you add the coconut oil? Sorry if I did not see it but I have read the instructions several times and did not see the coconut oil mentioned in the directions ………
Marielle AltenorFebruary 24, 2017
Last week I use my Lush bath bomb for the first time and it was interesting. A bit pricey so I like the idea of just making my own.
Lynn DeeFebruary 22, 2017
Those are definitely the prettiest bath bombs that I’ve ever seen. Totally love the addition of sprinkles! 🙂
Stephanie PassFebruary 22, 2017
This doesn’t look too hard! I’ve always wanted to make bath bombs. I think my kids would love it.
WEMAKE7February 21, 2017
Oh wow, these are so pretty and awesome. Would make a great homemade gift too.
Victoria HeckstallFebruary 21, 2017
this is awesome! im gonna try this to surprise my kids!
Echo (The Mad Mommy)February 21, 2017
I have never used a bath bomb, but they look like a lot of fun! I love that you can make them yourself as well!
Deborah CruzFebruary 21, 2017
I too am a big fan of Lush bath bombs. though it seems like forever since I’ve had the good fortune of a long soak. These are great and my girls would LOVE these too. So cute.
My Teen GuideFebruary 21, 2017
looks like a lot of fun! im sure kids will love this too! thnks for posting the recipe
chubskulitFebruary 21, 2017
Now that looks lik e fun. I bet my daughter would be all over this so I am bookmarking this post, thanks.
Liz CochicoFebruary 21, 2017
I had no idea making bath bombs is so easy. I can’t wait to try this.
DestanyFebruary 20, 2017
How fun! I have a citric acid allergy, so I always have to reduce the amount in my own, but what fun,. These are definitely a gift idea!
Dawn Gibson-ThigpenFebruary 20, 2017
oh these are super cool. i have tried bath bombs before and i love them. they smell so good
Eloise Maoudj RileyFebruary 20, 2017
I’ve never tried this bath bomb thing before, I’m intrigued! I’ll have to give this a try next weekend : ) (and I’ll be sure to use the sprinkles to make it fun and spoil myself a little!)
Kelly HutchinsonFebruary 20, 2017
I love taking a relaxing bath! A bath bomb makes it even better! I have never used one with sprinkles. Interesting!
Stacie @ Divine LifestyleFebruary 20, 2017
Those sound as luxurious as they are cute. I really need to make these. They are SUPER adorable.