How to Make Bath Bombs

Want to learn how to make bath bombs for a fun homemade gift for friends and relatives? Bath bombs are big, fizzy balls you can drop into the tub. The fizzing, moisturizing bath enhancers whizz through the hot water, relaxing your muscles and releasing beautiful fragrances. Safe for children and adults alike, these bath bombs are sure to be a hit.

Don't fret if you aren't an arts and crafts maven. It's not difficult to learn how to make bath bombs. Every bath bomb is a combination of a few basic items. Some of the most popular ingredients in bath bombs are baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, Epsom salts, powdered milk, sea salts, oils of various types (to add moisturizers), witch hazel in a spray bottle, coloring agents and fragrance oils. Some people add botanicals or essential oils. You will need a mixing bowl and wooden spoon, measuring tools and some sort of bath bomb mold for shaping the final product. You will also want to have cellophane or saran wrap available for the final packaging.

There are several different types of bath bombs you can make:

Moisturizing Fizzy Bath Bomb
Combine the following dry ingredients in a bowl:
1 cup baking soda
½ cup corn starch
¼ sea salts or Epsom salts
½ cup citric acid

Once you get the dry ingredients in the bowl, mix them and sift them through either a sifter or a sieve to get them completely mixed and broken down into tiny pieces.

In another bowl, combine the following wet ingredients:
3 tablespoons of the oil of your choice (almond oil, olive oil, vitamin E oil)
½ tablespoon water
½ teaspoon essential oil (or fragrance oil, whichever you choose)
1/16th teaspoon of colorant

Mix the wet ingredients together until well-combined.

Now mix the two bowls together, whisking as you pour one into the other. Spritz the mixture with witchhazel from your spray bottle as you whisk for about ten minutes. Make sure you are quick with this and stop as soon as the mixture starts to stick together. Quickly press the mixture into your molds, making sure you pack it into the molds as good as you can.

Leave the mixture in the mold for ten minutes. You may want to place the molds in the hot sun if it's a hot summer day (and not too humid.) After ten minutes has passed, carefully slip the bombs out of the molds and onto your packaging material (cellophane or saran wrap) and spritz them with witch hazel to create a crust on the surface. Let them dry overnight and wrap the saran wrap around them the next day, careful not to break the bomb. Tie a ribbon or lace around the bomb and place it in a dry, cool place where it will not be set off.

Tinted Bath Bombs for Kids
These tub tints are fun because they look colorless, but actually turn the water vibrant colors. Make sure you use water-based powdered colorant so it won't stain your tub.

Combine the following dry ingredients in a bowl:
3 cups baking soda
1 ½ cups citric acid
1 ½ cups corn starch
½ cup powdered milk
¼ teaspoon water based powdered colorant

Combine the following wet ingredients in a bowl:
3 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon essential oil or fragrance oil (lavender will relax your kids, getting them in the mood for sleep)

Mix the contents of the two bowls together, spritzing with witch hazel and whisking the mixture until it begins to stick together when you press some between your fingers. Press the mixture into your molds (you can find fun molds for your kids at cooking stores) and leave the molds out to set for ten minutes. Flip the molds over, placing the bombs on saran wrap, and allow the bombs to set overnight before you wrap them. If you make a few batches of these in different colors in ice cube size molds, your kids can use more than one color per bath, having fun mixing the colors to see what colors result.

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