4 DIY Bath Bomb Recipe Ideas

My kids are all about bath bombs these days. They make really great holiday gifts as well as birthday gifts for hard-to-buy-for people like teenage girls! Did you know that they are so easy to make? I love finding new DIY bath bomb recipe ideas to try out for natural skin care!

4 DIY Bath Bomb Recipe ideas for holiday gifts, birthday gifts or just for yourself. My kids love making bath bombs!

DIY Bath Bomb Recipes

Bath bombs are a great and fun way to take a bath, while also improving your skin and relaxing at the same time. These are called bombs because they come apart when they sit in the bath water. Some have stuff inside, while others create a swirl, colored pattern.

Here are 4 different DIY bath bomb recipe ideas you can try out for yourself. The base ingredients are all the same with variations based on preference. Each recipe makes 4-6 bath bombs, depending on size. The bath bombs in these photos are about 1.5″ diameter. I used these great silicone soap molds I bought to make my homemade lotion bars.

Relaxing Lavender Bath Bomb

Lavender is definitely one of the most popular scents and essential oils, and it goes perfectly when you are making your own bath bomb. This will provide relaxation and stress relief with the lavender used, plus it smells great and of course it’s pretty.

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup cornstarch
3 tablespoons epsom salt
2 teaspoons Sweet Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil
3/4 teaspoon water
15 drops Lavender Oil
a few tablespoons of dried Organic Lavender Flowers

Mix the dry ingredients, the add the the wet ingredients and lightly whisk together.
Form into balls with your hands or add to a mini muffin pan or molds.
Let harden for 2 hours or overnight. If extra moisture is needed, use a spray and mist to get desired consistency. Do not directly add water or the ingredients may start to fizz!

Read about the healing benefits of lavender here!

Green Tea Bath Bomb

Who doesn’t love green tea? This is a really fun idea for your own bath bomb. You will typically need to mix baking soda and citric acid first, which is the base of the bath bomb, then add the steeped tea leaves and other dry ingredients.

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup corn starch
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup epsom salt
3 teaspoons water
1 teaspoon lemon essential oil
2 teaspoons coconut oil
2 tbsp loose green tea

Before starting the recipe, add just a few tablespoons boiling water to the loose tea to let steep and expand. Then add the tea leaves to the dry mixture as well as the wet ingredients. Remove the tea leaves and use the tea water as the water ingredient.

Homemade Green Tea bath bombs

Coconut and Fruit Bath Bomb

For this bath bomb, there is some room for customizing it to fit your preferences. As with all the bath bombs, you should start with baking soda, citric acid, and maybe some Epsom salts as well. You will then use melted coconut oil. You can add in some fruity essential oils like grapefruit or tangerine to turn it into a fruit-scented bath bomb. The coconut oil will moisturize your skin, so you have added health benefits with this one.

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup corn starch
2 tablespoons epsom salts
20 drops grapefruit essential oil
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
5 to 6 teaspoons liquid, such as water or tea (I used strong white tea)

Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Slowly add the melted coconut oil to the dry ingredients.
Then add the water/tea liquid until your mixture resembles slightly damp sand. *Be sure to add just a little bit of this at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. If you add too much, these will begin fizzing and continue to do so.
Add your essential oils.
Form into balls or put in molds and allow to dry for a minimum of 2 hours, or overnight.

Read about 5 Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Skin

Rose Petal Bath Bomb

This is a really pretty and romantic bath bomb to make. For this bath bomb, once again use your baking soda and citric acid, then add in some rose water, rose essential oils, and some dried rose buds or rose petals. You will notice that after this bath bomb is done and you drop it in your bath, it open up to reveal the rose petals, which are beautiful while enjoying a luxurious, relaxing bath.

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/4 cup epsom salt
1/4 cup powdered milk
1/4 cup rose buds
2 tablespoons jojoba, olive or almond oil
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
5 drops rose essential oil
5 drops geranium essential oil
5 drops clary sage essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl until combined. Add jojoba (or olive/almond) and coconut oils slowly until mixed well, then add essential oils. Form into balls or add to molds. Check out these cute heart molds for this bath bomb!

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