My daughter is currently obsessed with bath bombs. A simple offer of a bath bomb with her bath can turn any bath time tantrum around.
I get it! If I took baths, I’d like them too! After getting some bath bombs for Easter this year, I had some new objections though.
The smell can be overwhelming.
They are almost always packaged in plastic and individually wrapped in plastic again
The ingredients – what exactly is in them?
The cost – it adds up!
So after a bit of research and crowdsourcing on Facebook, I decided to try and make my own with my daughter. I was pleasantly surprised when they turned out really great! If you’d like to make your own bath bombs, you can very easily follow my directions and create some as a craft with your kiddos.
Gather your ingredients and a big bowl. We cut the recipe in half because the only citric acid I found was a little pricey and we weren’t sure how our recipe would turn out.
- 1 cup citric acid
- 1 cup baking soda
- ½ cup cornstarch
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- 8-10 drops lavender essential oils
- Optional: food coloring for color
You’ll also need some kind of mold to shape your bath bombs. We used a silicone mini muffin tray.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix the citric acid, baking soda, and cornstarch.
- Add in and mix the food coloring if you’re going to use it.
- In a separate bowl, combine the essential oil and coconut oil.
- Slowly and gradually add the oils to the dry ingredients. Only add a little at a time otherwise the citric acid will react with the oils and ruin your bath bombs.
- Use your hands to slowly knead together the ingredients until they start to clump and hold together.
- Scoop the mixture into your molds and press it down tight. Then you’ll need to let them dry for 24 hours.
Our bath bombs held their shape well and we were able to store them in a glass jar in the bathroom.
My daughter helped with the entire project and then thoroughly enjoyed using them in her bath! They fizzed and smelled great.
If you decide to make these as a gift, you could try changing the color or the scent and decorating recycled jars! These keep well in a covered container.