Treat yo’ self as the saying goes. Self care was at the top of so many resolution lists, if it was on yours clearly you need to know how to make DIY bath bombs. Not just any bath tub fizzie I’m talking the fancy kind that smells heavenly, conditions your skin and floats rose petals in the tub. You will feel like you are in a spa in the comfort of your own home.
No one was more surprised than I was that bath bombs are so easy to make. I thought it was some type of apothecary black magic that made these suckers sizzle, but really it’s just citric acid from Amazon. (That reminds me, this post contains affiliate links, by purchasing through these links you help support this blog) Once you make a big batch you can add all kinds of different scents, dried flowers and skies the limit on molds. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner I thought rose petal hearts were appropriate.
Check out this episode of DIY This With Jennifer Perkins for a full video how-to of bath bombs. There are TONS of different recipes on the internet all with very slight tweaks. The basic how-to is universal. The hardest part about making bath bombs is if you are impulse crafter like me finding citric acid on the shelves at a store was tricky and prepare to dirty all your bowls.
- silicone heart mold
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 TBS melted coconut oil (or almond oil)
- witch hazel (rose scented)
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- mixing bowls
- measuring cups and spoons
- 4 TBS epsom salt
- rose petals
- rose scented essential oils
- red food coloring
- 1/4 cup corn starch
Mix your wet and dry ingredients seperately. Sift all the dry ingredients together. For the wet part be sure to melt your coconut oil first. How many drops of essential oil you add is up to you but 20ish is a good number. Same with colorant, the more you add the more vibrant the color. Side note – liquid soap colorant works too. I found mixing with hands, sort of like kneading bread, was the best way to combine everything.
Combine the ingredients slowly. Liquid activates the citric acid in the dry bowl and that is what makes the fizz. If you start to hear a hiss slow your roll. You want the consistency to be moldable – think sand castles. You can always add a little extra water or witch hazel if it is too dry. I found this part is not an exact science.
Some recipes suggest spraying your silicone molds with cooking spray like Pam. Not sure it is a must. Add a few rose petals to the bottom of the mold before adding the mixture. Fill the mold and compact the mixture as you go. In other words press, press, press.
Give your bath bombs 24-48 hours to set up and harden. I even put mine in the deep freeze while I waited. Sometimes when removing the bombs from the molds there is some crumble. That just means you need a little more liquid next time or perhaps if you waited 24 hours, you should go the full 48. Experiment and find a method that works for you. Even if the heart crumbles, you can still put those crumbles into the bath. I know I have TONS of times. Coconut oil conditions and roses smell good whether they are heart shaped or not! Feel free to leave me a comment thanking me for how smooth and silky your skin is and all the compliments you get for smelling like roses. You’re welcome 😉
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