How to Make Bath Bombs

Do you love to hear the fizzing sound of a bath bomb whirling in your tub? Feel like a kid again when you see the bubbles oozing beautiful colors flowing around you? Do you look forward to the relaxing, heavenly scents? Bath bombs are fun and only need a few ingredients. They make great gifts and make baths a special occasion. How to Make Bath Bombs

Basic Bath Bomb Recipe

Follow this recipe for a basic bath bomb. Once you have mastered making this recipe, begin to experiment with adding herbs, dried flowers, toys and glitter to your bath bombs!

Supplies Needed:
  • Stainless Steel Bowl or Glass Bowl
  • Gloves
  • Stainless Steel Mold. Circular molds work best, but you can get creative and use muffin tins, melon ball scooper, silicon mold, candy molds, etc.
  • Spritzer Bottle
  • Non-stick Spray
Dry Ingredients
8 ounces Corn Starch
16 ounces Baking Soda
8 ounces Citric Acid (add at the end to ensure fizzing doesn't occur in your bowl)

Wet Ingredients
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Essential Oils - for a light scent, use a 1/2 teaspoon, for a bolder scent use one teaspoon
1 ounce Cocoa Butter or Sweet Almond Oil or Grapeseed Oil
1/2 teaspoon Water or Witch Hazel in a spritzer bottle
1/2 teaspoon of cosmetic grade colorant or natural food coloring if desired

Recipe Variations:
Add these fun ingredients to your recipe
1 teaspoon dried flowers or herbs
1 teaspoon glitter
small plastic toysDried Flowers used in Bath Bomb Recipe
Directions: Put your gloves on. Get your mold ready by spraying with non-stick spray. Set aside. Measure out 8 ounces of citric acid and set aside. Take the rest of the dry ingredients and add them to a bowl. Heat the Cocoa Butter in a water bath until melted. If using liquid oil such as Sweet Almond Oil or Grapeseed Oil instead of the Cocoa Butter, omit the heating. Add the essential oils and any colorant. Drizzle your wet mixture into the dry mix. Add the citric acid. Mix well so that your bath bombs will stay intact and won't crumble. Add  Form your bath bombs by scooping out a small amount.bath bomb tips

Tips for Making Bath Bombs

  • The number one tip is to create a smooth appearance by using cornstarch in your formula. Bath bombs that look lumpy tend to crumble.
  • If you don't have a circular mold, use a melon ball scooper. To harden correctly, these will need to dry for 48 - 72 hours. Don't use too much moisture to form your bath bombs.
  • The amount of liquid used will vary. If you live in a dry climate, you may need to add Use a spritzer bottle to apply the liquid. This way you can distribute the liquid for an even coat to bind the ingredients.
  • Spray your mold with non-stick spray, so they pop out easily. Just make sure that they are completely dry before using.


3 Simple Bath Bomb Recipes Inspired by Lush

Lush Inspired Bath Bombs
If you love the dark aroma of Twilight, then this recipe is for you! Easily recreate the relaxing scent of lavender infused with the light floral aroma of Ylang Ylang.

Dry Ingredients
2 ounces Baking Soda
1-ounce Citric Acid (add at the end to ensure fizzing doesn't occur in your bowl)
1 ounce Cream of Tartar

Wet Ingredients
1/8 teaspoon Lavender Essential Oil
1/8 teaspoon Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
1/8 teaspoon Vanilla Essential Oil
1/4 ounce Cocoa Butter
1/8 teaspoon Water or Witch Hazel in a spritzer bottle
1/4 teaspoon of cosmetic grade colorant or natural food coloring pink

Additional Ingredients - these will be added at the very end
1/4 teaspoon of cosmetic grade colorant or natural food coloring blue
glittery stars

Make the bath bomb mixture following the basic instructions above. Take your pink blend and separate 1/3 into an additional bowl. In this bowl, with the 1/3 mixture, add the glittery stars and mix. Then add the blue food coloring. Blend as desired or leave unmixed. Then take your stainless steel mold and make a pinch pot on each side with the pink mixture. Then fill the inside of the shell with the blue and pink mixture from the bowl with the 1/3 mix that was set aside. Place the two sides of the mold together and following drying instructions above.

If you are feeling a little down, add some sunshine to your day and Cheer Up Buttercup! The Cheer Up Buttercup bath bomb from Lush is a bright yellow fizzer with uplifting citrus scents topped with little blue flowers for fun.


Dry Ingredients

2 ounces Baking Soda
1-ounce Citric Acid (add at the end to ensure fizzing doesn't occur in your bowl)
1 ounce Cream of Tartar

Wet Ingredients
1/8 teaspoon Lemon Essential Oil
1/8 teaspoon Lime Essential Oil
1/8 teaspoon Neroli Essential Oil
1/4 ounce Cocoa Butter
1/8 teaspoon Water or Witch Hazel in a spritzer bottle
1/4 teaspoon of cosmetic grade colorant or natural food coloring yellow

Additional Ingredients - these will be added at the very end
blue cornflowers or any tiny flower

Make your recipe per instructions above. Then take your stainless steel mold and add the tiny blue flowers to one side. Fill the mold with the bath bomb mixture and then follow drying instructions.

Perk up your tub with vibrant hues of orange and yellow. The Marmalade bath bomb from Lush contains mood-lifting scents of Grapefruit and Sweet Orange.
Dry Ingredients

2 ounces Baking Soda
1-ounce Citric Acid (add at the end to ensure fizzing doesn't occur in your bowl)
1 ounce Corn Starch
1/4 teaspoon Sodium Alginate (Algin)

Wet Ingredients
1/8 teaspoon Grapefruit Essential Oil
1/8 teaspoon Sweet Orange Essential Oil
1/4 ounce Cocoa Butter
1/8 teaspoon Water or Witch Hazel in a spritzer bottle

Additional Ingredients - these will be added at the very end
1/4 teaspoon of cosmetic grade colorant or natural food coloring yellow
1/4 teaspoon of cosmetic grade colorant or natural food coloring orange

Make the bath bomb mixture following the basic instructions above. Take your blend and separate 1/3 into an additional bowl. In this bowl, with the 1/3 mixture, add the yellow food coloring and mix. In the bowl with the 2/3 mixture add the orange colorant and combine. Then take your stainless steel mold and put the yellow mixture into the shell like your making a pinch pot and leaving a hole in the middle. Then fill the inside of the shell with the orange mixture from the bowl with. Add the orange mix to the other side. Place the two sides of the mold together and following drying instructions above.