If you have not used a bath bomb yet, it is time you do so. A bath bomb makes bath times fun for kids as well as adults. Commercial bath bombs from companies like LUSH are popular but expensive. A single bath bomb from LUSH can cost anywhere between $4 and $11. Also, store bought bath bombs could contain harsh chemicals and skin-irritating ingredients. If you wish to avoid these, you can make bath balls at home so you get to control what you put in them. Many easy bath bomb recipes are available so today we will discuss some of them. We will also cover best bath bomb recipes without citric acid or cream of tartar. Here’s how to make bath bombs like Lush:
What is a bath bomb?
A bath bomb is a small ball containing ingredients like baking soda, citric acid, Shea butter, essential oils and other chemical and natural ingredients. To use a bath bomb, you fill up a tub with water. Once you are ready to bathe, simply get into the water and add the bath bomb to the warm water. The bomb dissolves, creating fizz and releasing essential oils into the bath. This makes your bath smell heavenly and you soak in the medicinal, therapeutic and healing properties of essential oils. Many commercial bath bombs contain colors and glitters which get released into the water. All these ingredients go on to give you a unique experience. DIY homemade bath bombs can make wonderful gifts for someone you love.
How To Make Bath Bombs Like Lush
Lush bath bombs are famous and popular because the company can be considered as the pioneer in organic bath products. All their bath products are unique and help you create a magical bath time experience. To make bath bombs like Lush, you must use pure ingredients. All bath bombs contain basic ingredients such as cornstarch, baking soda and citric acid. They may also contain Epsom salts or Dead Sea salts. Combining the ingredients in the form of a ball with a bit of water can help you create a basic bath bomb recipe. Additionally, you can use your favorite essential oil or a blend of essential oils having specific medicinal or aroma-therapeutic properties. For example,
- For stress relief you can use Lavender, Peppermint, Rose or Frankincense oils
- To open up the sinuses you can use Eucalyptus oil,
- For deep muscle relaxation, go for Peppermint oil.
- To get into the mood or for aphrodisiac properties go for Jasmine, Rose or Ylang Ylang oils.
Apart from essential oils, you can also add dried or fresh herbs or flower petals, colors and glitter to the bath bomb recipes to enhance your bath time experience. Many people also use organic oils like coconut, olive or Jojoba oils in bath bombs. You may even add body butters like Shea, Cocoa or Mango butter to the bath bombs. Aloe powder, Alfalfa powder, clay, botanicals like ground vanilla and SLS or other surfactants also make for amazing additions to bath bomb recipes. We recommend leaving out SLS as they can be harsh on the skin.
Best Bath Bomb Recipes
1. Basic bath bomb with citric acid
- 2 parts sodium bicarbonate
- 1 part citric acid
- A bit of water
Mix the dry ingredients. Add a bit of water to clump together the mixture. Press the bomb into moulds. Let dry for 1-2 days.
2. Rejuvenating bath bomb with Rosemary essential oil
- 3 tbsp citric acid
- 2 tbsp each cornstarch, Epsom salt and baking soda
- ½ tbsp dried Rosemary
- 1 tbsp fresh, distilled water
- ¼ tbsp organic coconut oil
- 10 drops of Rosemary essential oil
Mix all dry ingredients. Next, add the oils, herbs and water and shape the bombs using moulds. Allow to dry for a few days. Wrap up in crinkle paper and store the bombs in air tight containers. Use within 4-6 months.
3. DIY bath bomb recipe without Citric acid
Instead of citric acid, you may use cream of tartar as follows
- In a large bowl, take one cup of baking soda
- Next add ½ cup of cream of tartar, ½ cup of Epsom salts and ½ cup of corn starch
- Whisk the dry ingredients to combine well.
- In a cup, take the wet ingredients starting with 2 tbsp of organic melted coconut oil, 2 to 2 ½ tsp of essential oils, and 3/4tsp of water. Mix these well.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients carefully and mix them well. Be careful not to dump the wet ingredients all at once else the ingredients will react and the bombs won’t fizz.
- If the mixture feels too dry, sprinkle a bit of water.
- Add a few drops of food coloring to give attractive colors to your bath bombs.
- Set the mixture in moulds and allow to dry for a few days.
4. Bath bomb recipe without Epsom salt
This is a bath bomb recipe without cornstarch and Epsom salts. It does contain citric acid and clay (kaolin clay or cosmetic clay).
- 1 cup baking soda
- ½ cup citric acid
- ¼ cup each Kaolin clay and sugar
- 2 small Vitamin E caplets
- Olive oil-2 ½ tbsp
- 1 tbsp essential oil of your choice
- 3 tsp water
- In a bowl, mix the citric acid, clay and baking soda. Add colorant to the dry mixture and knead with your hands.
- In a spray bottle, combine olive oil, essential oil, vitamin E oil (pierce the caplets) and water. Secure the lid of the spray bottle and shake well to combine all oils and water.
- Spritz the wet ingredients into the dry ones and knead lightly. Continue to spritz the wet ingredients into the dry mixture until it starts to feel like damp sand.
- Pack the mixture into spherical moulds. Let the mixture set for a few minutes before tapping the balls out on paper.
- Place all the balls in a cool dry place and let dry for at least 2 days.
5. How to make bath bombs without citric acid
Instead of citric acid, use lemon juice. Here is a simple recipe
- In a bowl, add a cup of baking soda. Next, add a cup of Epsom salts to the soda.
- Mix the two ingredients really well with a whisk.
- In a spray bottle, combine a bit of water and lemon juice.
- Spray the mixture into the dry ingredients. Do not add too much of the liquid all at once. Simply spray and mix, spray and mix until you get a damp sandy texture.
- Now add some food coloring and knead the mixture with your hands.
- Next, add the glitter and essential oils.
- Press the colored mixture into moulds.
- Pack it tightly.
- Allow the mixture to dry at room temperature for a few hours or pop it into the freezer.
- Enjoy at bath time.
Bath bombs can truly transform a relaxing bath into a pampering experience. Do try them out for yourself.