You might have noticed that bath bombs have soared in popularity over the last few years and we've all gone potty about adding some fizz to our tub time.
Lush is definitely a market-leader in bath bombs, launching its first one back in 1989 and selling millions every year since.
And, while we love them, the price can add up if you use them regularly. Learning how to make bath bombs will give you a steady stream of goodies while keeping the costs right down.
Not only is it cost-effective, it's fun and a craft you can do with the kids or grandkids; homemade bath bombs would also make a lovely, thoughtful gift for friends and family birthdays.
So get ready to learn how to make bath bombs Because... is it even a bath without a bath bomb?
How to make bath bombs
What you will need:
- 180g Cornflour
- 360g Baking soda
- 180g Citric acid
- 180g Epsom salt
- 7.5 tbsp Coconut oil (melted)
- 3 tbsp Essential oil
- Food colouring
- Bath bomb mould
- A spray bottle of water
- Latex gloves
- A whisk for stirring
- A mixing bowl
Step 1: Mix all the dry ingredients together in your mixing bowl, including the baking soda, citric acid, epsom salt, and cornflour.
Step 2: Add the melted coconut oil and essential oil (you can choose your favourite scent), and gently mix together with your hands (don't forget to pop on your gloves).
Step. 3: Lightly mist with water but don't add too much all at once. Mix it in and repeat several times until the mixture holds together.
Step 4: Time to add the colour! Separate your mixture into three or four bowls (depending on how many different colours you want to add) and add and mix in your food colouring; around five drops should be enough.
Step 5: Add your mix to your bath bomb mould. If you would like your bath bomb to be two different colours, add one colour mix to one half of the mould, and a different colour to the other half. Overfill the moulds so that when you put the halves together, the mixture is packed in tightly. Click the mould together and wait a minute before tapping the side and removing it. Et voila! You have made your very own bath bomb. Leave it overnight to dry out properly before using.
It's always great to watch a video to see the steps in front of you.
Video: How to make a bath bomb
This is a basic how to make a bath bomb recipe but, of course, you can get creative by adding more colours or extra glitz with some glitter. Or why not try adding more colours and making a rainbow bath bomb the kids will love?
The basic steps are the same but, when you get to dividing your mixture, create more bowls, try around six, and then use the food colouring to dye the six bowls different colours.
Then, when you pack your moulds with the mixture, instead of one colour in each mould half, layer three different colours in each before clicking the moulds together.
A video from SoCraftastic gives a good example below. She adds her essential oils and colouring at a slightly later stage than the HGTV video, but you can choose which stage you prefer to do it.
All you need now? Someone to run a bath for you...
Video: How to make a rainbow bath bomb
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