It hasn’t been even a year since my obsession with fancy spa bubble baths first appeared (you can revisit my home tour if you need proof).
Sadly all those bath goodies aren’t cheap – but they’re actually very easy to make at home! I was amazed by not only how much more affordable this makes those baths but that the results are the same. As much as I love the homemade products I use daily, this is still one of my favorite DIY projects I’ve done with my Young Living oils.
Ingredients: (UPDATED 3/15/2019 to include affiliate links to each item – I will make a few pennies from your purchase if you buy using these links and it doesn’t cost you anything extra, but most of these things can be found in your local stores)
8 ounces Baking Soda
4 ounces Citric Acid
4 ounces Corn Starch
4 ounces Epsom Salts
3/4 tsp. Water
10-20 drops essential oils for scent (I use YL but any brand you trust will do. These from Amazon are very popular.)
2 tsp. liquid carrier oil like jojoba, almond, coconut, etc.
Coloring if desired (I’ve used regular food coloring from the grocery store, but Amy suggested mica coloring because it won’t stain. Get some here.)
Plastic or silicone mold (some people really like these metal molds too) (I used plastic Christmas ornaments – these are 99 cents at the craft store around the holidays but you can use any shape you like, such as a silicone cupcake tray)
Combine everything EXCEPT the citric acid in a glass or metal bowl. When you’re sure it’s mixed well, add the citric acid and mix again. The mixture should still look dry, like breadcrumbs, and feel like soap flakes. It will hold together when you squeeze it.
Pack the mix into your mold. If you’re using the plastic ball ornaments, overfill one side before you snap the halves together.
Twist the halves of the mold apart to remove your bath bomb. It should come out easily and hold the shape.
Let your finished bath bomb dry for at least 24 hours before you use it. Enjoy!
If you set your bath bomb aside and it starts to lose the shape, then it’s too wet. Smash it back in the bowl and add a little more epsom salt and cornstarch.
If your bath bomb crumbles when you try to take it out of the mold, it’s too dry. You can spray it with some more water and try again. If your mixture starts to fizz, don’t panic! Mix it until the fizzing stops or, if the fizzing is out of control, add a little more cornstarch and epsom salt to stop the reaction.
Choosing which scents to use
Choose any combination you’d use in your diffuser! Just remember with some scents, less is more. Peppermint, for example, is quite strong. Smell the mix and add more slowly. You can always add more essential oil but you can’t remove it once it’s added.
If you need inspiration for which scents to combine, look at the ingredients on your favorite products!
Here are some great combos to get you started:
Citrus Fresh & Peppermint
Tangerine, Bergamot & Orange
Bergamot & Grapefruit
Grapefruit & Lime
Lavender & Ylang Ylang
Lavender, Rosemary & Thyme
Dragon Time & Peppermint
Eucalyptus & Lavender
Now if only I could find a way to make bubble bars without scary ingredients I would be set!