DIY Lavender Bath Bombs
My favorite way to relax is with a hot bath. Candles, a glass of wine, and most importantly, a nice bath bomb are key ingredients to a relaxing bath.
I purchase bath bombs from several different places and all pretty much average around $8 each. Which can get a little expensive, especially when you take as many baths as I do. So I decided to research how to make my own. Turns out they are super easy to make!
After trying a few different recipes and methods here is the way I thought worked best:
- 1/2 cup citric acid (bought online from Amazon)
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup baking soda
- 8-10 drops of lavender essential oil
- tablespoon coconut oil
- teaspoon of water Note: be careful not to add too much water or you'll ruin your bath bombs!
- bath bomb mold (I ordered mine from Amazon)
- large mixing bowl
- small mixing bowl
- food coloring (optional)
First, start by mixing all the dry ingredients in the large mixing bowl. Then mix all the wet ingredients in a separate smaller bowl.
Second, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry mix, whisking the mixture as you add. Continue to stir with either a whisk or hands until the mixture is completely combined. The mixture should clump together when you squeeze it in our hands. Tip: if the mixture is a bit too dry, I slowly add more coconut oil with half a teaspoon of water while whisking. If the mixture gets too wet and crumbles you can just wait until it dries a bit and then continue to mold the bath bombs.
Third, lightly pack each half of the mold. I find it best to slightly overfill one mold. Next, press to molds together. Side note: I have no idea why the mix looks brown in this photo
Lastly, using either the end of the whisk or a spoon, lightly tap all around the mold. This helps to make it easier to remove. Gently lift to top mold and then the bottom. If at this point your bath bomb didn't form right, you can just toss it make into the bowl and start again! Practice makes perfect!
Place the finished bath bomb on a towel and allow to dry for one day. Then your bath bombs are ready to use or give as gifts!