DIY Lavender Bath Bombs

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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:


Supplies: 
  • 3/4 cup citric acid (bought online from Amazon)
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch 
  • 3/4 cup epsom salt 
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 8-10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • tablespoon coconut oil
  • a 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
  • whisk
  • food coloring (optional) 
Using the molds I purchased from Amazon, this recipe makes 5 large bath bombs and 1 small sized!



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 the two 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! 












36 comments

  1. this is so cool - i find lavender so soothing & calming!

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  2. fun, fun, fun--i've been wanting to make my own bath bombs and these look so lovely. love your mold too!

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  3. This is so cool! I will def. have to try this. I love the lush bath bombs but would like to try making them at home.

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  4. This looks pretty simple! I will have to try this! They would make great gifts!

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  5. Oh my goodness I totally need to try making these! These would make for such a fun bridal or baby shower gift bag, too!

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  6. This is a great tutorial. I love anything lavender scented. I would love to make these as gifts for my new mom friends - the perfect pick-me-up after baby!

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  7. Thanks for the tutorial, babe! Definitely want to try making some bath bombs one of these days.

    xx, Kayla // thesummerlover.com

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  8. How many bath bombs does 1 batch make?

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    1. Double the ingredients makes lots.

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  9. How many bombs does this recipe make?

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    1. Hi Sarah, using the molds I purchased from Amazon linked above, one match makes 5 large and one small one! :)

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  10. How many did your recipe make?

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  11. Using the molds I purchased from Amazon linked above, one batch makes 5 large bath bombs and one small one! :)

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  12. Cynthia, which kind of coconut oil did you use? We are planning on making these at a library workshop.

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    1. Hi! I used LouAna Coconut oil (it's what I already had on hand and you can get it at the grocery store or Walmart). I wouldn't recommend the liquid kind of coconut oil, my sister-in-law tried it and she didn't get the best results. Hope that helps! :)

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  13. This may sound like a silly question, but do I melt the coconut oil or leave it solid?

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    1. Not a silly question at all! I leave it solid and just work it into the mix!

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  14. Hi there, of course this paragraph is in fact pleasant and I have learned lot of things from it on the topic of blogging.

    thanks.

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  15. I am allergic to coconut oil, what would you recommend as a good substitute?

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    1. Hi Anna! Although I haven't tried it myself, I think palm oil would be a good substitute! Let me know how it works if decide to try it! :)

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  16. Hi! Where did you get that food coloring? Such a pretty color!

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    1. Hi Jessica, I'm sorry I'm just now seeing your comment but I got the food color from Walmart! :)

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  17. Do you happen to remember if it was just like the normal purple color? Or if it’s a lavender.

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    1. I actually just mixed red and blue to get that color!

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    1. Hi Danielle!

      Yes, I add 1 tbsp, but if the mixture feels too dry slowly add more coconut oil to the mixture!

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  19. Hi Cynthia! I gave this recipe a try and on the bright side, my first bath bomb came out great! And then the next ones I tried to make wouldn't hold their form. At first I thought it was too dry, so added some water, but I think I accidentally added too much water and now it sort of feels like cement. If I let it dry overnight, will I be able to try again, or is my batch pretty much done for? Thanks for your help!

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    1. Hi, Victoria! I’m sorry to hear that! I have gotten a batch too wet before and I just let the mix dry a bit. However, I wouldn’t say that I got a cement like mixture so I’m not sure if drying out the mix would work, though I think it’s worth a shot! For next time of the mixture is too dry: I think it helps to try to add more coconut oil before trying water! Hope this helps! :)

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  20. my bath bombs are suck inside the mold! how do i fix???

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  21. i used almond oil. i did not have any count oil. is that why it stuck inside the mold?

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    1. Hit! Try tapping around the mold with a spoon and then gently lift the molds off. If that doesn’t work, try lightly greasing the mold with oil before using. I hope this helps!

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  22. does it matter if I use almond or cocnut oil? i did not have coconut so I used almond. also, my bomb stuck to my mold and someone said to grease to mold before i use the mold. do u mean like with coking oil? like pam? and I tried to tap it with a spoon and it will not come out at all. i had to soak them out. how long do i mold them for? b/c i don't understand why it stuck to the mold it self. like it did not come out at all.. this is my first time ever. and I am trying to do it correctly before the 17th.

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  23. in my other comment just now I said i used coconut oil i meant almond oil.

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  24. also, when it says corn starch is there a particular corn starch? i just used the one i got from the grocery store.

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    1. I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble! I have never used almond oil so I can’t say if that’s the issue or not. To answer your questions:
      Try greasing the molds with the almond oil.
      Also, regular corn starch from the grocery store is what I used!

      Are you letting the bath bombs try in the mold? This could perhaps be the issue. Let me know if you have any other questions! Also you can email directly at contact@shortandaincere.com

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