Looking for a fun and easy gift to give this year? Try making these wonderful DIY bath bombs! You'll be sure to impress when you mention that these little cuties were hand made! You can add them to a gift basket or give them as teacher gifts or really to anyone on your list.
And to make things even better, I’ve adapted this recipe from one that I published a few years back that included harmful, synthetic, perfume grade oils to now include completely non toxic products! Why the change? Mainly because over resent years I’ve been on a journey towards non toxic living and have been slowly learning about the harmful chemicals we unknowingly use daily. Since starting my journey with Young Living essential oils I have completely removed all chemicals and toxins from my home and now use clean, healthy products. We’re all on a journey to know and do better, and this is one of the ways that I have started to do just that!
So I am happy to be adapting this old recipe to my new standard of living 🙌🏻
DIY Bath Bomb Recipe
1 Cup Organic Corn Starch
2 Cups Organic Baking Soda
1 Cup Organic Citric Acid
1 Cup Unscented Epsom Salt (rock or powder is fine)
2 Tablespoons of Water
10-15 Drops of Essential Oils
Optional: Plant Based Food Coloring; neon colors work best!
Optional: Dried Tea Leaves
Optional: Sprinkles, Glitter, Decorations, etc
Also; You will also need a metal bath bomb mold or silicone molds to shape your DIY bath bombs.
Bath Bomb Directions:
Step 1: Combine all your dry ingredients together and stir well. I prefer fine epsom salts as they provide a bit smoother texture, but I've found you don't really notice a difference in the look once the ball is made.
Step 2: Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl. *Note: I recommend not adding your essential oils or food coloring at this time. You'll most likely want to do different scents and colors so wait until a later to add those!
Step 3: Slowly, yet quickly combine wet and dry ingredients. What I mean is, add small amounts fast! Normally my sister slowly pours the liquids in while I vigorously stir the dry ingredients (trying not to inhale too much dust lol). If you add too much liquid too fast you'll end up causing a reaction and things will start bubble!
Step 4: Once combined separate the mixture into a few small bowls to add the essential oils and food coloring. It shouldn't be too wet at this point, but if pinched should stick together. Add the essential oils and food coloring the same way you did the wet ingredients.
Step 5: Now comes the fun part! When making DIY bath bombs, the biggest thing to remember is not to over pack! Spoon enough mixture in to fill one half of the mold, lightly pack down with your fingers (until it's about 3/4 full). Mound mixture over the top, lightly pack again. Spoon loosely on top. Repeat with the other half and then squish them together. I like to not only squeeze but give the mold a few vigorous shakes to help the ball form. You should be able to carefully remove one half, flip it over and remove the other!
Step 6: Let them dry! 24 hours at least!
If you want to make your DIY non toxic bath bombs fancy like to ones you see in the store, try adding something fun to the bottom of the mold. I've used dry tea leaves at the bottom of bath bombs featuring lavender essential oils and they were a huge hit! This year we decided to make cupcake inspired bath bombs using Young Living’s new Vanilla Essential Oil, pink "frosting", and sprinkles on top; they're the cutest little things ever!
Also, while combining scents, try to envision what would go best together! There are endless amounts of combinations even just by using the 12 essential oils that come in a Young Living starter kit! You could try lavender and lemon; Peppermint and Lime; or any one of the blends would make a perfectly scented bath bomb!
*If your food coloring sticks in little clumps, use the back of a spoon to spread/smoosh it into the rest of the mixture.
*If the balls are sticking to the mold, try packing it less. You can also try tapping on it with a metal spoon to help loosen the bath bomb from the mold. With our first batch I about had a melt down when we tried making them in our metal molds and all the balls crumbled or just wouldn't come out! We were ready to give up when I decided to give it one last go and ended up realizing I'd been overpacking the mold the entire time and thus it was sticking to the sides! After that first bath bomb slid smoothly out of the mold we were on a roll!
Gifting Your DIY Bath Bombs
I truly hope you'll try making these awesome DIY non toxic bath bombs; you may become just as addicted to them as we are! I always say I'm just going to make one batch but I have so much fun I end up making several! I've added these in to many last-minute gifts and they're always well received.
Make a stress away scented bath bomb for your child’s teacher. Or how about a pansy scented bath bomb of the special guy in your life to help him relax and unwind after a long day. Fun, fruity smelling bath bombs make great stocking stuffers for kids! Really, the gifting possibilities are endless!
If you do end up making them, tag me in your pictures; I'd love to see you creations! Also, don't forget to pin this recipe for later! For an easy Amazon shopping list all in one place, check out this quick-access Amazon storefront I created for all my DIY gift ideas! It has a bunch of fun gift box ideas too!
Need a starter kit? I’d be happy to get your started on your personal health journey with essential oils! Feel free to email me or check out this page for more details on how to get started! If you’re ready to get started today, simply go to youngliving.com to become a member and input my member ID #22762387 in the enroller and sponsor place during checkout!
(Bath) Bombs Away!