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My five year old has made a recent discovery – Lush bath bombs! On a recent trip to Lush, I made the mistake of buying her a lush bath bomb – one of their strawberry bath fizzers. And now she can’t get enough! But they are really quite expensive. So in order to reduce the hit to my purse I decided to find out how we could make our own. It is so easy, low cost and fun! Here is how to make homemade bath bombs!
How To Make Homemade Bath Bombs
This is a great method of making homemade bath bombs for kids. With this natural bath bomb recipe you can see exactly what is going into the diy bath bombs, and make sure that there is nothing in this DIY bath bomb recipe to upset delicate children’s skin.
It also doesn’t take much time to make these easy homemade bath bombs: 30 mins to make – then about 4 hours to set. And this recipe makes about 20 small ice cube sized bath bombs.
Are you ready to find out how to make bath bombs? Then read on!
You Will Need
The basis of this bath bombs recipe contains ingredients that you are more than likely to already have around your house.
- 200g of Bicarbonate of Soda – or 3 cup baking soda
- 100g of Citric Acid – 1 1/2 cups
- 50g of Cornflour – 1/2 cup
- 50g of Epsom Salts – 1/2 cup
- a couple of tablespoons of water to bind the mixture
Also optionally you can add if you wish
- a few drops of natural food coloring – mine was out of date so I used it up
- some olive oil, almond oil or coconut oil
- half a teaspoon (a few drops) of essential oil – such as lavender, orange or peppermint
- decorations such as shimmer powder, rose petals, lavender or orange peel
You can develop your own bath bomb recipes!
I actually got my citric acid, bicarbonate of soda and epsom salts at Wilko stores here in the UK. But you may be able to get them from pharmacists or the supermarket, as well as Amazon.
You will also need:
- A bowl for mixing
- A jug
- gloves for handling the mixture
- a bath bomb mold – I actually used a silicone ice cube mould as this makes perfect sized bombs for my little girl, but you can buy specialised metal spheres and shaped bath bomb molds. I will certainly never be using these moulds as ice cube trays again (they weren’t good anyway!)
(Note – I actually was given a set of plastic bath bombs molds after I made this post – they are great as they produce a round bath bomb shape)
Making The Bath Bombs
Making the bombs is so easy. But because of the chemicals it isn’t really suitable for children under about 8 to do this. And do remember to wear gloves!
- Mix the dry ingredients together first. Put the citric acid, bicarbonate of soda, cornflour and epsom salt together in a bowl and stir or use your hands until there are no lumps.
- Place the wet ingredients should you wish to use them – oil, food colouring, and essential oils – into a jug and mix well
- Slowly add the oil mixture to the dried ingredients. Mix quickly together until you get an even blend.
- Then add a few drops of water to the mix – you want it to be able to clump together and hod its shape when squeezed, but not be too wet. When adding the water mix really quickly or else it will fizz slightly!
- Push firmly into your moulds. Then leave the moulds in a warm dry place for a few hours or overnight. I find it saves time if you place them in an airtight bag. It seems to help them to set quicker.
- Once hard, push the bombs out of the moulds and package up as necessary.
And you have finished bath bombs!
These would make the perfect teacher gift for the end of year. Mum is sure to love these as a Mother’s Day present. Or be perfect for a little bit of self care. Mine contained lavender oil which smelt amazing. And is a wonderful wind-down scent at the end of a long day.
So, do you think that you would like to make your own bath bombs after seeing this tutorial? It is certainly a lot cheaper if you have little one who is a bit obsessed with bath fizzers. I would love to see your creations. Do comment below, or follow me on social media.
See some of the other ideas for crafts that my little one has made
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