DIY Bath Bombs

When selecting crafts for resident events at work, I seek out ideas that are practical, fun, and great for kids and adults. This month, we made our own bath bombs. With school starting up, the weather cooling off, and the holidays approaching faster than we know, it’s a perfect time for a little self-pampering and de-stressing.

I adapted the recipe found on the blog Ann’s Entitled Life, for peppermint bath bombs, but we didn’t stop at peppermint. This would be a great idea for a teen/tween birthday party, girls night in, or for holiday gifts.

Making for a group: I multiplied the recipe below by 4 and made a big batch of the dry ingredients, stopping before adding the essential oil or color. Using the plastic cups, I portioned one almost full cup into each paper bowl. Each person got two bowls, gloves, and two plastic cups with lids at their setting. In the middle of the table I placed an assortment of essential oils (I order a set of 6 for under $20 on Amazon) and food coloring in the center of the table.

Each attendee was instructed to add 2 drops of essential oil to each bowl, and a few drops of whatever color they wanted, or none of they wanted white. They mixed them with gloved hands until combined, then I spooned two tablespoons of melted coconut oil into each bowl. They mixed again, then pressed their mixtures into the cups. The lids are used only for transportation, and guests should be instructed to remove them when they get home to allow them to dry and set up properly.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2C baking soda
  • 1/2C citric acid (Ball or for larger amounts, order online)
  • 1/4C cornstarch
  • 1/4C coconut oil
  • Food coloring
  • Essential oil

Materials:

  • Large bowl
  • Rubber gloves
  • Measuring cups
  • Plastic portion cups with lids (found near straws and plastic cutlery in the store)

Instructions:

  • Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. I found using gloved hands to be easier than a spoon since you can crush the climbs of cornstarch easily.
  • Split into portions, one bowl for each color.
  • Add a few drops of food coloring to bowls you want colored, add no food coloring to create white.
  • Add a few drops of essential oil to the bowls. Use the same for all, or mix coordinating scents.
  • Mix each bowl with gloves hands. Think of it like creaming butter and sugar, it may take more effort to mix the food coloring in than you think.
  • Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for 20 seconds, being careful as coconut oil melts quickly.
  • Add coconut oil to your bowls, distributing as evenly as you have split the dry ingredients. Ex) If you made two bowls, put 1/8C in each.
  • Mix coconut oil into mixture until the texture is that of wet sand.
  • Press firmly into the cups. You can make single color, layers, or randomly mixed. Get creative!
  • If transporting, put the lids on. If not, let them sit for a day to dry out and solidify. Once they’re set, you can pop them out of the cups and wrap to give as a gift, or drop into the tub at bath time!

One batch makes 9-12 bath bombs depending on how full you pack the cups.

The final product
If you’re making these as gifts, try using silicone ice cube molds or pick up some round molds from the craft store. Once dried, put a few in an organza bag with a nice gift tag, and you’re good to go! I’d love to hear what you all come up with.

Note: Always check with your guests or gift recipients about any allergies or intolerances.

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