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How to Make Fabulously Scented DIY Bath Bombs in Under 20 Minutes

Everyone loves a fizzy scented cleansing bomb in their bath, right? Here is a tried and tested recipe to make your own DIY bath bombs.

They would make fabulous gifts for Christmas, birthdays, bridal showers… any occasion really!

DIY Bath Bomb directions


To make approximately 4 bath bombs you will need:

  • 1 cup of citric acid
  • 2 cups of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
  • 20 – 30 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 15-20 drops of purple food colouring
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • A small amount of water
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Spritzer bottle (to put your water in)
  • Moulds (you can use everything from chocolate moulds to shot glasses)

How to Prepare:

  1. Put the citric acid and baking soda in the bowl and mix.
  2. Then put in your essential oil. The more drops you add, the stronger the scent will be.
  3. Put the food colouring in. Remember, the more drops you include, the darker the colour will be.
  4. Finally, put the olive oil in. This will make the bomb more moisturising for your skin.
  5. You need to stir the mix thoroughly and do it quickly before the fizzing occurs!
  6. Spray a little water into the mix so the consistency of the bomb is crumbly but will just about hold its shape if pushed together. You will need less water than you think!
  7. Pack the mixture firmly into your choice of mould and leave them to dry somewhere warm but not in direct sunlight.
  8. Once the mix has set, you should be able to pop it out of the mould.
  9. Ideally, they should be used within 7-10 days.

Bath Bomb bombed?

If your bomb doesn’t come out of the mould without crumbling it could be because the mix was too dry. It could also be because it wasn’t compressed into the mould hard enough.

If your bath bomb has turned into a gloopy expanding mess, it means you have added too much water, and it has tried to bomb too soon! Don’t panic, you can still save it by adding more baking soda and citric acid. Add two parts baking soda for every one part of citric acid.

Making it look “The Bomb”!

Are you going to give your bath bomb as a gift? Just wrap it in some pretty tissue paper and tie at the top with some curling ribbon.

This recipe can be adapted to make a range of different scents, colours, and shapes to suit whatever theme you want. They’re perfect gifts for Mother’s Day, Bridal Showers and birthdays.

You could colour them blue and they’d be perfect for Father’s Day (because dads take baths too right?).

Just don’t forget to make some for yourself 😉

For more DIY beauty tips check out our Paraffin Foot Spa and Coconut Oil Beauty Tips!

These DIY bath bombs look so easy to make - I'm going to make them for Christmas gifts this year!


Wednesday 24th of June 2015

Heaven - that's what this is! I love bath bombs, but have never tried making my own. I may even make enough to share with family and friends. Pinning this so I don't forget about.


Friday 19th of June 2015

I need this in my life. I have made these before, but thanks for the reminder that it is such a relaxing bath that you can't go without!


Tuesday 17th of March 2015

These look so easy to make! I can't wait to try them!

Jennifer at MakingOurLifeMatte

Monday 16th of March 2015

I never heard of Bath Bombs before! I would definitely love to get some of these for Mother's Day!

Sheila Rogers

Tuesday 10th of March 2015

I have never used bath bombs. These are so pretty. I can feel a bit of pampering coming on :)

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