It’s been cold here in Canada. We’ve been hit with -20°C temperatures on a daily basis (that’s below 0°F for all you yanks!).
Suffice it to say, keeping warm has been a challenge.
I’m not typically one to lounge in the bath. Unless I am in severe physical pain – or in this case, freezing my buns off – I don’t find it relaxing in the slightest.
Thanks to hours of shovelling snow in negative temperatures, I found myself being drawn to the idea of a nice, steaming hot bath. Thanks to family and friends this Christmas season, I was gifted with several bath bombs.
Now, I never understood the appeal of a bath bomb until I tried one out myself.
What are Bath Bombs?
If you’ve never heard of bath bombs before then let me explain. They are made from bath salts, oils and citric acid, pressed together to form a ball of fizzing awesome.
While there are many natural bath bombs available for purchase now, many store bought versions also contain harsh fragrances and dyes that can irritate your skin and dry you out.
Which got me thinking….could I not make this at home 100% au natural?
How to Make Bath Bombs
Bath bombs are easy to make and also happen to be a great DIY for a Girl’s Night In or even for kids.With plenty of ways to customize them (scent, shape, colour) you can express your inner DIY goddess and enjoy the after product.
Here’s the ingredients you need to make homemade bath bombs:
Follow our step by step instructions for a flawless and fizzy homemade bath bomb.
In a large bowl mix together your baking soda, epsom salt, cornstarch and citric acid until it is combined evenly.
In a second bowl, stir together your base oil of choice, witch hazel and any essential oils.
Very slowly (and in small quantities) add your wet ingredients to the dry mix bowl.Mix well with your hands before adding in the next small batch of liquid ingredients. We’re talking teaspoons at a time, not dumping half the bowl in at a time.
The more liquid you add in the more your mixture should hold together without crumbling.
If you plan on using any natural dyes, now is the time to add them in as you press your mixture into your bath bomb molds. Use a spray bottle to gently mist them with dye. Don’t overdo it or you’ll ruin all that slow mixing you just finished.
If you’re not using dye, simply press your mixture into a mold and let sit for 24-48 hours.
Your bath bomb may expand a bit over the 24-48 hours and that is perfectly normal. Once they have set, store in airtight containers and use within 2-4 weeks.
If you find this recipe makes too many bath bombs and you won’t use them before the 2-4 weeks is up, either gift them to friends and family or cut the recipe in half.
Where to Find Bath Bomb Molds and Natural Dyes
As you know, we love DIY’ing, but can’t stand anything that’s too high maintenance. While most of the items for these bath bombs can be found in your local organic health food store, molds and dyes may be harder to come by.
Our go to provider is Amazon. There are a ton of options and so many fun shapes and sizes. We love this variety pack with seashell, stars, hearts and the go-to circle molds.
We also dig the natural dyes from India Tree. They come in a 3 pack with red, yellow and blue so you can mix them together to form any colour in the rainbow.
If you’re in need of a serious at home spa sesh, then these bath bombs are a must. For even more home spa hacks, check out this post too.
Happy Bathing, ya’ll!