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Handmade Fizzing Bath Bombs

These fun fizzing bath bombs are a breeze to make and make a fantastic handmade gift idea! Don't miss this detailed tutorial for step-by-step instructions on how to make your own homemade bath bombs.

My girls love taking bubble baths and I have been wanting to make them some homemade bath bombs for years now, but quite honestly I was always a little scared that it would turn into a complete fiasco and they wouldn’t work.

I shouldn’t have worried!

Not only are they fun and easy to make, they work like a charm!  My girls love watching them fizz in the bath, and I love that the olive oil and cornstarch helps soften & moisturize their skin while the calming lavender essential oil helps settle them down before bed. (To find out more about essential oils & how they work, check out this post.)  They also make a great handmade gift idea!

I did find that the smaller molds worked a little better than the big size, as they dried faster and popped out easier.  I also added a little too much liquid at the end and had a few that expanded into blobs while they were drying.  They made little cow pie-shaped bath bombs but they still work great!

Here is what you need:

Handmade Fizzing Bath Bombs

2 cups baking soda
1 cup citric acid
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup sea salt or Epsom salt
3 teaspoons olive oil
5-6 drops essential oil
Approximately 2 teaspoons witch hazel or water (I recommend witch hazel!)
empty spray bottle
silicone mold

DIY Bath Bombs Recipe

Step 1: In large bowl, mix together baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, and salt until well blended with no lumps.

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Step 2: Mix in olive oil and essential oil until well blended.

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Step 3: Spray mixture with with witch hazel until just moist enough to form into shapes that hold.  Be careful not to add too much moisture or the mixture will begin to fizz.

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Step 4:  Press mixture into molds; let sit for 5-10 minutes, then carefully remove from molds onto parchment paper and let dry for 24 hours.

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Step 5: Package in cellophane or a mason jar to give as gifts, then finish with a pretty ribbon and a tag that states: To use, simply drop 1 large or 2 small bath bombs into bath.

These fun fizzing bath bombs are a breeze to make and make a fantastic handmade gift idea!  Don't miss this detailed tutorial for step-by-step instructions on how to make your own homemade bath bombs.

Handmade Fizzing Bath Bombs

Create these homemade bath bombs with your favorite essential oil! The perfect handmade gift for friends, neighbors and teachers.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Drying Time 1 day
Servings 16 bath bombs

Ingredients

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup sea salt or Epsom salt
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 5-6 drops essential oil
  • 2 tsp witch hazel
  • 1 empty spray bottle
  • silicone molds

Instructions

  1. In large bowl, mix together baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, and salt until well blended with no lumps.

  2. Mix in olive oil and essential oil until well blended.

  3. Spray mixture with with witch hazel until just moist enough to form into shapes that hold. Be careful not to add too much moisture or the mixture will begin to fizz.

  4. Press mixture into molds; let sit for 5-10 minutes, then carefully remove from molds onto parchment paper and let dry for 24 hours.

  5. Package in cellophane to give as gifts with a tag that states: to use, simply drop 1 large or 2 small bath bombs into bath.

These fun fizzing bath bombs are a breeze to make and make a fantastic handmade gift idea! Don't miss this detailed tutorial for step-by-step instructions on how to make your own homemade bath bombs.

 

These fun fizzing bath bombs are a breeze to make and make a fantastic handmade gift idea!  Don't miss this detailed tutorial for step-by-step instructions on how to make your own homemade bath bombs.
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12 Comments

  1. December 1 at 10:30AM

    What a cute idea! I love making homemade gifts for Christmas, but I usually bake goodies. I like this spin on it–nice to have something handmade that’s calorie-free :)!

  2. December 1 at 04:05PM

    YAY! I am so glad you posted about these! I have been wanting to make them for years now, but never have. They seemed too hard, but honestly they aren’t. I am also glad you posted where to get citric acid, because the one year I was going to make them I couldn’t find it. Why didn’t I think of Amazon? Amazon has everything, right? These are going to make great gifts!

  3. December 3 at 06:31PM

    Wow, I didn’t realize these were so easy to make! I bet my daughter would love these! Thanks, Ruth! Going to pin this right now…:)

  4. December 12 at 10:20PM

    Great idea! I would live to make these but live in Mexico (questionable postal system). Is there anything I can use in the place of the citric acid? I dont know where to find that here!

  5. Laura
    December 15 at 12:13PM

    I tried but they didn’t work at all. :'(Kinda of disappointed because I was making them for presents.

  6. Rh
    April 2 at 12:22AM

    This is a terrible recipe! It was very dry and crumbly and even the smallest spray of water caused fizzing. When enough water was added to make it stick together, he fizzing caused the bombs to swell up with gas. When I looked up other recipes to compare, most used half as much dry ingredient or twice as much wet ingredients. No wonder! Also, the acid is extremely irritating to hands. Wear gloves.

  7. grandma
    May 30 at 03:12PM

    These did not work! The bath bombs crumble in the molds! Luckily you can make them like normal and put the mixture in a jar. Then when you want to take a bath sprinkle some mixture in the water/bathtub and it will fizz! Yay! tip: you do not need to get Witch Hazel if you follow what i said because the witch Hazel makes it form.

  8. demetria neal
    September 28 at 11:49AM

    hi, instead of using water in your mixture you use witch hazel correct? how do you get them to dry, do you leave them in their molds for a while or take them out? I’ve made some but they crack and crumble and remain soft. please h elp me if you don’t mind

  9. Joy
    November 28 at 10:06PM

    so I’ve made a few bath bombs in my time and can definitely recommend that once you press the mix (very) firmly into the molds you need to let it dry in the molds for a couple hours and then 24-48 hours after to fully firm up before you package it.
    if you just leave it 5-10 min in the mold of course it will crumble! its also why even the stars in the pic looked crumbly

  10. Shea
    December 10 at 08:00PM

    Where’s the free printable?

    • Ruth Soukup
      December 11 at 10:50AM

      Hi Shea,
      The printable has been discontinued. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused. If you register for our Holiday planner, you will be sent a link to download super cute gifts tags that you could use. I hope that helps. If not, please feel free to email me at natalie@ruthsoukup.com

  11. Jill
    December 15 at 06:55AM

    Just tried this recipe and very disappointed with results. Does not work! Waste of my ingredients. Tried a different recipe a few days ago and that was fine. This didn’t set a day later I have all powder. Frustrating.

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