Bath bombs are a great pleasure after a long day of the hustle and bustle, but a lot of bath bombs out there tend to be more on the pricey side making it not so easy on the wallet. But don’t worry! If you love bath bombs but don’t love the prices they are sold at, then DIY some for yourself right at home with this detailed guide on making your own bath bombs!
In this DIY Bath Bomb Guide you will find:
- Overview of Procedure
- Making a Basic Bath Bomb Mix
- Molding Your Bath Bombs
- How To Get The Right Consistency
- How To Get Consistency and Color In Your Bathbomb
- Finishing Up Your Bath Bombs
- DIY Bath Bombs Tips & Tricks
How To Make DIY Bath Bombs
To make the perfect bath bombs, you gotta know what it’s made of! Here’s an outline of the basic recipe:
- 2 Parts Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
- 1 Part Citric Acid (Lemons, Oranges, Limes)
- A Small Amount of Water
With just this basic recipe, you can make bath bombs so structurally sound that you’re gonna have to use a mallet to break them down!
First watch this, then follow the DETAILED steps below:
Overview of the Procedure
Now that you know what makes up the perfect bath bombs, you now gotta know how to make them! But before we get to the nitty-gritty of the whole thing here’s a brief rundown of the procedure:
- Mix the Dry Ingredients
- Spray a bit of Water until it Starts to Clump Together
- Press the mixture into your Moulds, and Demould your Bath Bombs
- Leave it to dry on a surface for 1-2 Days
Making a Basic Bath Bomb Mix
By this step you should have all the necessary materials and basic knowledge on what you’re gonna do to make your bath bombs. With that all done and over with, let’s get to mixing!
Here’s how you Mix it:
- Mix 2 parts of sodium bicarbonate and 1 part citric acid in your bowl until you think they’re combined. Start with about 200g of sodium and 100g of citric acid. It’s a good idea to mix in a little excess and set it aside in a separate container as it can be really useful if you add in too much water/oil in the later steps.
- Now start adding in the water by lightly spraying tiny amounts at a time, and of course mixing the whole time. Mix it until you see it starting to clump together as you stir it.
- Don’t add water too fast! Just keep doing the repeated process of stirring and spraying.
- Make sure to squash any tiny lumps of water or oil against the edges of your bowl to make sure the mix stays consistent.
How to get the Right Consistency
Getting that right bit of consistency into your bath bombs can be very tricky. There are so many factors (from the fragrances you used and even the weather) that could affect why you’re not getting the consistency right.
Getting the consistency right is one thing, but knowing if the consistency is right can be subject to different interpretations. Here is a guideline that should help you get an idea if you got it right or not:
- Dough or Play-Doh like that sticks to your fingers or on the mold
- It’s Wet or Overly Damp
- If you Hear Loud Hissing or Crackling Sound
- Hard, Crumbly or Pebbly texture to it
- Slips through your fingers like sand
- When it Clumps together, then Crumbles apart
Molding Your Bath Bombs
Mould is one of those “it’s easy when you know how” kind of deal. To get you through your first bath bomb molding here’s a few things you should keep in mind:
- Spoon the mixture into one-half of the mold and ‘cut’ into it with the edge of the spoon before taking another spoonful in.
- Fill the mold with more than a half full, set it aside and repeat with the other half of the mold.
- Carefully push the two halves together and squeeze firmly.
- Now, remove the top half of the mold, place a sheet of cellophane on your palm and turn the un-moulded half onto your palm. You should be able to remove the other half of the mold easily after that.
- Place the completed bath bomb gently on a clean dry surface.
Adding Some Color and Texture to your Bath Bombs
Mixing a bath bomb isn’t just about its main ingredients! Adding some color and texture to your bath bombs gives it a more personal flavor or touch customizing it even further to suit your tastes.
That being said bath bombs can come in all sorts of colors and fragrances! The following are some options you could use in your bath bomb mixes to add some color to it.
To tint your bath bombs in a certain shade or color, apply some liquid coloring first before you add in the water. The liquid food coloring can also help you get the right consistency, depending on how many you drop into the mix.
As consistency can be affected by the liquid coloring, there is of course a certain limit to using it. So make sure to watch out how much you drop into your mixture before it gets too wet!
Powder variants for tinting your bath bombs are available in premixed solutions from sites such as Bath-Bomb.com. The premixed powder gives you greater control when adding it to your bath bomb mixture making it easier for your while getting the right shade you want for it.
Herbs, Petals and Grains
Take a step further in your bath bomb mixes by adding some texture along with your color! Here are some cool extra ingredients you could play around with to give your DIY Bath Bombs an extra wow factor:
Oatmeal contains mucilage, making it have a gooey texture that also makes your skin super smooth. Always remember to not add too much into your mix as it would break the consistency leaving you with gooey oatmeal everywhere!
Adding clay into your bath bomb mixture can help make your bombs crack less and dry harder. It also creates a great silky and smooth texture to your bath bomb. Clay can also be drying, so you might want to add some oils as well.
This freeze-dried aloe is a little hard to find, but when used can make your bath bombs very cool and unique! Aloe powder is also perfect for sunburns in the summer and goes great with fragrances, especially a Green Tea & Aloe mix!
Milk, Yogurts, or Goat’s Milk
These three were often used as a folk remedy from various cultures believing its softening and hydrating to the skin. Adding this into your mixture certainly could give the skin a luxurious feel! Make sure you use the whole-fat kind of milk since that gives it a fancy texture.
SLS, or Other “Bubbles”
Make your bath bombs bubbly by adding a lathering agent! The most commonly used for in bath bombs is a powdered Sodium Laureth Sulfate or SLSA, which makes your bath bombs extra foamy. More foam means more Fun!
Following the theme of the fancy and luxurious, take a step further by adding some flower petals or herbs in your bath bomb mix that will make the bathing experience soothing and rich! There’s plenty of options to choose from too from rose petals, lavender, or grand vanilla fibers! Make sure not to add too much to your mixture else you want a colorful tub!
If you’re looking for a more relaxing bath bomb experience, try adding in some Epsom, Atlantic Sea, or Dead Sea Salts. Add at least a cup to each bath bomb to maximize its effectiveness. It’s also a good idea to merge these bath bombs together using clay as the addition of the salt might make the bath bombs less effective on their own.
Different kinds of Butters could your to give your bath bomb mixes a smooth and silky feel! And there so many kinds of butter to choose from cocoa or coconut butters to more exotic kinds such as aloe, mango, and coffee butters!
Finishing up your Bath Bombs
Leave your completed bath bombs out to dry for at least 1-2 days and avoid moving, turning, or prodding them as they can be really delicate at this stage. Store the dried out bath bombs in a dry, airtight environment to reduce the chance of them “fizzling out” over time caused by improper storage. With a little patience and care, you will have successfully made your very own luxurious bath bombs delights for your own personal use or maybe even for others as well!
Some More Tips and Tricks
Now that you have dipped your toe in the delightfully good smelling world of DIY bath bomb crafting, I’m pretty you’re eager to make some more! But before you become the master “bath bomb maker” of the world, here’s a bunch of tips and tricks to keep in mind while you get to mixing your next masterpiece!
Bath Bombs just “flatten out” and soften
This means your mixture has too much water in it! Give the Basic Recipe another look on how to get the right consistency.
A basic reminder for you to remember when this happens is the mix should be loose with a soft powder texture that clumps but not forms like dough!
Bombs look fine on the tray, but dent easily or crumble in your hand
When this happens makes sure that you pack your bath bombs a lot denser in your molds as it means that the molding wasn’t firm enough to keep the mixture together.
It could also be an effect on some ingredients that you use, an example would be an extra amount coarse salt or starch can weaken the firmness of your bath bomb mixes.
Bombs look fine out of the molds, but form large cracks
There is still probably too much water or the bath bomb dried up too fast. Trapped carbon dioxide escapes from within it causing the cracks to appear.
Bombs won’t stay together or split down the seam.
If you see that your molding isn’t keeping your bath bomb mixture together, it probably means that you didn’t add the right amount of water or ingredients in your mix. Add a little more of either and see if it keeps your mold together.
Bombs won’t come out of the mold
Too much water, corn starch, or both. Sodium and citric acid aren’t really “sticky,” but cornstarch is. It is a fine powder and likes to cling to things, especially if you’re using a mold made of old plastic. The bombs should practically fall out of the molds.
There you have it! A fun, easy, and detailed on how to make your own delightful bath bombs!
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