One of my favorite things to do is to take a nice long soak in my tub. One of my least favorite things to do is to pay a lot of money for a lovely scent to soak in while I’m enjoying that relaxing bath time…so we’ve started doing our own bath bombs, just like the lush bath bombs and other pricey brands, but at a fraction of the cost. With Mother’s Day coming super fast- and, as an aside, my birthday just before it, I like giving my kids ideas for things they can make instead of buy for me…and finding things that I can make for family and friends on their special days. These DIY Spring Flower Bath Bombs are pretty easy to make- and with the huge range of silicone molds, scented oils and colors available at craft stores and online, the sky is the limit with what you can make.
DIY Spring Flower Bath Bombs
DIY Spring Flower Bath Bombs Supplies
1/3 Cup Citric Acid (you can find this with canning supplies at your local store or find citric acid for bath bombs online)
2/3 Cup Baking Soda
2 tablespoon Epsom Salt
⅓ Cup Cornstarch
Scented Oil or Essential Oil (We’ve got a few in these bombs, strawberry scent oil is always a fun scent to add to a pink or red color bath bomb!)
DIY Spring Flower Bath Bombs Instructions
Mix all of the dry ingredients together (citric acid, baking soda, epsom salt, cornstarch).
Split dry ingredients evenly between three bowls. Color the dry mixture in each bowl with a different color of food dye. I stir at first with a fork, but eventually mix with my hands to get the best color distribution. The color will be light, but it will darken when you add the wet ingredients. Your colors might also be a bit speckled, so if this is an issue for you, substitute bath bomb colorant for the food color.
For each color you plan to make, combine 1 teaspoon of almond oil with 1 tablespoon of water. Add scented oil and stir. (Amount of oil and food color will depend on how deep a color and how scented a bath bomb you want. A few drops is usually enough in both cases.) You can choose your scents by preference or by benefit- I know for me, I love a pure lavender oil for the bath because it helps to relax me and get ready for sleep.
Add your liquid a few drops at a time to the dry ingredients and stir. If your mixture starts to bubble you are adding the liquid too fast. You want to add just enough liquid for the mixture to hold its shape when pressed together. Adding too much liquid will keep your bath bombs from setting.
Spoon your mixture into your mold and press down firmly. It’s important to get the mixture fully compacted into the flower mold for bath bombs. Let the bombs set up overnight, remove from molds and package them for gifting or enjoy! Definitely store them in an airtight container if you aren’t planning to use them right away.
Flowers not your thing? Easy, just search your fave shapes or themes- you can even do Star Wars bath bombs if you’d like! I don’t know what the Death Star would smell like, but that’s your call !
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