If there could ever be one DIY that I LOVE sooooo much it’s bath bombs!
They are amazing – to GIVE and to receive! Once you learn how to make them you will never never ever ever want to buy them because they truly cost pennies to make and are so easy to do 😉
We have made our share of bath bombs in the past… including:
And these are a spinoff of those – Orange is such a happy oil that helps support a healthy mood and Lavender is SO relaxing .. that they really do go nicely together. Although you can definitely tint them with coloring, I prefer not to (because I don’t really like to have to scrub the color out of the tub!) But.. if you want color definitely add it in because it does make them even more visually appealing.
These bath bombs are the ONLY way I can get my little ones to take a bath – each day, they grab a bath bomb and “toss it in” — they LOVE them!
The key to making bath bombs is making sure the mixture isn’t too dry or too wet. You want it to hold together when squeezed. It’s so tempting to add more water.. but don’t do it!
For those of you who are visual learners, we did a DIY.
Ready to try to make them yourself? Give them a whirl – and leave a comment for us to let us know how they came out!
Lavender Orange Bath Bombs
- 1 C. Baking Soda
- 1/2 C. Arrowroot Flour, Organic Cornstarch OR… Tapioca Starch
- 1/2 C. Epsom Salt
- 1/2 C. non-GMO Citric Acid
- 2 1/2 Tbsp Sweet Almond Oil (or fractionated coconut oil)
- 2 tsp water
- 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 10 drops Orange Essential Oil
- Optional: Soap Colorant Pigment Powder
- Bath Bomb Molds
- For wrapping, 100 ct cellophane bags
- In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. If you are using color pigment, add at this time (for a darker color add more). (Avoid plastic bowls, instead use glass, ceramic or stainless steel)
- In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients very slowly (this is crucial – because if you add too quickly you will activate that citric acid and that in turn will create the fizzing effect).
- Mix with your hands until combined. The mixture may not seem overly wet and that’s fine – you want it to be a very slightly damp feel like sand. It should hold together when you squeeze it.
- Fill each half of the mold – pack in tightly then overflow each end. Push the halves together firmly, and remove excess powder that squeezed out of the circumference of the mold edge.
- Let the mold sit with both top and bottom for several minutes. Remove half of the mold and allow to dry with the other half on 1-2 hours. Then remove that other half (you may have to gently tap with a spoon to get out of the mold).
- Let dry 5-6 hours and then store by wrapping tightly.
- Keep away from moisture, and do not store in the bathroom.
If you love these bath bombs, check out 25 DIYs with Essential Oils or, 12 Homemade Gifts you can give with Essential Oils.