There’s nothing more luxurious than taking a long bath and tossing in a few bath bombs. At the prices LUSH or Basin want for them though, it may be best to figure out how to make them. So, as we all do, I went directly to Pinterest for a DIY bath bomb recipe, or two. I found a couple I liked and opted to try one of them. One called for oil and the other called for witch hazel. I settled on the witch hazel recipe.
The first time I tried this recipe I used plastic eggs left over from Easter. What an epic fail that was. Well, each of the eggs is practically a lethal weapon. They are hard as rocks and the dried mixture will not come out easily. I needed to run hot water over the outside to loosen it. Once loosened, the bath bomb was fine. It did take a while to dissolve in the tub, but it added the right fragrance and softness I was looking for.
I tried the recipe one more time using an old muffin tin and the results were much better. The one thing I really liked about this recipe was that any essential oils can be used. I added the dried rose petals for a little more color.
To make these bath bombs, you will need:
A bowl and a mold
2 1/2 cups baking soda,
1 cup Epsom salts,
1/4 cup citric acid,
Essential oil of your choice
A spray bottle of witch hazel.
Using a big bowl, mix the dry ingredients and then drop in a bit of rose scented essential oil. Then spray down the mixture until you have a wet sand consistency. Take a few dried rose petals and mix them through for a little color, texture and additional fragrance. You could also do this with lavender.
Using a mold lined with plastic wrap spoon in the mixture and pack it down. Let it sit over night to dry out.
The per item cost is so much more reasonable than anything one can find at Lush or Basin. The most expensive items on the ingredients list are the citric acid and essential oil. Even still, you can get several batches made out of one bag of citric acid.
Wrap these in a pretty paper and tie with a ribbon to give as a gift to your mom, sister or a teacher.