This is a fun twist on the classic recipe for bath bombs. Instead of coloring the mixture, you color the salts. The effect is amazing! Choose your favorite color (Pink or blue for a baby shower? Red and green for Christmas?). Add your favorite essential oils and you have the perfect homemade gift!
How to make DIY Bath Bombs with Epsom salt:
What I used:
3 tbsp. Epsom salt (or coarse sea salt) – Get it here
1/2 cup baking soda – Get it here
1/4 cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder – Get it here
1/4 cup citric acid – Get it here
1 tbsp coconut oil – Get it here
spraying bottle with witch hazel or water – Get it here
liquid food or soap coloring – Get it here
essential oils (optional) – Get it here
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1. Color your salts
Divide 3 tablespoons of salt between 2 bowls. Add one drop of food coloring to one bowl and add a drop of another color to the other. Add more drops for a more intense color. Let the salts sit while they soak up the dye.
2. Combine your dry ingredients
Put the baking soda, cornstarch and citric acid in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together with a spoon.
This would also be the time to add your essential oils. I used 6 drops of ylang-ylang and 6 drops of lavender.
3. Add the coconut oil
Add 1 heaping tablespoon of coconut oil to your dry mixture. Mix all the ingredients together and make sure to smooth out all the lumps.
4. Spritz with water
Take a handful of the mixture and squeeze it together with your fingers in the palm of your hand. The powder should clump together. If it doesn’t you can spritz it lightly with some water (or witch hazel) in a spraying bottle. Stir well between each spritz and make sure the mixture doesn’t start to fizz in the bowl! Check regularly to see if the mixture clumps together.
5. Create your DIY bath bombs
Add the colored salts to the batch. Carefully stir the salts into the mixture.
I put a few salts at the bottom of my mold because, well, it looks pretty! Fill your mold one spoonful at a time. Press the mixture down firmly after each scoop.
Let your mold sit for a few hours or – if you can wait long enough – overnight. Carefully take the bath bomb out of its mold and wrap as a gift or keep for yourself!
Here’s a printable version for you to enjoy:
DIY Bath Bombs with Epsom Salt
3 tbsp. Epsom salt (or coarse sea salt)
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder
1/4 cup citric acid
1 tbsp coconut oil
spraying bottle with witch hazel
liquid food or soap coloring
essential oils (optional)
Divide the epsom salt between 2 bowls. Add one drop of food coloring to each bowl and stir. Let the salts sit while they soak up the dye.
Combine the baking soda, corn starch and citric acid in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together with a spoon. Add a few drops of essential oil while you keep stirring.
Add the coconut oil to your dry mixture. Mix all the ingredients together and make sure to smooth out all the lumps.
Take a handful of mixture and squeeze it in the palm of your hand. Spray the mixture with some witch hazel until it clumps together. Stir well between each spritz!
Add the colored salts to the batch and carefully mix together. You can put a few salts at the bottom of your mold. Press the mixture down firmly as you fill your mold. Let it sit for a few hours and carefully take the bath bomb out of its mold.
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