Bath bombs are a popular way to add essential oils, scents, and even colors to your bathwater, but the costs can add up quickly. Here’s an inexpensive DIY recipe that incorporates Epsom salt so you can get the health and beauty benefits of this all-natural mineral compound, while still experiencing the fun of a fizzy bath bomb.
Here’s a recipe that yields two bath bombs:
½ cup baking soda
¼ cup corn starch
¼ cup citric acid
¼ cup Epsom salt
½ tbsp. water
¼ tsp essential oil
½ tbsp. coconut oil, melted
2 plastic ornaments or spheres
Note: For human use, the Epsom Salt Council recommends only Epsom salt with the USP designation.
Add the dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and stir until combined. (Baking soda, corn starch, citric acid, Epsom salt.)
In a separate, smaller bowl, add all the wet ingredients and stir until combined. (Water, essential oil, coconut oil, food coloring.)
Slowly, add the wet ingredients to the dry ones, but only a little at a time. Stir between pours to prevent the wet and dry ingredients from reacting or fizzing. (This wouldn’t pose a risk, but you want to save that fizzing for when you drop it into your bath.)
Once all of the wet and dry ingredients are mixed together, it should have the consistency of wet sand. If it doesn’t look like it’s sticking, stir in ½ tsp of water at a time until you can press it between your fingers and it holds together.
Pack each half of the ornament with the bath bomb mixture. Make sure each half is filled to the top. Then press the two ornament halves together and set aside. Do the same thing with the second ornament.
Place both ornaments in the refrigerator overnight.
The next day, slowly open each ornament and remove the top and bottom halves.