How Do You Make Essential Oil Bath Bombs?
If you’re anything like me having essential oil bath bombs and bath salts on-hand makes self-care so much easier. Allowing me to de-stress and unwind using the best essential oils for relaxation more frequently.
And I love that fact they are good all year round. I know many of us gravitate to long bath soaks in the fall or winter. But, you can use essential oil bath bombs in the shower too! Just place it away from the direct shower spray and it will last for your whole shower.
So, you can indulge in your bath bomb obsession any time of year!
If you want to relax more often and create a spa-like experience at home too, then you’re in luck. I’m going to show how to make bath bombs with essential oils for all your relaxation needs. And this essential oil recipe is kid-friendly too!
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How to Scent Bath Bombs with Essential Oils
If there’s one thing I enjoy most about making essential oil bath bombs or any DIY essential oil recipe for that matter, is that you can completely customize it! The scent combinations and aromatherapy benefits are endless when you use essential oil blend recipes. Rather you want to simply unwind, feel inspired, fall asleep easier, or jump-start your day – you can create essential oil bath bombs for all your needs.
Our printable essential oil blends are a great place to find inspiration for the perfect bath bomb scents. Start with these:
- Cozy Essential Oil Blends
- Stress Reducing Essential Oil Blends
- Inspiring Spring Essential Oil Blends
- Boho Essential Oil Blends
- Kids Bedtime Essential Oil Blends
- Relaxing Summer Essential Oil Blends
Get them all in including my favorite bath bomb scents in the Oily Chic Library and let your creativity run wild!
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And that’s not it…
In addition to essential oil blends, you can customize homemade bath bombs with color (mica powder is the easiest to use) and little additions to the top of bath bombs that not only make them even cuter but add to the fun! Take, for example, the soap sprinkles designed for making soaps and bath bombs that I used for these DIY birthday cake bath bombs.
Here’s a bunch of other things you could add the top of DIY bath bombs for decoration too:
eucalyptus leaf: Small 2 oz
chamomile flowers: Large 4 oz / Small 1 oz
rosemary: Large 15 oz
hibiscus flowers: Large 4 oz
peppermint leaf: Small 1 oz
hyssop: Small 1 oz
jasmine flowers: Large 4 oz
lavender flowers: Large 4 oz / Small 1 oz
star anise: Small 1.3 oz
juniper berries: Small 1.3 oz
orange peel: Medium 4 oz
lemon peel: Large 1 lb / Medium 4 oz
whole cloves: Small 2 oz
lemon balm: Large 1 lb / Small 1 oz
rose buds: Large 3.5 oz
rose petals: Large 4 oz / Small 1 oz
rosehips: Large 4 oz
calendula flowers: Medium 4 oz
As you can see just changing a few things in an essential oil bath bomb recipe can help you achieve the mood or look you’re after. No matter what you choose, your skin will be feeling silky smooth thanks to the nourishing coconut oil in this recipe. And you’ll likely feel a weight lift off your shoulders as Epsom salts help to relieve tension in your muscles.
If you’re feeling intimidated about how to make bath bombs, don’t be. I’ve separated the recipe into two parts. And carefully written step by step instructions to make the process easy to duplicate for any type of bath bomb you want to make.
How to Make Bath Bombs for Kids
You’ll find this essential oil bath bomb recipe is easy to make – kids included! Make a batch together or make several as gifts. Birthday cake bombs make the best birthday gift – no matter how many candles are on the cake!
Did I mention, you can even add hidden surprises like small toys inside a homemade bath bomb?
Seriously, the possibilities are limitless when it comes to making bath bombs. Let me show you how.
Bath Bomb Tools:
- Glass or stainless steel mixing bowls
- Stainless steel whisk
- Stainless steel bath bomb molds
- Handheld sifter or fine mesh strainer
- 1 ounce fractionated coconut oil
- 12 to 20 drops essential oil (add your blend here)
- 2 to 4 teaspoons witch hazel
- ¼ cup arrowroot powder
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup Epsom salt, fine
- ¼ teaspoon soap sprinkles (or your decoration)
- 4 teaspoons vanilla extract powder
Bath Bomb Step by Step Instructions:
Step 1: Using a fine mesh or handheld sifter, combine all dry ingredients into a large glass or metal mixing bowl. Whisk well to combine and set aside.
Step 2: Pour all wet ingredients into a small mixing bowl and stir to combine.
Step 3: Now, slowly add the wet mixture into the dry mixture, whisking as you go. If the mixture begins to fizz or foam, slow down.
Step 4: After combining mixtures, scoop a small amount into your hand and squeeze it together to test the consistency. It should stick together and hold it’s shape. If the mixture is too dry and powdery, add a ½ teaspoon of witch hazel or water. Then mix well and test again. Repeat until you have the correct consistency.
Step 5: Once the bath bomb mixture is ready add a small amount of soap sprinkles to one half of the bath bomb mold. Then scoop each side of the bath bomb mold into the mixture until it’s just overflowing. Press together and let stand for 2 minutes. (Using multiple bath bomb molds can allow you to keep going while the others are setting.)
Step 6: Once set gently release the bath bomb onto a cutting board or cookie sheet. If the bath bomb cracks while removing it, scoop a little more mixture and press together again. Allow bath bombs to dry uncovered 8 hours or overnight. Once dry, store in a dry place or container until use.
Note: This essential oil bath bomb recipe yields 6 medium-sized bath bombs or 12 to 15 small-sized bath bombs.
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What are you waiting for?
If you have yet to make or even experience a bath bomb, I definitely recommend it! I can assure you’ll be melting away your stress after soaking under a fizzy layer of vanilla and sprinkles with relaxing essential oils filling the air with this birthday cake bath bomb recipe.
Pin this kid-friendly birthday cake bath bomb recipe now for an easy to make birthday day surprise and don’t forget your printable bath bomb essential oil blends above.
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