Does your mother need a little relaxation?
Win the “Favorite Child Award” this Mother’s Day by combining every mom’s two favorite things: something handmade and a little TLC. Bath bombs are the perfect DIY gift! Customize them to suit the recipient’s favorite scent, color and shape and tailor the recipe to make them moisturizing or energizing. You can add sparkles to make your bath bomb (and your skin) glisten. If you are making a bath bomb for a little one, you can also add a surprise in the middle for them to find when it dissolves.
- 1 cup baking soda
- ½ cup citric acid
- ¾ cup cornstarch
- ½ cup Epsom salts
- 2 tsp. essential oil
- 3 tsp. water
- 2-3 drops food coloring
We outlined the steps to create your very own basic bath bomb below. The only extras we added to the basic version were food coloring and essential oil. After you read through the steps, you can find a few fun additions for different needs.
Step 1: Combine your dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately then whisk together.
Step 2: Slowly combine the two. You don’t want it to activate the solution so just pour in a small amount of the liquid at a time. It will begin to clump. Continue mixing until all the liquid has been added and the texture is uniform.
Step 3: Fill your molds. Slightly overfill each half as it will condense when you press the pieces together. Make sure it snaps into place securely.
Step 4: Let it dry. You can leave it to dry overnight or refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Bath Bomb Recipes
Now that you have the basics down, it’s time to add some personality to your bomb! We have a few suggestions for different therapeutic needs as well as some that are just for fun. If you find one that suits your needs, save and send or print so you can make your own.
Whether you want to make a romantic bath bomb or just love the scent of roses, adding rose petals and rose essential oil will be a relaxing surprise.
Add citrus oil for a pick-me-up. The refreshing smell of citrus oil will energize you so you can get on with your day. It also leaves a pleasant clean smell.
If you are looking for a comforting essential oil, add vanilla or lavender. These scents can help ease stress and tension and help you to relax.
Add some glitter to leave your skin with a soft shimmer. We recommend using edible glitter so you can be sure it doesn’t have any toxicity or anything harmful to your skin.
For dry skin, try adding coconut oil and shea butter. Both substances will moisturize your skin and leave you feeling soft all over.
If you are making a bath bombs for your little ones, add a fun magic grow capsule. They will love the surprise once the fizz settles and a sponge toy begins to grow!
If you are looking for a little gift to accompany your handmade bath bomb, send your mother a blooming bouquet of flowers! She won’t want the day to end with a fresh arrangement and a warm soak in her future.