Making Bath Bombs

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January 3, 2019

Making Bath Bombs - three balls in a plastic bag, they can be decorated to look like a snowmanI made these as stocking stuffer snowmen for my adult children, but they are a treat anytime of the year! Unfortunately I didn't take a final photo of them with their "faces on", but it was a simply drawn as a bunch of dots (similar to smiley faces really) made with a Betty Crocker Easy Writer 4 decorator pen.


Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 big balls or multiple smaller ones


  • 3/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup Epson salts
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 30 Drops essential oils (your preference)
  • 2+ tsp witch hazel or water to get the right consistency
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • round molds or ice cube tray
  • Optional: dried flowers, leaves, or herbs
  • 1 Betty Crocker Easy Writer 4 decorator pen used to make the snowman's face
Making Bath Bombs - ingredients


  1. Combine dry ingredients (baking soda, salt, citric acid, and cornstarch) in a large bowl and mix thoroughly to combine.
  2. Making Bath Bombs - measuring Epsom salt into a bowl
    Making Bath Bombs - add corn starch
    Making Bath Bombs - mix well
  3. In a small bowl, combine the oil, witch hazel, and vanilla extract and stir well. Add essential oils now if using. Eucalyptus is great for opening sinuses, peppermint for energy, wild orange and lavender are stress relievers.
  4. Making Bath Bombs - in a small bowl add witch hazel
    Making Bath Bombs - vanilla extract
    Making Bath Bombs - add oil
    Making Bath Bombs - add and mix in herbs if desired
    Making Bath Bombs - now comes the essential oil

  5. IMPORTANT: Add liquid slowly (a few drops at a time) to the dry ingredients or it may fizz!!
  6. Making Bath Bombs - to prevent fizzing add liquid mixture to dry ingredients slowly
  7. Mix together well with your hands. When you can make a ball that stays together it is ready to put in the mold.
  8. Making Bath Bombs - mix gently with your hands until you can make a ball
  9. Grease your mold or ice cube tray and press the mixture firmly into each space. Leave for at least 2 days.
  10. Making Bath Bombs - grease molds or ice cube trays
    Making Bath Bombs - press in the mixture and leave for at least two days
    Making Bath Bombs - molds closed
  11. When dry, remove carefully and place in an airtight container or bag. This is when you can add a face and other details to make snowmen.
  12. Making Bath Bombs - when dry remove carefully and place in an air tight bag

  13. Enjoy!
  14. Making Bath Bombs - bag lying down
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March 16, 2011

In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and the olive oil until it is the consistency of pastry dough. Add the fragrance oil, mix until evenly distributed.

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September 14, 2005

Combine the dry ingredients in bowl and stir until well mixed. Next... Drizzle in the almond oil and stir until mixture is moistened. Add more oil and fragrance and stir until well mixed.

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October 5, 2014

My bath bombs did not harden in 24 hours. How can I make them harden?

By Nedy


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March 1, 20170 found this helpful

Bath bombs are neat and really make great gifts.
It is difficult to really diagnose what caused your bombs to not hardened but maybe if you review some instructions on how to make them you may see what you could have done wrong.


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November 13, 2009

Can I put my bath bombs in the oven to speed up the drying process? What temperature would I use? How long?

By RV from Ontario


November 16, 20090 found this helpful

What is a bath bomb?

Editor's Note: Here you go :

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April 11, 2006

Does anyone know how to make cupcake bath bombs and also I am looking for a recipe for they resemble jello jigglers but they are for your bathtub. You scent them, color them and drop one in the tub for a nice bath.

Fruity6 from Cleveland, Ohio


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February 7, 20060 found this helpful

Does anyone have a recipe for "cupcake bath bombs"? They are bath fizzies in a shape of a cupcake. I bought some, but would like to make as gifts. They are made in muffin pans and use muffin liners. Thanks for any help!

Dana from Newkensington, PA

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Hi Dana!! Here's a page with some recipes. You can key "Make your own bath bombs" in the search engine and come up with other sites, too. Have fun!

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By Dani (Guest Post)
April 11, 20060 found this helpful

Reply #22 is the recipe and technique. Go to the beginning of the thread for a picture. Good luck!

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By Anne-Marie (Guest Post)
January 15, 20080 found this helpful

has instructions on making frosted bath bomb cupcakes.

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August 16, 2016

I am making bath bombs. What do I use to colour them? I want to use a natural product.


December 19, 20160 found this helpful

There are a lot of natural ways to do this. Try beet root powder or carrots ground raw. Cinnamon also works well but might cause skin irritation to some.

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January 15, 20170 found this helpful

Try Annatto for yellow, Turmeric for orange, cocoa powder for brown, cinnamon for light brown, parsley for green.

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August 15, 2010

Hi again. Well I made the homemade bath bombs, but they are not fizzy. Here are the ingredients I used: 1 part citric acid, 2 parts bicarbonate of soda, colour, and essential oil (a few drops), also 1 part Epsom salts. The problem is they are crumbly and breaking up. I have left them over 24hrs now and still the same. Can anyone help? Many thanks.

Helen xx

By helen from U.K


August 17, 20100 found this helpful

Go to she has videos where you can learn how to make "Bath Bombs". I never heard of using Epsom salt in bath bombs before. Have fun.

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August 18, 20100 found this helpful

I don't know anything about bath bombs, but if you are mixing citric acid and bicarbonate of soda, you should be getting a chemical reaction, fizzing. When you pop them in water, that is. What is holding these things together?

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February 16, 2015

I love making bath bombs and have made quite a few batches in the past month. Just recently I noticed that when my bath bomb is fizzing, there are a lot of little yellowish-whitish lumps showing. I have no idea what they are. They look really gross like warts. I'm thinking maybe it's the food colouring because I only made 2 batches with food colouring and both of them had this problem.

The other 2 batches I made were perfect! Also, I noticed that instead of floating on the water like they should, they sink down to the bottom of the tub! I really want to have my own soap and cosmetics business and sell at craft fairs and stuff so please reply! Thank you.

By Liv

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April 4, 2010

How do I make bath bombs?

By j


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April 8, 20100 found this helpful

Citric acid
Essential oils
Sweet almond oil
Food coloring

1. In a mixing bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of citric acid. Mix well.

2. When there are no more lumps, add 1/4 C baking soda to the mixture. Stir until you have a very dry, dough-like consistency.

3. In a second bowl, mix 3 tablespoons of sweet almond oil with 3-4 drops of food coloring.

4. Next, add 1/4 teaspoon of your essential oil for scent.

5. Very slowly and carefully add your oil, food coloring, and essential oil mixture to the first bowl that has the dry dough mixture. Blend everything very well.

6. Lay out a piece of wax paper, and using your hands, roll the mixture into balls that are smaller than golf balls. Anything bigger may not dry thoroughly, which can make a mess!

7. Place your bath bomb balls on wax paper and let them dry for several hours in a warm and dry place. After that, you will need to move them to an open box or plastic container to dry for several days before you package them up.

TIP: The drying time is very important. No one wants a gooey bomb!

8. Once the drying is completed, put your bombs in any sort of decorative container for storage. Some people wrap them in cellophane to give as treats, the rest is up to you! Just be sure to let them dry, don't get in a hurry to finish them up!

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March 4, 2017

These bath bombs combine two popular scents, citrusy lemon and relaxing peppermint. Make some of them for yourself and prepare to be pampered.

Pampering Lemon Peppermint Bath Bombs

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March 14, 2017

Homemade bath bombs are a fun, to make and give, gift for a friend on Valentine's day or any special occasion. This is a page about homemade Valentine's Day bath bombs.

Homemade Bath Bombs

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