Treating yourself to a bath is a great relaxation remedy, and who doesn’t love a good pamper? Making your own fizzing bath bombs couldn't be easier, and is a great family-friendly activity to do that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Unleash these sumptuous scents into your bathroom oasis and add a fun pop of colour into you self-care ritual. Let's get those creative juices flowin' and dive straight in..
You Will Need:
300g bicarbonate of soda
150g citric acid
2 tbsp olive or coconut oil
10ml essential oil
A couple of drops of food colouring (optional)
A small amount of water
Dried flower petals or citrus fruit peel.
How to Make Your Own Bath Bombs
1. Using rubber gloves, add the bicarb of soda, citric acid and cornflour into a mixing bowl. Thoroughly whisk together until combined.
2. Melt the oil with the drops of essential oil and food colouring (if you’re using it). Mix together well until you have your desired colour and/or smell.
3. Add the oil mixture to the dry ingredients a little at a time, whisking constantly. When all of the oil is added, add a few drops of water and whisk again. The mixture will start to fizz at this stage, so working quickly is essential! Add just enough water so that the mixture starts to slightly clump together in your hands.
4. Place dried petals or peel to the bottom of your mould (optional), and start to fill with your mixture, overfilling each side. Press the two halves together tightly until they stick and tap the moulds with the back of a spoon to release the bath bomb. Be careful not to twist the two halves as the mixture won't hold!
5. Leave to set for one hour and, hey presto, they're ready for use.
No Bath Bomb Moulds? No Dramas
We recommend buying some specialist bath bomb moulds such as these, but plastic moulds will also work a treat. However, feel free to use whatever household mould is easiest to hand. Here are some of our suggestions:
- Silicone ice-cube tray
- Empty yogurt pots
- Silicone cupcake cases
When using these containers with your mixture, be sure to compress the powder enough so it is compact. These moulds won’t give the classic, spherical shape, but are more child-friendly and and provide you with the opportunity to make cute, miniature bombs.
Try making different bath bomb mixtures to create a half-and-half fusion. Some lovely combinations of familiar smells you'll recognise from top bath bomb brands include:
Blackcurrant & Beramot, which gives a sunny and fruity fragrance.
Rosewood & Tangerine, for freshness and vibrancy.
Vanilla & Lavender, for a sweet and soothing scent.
Oilbanum & Lime to create a citrus and calming aroma.
Add These Extras for a Touch of Luxury:
Dried rose petals, lavender or herbs.
Green or herbal tea leaves.
Lemon, orange, or lime peel.
Himalayan rock salt (for added exfoliation).
Show us What You Can Do
DIY bath bombs are perfect for taking some time out of your day to relax and recuperate, something especially important with all of us staying safe at home. They also make great gifts, so if you’re searching endlessly for that present for your great aunt, look no further! We've given you the tools and worldly advice so now it's all over to you. We’d love to see your finished products, so tag us on Instagram @drench.co.uk or at Drench on Pinterest and we’ll feature our favourite photos on our social media.