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6 Easy steps to make DIY bath bombs

Ivy Boyd is a beauty blogger and a makeup artist who has previously worked for Sephora and as a graphic designer. She studied art in college and brings that approach to her makeup artistry and YouTube tutorials. Ivy loves everything from...

DIY Bath bombs are so easy to make, you'll never buy one again

I am a total LUSH bath bomb lover but the price makes me wince every time I go to stock up. Being that LUSH uses simple, natural ingredients, you can create DIY bath bombs at home for a fraction of the price! This is a fun activity to do with kids too as it's basically playing in the sandbox, but fancier! Little hands will love squishing the bath bomb "sand" in their fingers! These also make heartfelt gifts, perhaps for a Valentine's or Galentine's Day gift!

You will need:

DIY Bath bombs are so easy to make, you'll never buy one again

  • 2 bowls
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup epsom salts
  • 4 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons oil (I used coconut but you can use olive or vegetable oil too)
  • 2 teaspoons essential oil (lavender, jasmine, whatever you like!)
  • Food coloring
  • 3/4 tablespoon water
  • Plastic mold (I used a fillable ornament. You can also use soap molds!)

Directions:

Step 1

DIY Bath bombs are so easy to make, you'll never buy one again

In a large bowl, add all dry ingredients (baking soda, cornstarch, epsom salts and cream of tartar) and whisk together.

Step 2

DIY Bath bombs are so easy to make, you'll never buy one again

In a separate bowl, mix all wet ingredients, (oil, essential oil, food coloring (2-6 drops) and water.

Step 3

DIY Bath bombs are so easy to make, you'll never buy one again

Now slowly pour your liquid ingredient mix into the dry mixture, whisking them together slowly. The texture should be crumbly.

DIY Bath bombs are so easy to make, you'll never buy one again

Step 4

DIY Bath bombs are so easy to make, you'll never buy one again

Scoop a generous amount into your mold, packing it down. If you're using a plastic, fillable ornament, fill one side, then the other, then squeeze the halves together, wiping away excess mixture at the seam. If you want to add a little trinket or note inside the bath bomb, press it into one side of your ball.

Step 5

DIY Bath bombs are so easy to make, you'll never buy one again

To release a bath bomb from the round mold, tap the outside mold shell with a spoon to loosen it. Then turn it over, and repeat the process with the other half.

Step 6

DIY Bath bombs are so easy to make, you'll never buy one again

Lay your bath bombs out on a cookie sheet to dry overnight.

The fun part about DIY bath bombs is the customization! You can open a green tea bag and sprinkle in tea leaves, experiment with different essential oils, add real lavender or orange peel, and for the bravest of brave — microglitter. Have fun trying different colors and molds!

DIY Bath bombs are so easy to make, you'll never buy one again

If you're giving these as gifts, some fun ways to package them are in little drawstring mesh bags, cellophane bags, inside cupcake papers or even several in a large Mason jar.

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