Craft Away the Sad Part 3: Bath Bomb Edition

Hello everyone! Quarantine has gone on far longer than probably any of us expected. Or is it just me?

Even though I am struggling to fight malaise, I keep blogging and crafting to stay entertained. It’s tough to keep going even though it feels pointless (how will anyone use all these bath bombs??! Where did all my blog readers go since quarantine??) but it’s the only way I know how to stay sane. I have a few more crafts up my sleeve, so I’ll be here as long as you’re still here!

Let’s up our bath game and make some DIY bath bombs. Alleviate boredom and relax in one fell swoop!

After much experimenting via various recipes off the internet, this is a recipe I concocted that worked best for me. I prefer enough coconut oil to hold my bath bombs together, but not so much that my tub becomes a pain to clean. Here it is!

  • 2c Baking Soda
  • 1.5 c Citric Acid
  • 1 oz Coconut Oil
  • 1oz of a skin safe Fragrance Oil of your choice
  • 1c Epsom Salt
  • Spritz of Witch Hazel
  • Bath bomb molds or a silicone muffin pan

With the exception of the fragrance oil, you can get all these ingredients at the grocery store. The fragrance oil is totally optional if you don’t want to shell out shipping $ for something you’ll only use once. I understand how it is, I got your back 😉

Step one: Combine baking soda, citric acid, and epsom salt in a bowl. Mix with your hand or a spoon.

Step two: Melt coconut oil in a glass bowl. If you’re using fragrance oil, allow the coconut oil to cool before combining.

Step three: Add the oil mixture to the dry mixture. Mix thoroughly with hands, use glove if needed. Spritz with witch hazel until the mixture has the consistency of wet sand. It should just barely stick together and not be too wet.

Step four: Depending on your mold, there are a few different ways you can do this. If you have a true bath bomb mold, just scoop the mixture using your mold and pat it down firmly (much like you would if it were brown sugar). If you have a silicone mold, grab a handful of the mixture and squish it together in your hand, then place into your mold and squish down firmly. Just a heads up: the silicone mold method is a little messier, but most people have muffin pans and may not have bath bombs lying around 🙂 as always, I have a designated muffin pan I use for bath bomb making.

This is what it looks like when it’s TOO DRY. Learn from my mistakes while I enjoy my bath bomb powder 🙂

Allow this mixture to dry over night, and pop out the next day!

Bath bombs can be a little finicky, so don’t be discouraged if your bath doesn’t turn out. You can still use it! The humidity of the air will make a huge difference. If your bath bombs seems crumbly, add more coconut oil. You can tell if your house/apartment is humid if your bath bombs look bubbly/and jagged. Again, they are still usable, they just won’t be as pretty 🙂

Good luck and have a great bath!