The gift-giving season is nearly upon us. As the year moves further into fall, and then winter, the opportunities to give gifts are abundant. Students and parents will want to show their gratitude to their new teachers, loved ones will want to share treats and goodies at Thanksgiving parties, and of course, nearly everyone will be exchanging gifts during the Christmas season.
An expensive item from a fancy store can make a nice gift, but there’s something special about a homemade gift that was crafted with time, care, and love. This DIY bath bomb recipe makes a amazing homemade gift that parents can make with their children. These adorable bath bombs are sure to put a smile on a loved one’s face.
Here’s what’s needed to make bath bombs with essential oils:
- A large glass bowl (for dry ingredients)
- A jar with a lid (for wet ingredients)
- A whisk
- A mold of your choice for your bath bombs. (A great mold choice for beginners is a mini cupcake tin. An ice cube tray is a good mold as well.)
- Baking Soda – 8 ounces
- Citric Acid – 4 ounces
- Corn Starch – 4 ounces
- Salts – 4 ounces (Mineral salts will work great)
- Water – .75 tbsp
- Essential Oil* – 2 tsp (About 25-30 drops)
- Oil – 2.5 tbsp (Olive Oil or Coconut Oil are great choices.)
- Food coloring** – 1 or 2 drops. (Don’t use too much coloring or you may leave rings on the bathtub.)
*When choosing which essential oils to use in your bath bombs, be sure to choose oils which are safer for topical use (avoid “hot” oils like Cinnamon Bark, Oregano, Clove, etc.). Check out the “Suggested Usage” tab on Davina Wellness’ essential oil pages for your specific oil to see if its a good oil for topical application (hint: it doesn’t require a lot of dilution with a carrier oil for topical use).
**Try to pick food colors that match your oils. Here are a few combinations to get you started:
- Red food coloring with Rose Oil
- Green food coloring with Lemongrass and/or Rosemary
- Blue food coloring with Peppermint
- Purple food coloring with Lavender (P.S. Lavender with just a little Peppermint is an awesome combo!)
- Yellow and Orange food coloring with any combination of citrus oils like Orange, Lemon, and Grapefruit.
- Mix the dry ingredients in a large glass bowl. Use a whisk to press out any big clumps so there’s just powder.
- Mix all the wet ingredients together in a small container. This is easiest to do if the ingredients are poured into a small jar with a lid so mixing will just require shaking.
- SLOWLY drip the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients while stirring constantly. (This step is a lot easier with 2 people- a great opportunity to get kids involved in a homemade gift!)
- If the mixture starts to foam and swell, the wet ingredients are being poured too fast. Whisk the dry ingredients as fast as possible to make the foaming stop.
- After adding all the ingredients together, the mixture should feel like damp sand and should hold its shape when molded. Move on to step 5 quickly!
- Press the mixture into the chosen mold. Try to pack it as tight as possible to prevent the bombs from crumbling. Smaller molds tend to make bath bombs that are less prone to crumbling.
- After pressing the mixture into the mold, tap them out of the mold and onto a cookie sheet to dry. Don’t let them dry in the mold (unless your mold has very fine details). This is great because only one cupcake tin is needed to make lots of bath bombs! Feel free to tap the mixture out almost as soon as it’s been pressed into the mold.
- Let the bombs dry completely. It’s usually best to leave them overnight to make sure they’re totally dry.
- Your gift is ready! Wrap them up in a cellophane bag with a ribbon and handwritten note, and let the homemade gift giving begin!
A few Extra Notes:
Since this recipe makes bath bombs with essential oils and natural ingredients but includes no preservatives, the bombs should be used within about 6 months. Also, the bombs tend to release air while they’re stored, so keeping them in an airtight container may result in the container popping open! Finally, be sure to store any extra bombs in a dry place- moisture will activate them.