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13 Easy DIY Bath Bomb Recipes

Wondering how to make bath bombs? These DIY bath bomb recipes are all easy to make. By using common kitchen ingredients you can create lucious all natural bath bombs on the cheap!

two bath bombs on wooden table

What are bath bombs?

Technically, bath bombs are small balls that are made out of baking soda and citric acid, plus some other fun stuff such as herbal infused oil and essential oils. When the balls get wet, there is a chemical reaction and they fizz.

Functionally, bath bombs are a great way to create a soothing bath experience. However, many store bought bath bombs have harsh ingredients that you wouldn’t want on your skin. But with homemade bath bombs you get to control the ingredients.

Supplies needed for homemade bath bombs:


  • Baking soda
  • Citric acid
  • Cornstarch
  • Coconut oil (can be infused with herbs)
  • Epsom salt
  • Witch hazel
  • Essential oils

Essential oils

There are a lot of essential oils to choose from but not all of them are good for soaking in a bath. Here are are favorite essential oils for bath bombs…

  • Bergamot
  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Sweet Orange
  • Ylang Ylang

There are many reputable essential oil companies, and many that are not. Be sure to do your research when deciding which ones to buy from. We recommend Rocky Mountain Oils as a great place to start.


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Small mixing bowl or glass measuring cup
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Bath bomb molds or muffin tins
  • Latex gloves if you have sensitive skin
woman molding a bath bomb in clear bath bomb molds

How to use bath bombs?

Once bath bombs get we they will start reacting. To get the most fizz and best use of your homemade bath bombs do the following…

  • Fill the tub first then toss in the bath bomb
  • Use the warmest water you enjoy for a bath. The heat will help dissolve the bath bomb.
  • Soak for 20-30 minutes.
  • Drain tub and exit bath

Since diy bath bombs have oil in them, they can make the bath slippery so be careful exiting the tub. Also, be sure to rinse it all down the drain so the tub isn’t slipper for the next time you use it.

Packaging Bath Bombs

Bath bombs should be stored in an airtight container. I like to wrap them in plastic wrap first and then in something more decorative, especially if I’m giving them away. This will help keep the moisture away from the bath bomb.

There are step by step photos of packaging bath bombs in our bath bombs for kids article.

two bath bombs on wooden table

Easy DIY Bath Bomb Recipes

Bath bombs are a fun way to relieve stress and add fun and relaxation to the bath. These easy diy bath bomb recipe will get you started on being the family bath bomb maker in no time.

Tools For Bath Bombs

More DIY Gift Ideas

DIY Bath bombs aren’t the only easy and frugal gifts you can make for your family and friends. Homemade gifts are usually very meaningful. Here are over 25 sentimental gift ideas that can be used for any gift occasion.

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