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How to make bath bombs

Posted by  ·  February 5, 2009  ·  Last Updated: February 5, 2009

We thought bath bombs would make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift when packaged to look like  a bomb along with a tag that says, “You’re the ‘bomb’!”


DIY Bath Bombs


2 Cups Baking Soda

1 Cup Citric Acid

4 teaspoons massage oil ( or 2 teaspoons essential oil and 2 teaspoons olive oil)

Spray bottle with water

mold (60 mm 2 part plastic ball)

This amount only made 5 bath bombs.  If I was making more I would buy the citric acid online in bulk. The small bottle  you see pictured (1/2 cup) was $2.50. I purchased it from my local health food store.  You can buy citric acid online for $2.25 per pound. BrambleBerry is offering all Skip to my Lou readers 10% off citric acid, use LOU10 at checkout to receive your discount!


Mix baking soda and citric acid in large mixing bowl.  Mix very well! You can use an electric mixer if you like.


Add in 4 teaspoons of scented massage oil (or other combination of skin safe essential oil for scent and another oil for moisturizing the skin). The scent is personal, so start with a teaspoon or so and add more until you are satisfied. Mix well.


This next step can be a bit  tricky because you don’t want your bath bomb to start fizzing. Start by adding a couple of fine mist sprays of water to your mixture and mix well.


You will continue spraying until the mixture will clump in your hand when squeezed. (I used 5-8 sprays, however this will depend greatly on your local climate)


Fill one half of your mold.  Pack it tightly.


Fill the other half of the mold and place them together—don’t snap together.  I slightly overfilled each half.  When I pushed the two halves together they became a ball.


Gently remove the ball from mold.  If I had problems with the ball coming out easily  I dumped the mixture back into my bowl, added a mist of water (carefully), mixed well and then tried again.


Cut out about a 10 inch circle of black tissue paper.


Wrap tissue up around your bath bomb and trim if necessary.


Place a silver pipe cleaner in the center and then wrap a shiny red pipe cleaner around the the tissue paper and silver pipe cleaner.  Add a tag and you are finished! You might want to write instructions for using the bath bomb on the back of the tag.


The bath bomb worked great. It provided fizz, bubbles and fun for my daughter’s bath.



These were very simple bath bombs.  If you are interesed in more recipes and detailed instructions, the internet is a great resource. Try Teach Soap for loads of bath and body recipes!

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  1. Jen
    Saturday, February 4th, 2017
    so cute! Thanks for the idea.
  2. Chas Chapman
    Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
    I was wondering where can I get the citric acid....i don't have no Indian stores or herbal stores around where I live....plz help thank and I love your recipes!!!!!
  3. Tiffany Hoskinson
    Saturday, June 21st, 2014
    you can also get citric acid in Indian Food stores, it's called "Sour Salt." The lady thought I was nuts buying so much! I don't remember what it cost or how much was in the bags, but it wasn't very much money and I didn't have to plan ahead and wait for the package. I am so "last minute!"
  4. Diane C
    Monday, January 20th, 2014
    I love the idea. I was thinking that you could take a sucker and put the black paper over the sucker and put a red piece of paper over the stem to make it look like a bomb and add the tag "Your the bomb".
  5. rwb
    Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
    Cut a tennis ball in half and use for the mold!
  6. Elizabeth Montero
    Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
    I stummled onto this sight and LOVE IT!! the bombs you made are such a great gift to give, I'm going to start by making me some!!! What an AWESOME idea, thank you for posting!!
  7. lauri
    Saturday, December 17th, 2011
    I was just wondering if the moistness of the bomb will stain it black from the black tissue paper. Has anyone that made these found that to be a problem?
  8. Mystik Shamrock
    Saturday, September 10th, 2011
  9. Monday, January 10th, 2011
    This is SO neat! Please come share it at my Friday link party smallfineprint.blogspot.com
  10. Monday, January 10th, 2011
    What great packaging! Love these!!
  11. adrienne
    Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
    thank you SO MUCH for telling me where to buy citric acid. I saw on Martha Stewart how to make bath fizzies using a silicone mold and looked everywhere to buy citric acid and couldn't find it, so had to give up on that project. This idea is fabulous and i'm going to give it a try. LOVE your blog!!!!!!
  12. Monday, January 25th, 2010
    Thanks so much for this timely 'recipe'.

    I will definitely make for some of my friends in time for Valentine's Day :)
  13. Marlo
    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
    I made this recipe and it was great! I made a couple of additions though; when i added the oils i also added some food colouring and sparkles to give them some pizazz! i didn't have the proper moulds so i used the smaller end of a kinder surprise container and the weren't spheres but they we're cute anyways. Thanks for the great idea!
  14. Monday, February 16th, 2009
    Great idea. I am thinking of doing these for a women's get away retreat we are having in march and packaging them someway to look like a flower or something. Thanks for sharing.
  15. Roberta
    Thursday, February 12th, 2009
    I was wondering if I could use the B&B massage oil I have for making bath bombs, woohoo!!!! You have some great projects posted! =^.^=
  16. Sunday, February 8th, 2009
    Packaging idea is brilliant!
  17. Adrienne
    Sunday, February 8th, 2009
    Awesome idea! I wonder, do you think you could use a candy mold to make other shapes? There are some pretty great ones out there... Oh, and if you wanted to color the bath bomb, I wonder at what point you could add coloring and not make the bomb fizz. Have you tried that? So cool. I love the bomb packaging, it makes it twice as clever.
  18. Saturday, February 7th, 2009
    great idea! I'm going to try making it but replacing the red pipe cleaner with red electrical tape or red masking tape. VERY cute! I forwarded it to my sister :)
  19. Saturday, February 7th, 2009
    Yet another GREAT idea. Thanks!!
  20. Friday, February 6th, 2009
    How fun, you always have such great ideas.
  21. Friday, February 6th, 2009
    I love this and have wanted to try it for a few years now, but still have not found the molds. I will have give up and go online I guess!
  22. Barbara
    Friday, February 6th, 2009
    I love your ideas. Thanks for sharing.
  23. Karen
    Friday, February 6th, 2009
    I just love your ideas! I just discovered your site and I can't tell you how much I appreciate your simple directions. You are my hero!
  24. Friday, February 6th, 2009
    I think these would make great Teacher appreciation gifts as well. I got suckered into helping plan that week so I'm definitely putting this on the list!
  25. Flora
    Friday, February 6th, 2009
    Wow, great idea. Thank you.
  26. Friday, February 6th, 2009
    WOW - how cool is that!!
  27. Annie
    Friday, February 6th, 2009
    My friend makes these for me and I loooooove them, she uses the olive oil and they are wonderful..I now know how to make them now so I can have them all the time....WHOO HOOO...thanks for posting.
  28. Erica
    Friday, February 6th, 2009
    This is a great idea! I can't wait to try it!
  29. Charna Scarpati
    Friday, February 6th, 2009
    Okay curious minds are wondering where you got that great mold? Please do tell lol.

  30. Friday, February 6th, 2009
    I think I'll have to try this. :) I just did the lollypop butterflies last night. So simple and cute!

    You are the featured blog on my blog today if you want to stop by and check it out.:) Feel free to grab the "Celebrating You" button. :)

  31. Friday, February 6th, 2009
    Oh my goodness - this would save me so much money that I spend at Lush (where their bath bombs are $3-6.00 each)!!
  32. Friday, February 6th, 2009
    I do believe I could call this a science experiment and kill two birds with one stone! LOL
  33. Friday, February 6th, 2009
    Great idea! I think we'll make these for the kids teachers! Where did you get the plastic molds? Thanks!
  34. Lisa
    Friday, February 6th, 2009
    Wow...those are cool.
    I am definately going to try and make them.
  35. Thursday, February 5th, 2009
    HAA! That is awesome!! I love it!
  36. Thursday, February 5th, 2009
    This is so adorable! I just spent almost two hours looking at all the great ideas and tutorials! I am hooked for sure.
  37. Thursday, February 5th, 2009
    I love this idea! I'm going to make these for teacher gifts this year. Do you have a link where we can find those cool molds?
  38. Thursday, February 5th, 2009
    OMG....I can't wait to try these! My 3 year daughter is going on 45 (I swear). She insists on stopping at the Lush counter at Macy's to smell all the bombs. This is a much more economical indulgence!! Thanks!
  39. Thursday, February 5th, 2009
    You are awesome. You have the cutest ideas.

  40. Thursday, February 5th, 2009
    Love the ideas!!
  41. Thursday, February 5th, 2009
    I love this. Where did you get the molds? A craft store?
  42. Thursday, February 5th, 2009
    That is an awesome gift idea. I will defiantly try this, on the gift tag I will put your blog address!
  43. Thursday, February 5th, 2009
    You are just so AWESOME! These bath bombs are... WOW! I adore you! :D
  44. Thursday, February 5th, 2009
    Thanks a lot.
    My son loves to make this kind of stuff.
  45. Thursday, February 5th, 2009
    What a adorable packaging concept to really make a simple bath bomb pop! Your photos are great too.
  46. Kelli
    Thursday, February 5th, 2009
    What a cute and simple gift idea! Thanks for posting. I'll have to try it out.
  47. Thursday, February 5th, 2009
    That is so cute and useful!!! I want to make these!
  48. Thursday, February 5th, 2009
    now that is not only cute, but useful...and i just might have to make a few of these to try out! hmmmm. thanks!