Here is a Friday Flashback about making bath bombs.

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

They would also make cute teacher appreciation gifts!

Homemade Fizzy Bath Bomb Recipe


How to make  foaming 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) (I am also thinking the bottoms of two large Easter eggs could be used)

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.


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.



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  1. Is there something you can substitute for the citric acid? I break out in a rash from it.

  2. You can add epsom salts and corn starch to this recipe. I use 1 c. baking soda, 1/2 c. of citric acid, 1/2 c. of epsom salt, 1/2 c. of corn starch, 2 tbs. of essential oils, 2 tbs. of coconut oil, 1 tsp. of water and a few drops of food coloring. They work great!

  3. It’s a plastic Christmas ball, try arts and craft stores like Michael’s or Amazon.

  4. Can I add some food coloring to give it some color? If so, do I use the powdered one, gel or liquid? Finally, would this be a good birthday present for my mom? It won’t be the only thing I’m getting her. Thanks 🙂

  5. I tried this, but for some reason mine didn’t work. It got in the tub, and it sunk to the bottom and dissolved. No cool fizz. I don’t know what I did wrong. 🙁

  6. I am not sure. It would be great if you could… I love epsom salt baths! Please let us know if you try!

  7. I’ve noticed some recipes call for Epsom salts & even corn starch; can I add some to this recipe?

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