Handmade Gifts: How to Make Bath Bombs

Handmade Gifts: How to Make Bath Bombs

Give the gift of a fizzy, fun, great-smelling bath with these handmade bath bombs scented just to your liking. Anyone who loves a bath will appreciate this handmade, all-natural gift. These make a great gift on their own; are a beautiful addition to a gift basket; or make the perfect stocking stuffer!

Basic Bath Bomb Recipe

(Makes 6 large bath bombs)


  • 2 cups Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Citric Acid
  • 1 mL (20 drops) Essential Oils
  • 2 Tsp 99% Alcohol
  • 1 Tsp Water
  • Bath bomb mold

Optional Additions

For a moisturizing bomb: add 1 Tbsp butter of choice (like shea butter, mango butter or cocoa butter) or 1 Tbsp carrier oil of choice (such as coconut, avocado or sweet almond).

For decoration: add 1/2 tsp dried herb of choice per bomb (consider lavender buds, rose petals or calendula petals).

For specific skin types: 3 Tbsp clay of choice (such as French pink clay for dry skin, French green clay for oily skin or bentonite clay for a detoxifying bath).


Warning! (READ THIS FIRST) If you dump in all of your water/alcohol into your mixture at once, or use too much,  it will start to activate. It may still be usable, but there is a possibility that you will have spent the ‘fizzing’ power of the citric acid.

  1. If using nut butter (cocoa or other), melt this in a heat resistant dish in a microwave or double boiler.
  2. Mix together baking soda and citric acid.
  3. Add essential oil to melted butter (again, if using).
  4. By hand, mix butter and/or essential oils into baking soda and citric acid and add clay powder if using.
  5. Mix alcohol and water and add to mixture until the whole mix resembles wet sand.
  6. If using dried herbs, drop 1/2 tsp into one half of the bath bomb mold before filling with mixture.
  7. Lightly pack each side of bath bomb mold. Mixture should overflow about an inch above the mold.
  8. Press mold together in one steady motion, making sure the two sides of the mold meet properly in the middle.
  9. Hold for 5 seconds, tap mold gently, twist a tiny bit, then gently separate.
  10. Place bath bomb on a soft surface that will not get bumped. Ideally, allow to harden overnight.

Tip! If your mixture gets too wet and sticky, leave it to dry out for a few minutes then attempt again.


Posted by Christine on 11/29/2018 to Handmade Gifts