There is one thing I’ve always wanted to try to make for our bed and breakfast guests; bath bombs. Two of our guest rooms have the most amazing bath tubs (one is an antique tub and the other is a new, jacuzzi tub). I thought it would be so cute to place out some homemade bath bombs for guests to use when staying at our bed & breakfast.
However, I’ve never actually made a bath bomb in my life. Before testing it out on our bed and breakfast guests, I figured we should make some for us to try out first. If they turn out horrible it won’t be as embarrassing having my husband break the news as opposed to a guest telling me. Also, I don’t think any guests of ours would actually tell me they were less than great because almost all of our patrons turn out to be super sweet people.
So in order to get real, honest feedback I decided to make some bath bombs this week to give out to the women in my family. We have a baby shower coming up for my sister in two weeks, so I figured we could test these out as gifts for the baby shower guests.
Since they turned out so well, I’d be happy to share the recipe with you all to try out at home too!
What you need:
- 1 Cup baking soda
- 1/2 Cup Epsom salt
- 1/2 Cup cornstarch
- 1/2 Cup citric acid
- 4 teaspoons water
- 5-6 drops of essential oil (we used lavender)
- 5 drops food coloring (preferably the liquid kind, not the gel kind)
- Bath bomb or soap mold (optional)
- Foil lined cupcake liners
Step 1 –
In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (Epsom salt, cornstarch, baking soda and citric acid). Stir well using a whisk.
Step 2 –
In a separate bowl, mix together the liquid ingredients (food coloring, water and essential oil).
Step 3 –
Very slowly pour in your mixed liquids into the dry ingredients bowl.
Step 4 –
Quickly whisk together to create a crumbly mixture. Test the mixture out by using your hands to ball together some of the mixture. If its packs together and sticks a little bit (similarly to brown sugar) you’re all set. If not, add just 1 teaspoon of water and mix well again. Do NOT add to much water or the batch will be ruined. I learned this the hard way. 🙁
Step 5 –
Once the mixture starts to pack together a little (it won’t be perfect it may still fall apart a little) you’re ready to start molding your bath bombs. You can create small two inch sized balls or puck shaped bombs with your hands. Or, try using an actual bath bomb mold or the round half of a plastic Easter egg. Just be sure to tightly pack the powder together.
Step 6 –
Place the bath bombs onto foil lined cupcake liners or a baking sheet with aluminum foil to dry overnight.
Have fun making your own scents, colors and sprinkle combinations! Just wrap with a little bit of cellophane gift wrap and tie with a bow to make a cute homemade gift. These make adorable gifts for bridal showers, baby showers, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or Christmas.