How to Make Fizzy Bath Bombs with Essential Oils

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DIY Homemade Bath bombs are a fun way to enjoy the benefits of essential oils and make a bath (or even shower!)extra special!  KIDS LOVE THESE!!  My son especially loves helping to make the bath bombs, picking out which essential oils to use, and then, of course, using them.  Making the bath bombs is a fun activity for us to do together.

Making homemade bath bombs sound intimidating but they are not that hard.  Even better, there are no bad chemicals in these all natural DIY Bath Bombs.  These contain only natural, pure ingredients, and essential oils, so you know what you are soaking in.   

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Supplies for Your DIY Essential Oil Bath Bombs

bowls of ingredients for making bath bombs with essential oil and flowers

What you’ll need to make your Essential Oil Bath Bombs

You probably have some of these items already in your kitchen pantry like baking soda and cornstarch(also known as cornflour).  

But most people probably don’t normally have citric acid laying around.  I buy mine on Amazon.  I also buy my fractionated coconut oil there.

Citric Acid

You’ll need 1 cup of Citric Acid.  This is what makes the bath bombs fizzy!  The citric acid combines with the baking soda and creates the fizz that we are looking for.  Be sure to buy a food grade, non gmo Citric Acid like this one.

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Fractionated Coconut Oil

You’ll want a high quality fractionated coconut oil for your bath bombs.  This will be soaking into your skin so we want to make sure we are using safe ingredients.  I buy this one.

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Bath Bomb Molds

There are many bath bomb mold styles to choose from.   You can choose molds that are different shapes if you want to jazz up your bath bombs a bit. 

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This press is a really neat idea and makes very unique and beautiful bath bombs.

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More options include cupcake molds, heart molds, extra-large size molds, sun and moon face and more!

Essential Oils To Use In Your Bath Bombs

Please use high quality essential oils since these will be absorbing into your skin.  Inexpensive fragrance oils can be quite toxic and harmful and are not intended to be used topically on our skin.  

Most essential oils are fine to add to your bath bombs. Personally, I would stay away from oils that have a high menthol content such as Peppermint or Wintergreen. These might not feel so great “down there”, if you know what I mean.

11 essential oil blend combinations for your DIY Bath Bombs :

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The essential oils add a heavenly scent to your bath bombs.  You can customize which essential oil you use based on your own preference.  Use Lavender essential oil for calming before bedtime, or a citrus like Grapefruit essential oil for a more energizing scent.  I have 11 recipe ideas for you below.

Get creative with your essential oils!Essential oil combinations are fun and smell fantastic.  For example, Lemon Lavender is one of my favorites.  See my blends below for more inspiration for your bath bombs.  Comment and let me know your favorite!

essential oil blend ideas to use in your DIY bath bombs

Fun Additions to Your Bath Bombs

Add Dried Flowers to your DIY Bath Bombs

Some fun items you can add to your bath bombs are dried flowers like Lavender or Rose petals.  Just put a pinch in the bottom part of the mold before adding the bath bomb mixture.  

You can dry your own flowers, or buy a mixed batch of pre-dried flowers like this one if you’re like me and don’t have a green thumb or the fore-site to dry flowers for future projects.  I don’t tend to keep things like dried flowers lying around, so I resort to buying them.

Pre-Dried flowers make Homemade Bath Bombs so Pretty!

Just add a few to the bottom of the mold before adding your bath bomb mixture.

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Add Colors to your DIY Essential Oil Bath Bombs

Many people like to add fun colors to their bath bombs.  You’ll want to use safe colors, not food dye.  Food Dye will stain your tub and your skin.  No one wants to come out of their tub green.

These Mica powders are what you’ll want to use for the coloring in your bath bombs.

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Want your essential oil bath bomb to look like a rainbow bomb like those at Lush?  It’s easy.  

rainbow bath bombs
  1. You’ll want to divide your mixture into several different bowls.
  2.  Dye each bowl’s mixture a different color.  
  3. Then layer some of the mixture from each bowl into your molds.  One layer at a time.

This process takes a bit more time than doing a single color in each mold, but the results are so amazing and impressive!  Totally worth it if you’re giving these as a gift.

Directions for How to Make Your Essential Oil Bath Bombs

Now that you have all your ingredients, dried flowers, coloring, and essential oils gathered, you’re ready to make your bath bombs.

bath bombs with supplies to make them

DIY Fizzy Bath Bombs with Essential Oils

Author: Dawn Goehring
How to make bath bombs using essential oils. These make great gifts!!
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  • In bowl, place citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, and oil.
  • Add approximately 15 drops of the essential oil or essential oil blend of your choice. Use more or less depending on your personal preference.
  • Mix well with spoon until soft dough is formed. It should have the consistency of damp sand.If the mixture is too wet, try adding a little more baking soda and cornstarch until consistency is correct. 
  • At this point, you may add food coloring, dried herbs, or flower petals to mixture. 
  • Place mixture in silicone molds. Let sit 24 hours before removing from mold.
  • To use, drop in tub or shower and allow to dissolve.

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Dawn Goehring Desert Naturals Essential Oils

Dawn Goehring

Owner / Founder of Desert Naturals

Dawn Goehring is the founder of Desert Naturals where she writes educational articles on essential oils, DIY's on natural beauty products, homemade cleaners, and provides related essential oil accessories like Planners, Journals, Trackers, tshirts, and custom made essential oil storage.

Dawn discovered essential oils about 10 years ago to support her then 4 year old son who was struggling to manage a respiratory condition. She then learned how to use essential oils for everyday natural remedies for her family, and has helped hundreds of women incorporate essential oils in their lives to live a healthier, more holistic lifestyle using natural products and essential oils.

Dawn has earned an aromatherapist degree and has earned a doTERRA essential oil specialist certification which is a fancy way of saying she has learned a lot about the chemistry of essential oils and how they work in the body.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tutorial on making bath bombs with essential oils. It’s an enjoyable and creative way to enhance our bath time experience. Your efforts are deeply appreciated.

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