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Bath Bombs: Introduction & Materials

Bath bombs

Bath bombs mix ingredients together to create a fun, fizzy effect in bath water. They can include scents, colors, essential oils, and skin softeners to make your bath more pleasant. There are many different ways to make bath bombs; click on the tutorials below to find specific ingredient lists. Here are some items you may want to have on hand (depending on the recipe you're using): 

  • Baking soda
  • Citric acid
  • Epsom salt -- do not substitute with table salt
  • Corn starch
  • A carrier oil of your choice (coconut, olive, jojoba, almond, and baby oil are popular choices)
  • A mold of your choice (anything that will allow you to pack the bath bomb into a small shape)
  • Essential oil (optional)
  • Food coloring (optional)

For a version without citric acid that is child-friendly, make sure you have the following items: 

  • Baking powder
  • A carrier oil of your choice
  • Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

Some things to keep in mind: 

  • Citric acid can cause skin irritation in some people -- if you have particularly sensitive skin, you may want to try a recipe without it!
  • Some essential oils can also cause skin irritation if not diluted. If you are using essential oils, don't touch the oils by themselves before mixing them in with the other ingredients. 
  • If you use too much food coloring, it may stain your bathtub - be warned! If you are worried about your tub getting stained, use your coloring agent sparingly or don't use any at all.


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Eco-Friendly Options

To stay eco-friendly, you can...

  • Use simpler recipes that call for fewer ingredients
  • Use recipes with ingredients you already have on hand
  • Add pieces of dried flowers from your garden (make sure not to add anything that may have pesticides on it!)
  • Use natural coloring agents like turmeric, berries, matcha, or spirulina

In the Catalog

Want to learn more about bath bombs? Check out these books in our eLibrary: