The very first post on NaturallyHandcrafted.com is an oatmeal coconut bath bomb recipe. I posted the recipe back in November 2015. As of today, my Oatmeal Coconut Bath Bomb recipe pin has been re-pinned quite a few times on pinterest. Pretty cool. Its popularity has exceeded all my expectations. My very first post has inspired me to create an even easier and simpler recipe for DIY natural bath bombs.
This easier and simpler recipe uses 4 all natural ingredients: (1) baking soda, (2) citric acid, (3) sea salt, and (4) coconut oil. The beauty of these DIY natural bath bombs is that you can customize their scent. Trust me, you will have a ton of fun letting your creativity run wild, mixing essential oil to create the perfectly and naturally scented DIY natural bath bombs. If you are new to essential oil, I offer some fun suggestions on essential oil blends below.
DIY Natural Bath Bombs
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Yields: about 2 DIY natural bath bombs, weighing 3 to 4 oz each. Feel free to make double, triple, or quadruple batches.
Ingredients Used to Make DIY Natural Bath Bombs
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- Baking Soda – 1/2 cup (Arm & Hammer Baking Soda or Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda)
- Citric Acid – 1/4 cup (Food Grade Non-GMO Citric Acid, Organic Approved Citric Acid, Ball Citric Acid, or Now Foods Citric Acid)
- Sea Salt – 1/4 cup (Celtic Sea Salt, Real Salt Sea Salt, Bob’s Red Mill Sea Salt, or get Sea Salt at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods). You can also use Epsom Salt (White Mountain Epsom Salt, Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt, or Health Smart Natural Epsom Salt)
- Coconut Oil – 2 tablespoons (Viva Labs Organic Coconut Oil, Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil, Carrington Farms Organic Coconut Oil, or get Organic Virgin Coconut Oil at Trader Joe’s). You should use extra virgin coconut oil, because it’s the best type of coconut oil for your skin.
- Bath Bomb Molds – I use heart shape ornaments here. Other options include other plastic ornaments, bath bomb molds, Norpro Stainless Steel Meat Baller, or Mini Stainless Steel Meatballer.
How to Make DIY Natural Bath Bombs
(1) Mix all the dry ingredients: baking soda, citric acid and sea salt. Use a whisk to mix them well.
(2) Melt Coconut Oil completely either in a microwave or a double-boiler. Here is a quick and easy way to create your own double boiler.
(3) Add Coconut Oil to your dry ingredients.
(4) Mix all ingredients well. You can see from the picture below that the mixture is taking on a consistency similar to that of wet sand.
(5) (Optional) Add essential oil. I used orange essential oil (20 drops) and tea tree essential oil (10 drops) because I wanted my DIY natural bath bombs to create a refreshing and invigorating bath. You can get very creative here. It’s a ton of fun to use pure essential oil to create your own naturally scented DIY natural bath bombs. Some fun essential blends are: lavender and orange essential oil (for a relaxing scent), orange and clove (for an uplifting scent), and rosemary and bergamot essential oil (for a mind clearing scent).
Adding essential oil is totally optional though. Because these DIY natural bath bombs are made with coconut oil, they smell naturally amazing without any added scent.
(6) Mold your bath bombs. For these DIY natural bath bombs, I used plastic heart shape ornaments. You can use other plastic ornaments, bath bomb molds, or meatball tongs: Norpro Stainless Steel Meat Baller, or Mini Stainless Steel Meatballer. The trick is to pack the DIY natural bath bomb mixture into the ornaments, molds or tongs as tightly as possible. When using the heart shape ornament, I used my thumbs to tightly pack the mixture into both halves of the ornament. I then overfilled the 2 halves before pressing the ornament closed.
(7) Unmold your DIY natural bath bombs after 2 to 3 minutes. This is what I do to unmold: Put the mold on one hand. Gently tap the top of the mold with my other hand. The vibration from my tapping loosens the top half of the mold, allowing me to remove the top half of the mold from the bath bomb. Place the half unmolded bath bomb on my free hand, with the unmolded side on the bottom. Gently tap the remaining half of the mold, which is now facing up. Again, the vibration will loosen the mold, releasing my bath bomb from the mold completely.
(8) Allow your DIY natural bath bombs to dry for a day or two. When they first come out of the mold, they are very fragile, they might crumble. It’s best not to move them too much (or at all) for a day or two.
That’s it! This is a super easy way to make your own DIY natural bath bombs. This quick and easy recipe needs 4 all natural ingredients. These DIY natural bath bombs will make any bath extra special because when they hit the warm bath water, they fizz, releasing coconut oil’s nourishing properties into your bath, and coconut oil’s amazing scent into the air. You can even get creative by adding your own special blend of essential oil. So, will you be making these super easy DIY natural bath bombs?? If you like this recipe, remember to pin it or share it! Don’t forget to reach out. I’d love to hear about your bath bomb creations.
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