Yes, you can make bath bombs using this easy homemade bath bombs recipe. Why make bath bombs? Because bath bombs are a fun way to add a little luxe to any bath. After filling your bath tub with warm water, drop one or two easy homemade bath bombs in, and watch the magic happen. You will see the bath bombs bubbling and dissolving into your bath water like a little mini watery firework display, releasing nourishing natural oil into your bath water and light natural scent into the air.
These easy homemade bath bombs are magical little additions to any bath. No wonder LUSH charges over $6 for one bath bomb. But have you looked at what’s in those LUSH bath bombs? The popular Sex Bomb has synthetic (laboratory made) fragrance, Propylene Glycol (a synthetic substance used as an antifreeze), and artificial colorants. Who wants to pay over $6 a pop to bathe in that stuff?!
You can make your own easy homemade bath bombs following this simple recipe. With these easy homemade bath bombs, you know exactly what’s in them. When you are done bathing with them, your skin will feel silky smooth from the coconut oil. These easy homemade bath bombs are made with 5 natural ingredients. They are so gentle and soothing that I regularly use them while bathing my little 2-year-old.
Easy Homemade Bath Bombs, Using Oatmeal and Coconut Oil
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 6 bath bombs, weight about 2.75 oz each
Ingredients Used to Make Easy Homemade Bath Bombs
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- Crushed Oatmeal – 1/4 cup (Quaker Oats, Old Fashioned, get it in your neighborhood supermarket) I crushed the oatmeal using a Spice and Coffee Grinder. You can also crush the oatmeal by hand and control how fine you want your crushed oatmeal.
- Baking Soda – 1 cup (Arm & Hammer Baking Soda or Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda)
- Citric Acid – 1/2 cup (Food Grade Citric Acid, Organic Approved Citric Acid, Non-GMO Citric Acid, or Ball Citric Acid)
- Sea Salt – 1/2 cup (Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods both have sea salt, or use Real Salt Sea Salt)
- Coconut Oil – 2 tablespoons (get Organic Virgin Coconut Oil at Trader Joe’s) You can also use other brands of Virgin Coconut Oil, but make sure you are using virgin coconut oil, because it’s the best for your skin. (UPDATE: Based on feedback from a reader, you might consider using 4 tablespoons of coconut oil during winter months to increase the bath bombs’ moisturizing properties.)
- Meatball Tongs or Bath Bomb Molds – I use Norpro Stainless Steel Meat Baller (it’s almost 2 inches across). You can also use Mini Stainless Steel Meatballer (about 1.2 inches across), these bath bomb molds (a set of 2), or this bath bomb mold (a set of 1) to shape your bath bombs.
Instruction on Making Easy Homemade Bath Bombs
(1) Mix oatmeal, baking soda, citric acid & sea salt together. A whisk works great. Make sure to mix well and not leave any clumps.
(2) Melt coconut oil completely in microwave or a double-boiler. It took me 10 seconds in the microwave.
(3) Add melted coconut oil slowly while whisking it into the dry mixture.
After adding all the melted coconut oil into the dry ingredients, the mixture will have the consistency of lightly wet sand, and will form little clumps.
(4) Shape the easy homemade bath bombs using a meatball tong (shaper) or a mold. Pack the mixture into the tong or mold tightly. Wait about a minute (if you’re using a tong), and wait a bit longer if you’re using a mold, before attempting to get the bath bombs out of the tong or mold.
I use a meatball tong (shaper) here. I have used silicone molds and plastic molds, but found that I get the best and most consistent results using a meatball tong. When I used molds, I had some difficulties getting the bath bombs to stay in a ball shape. When using the tong, the key is to pack the mixture into the tong tightly. The tong I use has two holes on top of each half sphere. I scoop the mixture into the tong, then pack more mixture through the two holes. This ensures that when I open the tong, I have a tightly packed bath bomb.
The two holes also work well when I am getting the easy homemade bath bombs out of the tong. I gently push the bath bomb away from the half sphere through one hole, and open the tong. Once the bath bomb is half unmolded, I cup the bath bomb with my palm, allowing the unmolded side to sit on my palm. I then repeat and push the bath bomb down and away from the tong through the other hole to get the entire bath bomb out.
I usually let the easy homemade bath bombs dry for a day or two before using them. If you try to use them too soon, they might crumble in your hands. But you can still used the crumbled pieces in your bath. They will still be nourishing to your skin. They just won’t look as nice.
That’s it! Try this recipe and make your very own easy homemade bath bombs. Your skin will thank you after you bathe in all natural ingredients. I have made quite a few batches of these easy homemade bath bombs and am happy to answer any questions you might have. I would love to hear about your creations. If you like this recipe, please share it and pin it!