Yes, you can make bath bombs. Why make bath bombs? Because they 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 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 very easy recipe. Here’s a short Youtube video that I posted, and it shows you how to make easy homemade bath bombs. When you make your own bath bombs, you know exactly what’s in them. And 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. Because 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. I use Old Fashioned Quaker Oats. 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. I use Arm & Hammer Baking Soda.
- Citric Acid – 1/2 cup. I use Food Grade Citric Acid.
- Sea Salt – 1/2 cup. I use Trader Joe’s sea salt. You can find sea salt pretty easily in supermarkets.
- Coconut Oil – 2 tablespoons. I use Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. You can use any brands of pure Virgin Coconut Oil, like Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. 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 Maker or Bath Bomb Molds – I use Norpro Stainless Steel Meatball Maker (it’s almost 2 inches across). You can also use Mini Stainless Steel Meatballer (about 1.2 inches across) or bath bomb molds.
Instruction on Making Easy Homemade Bath Bombs
Here’s a short Youtube video that shows you how to make your own 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 10-15 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) Finally, shape the easy homemade bath bombs using a meatball maker (shaper) or a bath bomb mold. Pack the mixture into the meatball maker or mold tightly. Wait about a minute (if you’re using a meatball maker), and wait a bit longer if you’re using a mold, before attempting to get the bath bombs out.
I use a meatball maker (shaper) here. I have used silicone molds and plastic molds, but found that I get the best and most consistent results using a meatball maker. When I used molds, I had some difficulties getting the bath bombs to stay in a ball shape. When using the meatball maker, the key is to pack the mixture into it tightly. The meatball maker I use has two holes on top of each half sphere. I scoop the mixture into the meatball maker, then pack more mixture through the two holes. This ensures that when I open it, 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 meatball maker. I gently push the bath bomb away from the half sphere through one hole, and open the meatball maker. 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 meatball maker 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! So will you be giving this recipe a try 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!
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