Last-minute Gift Ideas: Homemade Bath Bombs

Last-minute Gift Ideas: Homemade Bath Bombs

Easily create these homemade bath bombs to make a relaxing, simple DIY gift.



By Rachel Faucett

Create a day at the spa in your own home. These homemade bath bombs will excite your senses and don’t take much time or money to make. They make great gifts as well.

Basic Fizzy Bath Bomb Recipe

Materials
Sifter
250 mL (1 cup) baking soda
125 mL (1/2 cup) citric acid*
Mixing bowls
Gloves
Essential oil of your choice (see below for recommendations)
Food colouring (optional for colour)
Water
Ice cube tray, muffin tin or silicone mould
Tissue paper

*Tip: Most supermarkets carry citric acid. Look for it near the canning supplies.

Instructions

  1. Sift baking soda and citric acid into a mixing bowl and, wearing gloves, mix well
  2. In a smaller bowl, combine essential oil, food colouring and 5 mL (1 teaspoon) water
  3. With gloves on, mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients until texture is crumbly and can just hold its shape when squeezed with your hands
  4. Add more water, if needed, and work quickly so the mixture doesn't have a chance to fizz
  5. Tightly pack mixture into moulds
  6. Let sit overnight (do not place in direct sunlight)
  7. Tap moulds to release bath bombs
  8. Wrap in tissue paper and store in an airtight container
  9. Use the bath bombs within two weeks, as they will lose their fizzing power if kept in storage too long

Moisturizing Fizzy Bath Bomb Recipe

Materials
Sifter
250 mL (1 cup) baking soda
125 mL (1/2 cup) corn starch
125 mL (1/2 cup) citric acid
125 mL (1/2 cup) Epsom salt (plain or scented)
Mixing bowls
Gloves
42 mL (2 3/4 tablespoons) almond or canola oil
12 mL (3/4 tablespoon) water
30 mL (2 teaspoons) essential oil of your choice (see below for recommendations)
Food colouring (optional for colour)
Ice cube tray, muffin tin or silicone mould
Tissue paper

Instructions

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  1. Sift baking soda, corn starch, citric acid and Epsom salt into a mixing bowl and, wearing gloves, mix well
  2. In smaller bowl, combine oil, water, essential oil and food colouring
  3. With gloves on, mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients until texture is crumbly and can just hold its shape when squeezed with your hands
  4. Add more water, if needed, and work quickly so the mixture doesn't have a chance to fizz
  5. Tightly pack mixture into moulds
  6. Let sit overnight (do not place in direct sunlight)
  7. Tap moulds to release bath bombs
  8. Package and store as directed above

Tip: Bath bombs aren’t just for gifts, use them for use them for yourself or hand out individually wrapped ones as party favours.

Recommended Essential Oils
A wide variety of essential oils are available, each with its own unique scent that can be used for different therapeutic results. Here are a few favourites that can be used to create the ultimate bath bomb experience:

Eucalyptus: A woody, stimulating scent used to help relieve sinus and respiratory ailments

Grapefruit: A citrusy, refreshing scent used to boost moods

Lavender: A floral scent with a calming, healing effect

Peppermint: A stimulating scent with a strong, minty aroma

Tangerine: A fruity, sweet scent that produces a calming effect

What are your favourite scents?



Rachel Faucett is the author of the well-loved design and DIY crafts blog Handmade Charlotte. She lives on a farm with her adorable husband and their five children.

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