Looking for a homemade gift idea? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Take a look at our step-by-step guide that explains how to make a bath bomb. Try making our two versions with fragrant essential oils and real pressed flowers for that extra personal touch. Easier than you might think, these homemade bath bombs are far better than anything you can buy in the shops.
You will need:
- 180g bicarbonate of soda
- 60g citric acid
- 4g fragrance or essential oil (of your choice)
- Flower moulds
- Rubber gloves
- Mixing bowl and spoon
- Organdie bag or box (to present the bath bomb as a gift)
1. Weigh out the citric acid and sodium bicarbonate, then sift them into a large mixing bowl to ensure a smooth consistency. Wearing rubber gloves, combine the two dry ingredients together with your hands.
2. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, then add your chosen fragrance or essential oil. It may begin to fizz a little so, working quickly with your hands, combine the oil with the mixture until you get the consistency of damp sand. You may need to add a few drops of water to help bind it.
TIP: Fragrance is key to making these bath bombs special, so it’s worth investing in good-quality essential oil as a little will go a long way.
3. Use your spoon or fingers to break down any clumps. If it sticks together and holds its shape when squeezed, then the mixture is ready to put into moulds; if it is still a little crumbly, add a tiny amount of water.
4. Once you have the correct consistency, spoon the mixture into the moulds and press down to compact it.
5. Leave the moulds to dry out at room temperature for a couple of hours, then tap the mould to release the set bath bombs.
4. Present the bath bombs in an organdie bag or pretty box as a lovely gift. Or, run a warm bath, place one or more bath bombs in, then lie back and enjoy the aroma and therapeutic fizz.
How to make Floral Tartlet Fizzies
1. Create these pretty bombs by simply following the basic recipe (above). We actually used 110g citric acid to 290g sodium bicarbonate for these ones. Add a few drops of food colouring to the mixture until you get the desired shade – don’t use too much, otherwise you’ll colour the bath water, and your skin!
2. Place a few pressed flowers into the base of a silicon tartlet mould, and then add the coloured mixture.
3. Let them set and then carefully pop them out and leave to dry as before.
Watch our how-to video to see the bath bomb fizz!