DIY Non-Toxic Bath Bombs

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You can really have fun creating these natural, non-toxic bath bombs, also known as bath fizzies! Great for kids and they make awesome gifts too! Add some essential oils and decorations, for that extra special touch.

cubes bath bombs with dried flowers

Making your own bath bombs and bath fizzies ensures that you can create a natural, non-toxic bath fizz, choosing your own essential oil and added embellishments like dried flowers.

The large cubes make for a really great bubble bath with relaxing aromas and dried flowers! We also created some fun letters using lavender essential oil for my little boy too and he loves watching the fizz reaction when dropped in the water.

These are so fun and make wonderful gifts. I love knowing that my son is soaking in something that doesn’t have harsh chemicals. We highly recommend making some of your own!

How To Make Bath Bombs – Step By Step

  • Mix all dry ingredients EXCEPT citric acid in a large mixing bowl (salt, baking soda, cornstarch).
  • In a separate small bowl, mix water, essential oil, apricot oil and food coloring.
  • Combine the wet and dry mixture, which should resemble the texture of dry/moist sand. Almost like a flour consistency.
  • Mix until the color is even. It takes awhile and it’s not just stirring, but rather pushing down with a spatula on the chunks of wet. Adding the food coloring helps you figure out if it’s well-mixed. An even color means a good mix. When you squeeze some in your fist, it should hold together.
  • Add citric acid and mix again (do NOT use your hands at this point as the pure citric acid is abrasivand do not add water after you mix in the citric acid.
  • Add in your desired decorations and mix with a spoon.
  • Pack tightly into the mold and wait 24 hours for it to set, then remove. You can try to remove them earlier, but if it starts to crumble, let it dry longer.
collage of home to make bath bombs
bowls with ingredients to make bath bombs

What are Bath Bombs?

Bath Bombs (or bath fizzies), are usually molded balls or squares of baking powder (sodium bicarbonate) and citric acid that fizz away when dropped into a warm bath, releasing skin softening benefits and a relaxing scent. Fizzies can be expensive to purchase in shops but inexpensive to make at home.

close up bath fizzies or bath bombs

Bath Bombs vs Bath Fizzies

Bath bombs usually contain some oils or butters and are larger,  bath fizzies are usually smaller and contain little to no oil.

Bath bombs, however, can use a higher amount of oil because it’s interacting with the skin. The mixes for the shower fizzies and bath bombs can start off the same (sodium bicarbonate + citric acid), however, the levels of additions vary.

Decorations

For decorations we used dried, edible flowers and lavender from the garden. We also used these natural, non-toxic food dyes made from vegetables. The colors are a little lighter, but I likes the subtle hues.

top down shot of bath fizzies and bath bombs

Top Tips For These DIY Bath Bombs

  • When combined check your dry and wet mix has the consistency of dry/moist sand.
  • Do not use your bare hands when mixing in pure citric acid.
  • Allow your mix to set in the mold for at least 24 hours.
  • Don’t use the mold for ice after you’ve used it to make bath fizzes. The essential oils are strong!

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Lavender homemade bath bombs

DIY Non-toxic Bath Bombs

You can really have fun creating these natural, non-toxic bath fizzies! Great for kids and they make awesome gifts too! Add some essential oils and decorations, for that extra special touch.
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
rest: 1 day
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 2 inch cubes
Calories:
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Baking Soda, soften and reduce any irritants on skin
  • 4 ounces Citric Acid for fizz, you can buy it here
  • 4 ounces Corn Starch, reduces any irritants on skin
  • 4 ounces Epsom Salts, helps detox for more soft skin
  • tsp. water, no more!!
  • 2 tsp. Essential Oil for scent and aromatherapy, we used grapefruit for the floral ones and lavender for the lavender ones and letters
  • 2 tsp. apricot oil, adds vitamin E to soften skin

Instructions

  • Mix all dry ingredients EXCEPT citric acid in a large mixing bowl  (salt, baking soda, cornstarch).
  • In a separate small bowl, mix water, essential oil, apricot oil and food coloring.
  • Combine the wet and dry mixture, which should resemble the texture of dry/moist sand. Almost like a flour consistency.
  • Mix until the color is even. It takes  awhile and it’s not just stirring, but rather pushing down with a spatula on the chunks of wet. Adding the food coloring helps you figure out if it’s well-mixed. An even color means a good mix.  When you squeeze some in your fist, it should hold together.
  • Add citric acid and mix again (do NOT use your hands at this point as the pure citric acid is abrasivand do not add water after you mix in the citric acid.
  • Add in your desired decorations and mix with a spoon.
  • Pack tightly into the mold and wait 24 hours for it to set, then remove. You can try to remove them earlier, but if it starts to crumble, let it dry longer.
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10 thoughts on “DIY Non-Toxic Bath Bombs”

  1. 5 stars
    I have made the bath bombs a few times and they consistently turn out well! After trying a few recipes, this is the one I keep coming back to when I want to make more.

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    • You’re welcome! Thank you for the sweet comment. They’re really fabulous and I think you’ll love them! You can really use an essential oil you want too… so good 🙂

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  2. Hi I’m just wondering, how long will these last please if individually wrapped once set? I want to make some for my mother in laws birthday but not sure how far in advance I can make them, and how long after they are safe to use. Thankyou

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    • Hi Hayley! They should honestly last a long time! I would say at least 6 months!! And I’m sure they’ll all be gone before that too. They make a bath SO much better!! I’m obsessed with them!!

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  3. This is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing. Is there baking soda in the recipe? I see it listed in the steps, but not the ingredients.

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