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DIY Bath Bombs with Essential Oils

What woman doesn’t love a good bath? After a long 10-hour work day, the only thing I want to do is pour a glass of wine, pull up Gilmore Girls on my iPad and take a nice hot bath. But, what’s a bath without a bath bomb, right? Since I started my oily journey with Young Living, I realized how many chemicals were in just about everything. Including bath bombs. So, I decided to made my own – and boy am I glad I did! They are cheaper than the bombs in the store and so easy to make!!

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces Baking Soda
  • 4 ounces Citric Acid
  • 4 ounces Corn Starch
  • 4 ounces Epsom Salts
  • 3/4 tsp. Water
  • 10-20 drops Young Living Essential Oils for scent (get yours here)
  • 2 tsp. liquid carrier oil like jojoba, almond, etc.
  • Food coloring if desired (optional)
  • Plastic or silicone mold (I used silicone trays from Amazon that are supposed to be for making chocolates)

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Combine everything EXCEPT the citric acid in a glass or metal bowl. When you’re sure it’s mixed well, add the citric acid and mix again. The mixture should still look dry, like breadcrumbs, and feel like soap flakes. It will hold together when you squeeze it.

Pack the mix into your mold. If you’re using the plastic ball ornaments, overfill one side before you snap the halves together. Twist the halves of the mold apart to remove your bath bomb. It should come out easily and hold the shape.

Let your finished bath bomb dry for at least 24 hours before you use it. Enjoy!

Troubleshooting

If you set your bath bomb aside and it starts to lose the shape, then it’s too wet. Smash it back in the bowl and add a little more epsom salt and cornstarch.

If your bath bomb crumbles when you try to take it out of the mold, it’s too dry. You can spray it with some more water and try again. If your mixture starts to fizz, don’t panic! Mix it until the fizzing stops or, if the fizzing is out of control, add a little more cornstarch and epsom salt to stop the reaction.

Choosing which scents to use

Choose any combination you’d use in your diffuser! Just remember with some scents, less is more. Peppermint, for example, is quite strong. Smell the mix and add more slowly. You can always add more essential oil but you can’t remove it once it’s added.

If you need inspiration for which scents to combine, look at the ingredients on your favorite products!

Here are some great combos to get you started:

  • Citrus Fresh & Peppermint
  • Tangerine, Bergamot & Orange
  • Bergamot & Grapefruit
  • Grapefruit & Lime
  • Lavender & Ylang Ylang
  • Lavender, Rosemary & Thyme
  • Dragon Time & Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus & Lavender

Now if only I could find a way to make bubble baths without scary ingredients I would be set!

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Love & Sparkle,

Mackenzie

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