Fun Bath Bombs

A fabulously fun activity to do with the kids which can also make great gifts for family or friends.

Bath bombs are great fun to make with the kids and make fabulous homemade gifts.  Nowadays they take on many different shapes, sizes, colours and smells, thanks in part to that incredibly fragrant and vibrant high street chain Lush.

But if you don’t fancy splashing out a fiver for a fizzy, here is a basic recipe (chemical-free of course) which you can have fun adapting.  You’ll need to get yourself a bath bomb mould - an ice cube tray, silicone cake case, novelty mould or even an ice cream scoop will do if you don’t want to buy one especially.  

Recipe for a basic bath bomb:
• 1 cup bicarbonate of soda
• 1/2 cup citric acid*
• 1/2 cup Epsom salts 
• 1 tsp water
• 2 tsp essential oil
• 3 tsp olive oil
• Natural food colouring 

How to make:
• Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl – sieve if necessary
• Mix the wet ingredients in a jar.  If you would like it to smell fragrant you will need to add a few drops of essential oil.  There are hundreds to choose from, all with different properties; lavender promotes relaxation and sleep, while sandalwood helps heal dry and cracked skin.  The soap kitchen has a comprehensive guide to oils and their uses. 
• Add the wet mixture a spoonful at a time to the dry mixture and mix thoroughly
• Pack the mixture into the mould quickly so as to not let it dry out
• Leave for 20-30 minutes at room temperature before easing it out of the mould then harden for another 30 minutes and test to see if they are solid before transferring to a sealed container.  

If you need some more inspiration, have a look at this selection of unique bath bombs for you to try your hand at:

These gold, frankincense and myrrh bath bombs will make the perfect Christmas gift.

We love these cute clam shell bath bombs, complete with pearl, although we might recommend a homemade bath bomb pearl rather than a ‘candy’ one as the recipe suggests, you might end up getting a bit messy… 

These tie dye bombs are great fun and the bright colours appeal to children. 

Hot cocoa bath bombs.  Need we say more? 

Wow, these indulgent little golden balls leave your skin soft and shimmering and are also scented with Champagne, a definite winner among the ladies in the office! 

This bath bomb recipe hides a little surprise inside.  Adapt yours with little fairies, cars or even mini bath crayons. 

Dried flower petals give bath bombs a luxurious edge over their plainer cousins.  This floral recipe pairs flowers with glitter for a decadent bath treat. 

These paint-splattered effect bombs require a bit more effort but we think the result is worth it. 

* Please take care with citric acid around young children; like any citrus derivative it will sting if it gets into cuts or scratches and can irritate the eyes -  gloves are recommended.