With Easter just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to share a quick and surprisingly simple DIY that would make a great little Easter gift for someone special.
And, whilst Mother’s Day here in the UK was in March, I know that around the world it’s celebrated on different dates, so wouldn’t they make a great gift then, too?
This recipe is so easy and only calls for 3 ingredients (okay, so strictly speaking it’s four if you count a few drops of water)!
If you’d like to make some of your own, this is what you’ll need:
- 300g Bicarbonate of soda
- 100g Citric acid
- A few drops of essential oil (we used about a teaspoon)
- Optional: A few drops of food colouring, if you’d like to add a bit of colour to your bath bombs
You’ll also need:
- Mould – There are special bath bomb moulds available, but we just used a simple silicone mould in the shape of some eggs. This is the mould that we have.
- Scales (we used our poor kitchen scales which get used for making everything from concrete letters through to mixing resin for our (not so successful) doily lamp shade)
- Mixing bowl
We ordered all of our supplies (except for the essential oil) on Amazon – mainly because we found it difficult to get hold of the citric acid. The amount we mixed was enough to make 8 Easter egg bath bombs.
This is how to make them:
#1 Mix the bicarbonte of soda and citric acid together in a bowl.
#2 Add a few drops of essential oil (be careful, you can always add more) and mix thoroughly so that there are no lumps. If you’d like to add some colour to your DIY bath bombs, now’s the time to add it.
#3 Add water, being careful not to add too much at once. We found it easiest to dip our fingers into some water and drizzle it into the powder while mixing it continuously. That way, we didn’t risk adding too much and causing the bath bomb mixture to fizzle too early.
As you add the water, you’ll slowly start to see the texture of the mixture changing and slowly turning from powdery to a more solid mixture that holds it’s shape when you press it together.
#4 When your mixture just holds it’s shape, spoon the mixture into your mould and press it down firmly. On one of our bombs, we obviously didn’t press hard enough and ended up loosing some of the detail on one of our eggs.
#5 Now for the hardest part of the whole process – waiting. We left our bombs in the mould for about 30 minutes to let them firm up before attempting to remove them. The silicone mould we used was super flexible, so popping them out was really easy and we didn’t even break one!
#6 It’s probably a good idea to let the bombs completely firm up overnight before gift-wrapping or using them.
From start to finish this project took less than 10 minutes (plus about 30 minutes drying time) to complete! Who’d have guessed that making bath bombs could be so easy. We’re definitely going to be experimenting with some more essential oils and even some colour to create some more fun DIY bath bombs.
Now all we need to do is finally get round to replacing our horrible bathroom so that we have a nice bath to actually use them in!
Do you have any Easter projects planned? Have you ever made your own bath bombs? Do you have any recommendations for essential oil combinations that we could use to make even more delicious smelling bombs?
PS. Please remember everything we’ve shared here is our opinion and is based on our personal findings and preferences. This is the recipe that worked for us, but use at your own risk.