by Debra Wysopal

Bath bombs are just what we need right now. When Cole was little, we used to make these together, now I just churn out batches when I have some time. It’s been rainy here in isolation, so it’s that time. It requires some special ingredients, but all easily found on Brambleberry or Amazon. You will need a fine mist sprayer and some molds. I’ve used round bath bomb molds for this but have also made this recipe using candy molds in all shapes and sizes.

Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 3.7/5
( 6 voted )


  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 3/4 cup citric acid
  • 2 TBSP white kaolin clay (make sure you get white and not grey)
  • 1 TBSP Grape seed oil (I’ve also used Almond Oil, you could probably use a neutral olive oil)
  • 2 tsp PolySorbate 80 OR jojoba oil
  • 1 tsp essential oil of your choice
  • sprinkle of vitamin E oil (optional)
  • 1/4 borax powder (carried in some super markets in the laundry aisle)
  • 1/4 tsp gel colorant (I use Wilton Icing Colors)
  • Fine mist sprayer filled with alcohol or witch hazel ( I use Witch Hazel as it has less scent)


Add some witch hazel or alcohol into a fine spray mister.

In a medium size bowl mix the baking soda, citric acid and kaolin clay. Put on your gloves,  because citric acid can really sting even the littlest cut.  

In a cup, mix the polysorbate 80/jojoba oil, vitamin e and grape seed oil.  Add your colorant and the borax.  The borax acts an emulsifier to combine the color and oils together.  Add your essential oil.  I’m heavy handed, I want big fizzies bursting with luscious aroma.  I use 10 -15 drops of essential oil, sometimes a little more depending on the scent.  You can judge by smell,  but the first few times you make these you should shake yours into a measuring spoon. Mix it all together well until the color is evenly dispersed.

Pour the colored liquids into the middle of your bowl of powders. Quickly flip some of the powders on top of the liquid and start mixing in a circular motion to blend.  Use both hands to squish it all together  - your goal here is to evenly moisten the powder and disperse the color. This is really fun for kids. The gloves keep them from dying their hands some obscene color and you from destroying your manicure.  Let them at it, they get really into it.

Once you get your mix combined, grab your spray mister.

I use witch hazel to spritz the powder mixture because it works and I find other alcohol options have a pretty intense and undesirable smell.

Spray the mix three times and mix well. Do this 4 times, working quickly, until the texture  is like damp sand and holds it’s shape when squeezed, not too wet and not too dry.

Take your molds, place a conversation heart print side down on the bottom of one half and pack the powder tightly. Really push it in there.  Pack the other half of the mold, packing tightly.  Then over-pack one half and slide (not twist) the two sides together, applying pressure, and pack tightly together. The extra powder is the glue.  Push together tightly and using your fingers, go around the edge removing the excess powder.  Gently, very gently squeeze the mold to release.

I let mine cure in an apple holder for a few hours before handling, when I can.  This minimizes dents from hard surfaces.


Bonus: Take any excess powder left in the bowl and mix with some sea salts. Let dry overnight and you have a nice little bag of fizzing bath salts. Happy Valentine’s Day, lovers!

1 comment

Jen Mcgrath April 4, 2020 - 10:56 am

Can I put weed in these…I need to chill out?!

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