The first time I ever heard of bath bombs was on our honeymoon, when our sightseeing took us into a luxurious bath shop. My new husband treated me to all kinds of fancy bath products to take home — so sweet.
So, it’s only fitting that for my first attempt at homemade bath bombs, I decided to make some heart-shaped ones scented with Love Potion essential oil, a combination of jasmine and sandalwood.
Drop one of these in the bath for a luxurious soak that will leave your skin moisturized and fragrant.
I had heard some craft-fail horror stories from others who have tried to make DIY bath bombs, so I put off trying it myself.
But after talking to some fellow crafters and reading up on the dos and don’ts of homemade bath bombs at Soap Queen, I gathered up my ingredients and mixed up a batch.
And then another, and another, and another…
Love Potion, Sweet Orange, Vanilla bath bombs, shaped like hearts and snowflakes and Lego minifigures and not a single fail in the whole bunch.
I might just be a tiny bit obsessed with homemade bath bombs now.
To make your own Love Potion homemade bath bombs, you will need the following supplies.
- Baking Soda
- Citric Acid
- Fine Epsom Salts
- Jojoba Oil
- Love Potion Essential Oil
- red food coloring
- Witch hazel
- Mesh strainer
- Spray bottle
- Silicone heart mold
- plastic gloves
Place a mesh strainer over a large bowl and pour in 1 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup citric acid and 1/4 cup of fine epsom salts. Sift to remove any lumps.
If you’re unable to find fine epsom salt, put it in a food processor or blender and pulse until fine.
Stir baking soda, citric acid and epsom salts until well blended, making sure there are no lumps.
Next, slowly add 1/2 Tablespoon of jojoba oil to the dry mixture. Add 10 drops of Love Potion essential oil and 1-2 drops of food coloring.
Wearing plastic gloves, mix the oils and food coloring through the dry mixture, until it is well incorporated and pink.
Once mixture is blended, slowly add witch hazel, one spritz at a time, until the bath bomb mixture sticks together when squeezed.
You’ll need about 8 to 10 spritzes of witch hazel to get the right consistency. The mixture should not be crumbly. It should stick together when squeezed, but you don’t want it too wet or it may begin to fizz.
Pack the slightly damp mixture tightly into the heart shape molds. Be sure to pack the mixture well, fitting in as much as possible into each mold. (This recipe should make 5 to 6 heart-shaped bath bombs.)
Allow to dry for several hours, or ideally overnight, then remove the homemade bath bombs from the molds.
They should be very hard when you remove them from the molds. Wrap bath bombs tightly in plastic wrap and store in a cool, dry place, away from any moisture.
If you run into any issues when making your bath bombs, definitely check out the Bath Bomb Questions & Answers post on Soap Queen. That really helped me anticipate and prevent any problems.
I also made these bath bombs in sweet orange and vanilla scents.
For the sweet orange bath bombs, I followed the same recipe, but substituted Sweet Orange essential oil for the Love Potion, and colored them with a drop each of orange and yellow food coloring.
For the white vanilla-scented heart bath bombss, I substituted 1/2 Tablespoon of vanilla perfumed oil from The Body Shop for the jojoba oil. (The oil I used isn’t available anymore, but it is similar to this vanilla body oil.) I didn’t add any more essential oil scent to these bath bombs, just skipped straight ahead to spritzing the mixture with witch hazel.
My kitchen has turned into a regular bath shop lately. In addition to these homemade bath bombs, I’ve also been making some sugar scrub soaps, a recipe I’ll be sharing soon.
Until then, don’t miss these other Valentine’s Day projects from the Celebrations of Home bloggers.