These heart-shaped homemade bath bombs are scented with jasmine and sandalwood, and they make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. You only need a few ingredients and a few minutes to make them.
The first time I ever heard of bath bombs was on our honeymoon, when our sightseeing took us into a luxurious bath shop. My husband treated me to all kinds of fancy bath products to take home — so sweet.
These heart-shaped homemade bath bombs are every bit as luxurious, but at a fraction of the cost!
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For Valentine’s Day, I decided to make some heart-shaped homemade bath bombs 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.
Need more homemade bath and beauty ideas for Valentine’s Day? Sensual Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub, Chocolate Covered Strawberry Lip Balm and Tropical Orchid Solid Perfume are good choices.
❤️ Supplies for Heart Bath Bombs
To make your own Love Potion homemade bath bombs, you will need the following supplies.
- Baking Soda
- Citric Acid
- Fine Epsom Salts
- Jojoba oil or another carrier oil
- Love Potion essential oil or jasmine and sandalwood essential oils
- red food coloring
- witch hazel
- mesh strainer
- spray bottle
- silicone heart mold (Here’s another similar one)
- plastic gloves
Amp up the romance by making homemade heart-shaped, love potion bath bombs for Valentine’s Day.
How to Make Homemade Bath Bombs
Time needed: 20 minutes.
This recipe makes 12 heart-shaped bath bombs scented with a blend of jasmine and sandalwood fragrance. The hands-on time for this project is about 20 minutes, but the bath bombs do need several hours to dry and harden before they can be used.
Ingredients & Supplies
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/4 cup fine Epsom salts
1/2 Tablespoon jojoba oil
10 drops Love Potion essential oil blend
2-4 drops red food coloring
silicone heart molds
witch hazel in fine mist spray bottle
- Mix together the dry ingredients.
Place a mesh strainer over a large bowl and pour in 1 cup of baking soda, ½ cup citric acid and ¼ cup of fine epsom salts. Sift to remove any lumps or clumps.
If you’re unable to find fine epsom salt, put it in a food processor or blender and pulse until fine, then sift into the other ingredients.
Stir baking soda, citric acid and epsom salts until well blended, making sure there are no lumps.
- Add in the carrier oil, fragrance and colorant.
Next, slowly add ½ Tablespoon of jojoba oil to the dry mixture.
Add 10 drops of Love Potion essential oil and 1-2 drops of food coloring. (Alternately, you can use 5 drops each of jasmine and sandalwood essential oils.)
- Mix together wet and dry ingredients.
Wearing plastic gloves, mix the oils and food coloring through the dry mixture, until everything is well incorporated and the mixture is pale pink. If you want a more saturated color, add 1-2 more drops of food coloring, mixing well.
Make sure there are no clumps.
- Add witch hazel.
Once mixture is blended, slowly add witch hazel, one fine 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, but this may vary depending on the humidity.
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.
- Place in molds.
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 and pressing out any gaps or air bubbles.
This recipe should make 12 heart-shaped bath bombs, using this mold.
- Allow to dry and remove from molds.
After the bath bombs have been packed in to the mold, allow them to dry and harden for several hours, or ideally overnight.
The bath bombs should be very hard before you attempt to remove them from the molds.
- Storing bath bombs:
Wrap bath bombs tightly in plastic wrap and store in a cool, dry place, away from any moisture.
🎥 Video: How to Make Bath Bombs
- Make larger bath bombs using these heart-shaped silicon cupcake baking cups.
- You can experiment with using different essential oils, carrier oils and melted butters (like cocoa butter or shea butter) in homemade bath bombs. Just keep the proporition of ingredients the same.
- Clays and mica powders can also be used to color bath bombs, in place of liquid food coloring. Try not to overdo it with the colorants, or they could temporarily stain your skin or your tub.
I also made heart bath bombs in sweet orange and vanilla scents. Follow the basic recipe above with these modifications:
🍊Sweet Orange Bath Bombs
- Substitute 10 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil for the Love Potion oil blend.
- Use a drop each of orange and yellow food coloring instead of red food coloring
- Use regular jojoba oil or try vanilla-infused oil to add more depth of fragrance.
For an even more luxurious experience, consider adding a few drops of vanilla absolute or vanilla oleoresin, in combination with the sweet orange essential oil.
Depending on the brand you use, this may leave brown flecks in your homemade bath bombs.
Vanilla Scented Heart Bath Bombs
- For the white vanilla-scented heart bath bombs, I substituted ½ 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 and this vanilla massage oil.)
- There’s no need to add any more essential oil scent to these bath bombs. Just skip straight ahead to spritzing the mixture with witch hazel until it is the correct consistency.
💭 Helpful Tips
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 they’re really not hard to make at all.
The key to success when making bath bombs is making sure the mixture is the right consistency — not too wet and not too dry — before putting it into the molds.
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 — we’ve gone a bit bath bomb crazy around here.
I might just be a tiny bit obsessed with homemade bath bombs now.
Preventing common problems when making bath bombs
- Make sure the dry ingredients are free of any clumps or lumps. Sift them through a fine strainer and stir to remove any lumps.
- After adding the carrier oil and essential oils, mix well to avoid any clumping.
- Don’t add too much liquid or food coloring to the mixture or the citric acid may start fizzing prematurely.
- Don’t add too much witch hazel at once. Add a spritz at a time, then check the consistency. The mixture should not crumble when squeezed. It should hold together when squeezed, but it should not be too wet.
- Don’t make bath bombs on a humid day or in a humid room.
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.
🛁 More Homemade Bath & Beauty Products
My kitchen has turned into a regular bath shop lately. In addition to these homemade bath bombs, I’ve also been making some heart-shaped sugar scrub soaps.
You may enjoy making these other homemade beauty products:
- Lemon Soap Bars
- Homemade Whipped Coconut Oil Lotion
- Citrus Mint Hand Salve
- Lotion Stick Winter Dry Skin Treatment
- Coffee Body Scrub
Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box
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Lauren @ Mom Home Guide
These bath bombs look so beautiful and sweet! They are being featured this week at Craft Frenzy Friday at Mom Home Guide!
Dini @ The Flavor Bender
Those are so cute!! I love Bath bombs and I might make some just for myself and give myself an evening with a nice relaxing bath with a bottle of wine! 😀 Pinning!
Thank you so much for sharing this with us at #SaucySaturdays and I hope you join us again this week! 🙂
These look almost good enough to eat, lol! Seriously, they’re darling and I know someone who would love them! Maybe more than one person so I might have to make up a big batch! Thanks for sharing this with us on Throwback Thursday, and we’ll be sure to pin it to our Throwback Thursday Board! 🙂
Thank you for the instructions on how to make the bath bombs! I have a question – did you make the pretty pink metal piece you have them displayed in? It’s perfect to hold them! 😍
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
‘Hopping over from your feature at Bouquet of Talent! WOW! These are such a great idea, lovin’ the pink hearts! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Oh these are so precious I will have to try and make a batch for sure!
Okay, even I could make these! Wonderful! Glad you shared the idea on the #HomeMattersParty
Thanks Amy for sharing your bath bombs and Cinnamon Sugar Pie this week on #OMHGFF.
Hope you have a great weekend!!
Barb @ The Everyday Home
Sooooo cute Amy. I have all the ingredients to make these. Just a long list of “Things I Want to Make.” But now I really want to make some. So sweet. xxoo, Barb
Debbie @ Refresh Restyle
I have always wanted to try and make bath bombs! These are perfect!
Confessions of a Plate Addict
Love this ideas…such a nice gift and so pretty, too! Hugs…Debbie
Cannot wait to make some!!
Suzy @ Worthing Court
Wow – these look and sound amazing! I’ve always wanted to try my hand at making some these. They would make a wonderful gift for so many different occasions.
Atta Girl Amy
Your grands would have a blast making them with you.
Christy @ Our Southern Home
I have always wanted to make these. Thanks for sharing the how to!!! So pretty for a gift!