Basic Bath Bombs


  • 1/2 cup Citric Acid
  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Epsom Salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons almond, coconut, or olive oil
  • Optional: food coloring, essential oils


  • Bowl
  • Small spray bottle filled with water
  • Molds - silicone shape molds, bath bomb molds, or snap together plastic ornaments work well
  • Dish towel


  1. In a bowl, thoroughly mix together the citric acid, baking soda, and Epsom salts. Whisking or sifting them can help get an even mix.
  2. Add any colors, scents, and your oil. Mix well. Note: mix quickly so it doesn't have a chance to fizz. If you get clumps, gently tap them between your hands to break apart.
  3. Use spray bottle to add a little water at a time to the mix. Your mix should just hold its shape when you squeeze it in your hand. BE CAREFUL - Adding too much will make the reaction start early!
  4. Pack the mixture tightly into your molds. To make a round ball, slightly overfill the two halves, then press together. Leave in mold for a few minutes, then gently tap to release. 
  5. Let dry on a towel in a warm, dry place, out of direct sunlight for about a day. Enjoy within a few weeks. Tip: for gift giving, wrap round bombs individually in clear cello wrap and tie with a ribbon. Smaller bath bombs can be stacked and then wrapped the same way.

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