Best Bath Bomb Recipes

Best bath bomb recipe

Ever since I was given a bath bomb as a gift many years ago, I was hooked. I thought the addiction would end there but then I started to make my own bath bombs and that was it! I was in bath bomb bliss. My house smells so good after a bath bomb making session. It is also just a really pleasant way to spend the afternoon.

Another thing I love about making bath bombs is that they make such great gifts for friends and family. I know my sister absolutely loves it when I show up with a fresh batch of bath bombs with her favorite aromas, especially lavender. Yum!

how to make bath bombs with the best bath bomb recipe

I am here today to share how to make bath bombs with you. And this is the best basic bath bomb recipe! If you have ever wondered how to make bath bombs, the time to learn is now! You need some ingredients which I will list for you below, you will need bath bomb molds (see my notes on those below as well) and combine those with time, patience and the most amazing smells you can imagine. These bath bombs make fantastic gifts, they smell divine and you can really run with the recipe and tweak it to make bath bomb in your favorite scents!

Just take your time, read over the whole recipe first and get ready to become addicted like me!

best bath bomb recipe

Making a perfect bath bomb takes practice, please keep this in mind. You have to adjust the ingredients depending on how much moisture is in the air. Too much moisture and you will get strange little bumps on your bath bombs and not enough moisture will cause your bath bombs to be crumbly. Here is a basic bath bomb recipe to start out with. This recipe can be doubled or tripled to make larger batches as gifts, to sell, to fill a gorgeous basket with or to have on the edge of your tub for decoration. Here we go!


Stage 1 Bath Bomb Ingredients

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup citric acid

1/4 cup epsom salts

1/4 cup corn starch

Stage 2 Bath Bomb Ingredients

1 tbsp water or witch hazel (adjust the amount depending on humidity)

1 tbsp oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, etc)

2 tsp mica

8-12 drops essential oils 

Bath bomb molds


1. Combine stage 1 bath bomb ingredients together and whisk until blended.

2. Combine stage 2 bath bomb ingredients together in a jar and give it a shake to blend.

3. Add stage 2 ingredients to the stage 1 ingredients a little bit at a time so that you don't activate the bath bomb mixture. Your mixture should resemble damp sand that holds together when pressed.

4. Press your mixture into the bath bomb molds and pack it in tight. I should mention that there is such a huge selection of bath bomb molds out there. I have written an article called Best Bath Bomb Molds to help you choose the best bath bomb mold for what you want to do. It explores why you might choose silicone molds over stainless steel (or vice versa) as well as different sizes. 

Best bath bomb recipe

REMEMBER: Making bath bombs takes practice. Don't be discouraged if your bath bombs don't turn out how you planned the first time. You can always use your mixture for fizzy bath salts so don't throw anything away! Just keep them in a cute mason jar on a shelf in your bathroom, they will be sure to be enjoyed, and chalk it up to practice!

If you are wondering what you can use as colorants in bath bombs, check out the article we wrote, Best Bath Bomb Colorants(Mica's, Glitter, Herbs, Salts and More!)

How to make bath bombs

You can also learn so much from watching tutorials online, and there are some really great ones out there. Here are 5 of the best videos that we found on how to make bath bombs to help you out. 

Lily Rose


Maria Antoinette


 Rosanna Pansino


Emilie Lefler


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