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In this guide, I will show you how to make a good bath bomb using the no fail bath bomb recipe and what to do with failed bath bombs in case you mess up with the making process!
If you love bath bombs and you’re interested in making some yourself, you’re in luck because there are lots of easy recipes you can follow to come up with a fantastic bath bomb collection.
Bath bombs made with coconut oil are especially popular because this type of oil not only makes your skin a lot smoother and softer, but it makes it healthier as well.
Coconut oil bath bombs are perfect for relaxing after a stressful day, and they are much easier to make than you think.
Even if you’ve never made bath bombs before, you shouldn’t have any trouble with this recipe because it is so simple, and you likely have most of the ingredients already in your home.
No Fail Bath Bomb Recipe Using Coconut Oil
To start with, you’ll want to make sure you have a medium-sized bowl and your bath bomb molds. Then, get together the following ingredients:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts or pure sea salt
- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil; it should be melted and divided into three 1-tablespoon servings
- 1 teaspoon of almond oil
- Food coloring that is vegetable-based
- 5 drops of essential oil, your choice
- Mica powder (optional, used for dusting)
To get started, mix all of the dry ingredients mentioned above in a medium-sized bowl, and stir them until they are mixed well. Afterward, divide the mixture into three different sections and place them into three separate bowls.
Next, take one tablespoon of the melted coconut oil and place it in a cup, then add two to three drops of the food coloring.
Mix well, but keep in mind that this isn’t the true color because you won’t see that color until later on in the process. For now, just make your best guess regarding what color the liquid should be.
Add 1/3 teaspoon (you can estimate this amount of you like) of almond oil and five drops of any essential oil that you like into the coconut oil mixture. When you’re done, mix well with a spoon.
When the mixture is well stirred, pour it into one of the bowls with the dry mixture in it. Using your fingers, mix the dry and liquid ingredients together until they’re all mixed together.
Use your fingers to break apart any large chunks because you’ll want the mixture to be smooth and thoroughly combined when you’re done.
At this point, you can adjust the color if you like. All you have to do is melt a little more coconut oil, put the food coloring in it, and pour it into the mixture and stir it well.
Repeat the same process mentioned above for the next two bowls, until you have three separate bowls that have three different color mixtures in them.
Afterward, start placing the mixtures into the bath bomb molds. Make sure you overload the molds with the mixture, placing it in layers and on the sides of the mold.
You need to have a lot of the mixture fitted into the molds for it to work. When you’re done, squeeze the halves together tightly.
Finally, you’ll have to freeze the molds for about 20 minutes. When you want to remove the bath bombs, rub the sides of the mold with your hands to warm it up a bit, then the bomb will pop out easily.
After the bath bombs are out of the mold, sprinkle each one with a little bit of mica so that you can add a little shimmer to each one of them.
Now, it’s time to use your bath bombs! All you have to do is drop them into your bath water and enjoy them. They should fizz quite nicely as soon as they are in the water because of the citric acid you put in the dry mixture.
If they do not fizz or they fall apart before you get a chance to use them, this usually means something went wrong. But it’s not a problem, because eventually, you’ll learn what went wrong so you can fix it.
What To Do With Failed Bath Bombs
When you’re just starting out with your bath bombs, some of them may not turn out exactly right, but not to worry.
Instead of throwing them in the trash can and wasting all of the ingredients you just used, there are other things you can do to keep them around a little longer. This includes the following:
- Fill in the cracks. For this technique, you can make up some dough-like material by mixing the wet and dry ingredients again, then filling in the cracks with the new mixture.
- Go ahead and use it anyway. Place the bath bomb in an airtight container until it dries out a little (this may take several hours or longer), then crumble it up while it’s still in the bag. When you’re ready, you can just place it in your bath water and enjoy it.
- Start all over again. To do this, crush up the bath bombs until they are a fine powder, then do what the recipe says to do, using this powder as the dry ingredient.
Bath bombs fail for several reasons. A lot of times, that reason is lack of experience. Just like food recipes, bath bomb recipes have to be followed to the letter, and if they aren’t, problems can occur.
Bath bombs can also fail because the ratio of dry versus wet ingredients is off, or because you didn’t allow them to dry completely when they needed to be dry.
Whatever the reason is, you’ll learn it soon enough. This is because like anything else, the more you practice the techniques involved in making bath bombs, the better you’ll get at it.
Practice makes perfect, and that certainly applies when you’re making bath bombs. Making bath bombs is part art, part science, and the more you do it, the better you’ll get at it.
Some Tips to Be Successful at Making Bath Bombs
Just like making food recipes, you can learn a lot every time you make your bath bombs. Following the instructions on each recipe – and there is more than one of them – is crucial, but along the way, you should also remember these useful tips:
- Bath bombs work better when you keep them in a cool, dry place. Once you take them out of the freezer, make sure you put them into airtight bags and place them into the refrigerator. When you remove them, keep them in the bag until you are ready to use them.
- Cornstarch is not necessarily a must with the above recipe. If you don’t have any cornstarch or you don’t wish to add it to your recipe, you can leave it out and use an equal amount of baking soda instead.
- If the temperature in your home gets above 76 degrees Fahrenheit, make sure the bath bombs are kept in the fridge until you’re ready to use them. If the temperature is below 76 degrees Fahrenheit, you can leave them on your counter or on a table, but it is still wise to keep them in their airtight bags.
- If you don’t have (or can’t find) bath bomb molds, you can use other items instead, including muffin pans, ice cube trays, and so on. If you do use a mold specifically made for bath bombs, choose one made out of silicone because they make removing the bath bombs much easier.
- Never leave out the baking soda or citric acid. This is what gives the bath bombs their “fizz,” and they have to work together to do just that.
One of the most difficult parts of making bath bombs is getting the right dry/wet ratio. If your mixture is too dry, it won’t hold together well. If it’s too wet, it won’t fit in the mold properly.
Neither of these is good. To help make it right, keep a spray bottle around that is filled with witch hazel. If your mixture is too dry, spray it a few times with the witch hazel to give it the moisture it needs to work right.
Another tip is to watch the way you take the bath bombs out of the mold. Don’t force them out or hit the mold hard on the cabinet or table.
Instead, warm up the mold with your hands, tap the mold a little, and tug at it gently to get the bath bomb out. Never twist it, either, because that can cause the bath bombs to crumble before you know it.
Before you place all of your dry ingredients into a bowl, put them through a sieve first. This might not sound like it makes a lot of difference, but it does.
Sieving the dry ingredients allows them to be at just the right texture, and it makes them a lot easier to work with as well. Finally, it is easier to get rid of big chunks when you use a sieve.
Be careful with recipes using citrus essential oils. Essential oils such as lemon and orange, if you use too much of them, will make hardening the bath bombs almost impossible to do.
If you find a recipe that only uses small amounts of citric oils, it should work fine. But when you’re working with your own recipes, never use large quantities of them or you may never get your bath bombs to harden properly.
Remember that bath bombs do not have to be round. Some of the most popular recipes for bath bombs require you to place your mixture in muffin tins, which gives them an entirely different shape altogether.
When making bath bombs, especially if you’re planning to sell them, in various shapes and sizes will make them even more popular in the end.
Hello, my name is David Zal and I’m a plumber with more than 20 years of experience based in Englewood (Florida). I like to teach normal people how to make easy fixes in their homes. I believe that a lot can be achieved just with DYI and that’s why I started this blog.