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Bath bombs have been all the rage for years now and are easily available online and at certain retailers. But to be perfectly honest, they can be really expensive. (Image: Ashley Hafstead)
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DIY your own bath bombs for the ultimate day of relaxation

One of my favorite things to do after a long day is to indulge in a soothing bath. There are all kinds of bath accessories out there these days, but bath bombs are truly -- excuse the pun -- the bomb.com! They are a great way to enhance your bathing experience, they come in many different scents and they help to nourish and moisturize your skin.

Bath bombs have been all the rage for years now and are easily available online and at certain retailers. But to be perfectly honest, they can be really expensive. After some experimentation, I've learned you only need a few ingredients (most of which you already have sitting around your kitchen) to make bath bombs at home for half the cost of buying them at the store. Bonus: They make great and beautiful gifts for a house warming party or the holidays.

Ingredients (makes four small bath bombs)

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • ½ cup Epsom salts
  • ½ cup corn starch
  • 3 tablespoons oil (almond, coconut etc..)
  • Water spritzer
  • Essential oils of your choice
  • Bath bomb mold

Directions

  1. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl
  2. Whisk thoroughly to combine
  3. Add oil of your choice and again whisk thoroughly
  4. Add 5-30 drops of essential oils of your choice, depending on how strong you like your fragrance
  5. Add soap coloring or pigment in the color you prefer and whisk well
  6. VERY carefully spritz the mixture with water, whisking as you spritz to avoid a reaction with the citric acid*
  7. After spritzing three times, pick up the mixture in your hand and form a ball. If it crumbles apart, continue adding water one spritz at a time until it holds shape
  8. Once the mixture forms a ball and holds shape, place a generous amount into a bath bomb mold and secure both sides
  9. Let dry for several hours before removing from mold

Your bath bombs should last up to two months if you store them in a sealed container.

*If you add too much water, the bath bomb will still work, but it requires a lot more of the mixture to create a working bath bomb. It is also very important to spritz the water while you whisk away. If you simply pour the water in, the citric acid will have an immediate reaction and start fizzing and your bath bomb mixture will be ruined.

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