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Bath Bombs and Shower Fizzies – NO-FAIL Recipes

You can make perfect bath bombs and shower fizzies with these bath bomb recipes and tips. We share no-fail bath and beauty recipes which are ALL tried-and-tested. With step-by-step instructions, you will be able to make bath bombs and shower fizzies for yourself or as gifts!

Bath Bomb Recipes

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  • citric acid
  • baking soda (bicarbonate soda)
  • soap scent or essential oils
  • soap colorant or mica powders

Bath Bomb Fizzies: Ideas Inspiration

If you’re here for inspiration, here are a few fun bath bomb ideas. See ALL OF OUR BATH BOMBS below.

Disney Princess Bath Bombs 

These are popular with princesses of all ages. From Moana to Ariel, these homemade Disney Princess bath bombs are going to WOW everyone!

photo collage of bath fizzy collection with text which reads disney princess bath bombs

Mermaid Bath Bombs 

These mermaid bath bombs make an amazing gift for yourself or others. And a little secret: they are ridiculously easy to make with a fun, secret ingredient you can use again!

blue purple pink and sprinkles bath bombs on white wood background which text which reads mermaid bath bomb recipe

Coordinating Sugar scrubs, bath soaks, and tub teas

If you happen to be making spa day gift sets or mason jar spa day gifts, be sure to check out our popular sugar scrub recipes here. We have also shared some of the most luxurious bath soaks, foot soaks, and tub teas… Can you tell I believe in pampering yourself every now and then?! 

So many sugar scrubs and bath salts recipes for you to make yourself or others. Text that reads DIY sugar scrubs you'll actually want to make

Bath Bombs Versus Shower Fizzies

I’m often asked, “What is the difference between shower fizzies versus bath bombs?” Aside from a couple of ingredients, they are quite different.

If you’re here and are considering making shower fizzies (also known as shower bombs or shower steamers), please read Shower Fizzies versus Bath Bombs before you make your first set. I promise it’ll save you a world of headaches. :)

the difference between shower fizzies and bath bombs

No-Fail DIY Bath Bombs Recipes

Most of my bath bomb recipes are the mold and release type. I am impatient… That being said, most any bath bomb recipe can be set into a silicone mold and left to dry. Note: a dry recipe like a heavy salt, low oil, is not great for an instant release mold.

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1. Combination of Color, Fizz, and Performance – This is now my favorite, go-to, no-fail bath bomb recipe. This is the perfect combination of ingredients to maximize fun, color, and fizz while keeping skin (and tubs) safe.

2. Simple Bath Bomb Recipe – This is our most basic bath bomb recipe and can be made with most things you get at the grocery store. 

3. Epsom Salts and Light Oil – Adding a little extra benefit to the skin, this is still a natural bath bomb recipe that works for most people. 

4. Oil Heavy, Moisturizing – We were able to incorporate additional moisture into our number 1 bath bomb and shower fizzy recipe above, but this one is an old stand-by, perfect for lightly colored or natural fizzies.

General Ingredients for Bath Bombs

For most bath bombs and shower fizzies, you’ll use the same ingredients. It’s more cost-effective to buy in bulk (we get most of our stuff from Amazon).

Basic Bath Bomb Making: What Tools Do I Need?

Again, this is a pretty simple craft and you do not need much. Be sure to have the following when you start:

Basic Bath Bomb Recipe: What Do I Need?

If you are new to making bath bombs, don’t worry – you do not need to stock an entire craft room! Be sure to have the following on hand as basic bath bomb fizzies supplies:

  • baking soda or bicarbonate soda
  • citric acid
  • witch hazel
  • essential oils or soap scents (both are easy to work with)
  • colorants (see below – I only recommend mica powder or soap colorants)

Optional Supplies for Making Bath Bombs

  • oils (coconut, jojoba, almond, etc.)
  • Epsom salt
  • Add-ins (flowers, body glitter, sprinkles, dried peels)

Salts and Moisturizing Oils

For 99% of bath bomb recipes, the type of salt and oil is personal preference or whatever you have on hand. I tend to always have the following:

Dried Herbs and Flowers

When I first started making bath bombs, I used to include as many cool add-ins as I could. Now, I limit them to accents at the top of bath bombs or add them sparingly because I don’t like seeing dried lavender buds on the side of my tub.

You could gift the bath bombs or shower fizzies without the add-ins and put them into a coordinating bath tea where they can be contained. Bath teas are a great gift to round out a homemade self-care pampering gift.

How to Make Bath Bombs with Lavender flowers

Colorants and Glitters for Shower Fizzies and Bath Bombs

I’ve used a multitude of colorants over the years and will say: stick to soap colorants to avoid a messy, staining situation. You can use food coloring but opt to color a light, pastel bath bomb to avoid staining (of tubs or bodies).

To mix in the color, I recommend putting gloves on and using your hands! It’s the easiest way to incorporate all scents and colorants.

  • Mica Powder incorporates the best (it’s dry like the mix and produces bright colors
  • Liquid Soap Colorant is my second choice to color bath bombs and shower fizzies. It’s harder to incorporate than mica powder but gets the job done.

Adding Glitter and Extras to Bath Bombs

First off, let’s just get this said: do not use regular glitter in your bath bombs. It can cut sensitive skin and will never come off the side of the tub. And no one wants it in sensitive areas…

You can use body-grade or cosmetic-grade glitter which is a totally different product than what’s available at the craft store.

If you want to add sugar icing decorations, they are a quick (and dissolvable) option to make a themed bath bomb like these Avengers bath bombs. Another great add-in is sprinkles because they dissolve, as well.

Avengers Bath Bombs Disney Craft

The Best Bath Bomb Molds

You really don’t need a lot to get started making your own bath bombs and shower fizzies. Honestly, a metal or glass bowl, a mold, and the ingredients are about it.

Over the years, however, I’ve definitely found my favorite supplies with which to whip up a batch of bath bombs quickly and without fail.

My recommended bath bomb mold is this set. It’s inexpensive, has multiple sizes, doesn’t stick with recipes, and works every time. Actually, I’ve purchased 2 of these sets because I took mine over to a friend’s, she fell in love with them, and I left them there.

The best plastic one which worked without fail was a 45 cent snap-together, clear plastic Christmas ornament. They work but if you’re making more than just a couple, opt for the stainless steel.

Other molds I’ve tested were a muffin and mini muffin tin, tartlette molds, silicone molds (both hard and soft), soap molds, and a snowball maker. The snowball maker worked, but those bath fizzies were GIGANTIC! Which can be pretty awesome if you’re gifting a colossal bath bomb or a very visually-impressive one.

The Best Way to Mix Bath Bombs

You might think it doesn’t matter, but it does. Whisks, spoons, gloved and non-gloved hands… There is definitely a winner!

Hands down (get it?), my favorite way is using gloved hands to mix. The color incorporates better because you can scrub it into the powder and a byproduct of this method is that any lumps will be removed easily.

how to mix bath bombs

Trouble-Shooting Bath Bomb Mixes

Over-Moistened Mix (Too Wet)

If you over moisten your mix, you might know immediately and you might not. Sometimes it will fizz wildly and other times it won’t become clear until about 20 minutes after you put it into the molds.

Just don’t toss your over-moistened mix, as it might be salvageable! I mold over-moistened mix into a silicone mold and let it rise out of the top of the shapes. After about 30 minutes, I took them out of the mold and hand molded them.

Too Moist

For the over-moistened blobs that I couldn’t make into shapes, I squished the mix down with my hand to about 1/3 of an inch and used tiny aspic cutters on them to make ‘itty-bitty-fun-sized’ bath fizzies for my daughter.

These compressed cuties fizz for between 30 and 45 seconds and still pack a great aromatic punch.

Under-Moistened Mix (Too Dry) – A.K.A. Fizzing Bath Powder

You might not know you had an under-moistened bath bomb mix until you pop the fizzies out of their molds and they crumble. Well, it’s not a loss. You will be able to crumble any large chunks and try again!

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It really works, especially if you have a large proportion of Epsom salt in the mix!

If, however, you can’t get that mix to stay in a mold no matter what you try, don’t toss it. Test a little bit in some water and if it fizzes and is aromatic, put it in a beautiful jar and call it fizzing bath powder.

Fizzy Bath Powder

Bath Bombs Go Flat and Soften

If your bath bombs flatten out, it’s likely too much water (or other liquid) was used in the mix. You can dry the powder on the counter and try again (if there is a very small amount of oil and other wet ingredients).

Scent Combinations for Bath Bombs and Shower Fizzies

My favorite combos for essential oils scents are:

  • peppermint, all on its own,
  • lemon-vanilla,
  • lavender lemon,
  • tangerine vanilla (yep, kind of obsessed with this now), and
  • eucalyptus lavender.

**Just a quick note on the use of essential oils on children: While some sources (and manufacturers) of essential oils state their use is safe for children under 12, please note that other sources do not. 

How to Package Bath Bombs (Gift Wrap Bath Bombs or Storage)

If you are gifting bath bombs and shower fizzies, or if you want to store them a while, consider heat shrinking them. You will need cello bags (or basket cello), an iron or craft flat iron, and a blow dryer or heat gun.

1. Place one item per bag – I mostly use the 4 x 6-inch bags you can get easily.

2. Seal the bag closed by ironing it about 1.5 inches away from the edge of the item.

3. Cut off the majority of the excess of the bag, leaving at least 1.5 inches from the seal.

4. Place the item on a drinking glass and apply heat. Alternate applying heat with pressing the plastic down with the palm of your hand to smooth it out.

Tip: I start with the bottom of the fizzy (the bomb is upside down on the cup) and apply heat slowly until the four corners began to curl up. Then I flip the whole thing over and apply heat while pressing down on the rounded part of the bath bomb with my palm.

You can see in the image below, I like to add a label to any half bombs (shower fizzies) if I’m putting together a gift set.

how to package bath bombs with cello bags

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