These bath bombs and shower fizzies are perfect for self-care or gifting. I’ve even created an adorable free printable label!
Bath Bombs and Shower Fizzies: Part 1
Homemade bath products are amazing and make for well-received gifts. Over the past month, I spent a lot of time testing recipes and now have tons of bath bombs and shower fizzies packaged up and ready for gifting!
I’m sharing recipes that molded well, stayed together, and produced an awesome fizz and aroma. So far, I’ve shared:
- Lemon Drop (this recipe) – no moisturizing oils
- Peppermint Bath Bombs – with moisturizing oils
- Lavender DreamBath Bombs – for a more luxurious experience
Before We Get Started…
Today I’m going to be sharing the most simple mix I’ve tested repeatedly: simple because it uses the least amount of ingredients and because it performed well every time I made a batch.
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Supplies for Lemon Vanilla Bath Bombs
The supplies for this ‘oil-free’ bath bomb are:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 15-20 drops essential oil** (can be a combination of oils); for this layered look, I used vanilla and lemon essential oils and only colored half the mix
- a glass (or metal) bowl
- a spray bottle of witch hazel (you’ll only need a very small amount, so phone-a-friend if you don’t have any on hand)
- coloring, optional – I use gel colorants from the craft store (Wilton brand)
- Mix the dry ingredients together (baking soda and citric acid).
- Mix the essential oil and colorants into the dry ingredients.
- Add a small amount of coloring (notice I had a toothpick for the gel coloring) – a small amount will go a long way. Use your hands to incorporate the oils and color very well.
Note: if you want two (or three) colors, separate your mix after adding the oils. Color half and then layer them after they are moistened with the witch hazel.
4. Use your spray bottle to add the witch hazel to the top of the mix. If you have a large bottle like mine, spray two to three times and then mix it for a solid minute or two before spraying again. If you’re using one of the 3-4 inch spray bottles (travel size), use about 5-8 sprays and then mix. Mix it well, using your gloved hands to get the witch hazel off the sides of the bowl.
5. When it sticks together without crumbling (photo below) you can begin packing it into your mold. Push it down with your thumb or a tamper, just get it in there tightly. I used the photo from my lavender batch because it was the best shot to show you that the mix is mostly sticking together.
How to Mold Bath Bombs
If you are using a full circle mold, stuff the mix in, pack it down, and then add a heaping amount to the top. Squish the two pieces together until the mold is a sphere again, and leave it for about a minute before you remove it from the mold gently. Drape a towel over a muffin tin and place the bath bomb on top of the towel.
If you are using a half circle mold, pack it in and rest it in a muffin tin, flat side up. If you are using a hard silicone mold (not soft), leave it overnight before attempting to remove. I like the two colored look using half of the ornament mold, so I layered yellow, then white, and topped with a bit of yellow again.
How to Harden Bath Bombs
I put this recipe to the test, just like the other two that I am sharing in this series. I made multiple batches of each, and can safely say that this one works best when left in the molds for a full 24 hours.
They aren’t ready for packing at that point – they should be left to dry for at least another 24, but I would suggest 48. This works well for the half ornaments and shapes.
Bath bombs are a great gift to give or receive – they always smell so nice and can be used for a mental break. If you (or your gift recipient) isn’t into taking baths, you can do what I do on occasion: change the recipe slightly and learn how to make shower fizzies.
DIY Gift Bath Bombs and Shower Fizzies
I have named my vanilla / lemon combination, “Sweet Shoppe Lemon Drop,” and created a little wrap to jazz it up a bit. I have included a free printable if you’d like to gift them. Pair it up with a simple bath accessory and you have a sweet, citrus-smelling luxurious gift!
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